District History

On July 1, 2017, District 103 Toastmasters made history!

See also: Past District Directors

It became an official district within Toastmasters International. It also became the second district serving members in Chicago and the Chicagoland areas.

District 103 Toastmasters has a mission to “build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.” In addition, the purpose of District 103 Toastmasters is “to enhance the quality and performance and extend the network of the member clubs of Toastmasters International within the boundaries of the district, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters’ educational program…”

From downtown Chicago to the Southside of Chicago, District 103 Toastmasters fulfills its mission and purpose.

DID YOU KNOW?

Long before the official beginning of Toastmasters International in California, Illinois was at the heart of Toastmasters?

In Bloomington, Illinois, on March 24, 1905, Ralph Smedley introduced the concept of Toastmasters as Educational Director at the Bloomington YMCA. Several years later, in 1936, the Lincoln-Douglas Club #51 in Springfield became the first club to chart in Illinois. Club #96 was the first club to charter in the Chicagoland area.

This history of Toastmasters continues in Illinois with the forming of the brand-new District 103 on July 1, 2017.

District 103 Toastmasters will focus on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational and membership goals, ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its individual members, and providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district leaders.