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About Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

The first unofficial Toastmasters meeting was held on March 24, 1905. Then, much like Toastmasters meetings today, participants took turns leading and speaking at each meeting.

Today, Toastmasters is an important partner for businesses and communities. Through a robust education program, Toastmasters provides opportunities to gain both experience and confidence in presentations/public speaking, and grow in leadership, knowledge, and volunteerism.

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Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

District Mission

We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

Club Mission

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters International Values

Integrity
Respect
Service
Excellence

Toastmasters International Envisioned Future

To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.

About District 3 Toastmasters

The mission of District 3 is to enhance the performance and extend the network of Arizona Clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:

  • Focusing on the critical success factors to meet the District’s educational and membership goals
  • Ensuring that each Club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members
  • Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for Club and District officers

In 1938, District 3 was the first District organized beyond the borders of California. Back then, District 3 had only five clubs. Today, District 3 consists of the entire state of Arizona, except for Yuma and the area north of the Grand Canyon. There are more than 200 Toastmasters clubs and more than 4000 members in the District. That number continues to grow daily. The types of clubs we have are as diverse as the members in them, including bi-lingual, fitness walkers, progressive dining, speaking professionally, speaking on live TV, and more!

As an all-volunteer led organization, we offer a variety of practical leadership opportunities to our members both within and beyond the club experience from which they can grow and master their leadership skills. Some are elected roles, others appointed, but all members are encouraged to step up and volunteer to make a difference through service to our clubs and members.

Following are brief descriptions of the various aspects that makeup District 3:

Members

Our members are the most important aspect of the district. It’s people like you that help our clubs become successful and assist other members to grow and achieve! Our members are best served when we help them become effective evaluators and strong mentors for other new members.

Clubs

Clubs are supported by seven Club Officers; President, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership, Vice President Public Relations, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant At Arms. Club officers should be visible to their club members and be ready to assist members navigating the communication and leadership development programs.

Areas

Areas are comprised of about 4-7 clubs with each Area being led by an Area Director appointed by the District Director. Area Directors work with the club Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Education to ensure the club is supporting their members in the best way possible and fulfilling their Club Mission.

Area Directors provide training and assistance to help clubs achieve their Distinguished Club Program goals. As such, it is strongly recommended that members serve as a Club President or Vice President Education before being appointed to an Area Director position.

Divisions

There are eight divisions within District 3 each being comprised of 4-6 Areas. Each Division is led by a Division Director elected annually to support the Area Directors and help the District build new clubs.

Division Directors meet regularly with their Area Directors and help coordinate with other District resources to ensure Area Directors have the resources they need to support their clubs. Division Directors also work closely with the District Club Extension team to conduct orientation and new club organizing efforts.

District Leaders

There are three primary District leadership roles elected annually; District Director, Program Quality Director, and Club Growth Director. The “Trio” as we refer to them leads administrative, education, and marketing/membership committees in support of the areas and our member clubs.

District leaders are measured by four critical success factors as defined by Toastmasters International: net member growth, net club growth, educational achievements and leadership achievements.