This year Toastmasters International celebrates 90th anniversary. Toastmasters Founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley: "Toastmasters grew out of an effort to meet the needs of a group of men [...] [who] needed help in talking, when they were meeting other people. They had the ideas, but they didn't know how to express them. However, they did not want a formal class in public speaking. And when I've suggested a club in which they could learn the talk by talking, they've welcomed the idea." In 1924, a group of men met in a California basement to practice their speeches. 90 years later, men and women throughout the world continue to meet, speak, learn and grow.
International President 2008-2009 Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS: "We inspire each other to move beyond whatever is holding us back. What's holding you back? Be it personal, or professional, large or small, we must first believe that we can. And Toastmasters can instill that belief in us, if we let it." What's holding you back? Would you let Toastmasters to help you?
Executive Director 1958-1967, Maurice Forley: "While many Toastmasters become excellent public speakers, this is not the purpose of the program. The purpose of Toastmasters is to help all its members help themselves by learning to speak effectively and with confidence at any time and under any circumstance." Why not you? Why not now?
International president 2009-2010, Gary Schmidt, DTM: "We provide service to our clubs and our members within this outstanding organization, but most importantly, we provide service to the world. We take the skills and talents we learn in Toastmasters, and make our professions better, our communities better, our families better, and ultimately, we change and improve the world." How does that sound to you? Do you have a dream of a better community, a better family, a better you? Join us. Together let's make your dream a reality.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. "Many thousands of men throughout the free world have profited by Toastmasters training, and have been led into more productive living, more satisfactory living by these means." (Dr. Ralph C. Smedley)
Toastmasters Resources - History, 90 Years, and Promotion Ideas
- Toastmasters’ History PowerPoint Presentation by Paul F. Clark, DTM
- An Overview of Toastmasters’ History by Paul F. Clark, DTM, and Tim Keck, DTM
- Historical Timeline
- Archived Documents and Photos
- History Crossword
- 90th Anniversary Party Ideas
- Sample Table Topics
- Your Club's History article by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley
- Toastmasters Trivia Questions
- History Banner
- 90th Anniversary Logo
- 90th Anniversary Press Release Template