What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a world-wide non-profit educational organisation dedicated to help people improve their communication and leadership skills. The first Toastmasters club was founded in 1924 in California by Dr. Ralph Smedley. Since then the organisation has grown to almost 11,500 clubs with more than 226,000 members in 92 countries with close to 1213 clubs in Canada.

Toastmasters is for anyone over the age of 18 and members come from all walks of life. One thing they have in common however is a strong desire for self-improvement and helping others.

We learn best by doing. Each Toastmasters club is a learning laboratory where you’ll enjoy experimenting, discovering and developing your potential.

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 the Toastmasters educational program by:

  • Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the District educational and membership goals.
  • Insuring that each Club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members.
  • Providing effective training and leadership opportunities for Club and District officers.

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.