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.
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.
Date of Origin: June 7,1917 AD
Motto: We Serve
Founder: Melvin Jones
Origin: Melvin Jones suggested in a business convention to put the talents of some businessmen and friends to improve their communities. The suggestion by Melvin was answered back by some interested individuals and funding from his own money and theirs. Lions as a symbol, as the founders put it, represents strength, courage, fidelity and vital action. After few meetings between the founders, that symbol was chosen by a secret ballot.
Work: Eye-sight, Disabled, Healthcare, Building Schools, Natural Disaster Relief, Reconstruction. Lions had a role in drafting the constitution of the UN, and still have members observing some of its meetings till today. They focus on doing service projects in their communities that are mainly health related and with some emphasis on social issues on religious or national occasions.
Sub-categories: Lions Clubs, Leos Clubs, Lions Leadership Program.
I hope you find the information presented interesting, eye-opening, and useful yet I hope no one becomes paranoid about the world and what is going on in life. The more we know the more powerful we are, the clearer we can plan and the better we can understand the world around us…and its always important to weigh all the odds before coming up with decisions, or stating opinions or stances towards any person, idea or organization.
In terms of secret societies, I prefer to start with the historical societies up until today so that my beloved readers get to understand more the context of how and why this society started and whether it is still there… (yes that ironically conflicts with it being “secret” ..don’t worry this too will be explained in the posts)
As for the international clubs, I will give just 4 or 5 examples of the most prominent ones…the rest I can give more details on if requested.
At this point I want your opinion …shall I start the posts with the secret socities or the international clubs? Which would you like to read about first?…one society/club at a time 🙂
Defining International Club