Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Eastern Orators Toastmasters make history with awards, go virtual

Toastmaster of the Year - Gillian Brathwaite

Toastmaster of the Year - Gillian Brathwaite

Toastmasters use their words, but more than that since the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Eastern Orators Toastmasters Club in Barbados has been using their technology and gadgets to meet, keep sharp, continue their legacy and celebrate each other. 

Most recently, earlier this month in fact, the Eastern Orators Toastmasters Club hosted its 8th Installation and Awards Ceremony via Google Meet (Juky 4). One of the highlights of the night was the installation of the new executive committee which will serve for the 2020/2021 Toastmasters Year.

New Executive:

Toastmaster Alicia Chandler was installed as the new President of the St Philip-based club.

TM Alicia leads a six-member executive comprising:

  • TM Wendy Lewis, Vice President Membership;
  • TM Cristal Jackman, Vice President Education;
  • TM Karen Ramsay, Vice President Public Relations;
  • TM Jaydee Bourne, Secretary;
  • TM Gillian Brathwaite, Treasurer;
  • and TM Michelle Inniss, Sergeant At Arms.

In her final address to the club, Past President Melissa Savoury-Gittens highlighted the significant accomplishments of the Eastern Orators Club in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Club won President’s Distinguished Club and gained recognition from the Area and District. Past President Savoury-Gittens highlighted that for the first time ever, the club has three Triple Crown Awardees and for the first time, the club achieved all 10 points in the Distinguished Club Programme at the district level.

She spoke about the challenges faced at the start of the year, but noted that with the move to online meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was significant increase in club attendance and guests visiting the club. The switch to online modality ultimately led to more new members joining the club as well. Six new members were inducted on Saturday night.

Toastmaster Gillian Brathwaite copped the two most prestigious awards of the night: Toastmaster of the Year and the Marcia Holder Award.

The event was hosted under the theme: “Gathering Leaders, Maximising Opportunities” and saw Toastmasters and guests dressed in fancy hats and fineries.

The guest speaker of the night was retired educator and experienced Toastmaster Mrs Angela Edwards, who gave invaluable insights on being a successful Toastmaster, encouraged members to be active participants in the club, attend meetings, play roles and take up executive positions at the Club.



The Eastern Orators Toastmasters Club was established in 2013, with members representing a diverse section of Barbadians from various professional backgrounds. The Club will assist members in improving their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Over the years, the club has nurtured and built several leaders and communicators.

The club meets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the Princess Margaret Secondary School from 4pm to 6 pm. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic the club has moved to online meetings.

Join the Eastern Orators Toastmasters Club Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 2453 0235
Password: 254230

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