Club History

Southern Lights Toastmasters Club was chartered in 1979. It was formed with another club, the Northern Lights, had over 40 members, and was too many to be accommodated at the weekly meetings. A decision was made to divide the Northern Lights and the result was the formation of Southern Lights. Two of the original Charter Members remain active in the club, which has met regularly since its establishment 40 years ago. 

Club Members

Southern Lights Toastmasters prides itself on a diverse level of expertise throughout its membership. At any meeting there is a well-balanced blend of novice and experienced members.

Distinguished Toastmasters

The designation Distinguished Toastmaster is granted by Toastmasters International to individuals who have achieved all the requisite communication and leadership goals.  Southern Lights is proud to have three  Distinguished Toastmasters.

Marlene Petruch DTM
Wayne Sager DTM
Neil Wilkinson DTM


Vishwadha Busowon CC

Nigel Bowles, CC ALB

VP Education

Patricia Cunningham, ACB ALB

VP Membership

  Nicole Tarbox

VP Public Relations

Darryl Hauge, ACB ALB


Bob Wang, CC


Marlene Petruch, DTM

Sgt. at Arms

Leslie Revell

Past President

Vishwadha Busawon, CC CL

Did You Know ??

A Southern Lights member received awards from Toastmasters International and District 42 for producing a TV program about Toastmasters.

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