The Toastmasters Quiz

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When was the Toastmasters International organization founded?

The Toastmasters organization was founded on Oct. 22, 1924, by Ralph C. Smedley.

When he founded Toastmasters, which organization was Ralph Smedley's employer?

When Ralph Smedley founded Toastmasters, his regular employer was the YMCA in Santa Ana, California.

What skills does the Toastmasters organization teach?

The Toastmasters organization teaches communication and leadership skills.

True or false: The Toastmasters Club in Santa Ana, California, was Ralph Smedley's third attempt at forming a self-sustaining Toastmasters club.

Smedley made two earlier attempts at forming Toastmasters clubs in different cities. However, the clubs dissolved when Smedley moved away.

Which actor was once a member of the Toastmasters organization?

Actor Tim Allen, known for the long-running "Home Improvement" and "Last Man Standing" television series, was once a member of the Toastmasters organization.

What was the first Toastmasters newsletter called?

The first Toastmasters newsletter started in 1930 and was named The Gavel.

Which California city hosted the first official Toastmasters convention?

The first official Toastmasters convention was held in Anaheim, California.

When was Toastmaster magazine first published?

The first Toastmaster magazine was published in April 1933.

When did the Toastmasters organization open membership to women?

The Toastmasters organization opened membership to women in 1973. Prior to this decision, women were permitted to attend meetings as guests but were not allowed membership in the organization.

What year did founder Ralph Smedley begin working full-time with Toastmasters?

Smedley left the Y and began working full-time for Toastmasters in 1941. Smedley had worked his way up to become the general secretary of the Santa Ana, California, YMCA before leaving.

What percentage of Toastmasters' current members are women?

The gender distribution of current Toastmasters members is 52 percent female and 48 percent male.

What was the title of the first manual used by the Toastmasters organization?

The straight-to-the-point Manual of Instructions was written by club founder Ralph Smedley.

Which Apollo 13 astronaut is a former member of the Toastmasters organization?

Apollo 13 Mission Commander James Lovell is a former member of the Toastmasters organization. Lovell now tours the U.S. giving speeches about his experiences as an astronaut and businessman.

When was the name "Toastmasters Club" trademarked?

Ralph Smedley obtained a trademark for the name "Toastmasters Club" on Oct. 25, 1928.

Which California city opened the second official charter of the Toastmasters Club?

Anaheim, California, was the site of the second official charter of the Toastmasters Club.

True or false: The first non-California Toastmasters Club was organized in Seattle.

In 1933, the first non-California Toastmasters club was founded in Seattle.

The first official Toastmasters district included California and which state?

The first official Toastmasters district included the states of California and Arizona.

In 1962, the Toastmasters Basic Training manual was available in which languages?

In 1962, the Toastmasters Basic Training manual was available in English and translated to French and Spanish.

When did Toastmasters begin the Accredited Speaker Program?

The Toastmasters organization launched the Accredited Speaker Program in 1980. Today, it is available as an International Accredited Speaker designation for professional speakers with expert knowledge in a particular subject and a demonstrated mastery of the spoken word.

Which former White House press secretary was a Toastmasters Club member?

The late James Brady was White House press secretary during Ronald Reagan's administration and was once a member of the Toastmasters organization.

Where was the first Toastmasters Club outside of North America founded?

The first Toastmasters Club outside of North America was founded in Southport, England.

When did Ralph Smedley die?

Smedley died in 1965 at age 87 in Orange County, California.

When did Helen Blanchard become the first female Toastmasters International president?

The late Helen Blanchard became the first female Toastmasters International president in 1985. Blanchard joined the organization in 1970 under the name Homer Blanchard because women weren't allowed to be members at that time.

Which Asian city hosted Toastmasters' first international convention held outside North America?

In August 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, became the first city outside North America to host the Toastmasters International Convention.

When did the Toastmasters International website launch?

The Toastmasters International website launched in 1995.

Which California city is home to the Toastmasters International headquarters?

The Toastmasters International headquarters is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

How many Toastmasters International clubs are there worldwide?

There are 15,400 Toastmasters International clubs around the world.

Which political commentator is a former member of the Toastmasters organization?

Matthews once remarked, "Toastmasters changed my life. They really did."

True or false: The Toastmasters International organization has clubs in more than 100 countries.

The Toastmasters International organization has clubs in 135 countries.

What is the worldwide membership of Toastmasters International?

The worldwide membership of Toastmasters International is more than 332,000 people.

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