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Meeting times / venue Edit

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Mankato Toastmasters Club #175 meets every Thursday (except major holidays)

Where: The Happy Chef located on highway 169 just north of the highway 14 interchange. Mankato, MN

When: Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., but get there early to order a soda or some food.

What to ExpectEdit

We promise a smile at every meeting. Guest are welcome. There is no pressure to participate or join. We currently have 21 members of various ages and occupations. Our club strives to help everyone improve their speaking and leadership skills (and have a fun time).

In addition to presenting prepared speeches, everyone gets the opportunity to participate in many speaking exercises. One of these is Table Topics, which is an impromptu speaking exercise that helps our members learn to think on their feet. There are also opportunities to be the Toastmaster for the evening or the Table Topics Master. Another good exercise in listening is being an evaluator for both speeches and/or for the meeting. Each of these exercises has a specific education purpose to aid in your self development. Other terrific exercises in listening are the “grammarian” and the “ah counter”.  Becoming aware of what we are saying is half the battle to better communication.


The Toastmasters Club of Mankato Minnesota, number #175, was founded November 20, 1940. Our guest book has signatures dating back to 1951, although we now ask for e-mail addresses instead of home addresses. The club charter was signed by Sheldon M. Haydon (president) and Ralph C. Smedley (secretary). The Mankato chapter is the fifth oldest Toastmasters club in Minnesota and among the oldest in the nation. The first Toastmasters club was created in Santa Ana, CA, in 1924.

In the NewsEdit

September 28, 2015 - Mankato Toastmasters Member Tonya Butler Advances to District Humorous Speech Contest

July 10, 2015 - David McGuire Named 2015 Chapter Toastmaster of the Year

November 23, 2014 - Trishauna Johnson of Mankato Toastmasters Earns DTM Award

Contact detailsEdit

For more information, please contact Jill Eliason at 507-387-7691.

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