Coaching in effective speaking.
Our mission is to provide global opportunities for self-improvement through
progressive quality training in communication and leadership skills.
To foster free and open discussion which shall be without bias on all subjects,
whether political, social, economic, racial or religious.
To love our language,
and use it with grace and facility.
The world grows better because people wish that
it should, and because they take the right steps to make it better.
Ernestine White, Founder
Zuni Garcia-Simons, S.C.
Judy Schuth, S.C.
History of POWERtalk and our Chapter
POWERtalk was founded in 1938 in San Francisco under the 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 Communication. In 2003 our
international headquarters relocated from Anaheim, California to New Zealand. In July 2007 the decision was made to rebrand
the organization as POWERtalk International while officially retaining
the ITC name.
We are in no way affiliated with Toastmasters International.
POWERtalk welcomes all interested individuals without regard to age, race, religion, citizenship or national
The New Directions chapter was
chartered in December 1963, and its membership has been active ever since. Our chapter has welcomed civil servants, teachers,
housewives, engineers, nurses, high school and university students, retirees... basically anyone with a desire for self-improvement.