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Club History

Oak Bay Toastmasters was founded in November, 1994 as “GVHS Toastmasters”. It was revived on May 5th, 1998 as “Oak Bay Toastmasters” by six members, one of whom is still with us today – Glyn Williams! 


  • "President’s Distinguished Club" status for sixteen consecutive years
  • 8 Area Directors, 4 Division Directors, current District executive member
  • 3 Award-Winning Speakers
  • 2 Active Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)


Oak Bay Toastmaster’s membership averages 25 to 30 members. The wide range of ages and backgrounds makes us a diverse, fun, yet professional group. Our members include students, professionals, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. Everyone is welcome.

Dues: (2019) $108. for 6 months. @ $4.50 per week  

(dues cover OBTM dues to Toastmasters International, meeting room rental,  supplies.)  We are non-profit.

Oak Bay Club meetings:

Our meetings run 90 minutes, allowing the majority of our members an opportunity to speak at every meeting.  

First 30 minutes: short prepared speeches, and several impromptu speeches.  Brief break.

Second 30 minutes: Several longer prepared speeches.

Final 30 minutes: Evaluations of all speakers, to highlight their strengths and to suggest specific improvements to work on.

Club roles:

Members change roles at every meeting, giving everyone a chance to experience all roles.  

Toastmaster — The primary duty of the Toastmaster is to act as a genial host and conduct the entire program. It is the Toastmaster who creates the atmosphere of interest, expectation and receptivity. This task is usually assigned to members who are familiar with the club.

Greeter — The Greeter introduces the people who have come to the meeting as guests. The purpose is to make guests feel welcome by introducing them to the other members.

Timer — The Timer is responsible for keeping track of time. Each segment of the meeting is timed for a minimum and a maximum time. The Timer explains the timing rules at the beginning of the meeting and provides a report at the end.

Grammarian — The Grammarian has three ;roles: first, to expand our vocabulary by introducing a Word of the Day to be used by members throughout the evening; second, to monitor our audible pauses (ums!); and third, to comment on our creative use and (occasional) misuse of English.

Inspiration — The Inspiration consists of giving a short story, poem, quote or speech. The object of the speech is to leave everyone with something inspiring to consider.

Smile Story — The smile story is a short, humorous speech. The object is to make people laugh, or leave us with a smile, by sharing  an "appropriate" joke or personal anecdote.

Table Topics Master — The purpose of the Table Topics session is to have members "think on their feet" and give impromptu speeches. The Table Topics Master has prepared four or more original topics, often based upon the weekly meeting theme. They may ask for volunteer speakers or call upon specific members at random.

Educational — This session is presented by an experienced Toastmaster as an educational speech. It can be on any relevant subject such as speech preparation, evaluation, meeting procedure, officer duties, and member obligations.

Toast — The purpose of the Toast is to give a toast on something distinctive and memorable. Generally, the toast is given on a topical and interesting subject, person or activity.

Speaker(s) — Each Speaker gives a prepared speech from th Toastmasters Educational program, which is often five to seven minutes. There are usually two to three speakers in a meeting with both newer and more experienced members participating.

General Evaluator — As an experienced Toastmaster, the General Evaluator chairs this portion of the meeting and is responsible for the evaluation team. Following the other evaluators, the General Evaluator evaluates everything that takes place throughout the meeting. They will comment on the Table Topics Evaluator and main Speech Evaluators, but not on the speakers themselves. A good evaluation is firm, fair and friendly. Improvement is encouraged and constructive comments offered.

Table Topics Evaluator — The Table Topics Evaluator takes notes on the performance of speakers during the Table Topics Session and gives them evaluations.

Speakers’ Evaluators — The Speakers’ Evaluators evaluate a prepared speech. In addition to an oral evaluation, they give the speaker a written evaluation from the manual.

Quizmaster — The Quizmaster generates questions from the speeches throughout the evening and presents them to other members as a quiz. The purpose is to improve our listening skills.

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