by Robert Seiden, ATMB

It all started on March 25, 1933… the 8th club in the world, Glendale One was chartered. At that time, the club met at the Glendale YMCA. Dr. Dwight Smith and Harry Finlay were two of the founding members. Toastmasters International has grown since then and today there are  13,500 clubs in 116 countries with 280,000 members. Of the 8 original clubs, 7 still survive.

In October 1933, Glendale One hosted the International Convention of Toastmasters at its Tuesday Afternoon clubhouse in Glendale. Twelve clubs were in attendance.

Glendale One celebrated its thirteenth anniversary at Pikes Verdugo in Glendale where Dr. Ralph Smedley, Toastmasters International Founder, was the installing officer.

Janet Tanner joined our club in 1975 to become one of the first women to become a Toastmaster.

In 1980, club member Jeff Young won the Toastmasters International speech contest. Glendale One, Club #8. In 1993, the club celebrated its sixtieth anniversary at the Castaway Restaurant with the International President, John Latin and the 1980 World Champion, Jeff Young as honored guests.

Jeff Young visited Glendale One in July, 2013, and delivered an inspiring speech at the Officer Installation Dinner.

Jeff Young visited Glendale One in July, 2013, and delivered an inspiring speech at the Officer Installation Dinner.

On March 25th, 2008, the club celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary at Glendale’s City Hall.  One of the highlights of the evening was the keynote address by the 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking and Glendale resident, Lance Miller.  Also in attendance was the 2008 Toastmasters District 52 Governor, Cora Soriano, DTM.

Since its inception, Glendale One has been active in teaching club members (18yrs+) how to speak in public. You will be kept on your toes by the club’s various activities. Perhaps the most famous (or infamous) activity includes Table Topics, where you are randomly called upon to answer a question with little to no time to prepare. The end result – you will grow and adapt to the unique challenges that come along with public speaking.

Because the clubs are composed of like minded people, the camaraderie and friendships that develop between the club members become powerful over time. So much so, in fact, it is not uncommon for you – as a member – to consider your Toastmasters club to be your second family. Even “famous” people are involved in Toastmasters— among them, Peter Coors, Debbi Fields and Chris Matthews.

Today, Glendale One continues as one of the top clubs in the area with its dedication toward serving its members in reaching their leadership and speaking goals.

Please come join us.  Glendale One meets every Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Panera Bread, 300 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA. Guests are graciously welcome.  Bring a friend.  Reservations are not required; however, we are a dinner meeting. Therefore, the restaurant is expecting all in attendance to order at least an entrée….that’s the deal we have made so we won’t have to pay rent and we’re guaranteed use of the private room.  We would like for you to arrive by 6:30 p.m. and place your dinner order. We look forward to meeting you soon!