The oldest Polish club of Toastmasters International
Poland’s First Toastmasters go beyond developing communication and leadership skills of our members. We carry on traditions of our annual events: Corpus Christi Retreat, Summer Picnic, and Christmas Party. Occasionally, we gather for a party, a bike trip or an ice skating outing. We have developed into a club of close friends who meet outside the club. Our alumni and guests come back often.
During meetings, we communicate in English!
The birth of the first club in Poland in July of 1994 must be credited to Elizabeth Orlowski. She was in Warsaw then and set her sights on starting up a local club and spreading the joy of the organization to yet another country. Elizabeth carried out this task professionally and, twenty-four years later, we can say that her mission was a success.
What does integrity mean in our clubs? For every member, integrity means living up to the Toastmasters promise. That promise includes attending club meetings regularly, preparing for meeting assignments, helping maintain a positive environment, bringing guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits of Toastmasters membership, and maintaining honest and ethical standards during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities.
Respect – for club members respect means understanding that each member is unique, possessing certain skills and abilities, goals and ambitions, and strengths and weaknesses. For club leaders, it also means understanding that each member is developing at his or her own pace, and while some may need a gentle push from time to time, others need space to develop.
Service – for club members, service means stepping up when required to help the club function as a stellar learning environment for the benefit of all members. For club leaders service also means focusing on the planning and delivery of an environment and a varied program conducive to member achievement.
Excellence – for club members, excellence means performing assigned duties to the best of our ability every time. Sometimes we have bad days, and sometimes we have less time to prepare than we might like. Regardless, excellence means performing to the best of our ability every time for the benefit of the club and all the members. For club leaders excellence relates directly to our organization’s strategic plan and to provide an atmosphere of club excellence that enables member achievement.