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Notable Events From Past International Conventions

Take a look at memorable moments from past conventions.

By Mackenzie Eldred

an handing Dr. Ralph C. Smedley the key to the city


Toastmasters hosted the 28th annual convention at the Sheraton-Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California. Mayor George Christopher presented Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International, with a key to the city.

Drill team walking down aisle while convention attendees watch


The Highlander Boys, a crack drill team, demonstrated a close order drill during the 33rd International Convention in Denver, Colorado. The drill team also performed at Opening Ceremonies by presenting flags of the countries that had Toastmasters clubs.

Bagpiper leading procession of people


A bagpiper led the procession of officers, directors, and their families as they entered the President’s Celebration during the 36th International Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Ralph E. Howland being knighted by festival queen


Ralph E. Howland, DTM, International President 1969-1970, was “knighted” and inducted into the Portland society of the Royal Rosarians by Portland Rose Festival Queen Laurie King during Opening Ceremonies of the 39th International Convention inPortland, Oregon.

Past Toastmasters International Presidents Helen Blanchard and Ted Wood onstage at convention


Ted Wood, DTM, International President 1986-1987, who was the first Black International President of Toastmasters, stands on the stage during the 55th International Convention with Helen Blanchard, DTM, who served as the first female International President from 1985-1986.


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