Club Renewal Incentive
Your club can earn a $50 gift certificate to the Toastmasters International store by renewing early! To earn the reward, your club needs to renew dues for at least 10 members by September 15, 2015 for the October renewal AND renew dues for at least 10 members by March 15, 2016 will for the April renewal.Read More
In honor of Ralph Smedley, clubs have the opportunity to add five new, dual, or reinstated members to their clubs between August 1 and September 30 and receive special recognition from Toastmasters International.
If your club meets the goal, it will receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on its club's banner. Plus, the club earns a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. Read More
Nelson Ortega Wins 3rd Place at World Championship of Public Speaking Semi-Finalsby Kristen Goode, Public Relations Staff Writer
Nelson Ortega, a member of Top Cats Club in Mobile, Alabama, placed third at the World Championship of Public Speaking Semi-Finals on August 13.
Each year, about 30,000 members of Toastmasters International enter the International Speech Contest. Ortega, of Division E, represented District 77 during Semifinal Round 10. It is the organization's main speech contest and the only one that continues to the international level. Contestants prepare and give a 7 minute speech on a topic of their choosing.
After 4 rounds of contests, the field is narrowed to 88 contestants who compete in 10 semifinal rounds at the World Championship of Public Speaking on the Thursday of the Toastmasters International Convention. The winners of the semifinal rounds compete in the final round two days later and must give a different speech. This year the convention is August 12-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The contests can be viewed on the Internet for a fee at http://www.toastmastersondemand.com/index.php/buy-now/2015-products/2015-virtual-ticket-detail
A video showing a short clip of the winners for 2007, 2008 and 2009 is on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ctOjQaYR0m8