With more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries, Toastmasters International is helping more people than ever to become more confident speakers and leaders. When you join a Toastmasters Club, you are on your way to improving your self-confidence, your leadership acumen, your speaking effectiveness, and equally important your listening skills.
Toastmasters can help you grow in your career. Do you have doubts? Toastmasters has helped other successful people from entertainers to politicians to business leaders to people just like you.
Better communication is almost always what elevates an average employee to an influential key contributor. Do you ever compare yourself to others and ask what they have that you don’t? It’s usually that they are a better communicator giving them the confidence to network and build relationships more effectively.
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour. Each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice:
Conducting meetings: Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures.
Giving impromptu speeches: Members present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
Presenting prepared speeches: Three or more members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program manuals. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
Offering constructive evaluation: Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
The Tools You Use: Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a variety of manuals and resources on speaking. Members also have access to other books as well as audio and video cassettes on speaking and leading. They also receive the award-winning The Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.
Toastmasters and Leadership: Leadership cannot be learned in a day. It takes practice. In Toastmasters members build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to help them. Club leadership roles and a leadership development program also offer opportunities to learn and practice. Just as Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, they learn leadership by leading.
Joining a Toastmasters club is easy. There are around 200 clubs in Central & North Florida, so there is sure to be one near you. If you don't live in our District, with approximately 16,000 clubs around the world, you should be able to find one. You may search our world wide index of clubs, by following this Club Finder link. After you find a Club, use the information provided to call or email ahead to verify the time and venue, and then attend a meeting as a guest. All Clubs have a different personality, so you might want to visit several before you decide which club to join.
Toastmasters is a fantastic value, especially considering the minimal investment. There is a $20 new member fee, then $45 dues every six months. Clubs generally assess moderate local dues to cover local expenses.
If there are no clubs near you, consider organizing one! For further assistance with starting a club, or to find out more about joining a club near you, please contact us!
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively. More clubs were formed, and Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932.
Toastmasters International's business and services are administered by its World Headquarters, located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It employs no paid promoters or instructors. It has no salaried staff except the Executive Director and World Headquarters staff, who provide services to the clubs and Districts.
Company Benefits: A company's success also depends on communication. Employees face an endless exchange of ideas, messages, and information as they deal with one another and with customers day after day. How well they communicate can determine whether a company quickly grows into an industry leader or joins thousands of other businesses mired in mediocrity. Toastmasters provides the tools that enable employees to become effective communicators and leaders all at a very low cost. Toastmasters training helps employees:
Toastmasters produces results. Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training.
Toastmasters has helped many members in their community service activities. Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, people have become more active in business, churches, and service and charity organizations. Toastmasters members are able to organize activities, conduct meetings, and speak in public as their organization's representative. Some even become active in local, state or national government.
The Mission of Toastmasters International
We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
The Mission of the District
We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.
The Mission of the Club
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
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future
To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
District 84 was the central and northern part of District 47 from its inception in 1955. The official start date for District 84 was July 1, 2008.
Past District Directors / Governors:
2016 - 2017 Nancy Hoehn, DTM
2015 - 2016 Rebecca McGilton, DTM
2014 - 2015 Mary Carol Holbert, DTM
2013 - 2014 Dee Melvin, DTM
2012 - 2013 Dennis E. Wooldridge, DTM ID
2011 - 2012 Jim Miller, DTM
2010 - 2011 Scott Hoehn, DTM
2009 - 2010 Ron Parpart, DTM
2008 - 2009 David Hollingshead, DTM PID
Note: The title of District Director went into effect beginning the 2015-16 Toastmasters year.
Distinguished District Program:
2015 - 2016 - Distinguished
2014 - 2015 - Select Distinguished
2013 - 2014 - Distinguished
2008 - 2009 - Distinguished
Presidential Visits to District 84:
2012 (Falll) John Lau, DTM
2012 (Orlando) Outgoing IP: Pat Johson Incoming IP: John Lau
International Directors from District 84:
2014 - 2016 Dennis E. Wooldridge, DTM PDG
2010 - 2012 David Hollingshead, DTM, PDG
Past International President residing in District 84:
Bob Blakely, DTM