What is Toastmasters International?

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively. More clubs were formed, and Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932.

Do I need an appointment to visit your club?

No, but you can always contact us by email before visiting at

What does SVJETS stand for?

SVJETS is an abbreviation for Silicon Valley Japanese English ToastmasterS.

My Japanese/English is not perfect. Is this OK?

Your Japanese/English skills do not need to be perfect, but you should be comfortable to use them to deliver speeches in English/Japanese.

Can I learn Japanese/English?

Unfortunately, no. We don’t teach Japanese/English but you can improve your Japanese/English.

How much is the cost to visit a meeting?

None. As a guest you don’t need to pay anything. Occasionally we hold special events that may require a fee.

What ratio of Japanese/English Native Speakers?

It’s about 70-30.

What are the members like?

Our membership has a wide age range (from recent College grads to some retired) from a variety of professions.

Do I have to attend every meetings if I become a member?

No, but you need to attend meetings regularly.

How many times can I visit your club as a guest?

There are no limits! You can visit our club as many times as you want, but you cannot fully participate meetings. We recommend you join us if our club fits your needs.

How much is the membership fee?

Please see the Membership page.

Who are the officers?

Officers are members elected by the membership, they serve our club for a one year period.



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