About Toastmasters

“We work together to bring out the best in each of us, and then we apply our skills to help others” Dr Ralph Smedley

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Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 292,000 memberships in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.

When people hear the word “basement” they’re more likely to picture mold and spiders than the birth place of a global communication and leadership training organization. But a basement in a YMCA in Santa Ana, California, is exactly where, in 1924, Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting of what would eventually become Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters International Mission
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

District Mission
We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

Club Mission
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. 

Toastmasters International Values
Integrity
Respect
Service
Excellence