Monday, August 15, 2016



Area E1 Toastmasters gathered for their 2016 WinterCon on Saturday 13 August, at the Whitehead Ward, Victoria Park Grey Primary School. The theme was Operation Vitality.

The training was lead by the Area Director and (Surgeon-in Chief) Dr Marianah Lourens and her two (Head Surgeons) Dr Marlene Van Wyk, Dr Glenis Whitehead and (Shift Nurse) Sister Angie Kivido.

The Area 1 WinterCon training consisted of the following three surgical teams:
  1.            Operation Heartbeat
  2.      Stat Squad
  3.      After Smile

Dr Van Wyk presented each of the three surgical teams with their trauma for the day. The Banana Trauma, each team was requested to operate on their patient and ensure the safety and recovery of the patient.

The banana represented a patient and a Toastmasters club. Teams had to operate in a manner that enabled the patient to be put back together. Surgical teams gave it their all, deliberating on how to operate the sick patient in time and what it took to save the patients life (never underestimate the power of a sick or should I rather say traumatic banana).

Now you might ask yourself why would Toastmasters be busy operating on bananas?  The answer is to demonstrate teamwork. The purpose of the excise was to enable members to understand the purpose and importance of team work in any situation and our clubs are no different.

The morning continued with the Doctors sharing insights at to why individuals should join Toastmasters, how guests should be looked after in club meetings, what should happening during club meetings and lastly how we should ensure that we retain Toastmasters as members. (Surgeon-in Chief) Dr Marianah Lourens shared the WIF concept with the team;

W- Wear your badge
I- Invite people
F- Follow up

The training today yet again demonstrated that Toastmasters is not about toasting champagne or wine it is about helping individual be better versions of themselves in a safe, friendly loving environment.

In the words of Dr Marlene Van Wyk “We are an international group of people who want to get better”

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Be Blessed
Zanele Hartmann

Disclaimer: All the members who attended the WinterCon are not professional Doctors it was only for the purpose of the training and theme Operation Vitality. That is why one the surgeons (club member) could eat the patient (banana) afterwards (the joys of toastmasters.

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