POWERtalk was founded in 1938
in San Francisco
name International Toastmistress Clubs
It started primarily for women, but is now open to both men and women. In 1985 the organization's name was changed to International Training
. In 2003 our international headquarters relocated from Anaheim
to New Zealand
. In July 2007 the decision
was made to rebrand the organization as POWERtalk
International while officially retaining
the ITC name.
"The world grows
better because people wish that it should,
and because they take the right steps to make it better."
Ernestine White, Founder
History of Our Region
Northeast Region was founded in 1968 and included clubs in
eastern Canada (as far west as Ontario) and the United States (as far west as New York state). In 1978 the region split
into Colonial, the seaboard states and provinces, and CANUSA,
the central states and provinces.
In August 2000, Colonial and CANUSA Regions consolidated to once again become Northeast Region. In August 2004 the
Great Lakes Region (comprised of clubs in Ontario, Michigan and Ohio) merged with
Northeast, expanding our western boundary.