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 Our Byline
Coaching in effective speaking.
Mission Statement
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

       2012-13 Officers
       Joanne Weber
  Vice President: 
       Zuni Garcia-Simons, S.C.
       Joanne Weber 
       Judy Schuth, S.C.
       Louise Stanford

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 origin.
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.

New Directions chapter