Timeline


1905


  • Illinois YMCA Education Director Ralph C. Smedley sees public-speaking need

  • Organizes Toastmasters Club, referencing role of “toastmaster” at banquets

  • First unofficial Toastmasters meeting held on March 24

  • Smedley and older men present short speeches; younger men join in evaluations



Smedley Family
Young Smedley

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