• First Oakville Toastmasters

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.


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.


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