District History

District 28 was formed in 1947, and was honored that same year by a visit from the founder of Toastmasters International, Dr. Ralph Smedley. In the decade that followed, we added clubs across northwest Ohio, southwest Ontario, and the entire state of Michigan.

By 1958, we’d grown large enough to warrant splitting the district into two: most of Michigan was rolled into the newly-formed District 62, along with Lambton County in Ontario, while southeast Michigan remained with northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario in District 28.

From a base of about 40 clubs in 1958, the district has grown to include over 100 clubs. In that time, we’ve produced two international presidents, several members of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, and a number of finalists—including one champion—in the World Championship of Public speaking.

Today, we continue to fulfill the Toastmasters mission of empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Whether you aspire to own the stage at the next World Championship of Public Speaking, or just want to master the basics of speaking in front of a small group, there’s a place in District 28 for you.

We’re excited to see you achieve your goals. Please let us know how we can help!