Holidays for this Quarter

  • No meeting -  Jan 21 - MLK Day
  • No meeting -  Feb 18 - Presidents Day
  • No meeting -  May 27 - Memorial Day

Townsend Toastmasters Club

Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Win that job interview?
We are a part of Toastmasters International which has helped people all over the world with their communication and leadership skills.
Ours is an open club that provides a warm welcoming environment to improve your speaking skills. We have members from companies around the area and everyone is welcome to join us.

How Does It Work?
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.

Who Everyone
When 12  - 1 PM  (every Monday, except holidays)
Where Voodoo Room, 601 Townsend Street (Adobe), San Francisco

Visitors are always welcome - just come by
(  Meet us in the lobby to register as a visitor  )

SoMa Townsend Toastmasters
Have questions?
Please email our Club President, Simon Chan, or any of the officers listed on this page: Club Officers 

Ping, Simon & Roberta recognized - Chartered a new club

Ping Ho, one of our charter members of Townsend Toastmasters and a club mentor at a newly formed club called Cloudflare Toastmasters, was recognized during the charter ceremony last Thursday. She mentored this new club from the start to a fully functioning Toastmasters club.

Simon Chan was recognized as a co-club mentor of Cloudflare Toastmasters at their charter ceremony

Roberta Guise also successfully mentored a new Toastmasters club from start to finish. It's Aon's corporate club called Insuring Pros Toastmasters.

We are all proud of you Ping, Simon & Roberta !

International Speech & Evaluation Contest

Contest Chair : Peppe Ragusa
Chief Judge : Roberta Guise
Judges : Melanie, Victoria, Jennifer, Sophia
Timer : Meghan
Ballot Counters : Simon, Scott
Sergeant at Arms : Maria Vargas

International Speech Contest : Jane Guo

Evaluation Contest :  
1. Lindsay Brock  
2. Bernice Lim

10th Anniversary luncheon

Maria, Scott, Jane & Roberta organized our clubs 10 Year Anniversary Luncheon :

Great luncheon today.  Thank you to everyone for attending, including Jane for her great Toastmaster duties; Simon for his intro speech and recognition of all the charter members; Rodney, Aliya, Bernice, and Ping for their wonderful words of reflection and future hopes for the club; and finally, but not least, Scott's great Table Topics idea that had everyone in attendance to participating.  Here's looking to another inspirational 10 years.

TechWomen Guests

Aliya Janjua our Toastmaster and the mentor for TechWomen had two special guests over for a speech. Both of them gave excellent speeches and made it a memorable event.

Education Awards

Congratulations on Education Awards !

  • Simon Chan (Pathways L1 Innovative Planning)
  • Roberta Guise (Pathways L1 Presentation Mastery)
  • Christopher Chiasson (Competent Communicator)
  • Ping Ho (Advanced Leadership Silver)

Happy Halloween Townsend Toastmasters! 🎃

Thank you, Meghan, for yesterday's fun Halloween themed meeting, being our Toastmaster, sharing the history of the origin of the holiday, and bringing chocolate treats for everyone!

Helen shared tips on how to purge our clutter the Kondo way 
Simon's speech was about the one thing he fears. 
Scott, Robert, Jason, & Simon - all participated in my Halloween themed table topics; 
Chris timed us precisely, while Robert checked our fillers and double-clutches; and Peppe gave the club thoughtful feedback. 

- Great meeting everyone !

Enjoy your All Hallows' Eve!

Humorous & Evaluation Speech Contest

Humorous contest winnerLauren Dai  
Evaluation contestPing Ho (Evaluation contest winner), Jason Alarcon (Runner up)

International Speech Contest Win!

We are excited to announce that Townsend Toastmaster Ali Zia placed 1st in the International Speech and 2nd in the Table Topics!

The Area Contest was held on Wednesday, March 29th for both Table Topics and International Speech. It was a combined Area C1 and Area C6 contest.

Special thank you to Ping Ho, our Area C1 Director, for organizing and running the show! Thanks to our club for hosting: Akshay Gangam (Pre-planning, setup, Sergeant at Arms), Eliza Wong (Setup/Sergeant at Arms), Bernice Lim (Setup), Mirus Lu (check-in) and Jason Alarcon (Timer).

Congratulations to Ali - 1st place Area C1 International Speech Contest!

He moves on to the next level at this contest:
Division C Contest
Friday, April 28th 5:30-8pm
UCSF Mission Hall
550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94143

Area C1 & C6 Contests - Humorous Speech & Evaluations Monday, September 19! Join Us!

The Area Contest is next Monday, September 19!

Join us for some fun, to cheer on your club contestants (Roberta & Mirus), and for an opportunity to see different speakers from Area C1 and Area C6.

Area C1 & C6 Contests - Humorous Speech & Evaluations
September 19, 2016
5:30pm - 8pm

500 Terry Francois Blvd
San Francisco
(Hosted by Cloudmasters)
Register online
$5 if you register, $7 walk-in entry fee
Contestants are free!
(Remember: Townsend Toastmasters is offering to reimburse your entry fee to the Area Contest.)

Join Us For A Special Townsend Toastmasters Meeting on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 12 PM at Advent Software, 4th Floor, 600 Townsend St.

Guest Speaker Workshop with Peter Khoury of Magnetic Speaking

Peter Khoury is a Certified Professional NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Coach, trainer and strategic executive coach.  Peter has trained hundreds of professionals in public speaking.

Peter’s company, “Magnetic Speaking”,
 offers a range of boot camps from Magnetic Storytelling, Magnetic Delivery, Magnetic Blueprint and other weekly workshops like IMPROV.

Peter wrote a book on leadership, “Self-Leadership Guide: Be Empowered Be Motivated” and is also a Distinguished Toastmaster.  

We are excited to have Peter join us!
You don't want to miss this meeting!  All guests are welcome!

*Please note the location change for this meeting.  We will not be meeting at Adobe this week.  Advent Software is across the street from Adobe.