Update about Coronavirus

Chers membres,
Nous vous écrivons au sujet de la propagation du Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Le SPF Santé publique, en charge de la coordination des informations et des actions sur le territoire belge, invite à la vigilance pour éviter d’autres contaminations en Europe. Pour savoir ce que préconisent les autorités pour lutter contre ce virus, n’hésitez pas à consulter régulièrement les recommandations du SPF Santé publique.
Nous tenons à vous rassurer : LA Division B se tiendra informée de l’évolution de la situation, et nous mettons également en place des mesures préventives basées sur les informations communiquées par le SPF.
Nous vous demandons donc de vous laver souvent les mains, mais aussi de couvrir votre bouche lorsque vous toussez et de jeter vos mouchoirs usagés à la poubelle immédiatement après utilisation.
La santé de nos membres étant primordiale à nos yeux, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir nous informer si vous êtes diagnostiqué(e) positif/ve au COVID-19 et êtes venu(e) a un de nôtres clubs récemment, afin que nous puissions mettre en place les mesures qui s’imposent. Si vous vous posez des questions par rapport à votre état de santé ou si vous développez des symptômes qui ressemblent à ceux d’une infection virale, demandez conseil à un spécialiste et ne venez pas au club, par respect pour la santé des autres membres.
Nous vous remercions pour votre collaboration ! Si vous désirez en savoir plus à ce sujet, n’hésitez pas à vous adresser à un membre de la Division B.
Cordialement,
Toastmasters Belgium Director
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Dear Member,
In light of the current news around the Coronavirus COVID-19 developments, we are reaching out with a note on the latest update from our local authorities.
The Federal Public Service (FPS) Public Health remains vigilant in order to protect our public health. For further details, please check their recommendations regularly.
We want to reassure you that our Club will keep up to date on further developments, and is applying precautionary measures according to procedures provided by the FPS.
As a matter of daily routine, we advise our members to continue to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths when coughing and dispose of tissues promptly and carefully – just as they would at home.
As the health and wellbeing of our members is paramount, we kindly ask you to let us know if you receive a diagnosis of COVID-19 and have visited us recently, so that we can take the necessary measures in our Club. If you have any concerns or show any viral-like symptoms, please refer to a medical specialist and avoid visiting the Club so as to protect the rest of your member community.
Thank you for your support in this process and don’t hesitate to ask a member of the Division Team.
Kind regards,
Toastmasters Belgium Director

BE a Toastmasters leader : Call for nominations for the District 59 Officers Team 2020 – 2021

Dear fellow Toastmasters, is this YOUR opportunity to lead?

Taking on a leadership role in Toastmasters allows you to develop and practice skills that will make you a great leader, in an environment where mistakes are learning opportunities and successes are celebrated. The experience is invaluable, both on a personal as well as career level.
Today we call for Toastmasters who want to move ahead in their leadership and communication goals, to apply for a role as a District Officer in the Core Team, as Division Director and as Area Director.
For our District Core Team, we need a District Director, Program Quality Director (PQD), Club Growth Director (CGD), Public Relations Manager (PRM), Administration Manager and Finance Manager.
For our Divisions, we need a Division Director and an Area Director for each of the existing areas in the Division. Toastmasters Belgium have four divisions and a new one is getting shape with the creation of several new clubs.
Are you ready for the challenge or do you know someone that is? Please check this information first:
Do you want to know more about Area Director or Division Director responsibilities? Just take a few minutes and watch one of these videos:
Division Director: https://youtu.be/KPZXQeAfnZY
To apply, please send the following documents to the 2020 DLC Chair, Em Ajogbe, theegatoastmaster@gmail.com.
If you know the members in your Division or Area who want to take the next step in the leadership track and who are qualified to do the work, please tell them about the options, forward this information and encourage them to apply.
You can also send a nomination form for someone you want to nominate to the 2020 DLC Chair, Em Ajogbe, theegatoastmaster@gmail.com
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
15 JANUARY 2020: DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: CORE TEAM, DIVISION DIRECTORS AND AREA DIRECTORS
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the DCL chair.

Consider. Encourage. Apply! #BE a #Toastmasters Leader.

Welcome to the Toastmasters Programme Year 2019-2020

Dear all,

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day in a Toastmasters meeting, 7 years ago.
Like many of you, I joined for improving my communication and social skills. I believed that this organisation could help me do that after reading Keith Ferrazzi’s book “Never eat alone”. From day one, I saw how Toastmasters empowers people to do magical things and how people by better expressing themselves can ultimately make the world a better place. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today.

