Rainbow Toastmasters: Everyone Welcome!

Rainbow Toastmasters meet every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the San Francisco LGBT Center: Room 301, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. Visitors are always welcome — no need to register — just show up! Visitors are invited to introduce themselves during the meeting and join us for dinner at the Crepevine afterwards.

What should you expect? In a 90-minute meeting, you will hear humorous and inspirational speeches, see people think on their feet with impromptu responses, and observe members giving one another praise and constructive feedback through evaluations. If you're new to Toastmasters and would like to know what a typical meeting is like, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Rainbow Toastmasters is a member club of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development with 280,000 members across thousands of clubs in 116 countries. Our club serves the LGBT community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our membership is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation. Our meetings are fun and entertaining! Drop in for a visit and see for yourself.

Featured Speech Evaluation

Every meeting features two or three prepared speeches by club members. These speeches generally last between five and seven minutes, and they are formally evaluated later in the evening by other club members who share their constructive opinions about the effectiveness of the speeches and offer friendly suggestions for improvements. In this video, Dennis evaluates another member's speech. Listen as he runs through all the criteria that Toastmasters clubs uses to evaluate a good speech and give important feedback to the speaker.

Rainbow Sweeps at Division D Contest

Congratulations to George and Alan for sweeping the Division D Speech Contests! George won the International Speech Contest and Alan won the Tall Tales Speech Contest at the Division D Speech Contest on April 23, 2013.

Some Rainbow Toastmasters at the Contest (click image to enlarge)

At the Division D Speech Contest, Rainbow Toastmasters was also recognized for renewing 75% of our members before the end of March. Congratulations to our Treasurer Ray for making this happen and winning us the March Madness Traveling Trophy to use in our upcoming meetings. Rainbow Toastmasters is making a big splash in Toastmaster history this year with over 50 active members, distinguished club status, and speech contest winners!

Rainbow Toastmasters Celebrates Pride 2013

Rainbow Toastmasters celebrated Gay Pride 2013 with a special meeting devoted to fabulous colors, themes of LGBT pride, and wall-to-wall celebration. A few daring members agreed to be photographed for our web site:

The only thing missing from this photo? You! Drop in some Thursday and join the fun!

Featured Table Topics Speech: Captain Rainbow

A portion of every Rainbow Toastmasters meeting is devoted to Table Topics, when members can practice impromptu speaking. A Table Topics Master asks fun, open-ended questions of club members, who then have 1 or 2 minutes to speak extemporaneously. Alan shows how it's done in this short video from a recent meeting. He was given the topic of "pride" and spoke about his upcoming plans to dress up proudly for Burning Man as "Captain Rainbow."

Table Topics are a great way to sharpen your skills in public speaking, and they are a lot of fun as well. Come to our next Rainbow Toastmasters meeting and see for yourself — and maybe someday soon you'll have a video like this on our web site, too!

2013-2014 Board Members

PresidentClaudine Offer
Co-VPs of EducationAlan Davis, Geoffrey Glass
Co-VP of MembershipRay Roldan
Co-VPs of Public RelationsMaureen Bogues, Sean McQuillan
TreasurerRichard Bannin
SecretaryChristina Tai
Co-Sergeants at ArmsMichael Davis, John Celenza

Rainbow Toastmasters is club #822664 within Toastmasters International. We are part of Toastmasters District 4, which includes clubs along the California Pacific Coast from San Francisco to Monterey.

Rainbow Toastmasters meets every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, California
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