Ralph C. Smedley Award

Our club has been officially recognized for having earned the Ralph C. Smedley Award for Toastmasters year 2010-2011.  It is awarded annually to clubs which add five new members between August 1 and September 30.

We received congratulatory e-mails from the Lieutenant Governor Marketing for District 66 (Virginia), the Division Governor for the Eastern Division and our Area 13 Area Governor.

Ralph C. Smedley

The award is named in honor of Ralph C. Smedley, the Founder of Toastmasters International.

Some history of the founding of Toastmasters International:

Working as Educational Director at a YMCA in Illinois, Dr. Smedley began a program to teach public speaking and leadership skills to youths in a social setting.  As Dr. Smedley moved from facility to facility, he established new clubs but the clubs he left behind disbanded.

Eventually, in 1924, Dr. Smedley established a new, self-sustaining club in Santa Ana, California, which is still in existence today.

For a more complete time line, you can refer to this page on t he Toastmasters International site.

Thus ends our history lesson for today.


UPDATE: Congratulations go out to the Union City Toastmasters Club for also winning the Smedley Award!


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
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