Westlake Toastmasters started in September 2015 as the brainchild of Kevin Robinson and Verity Price, and formally chartered in December 2015 with 25 founding members. In a short space of time they went on to take 2nd place at an annual Humour Hop About and even had a member compete at the Division level for Evaluations.
The club provides a warm and encouraging meeting to help its members reach their fullest potential, and our breakfast meetings always leave people smiling and inspired.
Are you 100% confident speaking in public? Toastmasters will give you the skills and practice you need to express yourself well in any situation. By learning to formulate and communicate your ideas effectively, you open many doors for yourself. Toastmasters is designed to support you through the process of facing fears in your own time and growing and learning to be the best communicator & leader you can be. We don't put any pressure on members to speak until they are ready to do so.
Toastmasters trains you to:
- Communicate more effectively
- Listener better.
- Improve your presentation skills.
- Increase your leadership potential.
- Become more successful in your career.
- Build your ability to motivate and persuade.
- Reach your professional and personal goals.
- Increase your self confidence.
COSTS OF JOINING (2021)
To become a member of any Toastmasters club in the world, you have to join Toastmasters International in the USA. There is a once-off joining fee of $20 US Dollars that you never pay again. Thereafter it costs $7.5 US Dollars a month.
This amount is paid in two 6-month installments of $45 on 1st October and 1st April each year. Although all prices are quoted in US Dollars, members pay their fees direct to the club in SA Rands. The exact amount due thus depends on the exchange rate and on which month you join in.
At present, Westlake Toastmasters charges R60 per member to cover administrative costs & R60 for a personalised Toastmastersname-badge.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 358,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs in 134 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
The Toastmasters' Vision
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realise their dreams. Through its member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, which in turn gives them the courage to change.
The Toastmasters' Mission
Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a world-wide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking - vital skills that promote self-actualisation, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind.
It is basic to this mission that Toastmasters International continually expand its worldwide network of Clubs, thereby offering ever-greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from its programmes.
Toastmasters International's core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organization, and we believe we should incorporate them as anchor points in every decision we make. Our core values provide us with a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning and our vision for the future
Toastmasters has over 75 districts all over the world. Below are links to some of the major districts.