Throughout the year, we have many Toastmasters milestones—officer elections, the changing of the program year, the International Convention, District Leader Training, and more. With so much business to tend to, members might miss out on opportunities for celebration. After more than a year of challenges brought on by the global pandemic, take a day to step back and applaud one another for all of the hard work. And what better day to celebrate than October 22—Toastmasters International’s 97th anniversary!
Ready for a new challenge? Want to have some fun? On October 22, or anytime throughout the month, set up a fun club meeting or gathering with a few members to honor the organization’s anniversary and your outstanding accomplishments over the past year. Call it a Day of Celebration! Commemorate the camaraderie and connections you maintained and strengthened, or take the opportunity to reach out to a member you’d like to connect with more often. Plan how you and your club are going to build back stronger in the 2021–2022 program year—and then tell us about it. Send photos of your gathering to firstname.lastname@example.org and post them on social media using #CelebrateTI and #TalkingToastmasters.
Need some inspiration for hosting your fellow Toastmasters? Here’s a list of ideas from the Magazine Team:
- Go out to dinner at a new or favorite restaurant.
- Go on a hike.
- Send a message to a member who moved to a different city.
- Bring back the online happy hour.
- Cook dinner for fellow club members.
- Picnic in the park.
- Visit a museum.
- Host a potluck in your backyard.
- Go on a walk.
- Host a creatively themed meeting.
- Get coffee with your mentor/mentee.
- Step back in time with Toastmaster magazine issues from 1930 to 2011.
- Test everyone’s knowledge of Toastmasters history with a quiz.
Make your celebration as complex or simple as you want. Get together with one member, a small group, or your entire club. It’s up to you!
Watch this video from Toastmasters' 90th anniversary and help celebrate the history of the organization and its founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley.
Laura Mishkind is assistant editor for the Toastmaster magazine.