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"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he gets to know something."

Wilson Mizner

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.


Our dues cover fees for Toastmasters International, meeting room rental,  supplies, etc.  We are a non-profit organization. Please check with our  VP Membership for more details.

Oak Bay Club meetings

Our meetings run for 90 minutes and contain 3 segments: short prepared speeches and impromptu speeches;  longer prepared speeches; and feedback to all participants that focuses on strengths and suggests improvements.

Club Meeting Roles                  View Sample Agenda

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

The Toastmaster acts as a genial host and creates an atmosphere of interest, expectation, and receptivity. 

Each Speaker gives a prepared speech from the Toastmasters Educational program for five to seven minutes.

The Table Topics Master prepares four original topics,  and asks volunteer speakers or calls specific members to give impromptu speeches. 

The Table Topics Evaluator provides feedback to the table topics participants.

The Educational session is presented by an experienced Toastmaster on relevant subjects such as speech preparation, evaluation, meeting procedure, etc..

The Toast is given on a topical and interesting subject, person, or activity.

The General Evaluator provides feedback on everything that takes place throughout the meeting. 

The Speaker Evaluators evaluate a prepared speech and give an oral evaluation and a written evaluation to the speaker.

 The Grammarian introduces a Word of the Day,  listens for audible pauses, and creative use and (occasional) misuse of English.

The Inspiration is a short story, poem, quote, or speech that leaves everyone with something to think about.

The Greeter introduces guests to make them feel welcome.

The Timer keeps track of time, explains the timing rules, and provides a report.

The Smile Story is a  short, "appropriate" joke or a personal anecdote. meant to leave us with a smile.

The Quizmaster generates questions from the speeches and presents a quiz to improve our listening skills.

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