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Our Mission is to provide an organized forum for self-motivated members to prepare and practice speeches and lead our club towards excellence standards set by the Toastmasters International organization.

We meet at the Historic Clock Tower Building (shown above) on Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois. Free Parking: Visitor parking is available in the lot in the foreground of this photo or across the street in the Lock and Dam No. 15 visitor center's parking lot.

When:  1st & 3rd Wednesday's of each month

Time: 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM, assembly starts at 11:30 AM

Where: Typically in "Conference Room ABC" in the annex building to the right of the Clock Tower in the photo above.

Come and practice with us!  Practice is the KEY to excellent communication and leadership skills.




October 18th, 2017  Kirsten Brown achieves her Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) Award!

August 16th, 2017  Lloyd Trowers achieves his Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) Award!



Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!

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The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.

How to get to ABC Conference Room - Annex
US Army Corps Of Engineers, Rock Island District
Clock Tower Building
1500 Rock Island Drive
Rock Island, IL, 61204-2004,
United States
Open to all
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:45

How to get there:

Entering from the Rock Island Gate (coming across the 24th St Bridge in RI) you will enter the gate on Beck Ave, turn left on Sylvan Drive (the first left and right in front of the water tower, 0.31 miles after the gate), go 0.18 miles then turn left at the light onto Rodman Ave. Go 0.35 miles and the Clock Tower building will be on your left, before you reach the Lock & Dam and the Davenport Gate. The easiest way to find the ABC Conference Room is if you park in the lot directly behind (to the NW of the Clock Tower). Enter the doors on your left and we will let you into the building from there.

Entering from the Moline Gate (coming across the 16th St./Rodman Ave Bridge) you will enter the gate on Rodman Ave., continue on Rodman Ave. for 2.36 miles, you will see the parking lot to the NW of the Clock Tower. Park here and enter the doors on your left, we will let you into the building from there.

Club News

Congratulations to Chocolate Gavel winners for 2017!  These members served in ALL NINE of the meeting roles during Toastmaster Year 2016-2017:

Kristin Bruchmann, Kirsten Brown, Emily Cummings, Michael Cummings, Tom Gambucci, Brent Herkes, Karen Herkes, and Liz Robinson


Congratulations to our Chocolate Gavel Award winners for TM year 2016:  Tom Gambucci, Michael Cummings, Kristin Bruchmann, Kirsten Brown, Lloyd Trowers, Jason Jones, and Liz Robinson.  This award is tasty, made out of confectionary dark chocolate.  It is awarded to those members who serve in all 9 nine meeting roles during a "toastmaster year" (July 1 to June 30).


Congratulations to Esprit de Corps Club #5999 for achieving the President's Distinguished Club award for Toastmaster Year 2015-2016.  This is the highest club award there is from Toastmasters International and only the second time our club has achieved this in 20+ years.  Kudos especially to Michael Cummings for his excellent leadership as Club President last year.




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