Local Acorn Grows into Global Oak Tree
The first Toastmasters Club was founded by Ralph Smedley in 1924 and met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California. Smedley provided a friendly environment where people could learn to overcome the common fear of public speaking. 89 years later Toastmasters International has become the world’s premier organization for teaching both speaking and leadership skills and today serves over 280,000 members in 116 countries. To learn more about the amazing Toastmasters story, click here.
Toastmasters International is composed of 14 global Regions each having 6 to 9 Districts. Each District provides leadership and services to its constituent Divisions, Areas and Clubs, but most importantly to the individual member. District 12 serves approximately 100 Clubs and 1700 members in the large Southern California region East of highway 57, South of Barstow, West of the Arizona border, and North of Temecula. District 12 includes two of California’s largest counties (by square miles) – Riverside and San Bernardino.