Local Speeches

Read a story from some of our DC area members

We’re curating a collection of speeches from Toastmasters in the Washington/Metro area to help give you a bit of a flavor to our area.

Here’s a speech from Toastmaster Wayne Thume, ACB, ALB that talks about an event that happened in Alexandria 20 years before the American Revolution. Alexandria was part of DC before the Civil War but this story takes place before DC was even imagined.  A young George Washington plays a pivotal role.

What Started the American Revolution?

Ice Breaker speeches are always a special moment.  Washington D.C. born Toastmaster Lisa H. Fitzpatrick tells a story about how her love of travel began.  Lisa is also the current president of the Washington Metro chapter of the American Society of Interior Design. The speech is titled, “Countdown – A Short Tale of a Little Girl and Her Bear”


Where can a journey of 1000 miles take you?  For one Toastmaster, it took him to some of the very best spots in the DC Metro Area.  While the story starts with Iceland and Italy, he moves quickly to spots including a White House Garden Tour, the Cherry Blossom Festival, parks along the Potomac River, historic Takoma Park, the National Mall, the art and architecture at National Airport (DCA), and historic Old Town Alexandria.  The very first picture shows a 7 foot wide house (2.13 meters) built in 1830 in Alexandria.

The Journey Or The Steps?