Many Toastmasters are Alpha Phi Omega Brothers or Vice Versa – Coincidence BOTH service organizations have been around for over 90 years?

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by Paul Finkelstein, ACG ALB
Club Sponsor,, ONLINE Toastmaster Club
President, 2016-17 Land based Toastmaster club
Vice President Public Relations, 2015-16
Vice President Membership, Xi Zeta chapter, Alpha Phi Omega 1992-3 Land based chapter
Club Advocate, District 47, Toastmasters International, WCR Toastmasters , May 2017 to June 2017
Vice President Public Relations, Online Presenters, Online Toastmasters club, March 2017 to June 2017
Founder,, Alumni Association of the Palm Beaches, Alpha Phi Omega

I always wondered the coincidence of both non profit organizations being around for over 90 years.  Alpha Phi Omega was founded by Frank Reed Horton in 1925.  Toastmasters was founded by Ralph Smedley in 1924 with the 1st Toastmaster club.  Both organizations have members and brothers span the entire globe.  Both organizations focus on leadership and communication skills through community service.

“During the first World War, I served as an ensign in the United States Navy aboard a minesweeper in the North Sea. Our ship and its partner exploded more than 1,000 magnetic mines. My law school background at Boston University led to my appointment to try court martial cases in our division. When we reached ports some of the sailors ran wild. Many court martial cases resulted. I saw young boys in their teens getting into trouble.” Frank says.


According the Toastmasters International Headquarters website:  To save time replying to the many letters and inquiries he was receiving, Smedley wrote the “Manual of Instructions” and “Ten Lessons in Public Speaking,” which he had printed and bound in paper covers. On October 25, 1928, he secured copyrights on the publications and trademarked the name “Toastmasters Club.”

Ralph Smedley secured the copyrights and Trademarks for Toastmasters just 3 days BEFORE my birthday, only 89 years ago today!  Right around my birthday, October 28th, I think about the birth of Toastmasters.

Interestingly enough, In 1970, Toastmasters International admitted its first female member, Helen Blanchard, under the name Homer Blanchard. In 1973, Toastmasters began officially admitting women, and in 1985, Helen became Toastmasters’ first female international president, according to the TI website.

In the 70’s BOTH Alpha Phi Omega and Toastmasters opened their membership to women.  While Toastmasters is a self development organization, Alpha Phi Omega is a Fraternity that became a co-ed Fraternity.

Whether you are a member of Toastmasters or Alpha Phi Omega, or a future member of either organization or a guest, Friends of these two groups are absolutely friends of mine.  The core values of Toastmasters, Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence and the 3 cardinal principles of Alpha Phi Omega, Leadership, Friendship, and Service, are fantastic foundations and disciplines to get the edge on life and careers.

Brothers of Alpha Phi Omega and guests, Members and guests of Toastmasters, I invite you to this unique online club opportunity,, Where Leaders are made online.  Regular weekly meetings open globally to empower our communication and leadership skills.  See the site above for more information.

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