A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There are no instructors in our Toastmaster meetings. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations in a peer-reviewed exercise concentrating on certain aspects of speaking such as writing, vocal variety, use of gestures, expression, and visual aids. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar, and parliamentary procedure.
Whether you're looking to increase your self-confidence and leadership potential, ignite your career or win that next job interview, Warner Center Toastmasters can help. Please stop by as a guest and receive a warm welcome!
Founded in 1983 by Rose Lane, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster), Warner Center Toastmasters is an award-winning club renowned for its high level of professionalism and inviting atmosphere where people may openly participate, learn, and have fun. We welcome people from all walks of life and come together to help one another learn in a friendly and supportive environment.
For 13 years, we have successfully achieved the President’s Distinguished honor which is the highest award for achievement that can be bestowed upon a club by Toastmasters International. Less than 1% of clubs worldwide achieve this recognition, making us one of the premier Communication and Leadership clubs in the San Fernando Valley. Our outstanding members include individuals who have held some of the highest officer roles in District 52. And our founder, Rose Lane, has been and continues to be the foundation of our club. It is her continued guidance that has helped set our club’s standard of excellence.
Our club members are warm, welcoming people from all walks of life who share a common goal: to improve their speaking and leadership skills. This provides members a strong foundation and develops helpful relationships that provide motivation and growth.
Our meetings consist of roles and speaking opportunities for all members. There are no instructors. We believe that the best way to learn is through observation and active participation. The more involved you are in club meetings, the faster you improve your skills!
Our members wish to help other members improve their own skills. The best way to do this is by providing immediate feedback after prepared speeches. Each prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who will highlight areas where the speaker did well, suggest areas for improvement, and provide encouragement.
Each year, thousands of Toastmasters compete in Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics, and International speech contests. A well-planned contest with enthusiastic and creative contestants is one of our club's most popular events!
Ken Slusser, CTM
Vice President Education
Jinna Hariri, PM3
Vice President Membership
Sade Bayati, IP1
Vice President Public Relations
Sharon Goldhammer, EH1
John Murray, DTM
Leon Cates, CTM
Sergeant at Arms
Nadeesha Fernando, PM1
Immediate Past President
Bill Anderson, IP1
Each year, our club elects new officers to fulfill certain responsibilities in supporting the club and its members. There are several officer positions within our club to both spread the workload fairly and to expand the leadership opportunities for our members. Serving as a club officer satisfies one of the requirements for Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recognition.