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:
To apply, please send the following documents to the 2020 DLC Chair, Em Ajogbe,
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,
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the DCL chair.

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

Events News People

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?

Events News

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

Events News

Video Report – August 2018 Club Officers Training


Press Release: Toastmasters D59DivB – Creating effective communicators and leaders

Toastmasters D59DivB: Creating effective communicators and leaders

Press release


News People

Letter from the Division Director – Valbona Zefi

Letter from the Division Director

Brussels, 1st September 2018

Dear fellow Division B Toastmasters,

As each year, the new leader’s team for Division B has been elected and appointed and this an exciting moment where new ideas, new goals and new projects have been discussed and approved.

I see Division B as a complete one where great experienced speakers and leaders are part of, and thanks to their involvement and performances young speakers and leaders can get the inspiration and courage to dare more, to go out of their comfort zone. It was exactly what happened with me in 2014, when I started participating at Division B events, I realized how far I could go thanks to the positive support of other experienced Toastmasters.

The connection created at a Toastmaster Club is like a family where trust and caring are fundamental because members depend on each other; it goes beyond a school team because the supportive spirit goes over the competition.

What we end up achieving in Toastmasters goes far beyond our plans, because of the unexpected support and encouragement of people we meet, and the personal enrichment is indescribable. I believe that in the end, this is the reason that keeps us motivated and determined in pursuing towards the success, everything we do.

I warmly invite all Club Officers to visualize your personal growth that the role offers to you, before planning your club benefits, as only when the win-win balance is set you and your Club really win. And say “YES”, to many opportunities that other Toastmasters will be offering to you during this year, because you will be amazed where the ship will lead you.

REMEMBER that you are not alone, beyond your Club teammates you have a Division team who supports you in achieving your Club goals, while enjoying the journey.  Meet the Division B Team

 The friendly and supportive environment that reigns on the healthy Clubs will also guide our work that we will be doing, in collaboration with you, this year.

The main activities planned for this year are :

Club Officers Training – 26/08/2018

Autumn event – Oct/Nov 2018

Toastmasters Leadership Institute – Jan 2019

DOT/DECM (District Officers Training/ District Executive Committee Meeting) – 2-3 February 2019

Division Conference – April 2019

Club Officers Training – June 2019

I look forward to seeing you soon, around.



Valbona Zefi

Valbona Zefi ACB, ALB

Director of Division B – District 59



How a bunch of Ghentroverts kicked off their journey to Rebirth in Athens….

Toastmasters Division B Conferences, which is one of the largest spanning Northern France, Belgium & Luxembourg, are usually a good spot for learning and entertainment.2018 Spring Conference was not any different to previous occasions.

One hundred toastmasters gathered to enjoy a full programme of workshops, evaluations, international speeches, sun, healthy-sustainable lunch and ice-cream! It was energetic, atypical, refreshing and creative like the theme, everybody got ghentrovert! Check the pictures here.

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English Speech Contest:
1- Alexander Pattyn from Toastmasters Fonske Leuven
2- Caylea Young from Green Heart Toastmasters Club of Luxembourg
3- Colm Kehoe from Artful Orators

English Evaluation Contest:
1- Laurence Stijns-Collignon from Casemates Toastmaster Club
2- Laura Jones from Aperitivo Toastmasters – Italian English Toastmasters Club
3- Erik Luijts from Toastmasters Antwerpen

French Speech Contest:
1- Perkis Dondjio from the Club the Orateurs Messins
2- Didier Dehem from Brussels Toastmasters Club
3- Keyla Lumeka from Atomium Toastmasters Club of Brussels

Dutch Evaluation Contest:
1- Philippe Cox from Toastmasters Hasselt
2- Lynn Sommers from Toastmasters Antwerpen

Dutch Speech Contest:
1- Renaat Toppets from Toastmasters Hasselt
2- Lynn Sommers from Toastmasters Antwerpen

German Speech Contest: Caylea Young from Green Heart Toastmasters Club of Luxembourg.

Congratulations to all and break a leg in Rebirth in Athens from 25-27 May, when two Districts will join forces for the BIGGEST District Conference EVER!



Our Division Champs Are Ready for Madrid

Here are the results of the Division B Fall Contest!

Humorous Speech Contest:

  1. Alexander Pattyn (Toastmasters Fonske Leuven)
  2. Sundeep Bhardwaj (To Be Discussed, Luxembourg)
  3. Sandra Lizioli (Artful Orators, Brussels)

Table Topics Contest:

  1. Sidney Schreiber (The Brussels Toastmasters Club)
  2. Danielle Diamond (State Street, Luxembourg)
  3. Paulina Murrath (Toastmasters Fonske Leuven)

Bruno Trounday (Armada Toastmasters, Brussels) will represent our Division at the Spanish Humorous Speech Contest in Madrid. He is also our Division Champion in Spanish Table Topics.

Congratulations to all contestants! To the winners: ¡Mucha mierda en Madrid!
But first, don’t miss “Strictly Come Speaking”, the glamorous Shower of Feedback meeting of the Artful Orators on Wednesday, 2 November in Brussels! Whether you come to give or receive feedback, you will have fun, learn a lot and enjoy the glamour! Find out more.

Let’s work together and prepare our contestants to shine in Madrid. Division B: Where Winners Are Made!


Daniel Mouqué Live on Air

Today, District 59 Champion Daniel Mouqué was interviewed by BRUZZ, the Dutch speaking TV channel for Brussels, on the eve of his departure for the USA.
Watch to the interview

Earlier today, BRUZZ radio listeners woke up to Daniel giving part of his winning speech live on air! He was interviewed in BRUZZ’ morning show.
Listen to the interview


Our Champ in the News

Daniel Mouqué, our District 59 Champion, was featured on BRUZZ, the Dutch speaking news site for Brussels. The article qualifies Daniel as the first “Brusselaar” to go to the semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking!

Read the article (in Dutch)