Toastmasters International has been around since 1924. It was initially founded by the late Ralph C. Smedley, in the basement of a Santa Ana YMCA building. The history of Ralph C. Smedley and the founding of Toastmasters International can be found at www.toastmasters.org.
Currently, the International organization is headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It has nearly 300,000 members, 15,000 clubs, and is present in over 122 countries. The organization is responsible for molding many great speakers and famous people.
Many suffer from Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, and seek to conquer that fear through Toastmasters membership, training and events. In addition to public speaking training, Toastmasters develops leaders who are looking for advancement in Corporate America or in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
Twice a year, Toastmasters hosts a series of speech contest, to include, but not limited to, Humorous Speech, Speech Evaluation, International Speech, Table Topics and Tall Tales. Members compete at the club level, advance to the area level, division level, district level and ultimately to the International level. Winners at the International level are pegged as World Speaking Champions. Former World Champions include the likes of David Henderson, Ryan Avery, the late LaShunda Rundles and Presiyan Vasilev.
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, Division E Toastmasters, from District 37 in North Carolina, will be hosting its annual Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation Contest. The contest will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at the Katherine Clay Edwards Library located at 1420 Price Park Drive in Greensboro.
Division E Toastmasters is made up of clubs from Winston-Salem, Thomasville, High Point and Greensboro.
This is event is FREE and open to the public; however, attendees will need to register. Please visit the District 37 Website to register. For questions or more information, please contact the Division E Governor, Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant ALS, ACB, LDREX at email@example.com.
To learn more about Toastmasters International or to find a club near you, please visit www.toastmasters.org. To learn more about District 37 Toastmasters, please visit www.d37toastmasters.org. To learn more about Division E Toastmasters, please visit www.greensborodivisione.blogspot.com.