Toastmasters Clubs provide members with the opportunity to develop their public speaking and leadership skills within a supportive environment, which includes structured educational goals and constructive feedback. Members also benefit through significant personal growth and increased self-confidence. Toastmasters International is a not-for-profit educational organisation founded in California in 1924 by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley. It has a membership of over 313,000 in nearly 15,000 member clubs located in 126 countries.
The Ashfield Toastmasters Club is one of six in Area 48, which is part of the Lachlan Division of District 70, encompassing most of New South Wales.
Each year four competitions are held – members compete in the Humorous Speech Contest, the Table Topics Contest and the Evaluation Contest up to District level, while the International Speech Contest is an international competition, the winner of which is known as the World Champion of Public Speaking.
The Club is in its 8th year and has attained President’s Distinguished Club status in each of those years. The Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00PM, on Level 1 of the Ashfield Catholic and Community Club. Meetings run to an agenda, finishing at approximately 9:30PM. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to see how they are organised, and have the opportunity to take part if they wish.
Members work at their own pace toward educational goals in which the basic units of attainment are the Competent Communicator (CC) Award for public speaking, and the Competent Leader (CL) Award for leadership skills. More advanced awards can be earned, culminating in the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award.
Members find that the benefits of what is learned in Toastmasters extend into their personal and professional lives.
Toastmasters welcomes beginners and provides a constructive and supportive learning environment. You can find out more about Toastmasters by visiting www.toastmasters.org, or contacting President Alex Bormans or Vice-President Education Christine Cargill at firstname.lastname@example.org.