How The Toastmasters Program Works

At Toastmasters members learn by performing various speaking, leadership, listening and feedback roles in a friendly and supportive club atmosphere.

Club Members support each other to build communication and leadership skills by a process of encouraging and informative evaluations.

Members learn to be better speakers by speaking, better leaders by leading and better listeners by providing feedback through evaluations.

The Benefits to You

Whether you are a professional, student, community member, parent, retiree, young or older, male or female, Toastmasters is a great way to:

  • Break out of your comfort zone
  • Gain confidence
  • Develop self esteem
  • Lose the fear of public speaking
  • Develop and present your ideas more effectively
  • Be a better listener
  • Develop quick thinking skills
  • Exchange ideas
  • Improve interpersonal skills
  • Become an effective leader
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun
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Committee Members

PresidentColin Steber
Vice President EducationSimon Brown
Vice President Public RelationsJeremy Smith
Vice President MembershipMurad Alshalalfa
TreasurerRobyn Jenkins
SecretaryAngela Pink
Sergeant at ArmsColin Steber

Our History

Toastmasters was founded by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley in Santa Anna, California. The Santa Anna Toastmasters Club held its first meeting in the YMCA basement on 22 October 1924. Today there are more than 170,000 members who take part in more than 8,000 clubs in over 58 countries.

Taree Toastmasters Club – Club 2893 of Toastmasters International – was formed by five men on 13th April, 1967. They were Frank Hooke – solicitor, John Dew – commercial traveller and member of Wunderlich Toastmasters Club, Bill Lowry – car salesman, Greg Coleman – veterinary surgeon – and Trevor Hammond – builder. Forty two men attended the foundation meeting, although not all maintained their interest.

A permanent meeting venue was assured when Taree RSL Club agreed to accept the group as an “internal club” in the early 1980’s. Toastmasters has received support from Taree RSL Club (now Club Taree) since that time.

Joining and Membership Information

Members must be at least 18 years old. Prospective Members are voted in to the club by current financial Members.


There is a once only joining fee of $75 and hen $75 per six months.

What you get

Membership of a highly regarded international organisation dedicated to improving public speaking, leadership skills and confidence of its members.

New members receive from Toastmasters International a New Member Kit, a manual which will lead you through your first ten speeches and a monthly copy of “The Toastmaster” magazine. They will also receive a Club Taree Toastmaster’s name badge.

Club Meetings

An agenda is prepared and circulated before each meeting. Meetings are held at Club Taree on the second and fourth Thursday of each month commencing at 7.30pm sharp. Meetings can only go beyond 9.30pm with the approval of the members at the meeting.

Meeting room location is displayed in the Club entry foyer. There is a break of about 10 mins during each meeting.

Visitors are always welcome and will receive a kit explaining Toastmasters in detail.

Events Calendar

Taree Toastmasters meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Club Taree, 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start

Contact Details

Any member will be pleased to talk to you about Toastmasters.

For further information, please contact Taree Toastmasters on email




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