It is an incredible honour for me to lead and serve Toastmasters Belgium until 30 June 2020 together with an amazing team. I have been fortunate to work closely with all of them previously. They are excellent: Monica Dimitru – Area Director B1; Marie Dubost – Area Director B2; Valentina Caimi – Area Director B3; Ignaas Vermeulen – Area Director B 4. I have asked Zsuzsanna Corridori to devote additional time to the Division, although she will the District 59 Pathways Coordinator. I am also looking forward to working with Lidiya Bogdanova and Mona Elleathey on PR and Marketing. As we start a new phase of our journey together, we have shared some background about ourselves in our website (www.toastmasters.be ).
Congratulations to all those who have stepped up to your club leadership for the 2019-2020 programme year. Leadership is one of the premier advantages of membership in Toastmasters.

How is Toastmasters Belgium doing?
While we have seen great success, we are hungry to see more.
In our early history, our target was to charter clubs across the country. This may develop further in the upcoming months with the chartering of two new clubs, new prospects and members creating clubs in cities such as Mons, Soigne, Kortrijk, Mechelen/Antwerp, Charleroi and Liège.
Nowadays, our main challenge is to strengthen the existing club structure: access to affordable & suitable meeting facilities; empowering club officers to run their clubs effectively; and enriching our community with new active members- 30 is the new 20.

What is next?
As we look forward, we must consider what each of us could bring to this effort. The opportunity ahead will require us to reimagine a lot of what we have done in the past and to do new things. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen.
In fact, we have all the elements: talent, a good brand, our voices, the platform, many resources (including financial), an important and interesting network of members & alumni, positive energy and lot of enthusiasm.
I invite you to use your Toastmasters Membership as a platform to make your personal goals becoming reality. I truly believe that when we find meaning on what we do, everything is easy and flows.

We hope to meet many on you on the events taking place this year. Below a few FREE trainings provide to Club officers and other Members. We vividly recommend you to join all of them, as the content will vary and are a valuable space where work on common projects across clubs.
If you are a club officer 2019-2020 and are unable to join us in any of the trainings dates (June, July or August), please contact us urgently by email toDistrict59divisionb@gmal.com Thanks in advance, this is very important.
There are thousands of opportunities around, some of them can be found by clicking here. You can always contact me, the area directors or your club officers to explore them.
Let us build on the Division foundations together!

Helena RUIZ FABRA
Director
Toastmasters International
District 59- Division B
Where leaders are made
Phone: +32472844347
Email: District59divisionb@gmail.com

Division B winners at the Marseille District Contest

Congratulations to our Division B winners at the 2019 International Speech and Evaluation contest:

Delphine Morin – 1st place – French Evaluation Contest (Club des Orateurs)

Valérie De Coster – 1st place – French Speech Contest (Club des Orateurs)

Thomas Vervaet – 2nd place – Dutch Evaluation Contest (Toastmasters Gent)

Renaat Toppets – 3rd place – Dutch Speech Contest (Toastmasters Hasselt)

Nick Felix – 2nd place – International Speech Contest (Berlaymont Toastmasters)

Winners of the 2019 Division Spring Contest

Here are the results of Division B Contests held in Brussels on Saturday 27th of April 2019:

International Speech Contest:
1. Nick Felix – Berlaymont TM Club?
2. Dhaval Sawkar – ToastMasterCard Club
3. Erik Luijts – TM Gent

English Evaluation Speech Contest:
1. Thomas Vervaet – TM Gent?
2. Sudip Chatterjee – Brussels TM Club
3. Lucrezia Scarapicchia – Aperitivo TM

Dutch Speech Contest:

1. Renaat Toppets – TM Hasselt?

Dutch Evaluation Speech Contest:

1. Thomas Vervaet – TM Gent?

French Speech Contest:

1. Valérie De Coster – Le Club des Orateurs?

French Evaluation Speech Contest:

1. Delphine Morin – Le Club des Orateurs?

Coming up: Division B Spring Conference

The 2019 Division Spring Conference will welcome the competition for International Speeches and Evaluations (EN/FR/NL) in our most competitive contest yet!

You will also have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and to connect with other members from the 21 clubs in and around Belgium.

Find our more on EasySpeak, or in our event section

Coming up: TLI 2019

On January 27th 2019, Toastmasters Division B (Belgium, Lille and Zeeland) will organise a one-day open event that offers both Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills through an inspiring keynote session, hands-on breakout sessions and insightful workshops.

Who should attend?

This Toastmasters Leadership Institute event is open to everyone: club officers, members of Toastmasters clubs as well as guests.
Do join if you are currently a club officer or certainly if you are interested in taking up a club leadership position in the near future.

Why should you attend?

With this event, we aim to enable current and potential club officers to fulfill their role effectively and to inspire all participants to become the best leaders they can be. At this event, you can also network with 70+ members from the 21 clubs in and around Belgium (Division B: Belgium + Lille + Zeeland)

Where? When? How much does it cost?

The event will take place on the 27th of January 2019 between 10:00 and 17:45, at the European Communication School in Brussels.

Participation costs 15 € and includes event entrance, lunch and coffee breaks.

Programme, Details and Registration on EasySpeak

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