TOASTMASTERS @ IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 606

Fireball heads to Irwindale Speedway to give a Toastmasters Keynote Address. Then, Ken sells crappy cars…

Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.

Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

The organization grew out of a single club, Smedley Chapter One Club, which would become the first Toastmasters club. It was founded by Ralph C. Smedley on October 22, 1924, at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, United States.

Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932. Throughout its history, Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 345,000 members in 142[2] countries, through its over 15,900 member clubs.

Toastmasters members belong to local clubs, which generally have between 10 and 40 members, with 20 members being a typical size.

The local clubs meet on a regular basis for members to practice various skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously, listening, and providing each other with feedback and evaluation. Some clubs meet monthly, some meet twice a month, and some meet weekly.

Membership is open to all people ages 18 and above wishing to improve their communications and leadership skills. Youths interested in these skills are served through the Youth Leadership[7] and Gavel Club[8] programs. Club members are also allowed to speak or officiate in other clubs worldwide. [9]

Toastmasters International has a policy of non-discrimination based on age (except those persons under 18 years of age), race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

Although Toastmasters was initially formed as a male-only organization, membership was opened to women in August 1973. Certain clubs (referred to as “closed clubs” or “in-house clubs”) organized within businesses restrict membership to people in the organization; clubs may also restrict membership on any other criteria they choose, as long as the criteria do not conflict with the non-discrimination policy.

The club constitution requires clubs to vote in all new members, and a club may revoke the membership of any individual member by majority vote of a quorum of active members.

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