Toastmasters began in 1924 when a group of men assembled in a YMCA basement in Santa Ana, California under the leadership of Dr. Ralph C. Smedley. They formed a club to practice and train in the art of public speaking, presiding over meetings, and promote sociability and good fellowship among its members. The group took the name Toastmasters. Toastmasters became Toastmasters International, a nonprofit organization which offers its members the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills through local club meetings, education and training opportunities, and speech contests. Today there are over 11,000 clubs in 92 countries.
The Mission of Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.
Through its member Clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of Clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programs.
Toastmasters International Vision
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through our member Clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.
The Mission of the District
The mission of the District is to enhance the performance and extend the network of Clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from Toastmasters educational program by:
The Mission of the Club
The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.