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Smedley Award runs between 1st August and 30th September 2022

To win the 2021 Smedley Award for your club, simply add 5 new, dual, or reinstated members between 1st August 2022 and 30th September 2022.

Your club will win a Smedley Award ribbon to display at your club meetings.

Note, members transferring from another club to your club do not count toward your 5 members.

Start following in the footsteps of our illustrious founder, Ralph Smedley, today!

The Smedley Award History

Back in 1924 our founder, Ralph Smedley, set up the first Toastmasters club in Santa Ana, California. Ralph’s dream was to build a network of Toastmaster clubs that would help members to find their voice, speak with confidence and become effective leaders. Over the next few years, Toastmaster clubs started to pop up across the United States. In 1930, the first international club was opened in Vancouver, and today there are more than 16,000 Toastmaster clubs, in approaching 150 countries. Over the course of its history, Toastmasters has helped more than 4 million members develop their communication and leadership skills.

Back in 1924, Ralph could not have built the organisation without help. He needed others to step forward. Members who realised that Toastmasters wasn’t simply about taking what you can get.

It was about commitment. It was about perseverance. It was about helping to shape the future of not only the organisation but of each and every person who walked through the door.

Toastmasters has always been about service, excellence, and growth and the Smedley Award honour those exact qualities.