Cranbrook’s Toastmasters clubs mark organization’s 90th anniversary

Cranbrook First and Cranbrook Phoenix Clubs will host special themed meetings and presentations on Thursday, October 23.

For the Townsman

Ninety years ago, when Toastmasters founder Dr. Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting in the basement of a YMCA in Santa Ana, California, only a few people showed up.

Now, with membership exceeding 313 million  in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries, Toastmasters International continues to build on Dr. Smedley’s foundation of teaching public speaking and leadership skills.

“The unprepared speaker has the right to be afraid,” said Dr. Smedley — which is why Toastmasters teaches the art of preparation. Toastmasters clubs 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.

Clubs around the world will celebrate Toastmasters’ 90th anniversary with special meetings. Locally, Cranbrook First and Cranbrook Phoenix Clubs  will host special themed meetings and presentations on Thursday, October 23.

The general public is invited to visit a meeting and learn more about what Toastmasters has to offer.

Cranbrook  First Club meets at   The College of the Rockies, Room 210 on  every second and fourth Thursday at 7:15 pm. Contact Kathy, VP Membership, at 250-489-2526   for more information.

Cranbrook Phoenix Club meets at the Heritage Inn, every Thursday at 12:10.   Contact Roberta, VP Membership, at 250-489-0174 for more information.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Since 1924, Toastmasters International, headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California,  has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about Toastmasters, visit