Monthly Archives: February 2019

We’re going to the Division D Contest!!

Pack your enthusiasm, your cheers and applauses because First Oakville Toastmasters is going to the Division D contest on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019!!

A huge congratulations to both Mark Molder for placing 1st in the Area 87 Evaluation Contest and to Fei Sun for placing 1st (two years in a row) at the Area 87 International Speech Contest.

A big thank you to Trafalgar Toastmasters for hosting this Area Contest and to all our members who came out to support our speakers and volunteer to help run the contest.   A big thank you to our cheering section:   Firas, Linda, Sharon, John, Deborah, Rebecca, Robert, Eric, Samantha, and Alonso.

First Oakville Toastmasters is where leaders are made.  Guests are always welcomed to attend our meetings and to learn how we can help you reach your public speaking goals.



Contest details:


Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:00pm – to 9:00pm

South Common Community Centre

2233 South Millway , Mississauga (Green Arbor Room)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner – The 62nd FOTM Charter Party Report

On February 2nd 2018, with the support of a great Charter Party Committee, we successfully hosted our 62nd annual FOTM Charter Party and the second round of our International Speech Contest at the very prestigious Burlington Golf and Country Club.

charter party program cover


Fei Sun, our very VP of Education has again been crowned our club’s international speech contest winner with her speech titled “The Mohawk Boy”.  Fei Sun is no stranger to the Toastmaster stage as this is the second year that she moves on to represent First Oakville at the Area contest which will be held on Monday February 11th 2019 at Trafalgar Toastmasters.  We will all be cheering Fei on!  CONGRATULATIONS FEI!


Photo 1:  Fei Sun being presented with the trophy by president Alonso Mendizabal
Photo 2: Second place went to our long time member, our beloved John Smissen.
Photo 3: Fei Sun with the District’s current champion, Roger Caesar.
Photo 4:  All 4 contestants starting from the right, Firas Farah, John Smissen, Fei Sun and Rebecca Valero.

As part of the Charter Party, it is tradition to commemorate our immediate past president which without, a lot of the momentum and continuity in this year’s FOTM growth strategy would not be possible, thank you Rebecca Valero for the hard work, support and behind the scene work you do daily as immediate past president.


Pic 1:  President Alonso Mendizabal presenting Rebecca with the recognition gavel for her service
Pic 2:  Some of the Boss Ladies of FOTM (Marion West, Rebecca Valero and Cheryl Etherington)
Pic 3:  Our very own VP of Membership Tanouja Rama, President Alonso Mendizabal and Veronica Costa at the welcome table
Pic 4:  President Alonso Mendizabal and Andy the Piper

This was a stellar evening that continued with a lot of dancing and celebrating as we had the pleasure of hosting guests from the district, past International Speech Contest District Champions and Wold Finalists, our very own Gold Speakers coaches, as well as past and present Area Directors from different areas, past and new FOTM family members and executive members from other toastmaster clubs and some very “CALIENTE” Salsa lessons spearheaded by our VP of Membership Tanouja Rama.


Special thanks to our guests Roger Caesar, Gregory CN Smith, Dennis Bartel, John Andrews, Kim Ludec, Kristina Johnston, Carl “MIGHTY” Naus, Lou Mulligan, Shelley Orchin, Ian Horne and Sarah Horne for supporting our 62nd Charter Party.

Most of all, a huge thank you to my presidential mentor Peter West from PETER WEST PHOTOGRAPHY for capturing all the photos and videos of the evening.


Cheers to another 63+ years of 1st Oakville Toastmasters!

FOTM President 2018-2019, Alonso Mendizabal.




The evening would not have been the same without the support from all our sponsors: