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Press Release

Past International President Gary Schmidt to Visit Japan

To all media organizations
May 9, 2015

Gary Schmidt


Past International President of Toastmasters International Gary Schmidt, DTM will participate as the Guest of Honor in Toastmasters International District 76 Spring Conference 2015. The conference is held from May 15 to 17 at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo. He is going to give two keynote addresses on leadership: “How to Make Your Dreams Come True” on the evening of 16th, and “The Secrets of Successful Leaders” on the morning of 17th.


Gary Schmidt served as the International President of Toastmasters International in 2009-2010. He has been the youngest International President elected in the organization’s more than 90 years’ history. Gary is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for Clackamas County, a local government in Oregon, USA. He previously worked for United States Senators Mark Hatfield and Gordon Smith, and as a speechwriter and associate with Mark Hatfield and Associates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. He has been a Toastmaster for 20 years and is a member of two Toastmasters clubs. 

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 313,000 members in 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. In Japan, District 76 in Region 13, there are more than 4,200 members in about 170 clubs. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow Toastmasters International on Twitter @Toastmasters.



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Toastmasters International Japan (District 76)
Sumiko Koike
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