This October marks the 90th anniversary of Toastmasters International. Since 1924, Toastmasters has helped millions of members empower themselves by gaining communication and leadership skills, enabling them to lead richer lives.
Over nine decades, Toastmasters has evolved from a small network of clubs in Southern California to more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries, with membership exceeding 313,000. Members of the first group of clubs pioneered the same basic principles we still recognise today: Practice how to speak, keep meetings well-organised and on time, welcome new members enthusiastically and provide constructive feedback.
Dr Ralph C Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters, noted that people “learn in moments of enjoyment.” Although 90 years have passed, members around the globe still have fun while learning and building their skills. From Stockholm to Singapore, and Cleveland to Shanghai, members continue to learn from each other, while foraging friendships in the process.
In this 90th year of service to members, we proudly proclaim: “Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made”.