When you join the Guild of Toastmasters you will become an Apprentice of the Guild of Toastmasters and as such you will be taught the craft of a toastmaster. You will be in service to learn your trade and as you progress in the various aspects of your trade you will eventually rise to become a Master. Your training will continue and will be determined by yourself, in the various route you choose, culminating in the rise to Fellow.
All members of the Guild of Toastmasters are entitled to use the various letters after their name in the following format:
- Apprentice – Patrick Phelan ACMS
- Master – Sean Quinn MCMS
- Fellow – Seamus O’Brien FCMS
Acadamh Barr Feabhais
Because all our enrolled members of the Guild of Toastmasters will have been professionally trained by by the Acadamh Barr Feabhais – Academy of Excellence they will also be allowed to use the designated letters after their name in the following format:
- John O’Hara – AAcF ACMS
- Tom Griffin – MAcF MCMS
- Liam O’Hanlon – FAcF FCMS
The Guild of Toastmasters here in Ireland are the only ‘Toastmaster’ group or organisation that are allowed to use the designated letters after their name as outlined above. All our Enrolled Toastmasters will have a Certificate showing their credentials together with their ‘Collarette & Medallion’. As part of the Full Guild of Toastmasters Uniform, they will also have a ‘St.Patrick’s Breastplate’ which is worn over the Breast Pocket.
The Guild of Toastmasters follow the ideals of both the Craft Guilds and the Merchant Guilds and as such are extremely professional in the execution of their duties.
THE HUNTING PINK TAILCOAT
Why the ‘Hunting Pink Tailcoat’? Well it all began many years ago in the late nineteenth century, when a certain ‘Toastmaster’ by the name of William Knightsmith (given name William Smith) wore the ‘Hunting Pink’ to distinguish himself from the waiters. At first it was greeted with derision by his colleagues, but the Prince of Wales greatly admired it and once it had received the Royal seal of approval the red tailcoat became the uniform for all Toastmasters. More About William Knightsmith
There are of course many occasions when the red tailcoat is inappropriate. Toastmasters are required to wear white or black tie (black tailcoat or dinner jacket) at City Banquets, Corporate Functions and Livery Dinners, and a similar dress code will usually apply to Jewish Weddings.
Needless to say, the red tailcoat of a Toastmaster does serve a practical purpose. It is always clearly visible in a gathering of any size, it lends him an air of approachable authority and ensures that he will not be mistaken for the host, a guest or indeed any member of the venue staff.