Holidays for this Quarter

  • No meeting -  May 27 - Memorial Day
  • No meeting -  July 1
  • No meeting -  September 2

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 

Area C1 Contest Winners !


Congratulations to Jane and Lindsay! Thank you both so much for representing Townsend Toastmasters to compete in the Area C1 Speech contest last evening. We are all proud of you and a BIG thanks to Bernice and Ping for attending and cheering for them.

There are 5 Toastmasters clubs in Area C1 with a total of 80 members. Last evening, there were no contestants sent from other Area C1 Toastmasters clubs, and we won by default.

I do not want to speculate the reasons other Area C1 Toastmasters clubs did not participate. Jane and Lindsay will move up to complete next level, which is the Division C with over 30 Toastmasters clubs and 500 members, on April 17, 2019, between 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at UCSF Mission Center, San Francisco.

Townsend Toastmasters club is a great club and I am proud to be a part of the club officers team to lead the club. Our members continually push themselves to the next level. Over the past year, we have been working together to achieve goals after goals, improving public speaking as well as leadership skills. We will continue and keep the momentum going.

Congratulations again to our proud members, Jane and Lindsay!

Simon Chan
President | Townsend Toastmasters

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
Fall 2016 - Area Contest Results
September 20, 2016

The Area Contest was held on Monday, September 19, for both Evaluation and Humorous Speech. It was a combined Area C1 and Area C6 contest (co-chaired by Ping Ho, one of our club members). We are excited to announce that both Mirus and Roberta placed 1st in their contests!
Area C1 and C6 winners of Evaluation and Humorous Speech contests
Congratulations to Roberta Guise - 1st place Area C1 Evaluation Contest! Her evaluation of a speech from the Test Speaker on unconscious bias was well-organized and thoughtful.

Congratulations to Mirus Lu - 1st place Area C1 Humorous Speech Contest! His speech on "A Relationship Milestone for the 21st Century" on building IKEA furniture was funny and taught us some lessons about relationships too.

Mirus and Roberta will both be representing Area C1 in the Division C contest on October 12 at Dolby Labs at 1275 Market Street. Registration details will appear on the District 4 website soon:

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. 
Area Contest Results
March 23, 2016

The Area D1 contest was held tonight and both club members who competed placed in their respective contests.  Congratulations to Roberta & Jason!

Roberta Guise won the Table Topics contest with her slogan for her Presidential race.

Jason Okui placed 2nd in the International Speech contest with his story of how his grandparents met.

Roberta moves on to compete in the next contest, the Division D Table Topics contest on April 14.  Find more details here:

Club Contest Results
Feb 22, 2016

Congratulations to our club contest winners!

Winners of the Table Topics contest

International Speech Contest:
1st Place Jason Okui "How I Met Your Grandmother"
2nd Place Mudassir Sheikh "Making Popsicles on High Camp"

Table Topics Speech Contest:
1st place:  Roberta Guise
2nd place: Mudassir Sheikh
3rd place:  Kelly Parker
4th place:  Tasha Pelaez

First place winners will represent our club in the Area contest which will be held in March.

Organizers of the contest

And finally, my sincerest thanks to the contest committee who helped me make this contest a reality! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

- Ping Ho | VP of Education

Member Appreciation Day

Oct 26, 2015

We had a special meeting at our club where we had lots of guests and snacks were served with our regular meeting. Here's a picture from the event.

townsend toastmasters soma - members

Club Announcements
Oct 15, 2015

Division D Contest results!  We are very proud of two club members who competed in the Division D contests. 
  • Congratulations to Tomas Pueyo who got 1st place in the Humorous Speech Contest!
  • Congratulations to Jason Okui who placed 2nd for the Evaluation contest!
Tomas moves on to compete at the final contest at the District level being held at the District 4 Fall Conference on November 7th. Good luck!!
Area D1 Contest Award

Division D Contest results!

posted Oct 15, 2015, 11:18 PM by Ping Ho
The Division D contests were held on tonight (October 15) at McKesson in San Francisco.  The competition was fierce and, now, the results are in!

Tomas Pueyo is the 1st place winner for the Humorous Speech Contest!
His speech, "European Dis-Union", was full of hilarious insights (and maybe just a few sarcastic remarks) about the European Union and "old" Europe.  He'll be competing in the final level at the District Fall Conference on Nov 7th:

Tomas giving his speech in the contest

Congratulations to the master of feedback, Jason Okui, who won 2nd place in the Evaluation Contest!  His astute evaluation of a test speaker talking about going from "woe to wow" was detailed, organized and included thoughtful suggestions for improvement.

Jason giving his evaluation

Great job!  So happy and proud of your accomplishments!