In October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, USA, forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship amongst its members”. The group took the name “Toastmasters”. Soon men and women in other communities and states asked for permission and help to start their own Toastmasters clubs. By the year 1930, a federation was necessary to co-ordinate activities of the many clubs and to provide a standard program. When a club in New West-minister, British Columbia, Canada, expressed their interest in forming a Toastmasters club, the group became known as the “Toastmasters International”.
Mission of the Club and Toastmasters International
The mission of a toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn fosters self-confidence and personal growth.
Since its inception, more than four million men and women have benefited from the organization’s communication and leadership programs.
Toastmasters District 105
Since its inception, clubs have multiplied exponentially. Our club falls under “District 105”, comprising of clubs from 4 countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and United Arab Emirates.
District 105 consists of 12 Divisions, starting from Division A to Division I. About 4 to 7 Areas are grouped under each division. From time to time reconfiguration also could occur, in which case the parent website www.toastmasters.org shows updates.
As a member of the Inner Universe Toastmasters Club you would belong to Area 55, Division H, and District 105.
Inner Universe Toastmasters Club (Club No. 925620)
The Inner Universe Toastmasters Club was formed in June 2006. Our Club has members from all walks of life.