An Anniversary Toast

Toastmasters International is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and local clubs are proud to carry on the organization’s mission of empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Club members regularly give speeches and learn how to both give and receive feedback. All clubs are nonprofit and volunteer based; some are open to the community at large, and some are private groups for a particular business or organization.

x_toast_masters_01Aspiring public speakers and leaders in 92067 are served by Area 11 in the Northern Division of District 5. District 5 is one of 97 districts around the world dedicated to building new clubs and supporting all existing clubs, and contains over 3,000 members in over 145 clubs. District 5 is looking forward to the Fall District Conference on Oct. 17, with Lark Doley serving as keynote speaker. Lark is the newly elected second vice president and the future president of Toastmasters International.

92067’s club is the Rancho Santa Fe Toastmasters Club, which was established by Erin Leahy seven years ago and currently has 27 members. They are open to any community member at least 18 years old and welcome guests who’d like to get an idea of how meetings run before applying for membership. For those who are interested in joining the club but might be hesitant, club secretary Gwen Mecklenburg, shared, “We are a very supportive group and not at all intimidating.” She went on to explain, “Toastmasters is a fun and enriching opportunity for self-improvement, learning about new topics, and connecting with others. It’s also my best source for tasteful jokes.”

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The Rancho Santa Fe Toastmasters Club

Established 2009; open to all interested parties
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Santa Fe Community Center