MarikeHi, I’m Marike Dijksterhuis. My homeclub is Rotterdam Toastmasters, which I joined in 2010 to learn to structure my thoughts ‘on the spot’ and convey my message confidently within a given timeframe. Being a secretary in 2011-2012,co-organizing an area contest , delivering speeches in other clubs, contesting, visiting district conferences and meeting all those nice Toastmasters from all over Europe inspired me to do more within and for Toastmasters. Therefore I became Area Governor of South-West Holland in 2012-2013.
I’m convinced the best conditions for learning are an open and warm environment, a variety of challenges to try out and people who believe in you and support you. That’s what you get in Toastmasters, and that’s what you can give.