4 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH
ROTARY’S NEW TOASTMASTERS
After decades of avoiding public speaking, Rotarian Terry Beard
decided to confront his fears head on. A friend introduced him to
Toastmasters, where he learned to be comfortable in front of an
audience, while also enhancing his leadership skills.
Wanting to create a safe harbor for others to grow as he had,
Beard launched the Portland Rotary Toastmasters club which
includes members of the Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon, USA,
but is also open to the public.
“We started it to help members develop their voice and grow in
leadership skills,” he says. “But we got so much more than we
Rotary International and Toastmasters International are now
collaborating to give Rotary members increased opportunities for
personal and professional growth. Rotary members have access to
explore public speaking tips, videos, podcasts, and more from
Here’s how you and your Rotary club can get involved in
1. Visit a local Toastmasters club to learn more about the
organization. Toastmasters has 16,800 clubs in 143
countries, so you’re likely to find one near you. Go to
2. Ask a member of Toastmasters to visit or speak at your club.
3. Invite a Toastmasters member to participate in a club service
activity or attend a social event.
4. Work with your local Toastmasters club to hold a joint event
so your members can discuss potential collaboration
Rotary International is also creating a leadership and
communication curriculum for Rotary and Rotaract members
that will be available in English next year, with release in all
Rotary languages by 2021.
Read more about Beard’s experience with the Portland Rotary
Toastmasters and how Toastmasters can benefit your club in
his post for Rotary Voices.