Toastmasters International has come a long way since its humble beginnings 90 years ago. Since October 22, 1924, when Toastmasters’ founder Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, Calif., more than 4 million men and women have become more confident speakers and leaders through the Toastmasters experience. Smedley’s idea of turning young business leaders into “would-be orators” has led to a thriving global organization with membership exceeding 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.
As Toastmasters begins to draw near to its centenary, the process of revitalizing the highly successful brand, building on its strengths and responding to the changing demands of the 21st Century continues with the Revitalized Education Program (REP).
For more information, visit Toastmasters 90th anniversary website and watch a brief 90th anniversary video and view photos of the world’s oldest Toastmasters club. Participate in the social conversation by using the hashtag #TI90years.
Source: Toastmasters International