Celebrating Commitee Endings and New Beginnings

In July 2022 Speakers of Croydon held our club elections, appointing a new committee to lead us into the 2022 – 2023 Toastmasters year.

Before we introduce this new team, lets take a look back at the 2021-2022 Toastmasters year – and say thank you to the dream team who lead us through it with excellence and style.

Thank You to our Outgoing 2021-2022 Committee

From Top Left (Clockwise):
Lydia McDowall – President 
Guler Cortis – Vice President Membership
Trudy Kuhn – Vice President Education
Emmanual Karamagi – Immediate Past President
Katarzyna Zawadowska – Treasurer
Diana Hlatshwayo – Vice President Public Relations 
Jhansi Sarmah – Sergent of Arms and Vice President Mentorship

We’re so grateful to this  volunteer team for running our club this year – and what a year it’s been!  Here’s just a few of the achievements:

  • We’ve moved location – fantastic new spot at St Mary’s Church
  • 3 members (Adrian Moore, Trudy Kuhn, and Debbie Willliams) received the Triple Crown award. A  huge achievement – well done!
  • Guler Cortis, Emmanual Karamagi and Debbie Williams completed their pathways  
  • We held a successful Speechcraft training – with 100% of attendees joining us as members
  • 4 of our members became Area, Division and District Leaders
  • Held a fun summer social – dancing and all!
  • District Conference was lead by the brilliant Debbie Williams 

Our new commitee have big shoes to fill! Without further ado – it’s our pleasure to…

Welcome the 2022-2023 Committee


What’s Coming This Year?

Club Officer Training – August/September 2022

Our commitee members are currently completing their club officer training. The training not only ensures attendees understand what is required of their specific role, but also gives general tips on best practice for running a good business and engaging with your customers – key skills for any leader! This training is actually open to all our members not just officers.  

Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest – 4th October 2022

 In October Speakers of Croydon will run our Humourous Speech and Table Topics contest. Spots are limited so if you’re interested in competing register by contacting our Contest Chair (Lydia McDowall) as soon as possible

 Area H15 Contests – 5th November 2022

 November will hold the Area H15 Speech Contest – with Speakers of Croyon contest winners representing our club! Keep this date in the diary and be sure to attend and support our team.

Division H Contest – November/December 2022 

Division H Contest will follow in late November/ early December – dates being finalised imminently.  All the winners from Area contest going forward to compete at Division level.  Come along, support our contestants and see what it takes to win a division contest – could you compete next year?

Speechcraft Janary 2023

A action-packed programme designed to help people advance their professionsal and personal communication in record time through a condensed version of the Toastmasters member experience.  By joining the Speechcraft programme attendees have opportunity to increase their confidence, improve communication, public speaking and leadership skills – all within our friendly and safe Speakers of Croydon club environment. 

That’s it for the sneak preview into 2022 and 2023 – watch this space for more to come!  We look forward to another year of achievement and excellence at Speakers of Croydon.


Julie Richards, Vice President Public Relations