Nature Isle Toastmasters Club celebrates two years in grand style


“Transitioning from one Toastmasters year to another gives us the opportunity to look back at what we have done and see how we can improve going forward. Our challenge is not to accept mediocrity but to strive to truly become the best communicators and leaders that we can be”, says Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB – Immediate Past President of Nature Isle Toastmasters Club.

After chartering with 22 members on June 26th 2013, the Nature Isle Toastmasters Club celebrated 2 years of growth at the Sunset Terrace at the Fort Young Hotel on June 27th 2015. The evening was one which saw the installation and pinning of the incoming Executive Members and ended with Awards being given to deserving Toastmasters.

“As President, I task each of us to become an ambassador for the English language, an ambassador for professionalism, an ambassador for effective public speaking. Let us all be the guiding light to the misguided and misinformed. Let us all show our peers that there is much to be attained. Everyone, take up your mantle and lead others by your actions. There should be no need to say that you are a toastmaster, no need to show your pin to indicate that you are a toastmaster. All I ask is that by your actions, others will see that you are a toastmaster,” says Brenton Hilaire, Incoming President of Nature Isle Toastmasters Club.

Officers installed and pinned at the ceremony to serve on the Executive for the period July 1st 2015- June 30th 2016 were as follows:
TM Brenton Hilaire – President
TM Diana Gittens – Vice President Education
TM Irwani Simon – Vice President Membership
Nadia Riviere CC, CL – Vice President Public Relations
TM Kelton Vidal – Secretary
TM Valda Sweeney – Treasurer
TM Portia Davis – Sergeant at Arms
Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB – Immediate Past President

Awards were presented to deserving members in the following Categories:

Competent Communicator Award (For having completed all 10 projects in the Competent Communicator manual)

-Brian Meade CC, ALB
-Merrill Mathew CC, ALB
-Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB
-Nadia Riviere CC, CL

Competent Leader Award (For having completed all 10 projects in the Competent Leader manual)

-Phoenix Belfield, CC, ALB
-Brian Meade, CC, ALB
-Merrill Mathew CC, ALB
-Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB

Advanced Leader Bronze Award (For having achieved the Competent Leader award, the Competent Communicator award, served at least six months as a club officer and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program, and conducted any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series)

-Phoenix Belfield, CC, ALB
-Brian Meade, CC, ALB
-Merrill Mathew CC, ALB
-Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB

“Triple Crown” Award (for having completed three educational awards in the Toastmaster year)

-Brian Meade, CC, ALB
-Merrill Mathew CC, ALB
-Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB

President’s Award Sherita Gregoire ACB for Service from July 2014 – Nov 2014

President’s Award Dorothy Jno Baptiste CC, ALB for Service from Dec 2014 – June 2015

Congeniality Award Merril Matthew CC, ALB

Service Award TM Alicia Griffith

Most Improved Speaker Nadia Riviere CC, CL

Nadia Riviere CC, CL concluded the proceedings by delivering the vote of thanks. She firstly congratulated her fellow toastmasters. She stated American author Napoleon Hill once said, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Today is the day when we have a sense of accomplishment. Our achievements are recognized and we celebrate this significant milestone in our lives. A milestone where we have reached two years and will continue pressing forward to see many more.”

Nature Isle Toastmasters Club is located in District 81. The Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Dominica State College Bath Estate Campus. For more information about the club, we encourage persons to please visit and/or to “like” our Facebook page, or email us at ([email protected]).
Our sister club in the north “Northern District Toastmasters Club” meets every 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the Central Cooperative Credit Union building in Portsmouth at 6:30pm.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.

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  1. Maydine
    July 1, 2015

    Kudos, to Ms.Sweeney, she as all the others look so lovely

  2. Toast n Jam
    June 30, 2015

    Seem like the awards went to one set of people. What about motivating the young persons in the organization?

  3. Impressed
    June 30, 2015

    I am very impressed with this group of people. Keep striving for the best. Nadia congrats. You always were a bright girl.

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