Who We Are

Welcome to TNT (Town North Trendsetters) Toastmasters!

At TNT Toastmasters, we have a tradition of excellence, accomplishments and continued growth for over 38 years. We are proud to have served Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and North Dallas since May 1981.

We’re the only Toastmasters club that’s produced a World Champion of Public Speaking (2008) and two Toastmasters International Presidents!

We’re in the top 10% worldwide — recognized as a President’s Distinguished Club every year since 2003 by Toastmasters International.

We don’t say this to impress you (well, kinda), but to say we are a serious club and we have some serious fun with a purpose every week.

We pride ourselves on helping new members develop from any point.  Whether you are a comfortable speaker looking to take it to the next level or someone with common fears of public speaking, TNT can help.

Our Champions

World Champion of Public Speaking --         
LaShunda  Rundles  -- 2008
World Champion of Public Speaking -- LaShunda Rundles -- 2008
President, Toastmasters International --      
JoAnna McWilliams -- 2000-01
President, Toastmasters International -- JoAnna McWilliams -- 2000-01
President, Toastmasters International --    
Pauline Shirley -- 1994-95
President, Toastmasters International -- Pauline Shirley -- 1994-95

Our Members come from many walks of life

We are entrepreneurs, salespeople, lawyers, engineers, students, writers, architects, homemakers, an Olympic silver medalist and more.  Plus we are native English and English-as-a-second-language speakers.

The one thing they have in common? A strong desire to become better at public speaking and leadership.

Skill levels vary from practiced & confident speakers to those of a novice level, ready to conquer fears of public speaking. We thrive on a mutually supportive (and fun!) environment.

Our Officers are dedicated to delivering the best club experience

Ed Martin, IP1

Sergeant at Arms
July - December 2019

Brenda Villarreal, PM1

July - December 2019

Laurence Schilthuis, CC/CL

July - December 2019

Bruce Arfsten, DTM

VP, Public Relations
July-Dec 2019

Shelley Cramm, CC/ALB

Immediate Past President
Jan - June 2019

Carri Mansfield, IP1

VP Education
July - December 2019

Probir Shah, CC/CL

July - December 2019

Mary Thomas, ACS/ALB

VP Membership
July - December 2019

Elected twice yearly by our members, TNT’s leadership team is crucial to our club’s success.  Officers manage back office operations as well as providing leadership during meetings.

Holding an office role allows members to develop and practice many skills including:

  • Project and team management
  • conflict resolution
  • problem solving skills
  • small group communication skills.

Our Network facilitates lasting, impressionable relationships


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Created in 1924, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, the organization has more than 280,000 memberships in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries.


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District 50, with 250+ clubs in North Texas, provides additional training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.  District 50 leaders support our club network through the Toastmasters educational program.

The district strives to enhance the club network and performance through the Toastmasters educational program, focused on:

  • Ensuring each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members
  • Providing effective training & leadership development opportunities for club and district officers