Proud to be a long-time Toastmaster

I take this opportunity to write about how proud and glad I am to be a Toastmaster.  I’ve been a member of this splendid organization, on and off, for well of thirty years and my admiration has only continued to grow through this time.  Today, I was reading the comments made, via an interview, with our new International President, George Yen, DTM.   I can tell you that I am very impressed with the way Geroge came across in that written interview.   He is obviously a man of real stature.

Every year this world-wide organization of ours continues to grow, to expand, to become more and more International in every sense of that word.   When I orginally joined way back in 1972 it was probably less than half the size it is now.   Now it has members in more than one hundred countries.   It is truly an organization which is helping to bring kindred spirits – those interested in developing themselves and others in Communcation and Leadership skills – together.

I think Toastmasters International is one of the most positive ‘movements’ – if I might describe it that way – in bringing friendship and co-operation between peoples all over the world.  Because of its very International philosophy, particularly of the last decade or so, it is bringing goodwill, building the bridges, creating the links which are making this world a better and better place as far as human relationship is concerned.   When we associate with, and meet people from, other places we are far more likely to become friends than enemies.   It’s pretty hard to ‘dehumanize’ someone who we’ve met personally.   And we meet a lot of people in Toastmasters. 

At last, we are moving outside of what has long been regarded by some as a bit of  shortcoming: everything of importance happening only in North America.  Our first International Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2014, hopefully, will be the precusor to many more in other lands.     For me, it’s closer to home, geographically.  Chances are I will be able to attend this one.  I’m sure there are other Aussies who feel the same way.

Be that as it may, our founder, Dr. Ralph Smedley, would be a proud man indeed if he were alive today, to see how big and influential Toastmasters International has become in the world.


About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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