Name of Organization: Toastmasters International
Date of Origin: 1924
Motto: Become the speaker and leader you want to be
Founder: Ralph C. Smedley
Origin: 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.
Work: Public speaking sessions, tournaments and workshops.
Name of Organization: Junior Chamber International (JCI) (originally called Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association (YMPCA))
Date of Origin: October 13, 1915.
Motto: Be Better
Founder: Henry “Hy” Giessenbier, Jr.
Origin: It is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs. Members contribute to the advancement of the global community by creating positive change worldwide.
Work: Members work on business, individual, community and international development through projects, meetings, seminars, and events.
Name of Organization: Kiwanis International
Date of Origin: 1915 AD
Motto: To Serve Children of the World
Founders: Allen S. Browne & Joseph C. Prance
Origin: Kiwanis = We Share our Talent (American Indian expression: Nunc Kee-wanis). Volunteering to change the world through service to children and communities.
Work: Shelter, Hunger, Mentoring the Underprivileged, Health Care, Youth Leadership, Reconstruction.
Sub-Categories: Kiwanis University, Key Club International, Builders Club, Aktion Club, Kiwanis International Foundation, Circle K International, Key Leader, Kiwanis Kids, Kiwanis Junior.
Name of Organization: Rotary International
Date of Origin: February 23,1905 AD
Founder: Attorney Paul P. Harris
Motto: Service Above Self
Origin: Businessmen where invited to join to both serve each other and capture the goodwill spirit amongst the club members. The habit of rotating meeting venue in offices of members gave the organization its name “Rotary”.
Work: Rotary members had a big role in Europe since the WWII in relief and humanitarian aid, and had an impact on the initiation of the UN. Post WWII, Rotaray called for a conference to promote education adn cultural exchange which inspired the fouding of UNESCO. Many UN committees and departments till this day have Rotary observers present in their meetings.A major campaign they worked on was Polio+. Most clubs now work on local service projects and on sponsoring Rotaract Clubs to do similar projects and campaigns.
Sub-categories: Rotary Clubs, Rotary Fellows, InnerWheel Clubs, Rotary Scholarship Grants, Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs.