About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is more than 332,000 members. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

About District 5

District Mission

“We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.”

Operation-wise, Toastmasters International is currently divided into 14 Regions and 97 Districts. View Map District 5 Toastmasters was formed in 1937. As of today, District 5 is composed about 150 clubs with more than 3,000 members.  The territory of our District includes San Diego County, Imperial County and Yuma Arizona.  We honor the district mission set forth by Toastmasters International – We Build New Clubs and Support All Clubs in Achieving Excellence. For every 4-6 clubs, it forms an Area.  The Area Director is a volunteer position appointed by the District Director to support the area.  For every 3-6 Areas, it forms a division.  The Division Director is a volunteered position elected by the District Council Members.  There are 6 divisions in District 5 – Eastern, Western, Southern, Northern, Central and Inland.

District 5 News Release:

Sony and Qualcomm Recognized As Two Leading San Diego Companies That Develop and Enhance Talent Through Toastmasters – December, 2015

In 2015-2016, the goal of District 5 is to re-join the rank of President Distinguished Districts.  We aim to be Distinguished by April 15th, Select Distinguished by May 15th, and President Distinguished by June 15th. District 5 Success Plan 2015-16

Our district will become distinguished when we add new clubs and our clubs become distinguished.  Our clubs (including your club) become distinguished when we add new members and our members achieving educational goals.

When will your club become Distinguished?  Can your club become Distinguished by April?

Clubs in District 5

What makes your club successful (President Distinguished)?

Fallbrook Village Toastmasters

Fallbrook Village Toastmasters

Palomar Airport Toastmasters

Palomar Airport Toastmasters

What does “President Distinguished District” mean?  It means we pay it forward by building new clubs or adding new members to existing clubs to let more local residents – our current/future families and friends – to benefit from the program.  It means we enhance the quality of every club to create better experience for every member to Learn better, Engage more, Advance faster and Develop the platform for personal and professional success.  It means when our schedule changes, when we relocate, or when we shift our interests, it is more likely there will be another club that can support us to continue to LEAD. We transform the experience in Toastmasters increases our marketability.  When a district is strong, there will be more diversified roles at a bigger scale that help our members practice transferable skills and even explore career opportunities without job-hopping on the resume.  The achievement in Toastmasters is a track record of working in a leadership organization, and hiring managers value volunteerism. In addition to these amazing benefits, working together at the club/area/division/district levels polish our team building skills, increases confidence through accomplishments that are recognized more publicly, delivers intrinsic rewards such as making a difference in more people lives and careers, allows us to achieve more goals at a higher level and overall brings a sense of fulfillment to the individual for being a part of success. This goal is Specific.  This goal is Measurable that we can all track the progress together on the dashboard.  This goal is Achievable – 21 out of the 97 Districts in the world were President Distinguished in 2014-2015.  This goal is Relevant.  This goal is Timely-Bounded.  President Distinguished District is a SMART Goal. How do we accomplish the goal to be a “President Distinguished District”? We accomplish this goal together as a TEAMTogether Everyone Achieves More.  The Area Directors are geared to own the task to build new clubs.  The club officers are familiar with their roles, responsibilities, and the resources available to them to own the task to enhance the club quality with focus on membership building.  What will be your role in this SMART Winning TEAM of District 5 2015-2016?

1) I add ___ members to my club(s)

2) I accomplish ___ educational goal(s) (and earn FREE advanced manuals from District 5!)

3) I mentor ___ members

4) I support ___ district events by ___

5) I sponsor/mentor/coach ___ club(s)

6) ________________.

Be All you can be.  In 2015-2016, We Thrive in District 5!

Reports on New Club Sponsor and Mentor Reports on Club Coach For people ineligible to join  Toastmasters,  District 5 provides Gavel Clubs to help meet those people’s needs. Click here for more about the District 5 Gavel Clubs

Information and Links

  • Find a Club – View the District 5 Club roster list and view the interactive map. [Content from Toastmasters.org]

  • Performance Reports – View previous year reports on District 5  [Content from Toastmasters.org]
  • MeetUp Groups – MeetUp is a website that facilitates local group meetings. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up


  • District Director’s Pin – The District Governor’s symbolizes exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the Toastmasters program.
  • Meeting Excellence Award– Recognizing this, Past District Governor, Bob Traber, DTM, created the “Golden Gavel Award” as a symbol of Excellence in Club Meetings. The award is renamed to be “Meeting Excellence Award” because “Golden Gavel” is a patterned term.
  • Helen Blenchard Award
  • Toastmaster of the Year
  • Division Director of the Year
  • Area Director of the Year
  • Triple Crown
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