Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization. Through its individual Clubs, Toastmasters helps promote self-improvement and enhance leadership potential while members learn the arts of speaking, thinking and listening.
Toastmasters is proud to that it has been a part of the Cornwall community for 50 years!
2. Who can join Dobson Ranch Toastmasters?
Dobson Ranch Toastmasters is open to anyone over the age of 18.
3. When does the Club meet?
Our club meets at Friday Mornings from 6:30 AM until 8:00 AM at Dobson Ranch Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202
4. Can I just show up?
Absolutely. Meetings start promptly at 6:30am to 8:00am, and it is recommended you get there 10 minutes early to meet club members...who are the friendliest folks in town.
5. Is food served?
Yes, breakfast and coffee are served by the restaurant and it is complimentary to guests for the first 2 meetings. After the 2nd meeting we ask that potential members pay $10 for each subsequent breakfast. There are a variety of options to choose from and all are an excellent way to start the day!
6. Do I have to participate?
As a guest, participation is strictly voluntary. We will give you the opportunity to introduce yourself early in the meeting and an opportunity to tell us what you thought of the meeting toward the end. If you are not comfortable yet, those are all optional.
7. How do I join?
You are welcome to come as a guest anytime. If you decide that you want to join, all you need to do is fill out an application and pay your membership dues. It is that easy!
8. What does it cost to join?
The monthly fee for Dobson Ranch Toastmasters is $30. This includes breakfast for members. Additionally Toastmaster International dues are $36 every 6 months. Where else can you get a full year of training for such a low cost?
9. What do the fees cover?
Membership with Toastmasters International (paid separately)
Opportunities to practice speaking, thinking and listening skills and receive
feedback at weekly meetings
A Communication and Leadership Manual that contain step-by-step
instructions for writing, preparing and delivering speeches
Education booklets from Toastmaster International
Rewards and recognition for your achievements
A monthly educational magazine from Toastmasters International
Educational materials (e.g. videos), equipment and supplies for the Club
10. Will I be pressured into joining?
Absolutley not! Guests are welcome to attend up to 2 meetings before they decide if DRTM is right for them.
11. The club meets in the Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course. Is course membership required?
No. The club rents the space from Dobson Ranch Golf Course, but is not affiliated in any way with the golf course or the restaurant.
12. Can the Club help me with an upcoming presentation?
Yes. A special focus group can be set up at your convenience, to help you improve your presentation. Areas to be evaluated include your voice, body language, and presentation structure.
13. How long do I have to attend?
Toastmasters is not a course. You decide when you have achieved your objectives. Many people are attracted to Toastmasters because it provides an ongoing opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills. It is not mandatory that you attend every meeting, but the more that you attend, the more that you will learn.
14. I do not do any public speaking. Why should I join Toastmasters?
The Toastmasters organization is about much more than just public speaking. It provides great training for everyday communication from talking to people on the phone, to participating in group meetings, to social gatherings. Communication is a basic skill that we all need to improve to be more effective and to get our ideas heard. Toastmasters also provides leadership training. Many people join Toastmasters to gain leadership skills.
15. Who can I contact for more information?
When you go to a meeting you will find all club members to be helpful sources of information, you can click this link
to E-mail our VPPR for more information, or more information about the Toastmasters organization is also available on the Toastmasters International website at www.toastmasters.org