ABOUT US

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a senior executive,or an aspiring professional, Rhino Business Toastmasters Club offers a unique mix of speaking and leadership activities that can help you build confidence and the skills to succeed in the workplace. As part of Toastmasters International, we have the support of the local and international communities, but our uniquely talented members bring their own business-oriented focus to the Toastmasters experience.

 

As a Rhino, you can expect to:

 

  • Overcome your fear of public speaking in a friendly and supportive environment.

  • Think on your feet.

  • Provide and receive feedback.

  • Gain leadership experience.

 

Rhino Business Toastmasters Club meets online weekly on Tuesdays .

 

HISTORY

The “Rhinoceros Business Club” was founded in 1997 by Jinsoo Terry, who immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1985. Undaunted by the challenges of navigating a foreign landscape, Jinsoo forged ahead. Today, she is an acclaimed motivational speaker and founder of the Jinsoo Terry Global Leadership training program. She continues to be an active member in the club and serves as an inspiration.

 

 

 

MISSION

The mission of The Rhinoceros Business Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop stronger communication and leadership skills.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY

“Before joining Rhino I had no idea how much I would learn about communication and leadership. I have picked up countless tips and skills from this dedicated and friendly group.

 

Perhaps the most valuable thing I’ve learned is how to inspire and motivate others – a completely different skillset from the project management methods I learn at work.”

—  Jenna B

 

Lea Dandan - President

Nuck Fuzer - VP of Education

Karina Hon - VP of Membership

Karina is passionate about changing people's perception of HR by improving productivity, company culture and creating happiness.  She is currently in healthcare but looking to pivot into tech.  Joining Rhino Toastmasters has challenged me to become a better speaker, communicate more effectively, embrace leadership and created a community of support and friendship.  And one fun fact about me is that I am a certified scuba diver and I got my open water certification in Tahiti.

Alexis Yup - VP of Public Relations

Alexis became passionate about transforming America's healthcare system as a former premedical student. She fell in love with pageantry as a mechanism for personal development and opportunity to give back to her community. She was crowned Miss Asian San Francisco in 2017 and is the current reigning Miss Chinatown USA 2nd Princess 2020. She is hoping that Rhino Toastmasters will help to prepare her to eloquently pitch to investors as an entrepreneur in the future.

Lili Zhang - Sergeant at Arms

Lili has been a Toastmasters member since 2018, joining her first club as an undergraduate student at UCSD. After returning to San Francisco, she decided to join Rhino Business Toastmasters in 2020. One of her favorite things about the Rhino family is its welcoming members and their sense of humor. Rhino has helped her become a more creative and eloquent communicator and leader within and outside of Toastmasters. She also practices her communication skills in Spanish and reads all sort of books during her free time.

Prateek Jain - Secretary

Prateek works with architects and builders to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings while also making them healthy and comfortable spaces for occupants. He's convinced himself that this helps him do his bit towards combating climate change, which apparently gives him the license to sound pompous about his work. Like everyone else, he joined Rhino primarily to improve public speaking and leadership skills, but he stays for how it keeps him grounded (see note about pomposity above) through honest feedback provided weekly, and the learning opportunities from superior orators. Prateek considers himself to be a #NerdAndPround (again with the pomposity) and his colleagues somewhat correctly suspect that he keeps harmless-but-weird lists of their characteristics.

Stefanie Chow - Treasurer

Stefanie joined Toastmasters in August 2013, and the journey has led her to professionally speaking in front of thousands and even delivering stand-up routines at small comedy clubs across California. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband (who she met in Rhino Business Toastmasters) and their two huskies, found on Instagram at @OzTheHusky. Stefanie stays involved with Rhino remotely because of the tight-knit community and the incredible drive and diverse talent that exists within the club.

Sergey Samusev - Digital Media Specialist

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Rhino Members are some of the most accomplished business leaders and Toastmasters members in the country. Toastmaster International's speech contests start at the club level and the winner goes to Area Contest, potentially followed by Division, District, Region and World Championship. Rhinos have made it District level multiple times. See what we've been up to lately!

AWARD & ACHIEVEMENTS

Ed K wins Division level Speech Contest

April 08, 2019

Ed K advances to District level after winning Area level Speech Contest. Congrats Ed!!

Wei W at District Contest and Rob B at Division Contest

May 19, 2018

Congrats to Wei W for representing Rhino at District level Speech Contest. Wei won club, area and division contests to reach the district level! Congrats to Rob B for winning second place at Area level Table Topics Contest!

Tim R and Ed K win second place at Division Contest

October 24, 2017

Tim R and Ed K participated in Division Contest for Humorous Speech and Speech Evaluation respectively. And both won the second place!!

Rhinos win second and third place at District level Speech Contest

May 20, 2017

Davis N and Jared M participated in Toastmaster International's District 4 Spring Conference. They won second and third place respectively!!

Nate G and Scott B won at Area E3 Contest

September 07, 2016

Nate Grau and Scott Brown proudly represented Rhino Business Toastmasters this past Wednesday evening at the Area E3 Contest. They BOTH won 1st place!! Nate was hilarious with his speech "Always Be Swiping" while Scott wowed the audience with his effective speech evaluation.

Scott B. at the Division International Speech Competition

April 05, 2016

Fellow Rhinos celebrate with Scott Brown, who wins 1st place in the Division International Speech Competition. Congrats Scott. Way to represent Rhino Business Toastmasters!

Stefanie Chow Receives the Jinsoo Terry Award

January 05, 2016

Every six months we take the opportunity to vote for and celebrate the Rhino member who goes above and beyond expectations to help improve the club. This term's winner was Stefanie Chow!

Ed K. at District Contest!

June 06, 2015

Ed K. goes on to represent Rhinos and all of the Division at the District Speech contest!

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Rhino Toastmasters Speech Contest winners