UKAY TMC or UKAY Toastmasters Club was officially chartered with Toastmasters International on the 30Th of June 1999. The formation of the club was the vision of dedicated Toastmasters from the MIM Toastmasters Club of Kuala Lumpur who were the mentors and sponsors to bring the club to life.
The club has since then grown by leaps & bounds in providing communication and leadership skills to its members through the various educational programs offered by Toastmasters International.
The activities of the club include the bi-monthly meetings of the club at Fairview International School, Wangsa Maju. The club meetings include impromptu speaking sessions called Table Topics and prepared speeches from the various project manuals and evaluation sessions.
Members take up the various meeting roles that have clear guidelines for execution. The taking up of meeting roles is part of the Toastmasters educational program.
History of Toastmasters
In 1924, Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting of what would eventually become Toastmasters International.
Smedley began working as director of education for a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) after he graduated from college. He observed that many of the young patrons needed “training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings” and Smedley wanted to help them. He decided the training format would be similar to a social club. During the early 1900s the word “toastmaster” referred to a person who proposed the toasts and introduced the speakers at a banquet. Smedley named his group “The Toastmasters Club” because he thought it suggested a pleasant, social atmosphere appealing to young men.
When Smedley started the Toastmasters group at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, members practised speaking skills in a supportive, informal atmosphere. The seedling club blossomed. Word spread about Smedley’s YMCA experiment and soon people in other communities and even other states began asking for permission and help to start their own Toastmasters meetings.
The evolution of its educational programs and resources are a big part of Toastmasters International’s success and growth. Training has expanded from the 15-project manual Basic Training for Toastmasters, developed by Smedley, to include other materials to help members develop skills in listening, giving feedback, decision-making, delegating and mentoring.
With over 12,500 clubs and more than 260,000 members in 113 countries, Ralph Smedley’s vision is today a worldwide reality.
Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through member clubs, people throughout the world can improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change.
Toastmasters International’s core values are integrity, dedication to excellence, service to the member, and respect for the individual. These are values worthy of a great organisation, that provide a means of not only guiding but also evaluating our operations, our planning, and our vision for the future.