Chopawamsic Toastmasters Club

Area 74, Division G

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational corporation headquartered in California. Its mission is to improve communication and leadership skills of its members. Mainly, this works out to "improving public speaking skills" but there is also a potent leadership and management aspect to the organization if you aspire to reach that level.

Among the many significant world events of the year, 1961 marked the chartering of the Chopawamsic Toastmasters Club. Toastmaster O. R. Whitelock, the Civilian Personnel Training Officer, recognized the need for an organization to promote public speaking. He held a meeting for all interested persons to discuss his ideas, and it was from this meeting that the Chopawamsic Toastmaster Club became a reality. Mr. Whitelock was subsequently elected the first Chopawamsic club president. The first meeting was held on March 24, 1961 and the club was chartered on August 24 of the same year. Our club charter has the distinction of being signed by the founder of Toastmasters International, Dr. Ralph A. Smedley, and is one of the few active charters in existence which bears his signature. Last August we celebrated our 44th Anniversary.