Membership renewals season is starting earlier than usual this year and we are inviting you to take part in it as early as you can. In order to create a bit of competitive spirit, District 91 has created the 20 to 20 challenge for membership renewals.
The first 20 clubs to renew a minimum of 20 members by March 15th will be able to claim back £50 from District 91 coffers to organise a pizza party celebration for their members and guests. Just imagine your usual vibrant club meetings with high calibre speakers, analytical evaluators, fun table topics and FREE pizza and refreshments on the top. Amazing eh?
First let me start with a thank you to Porthcawl Speakers for inviting me to their fantastic charter dinner evening. A great event to celebrate their club chartering. Already there are photos on Facebook on the night.
This month launches the club growth initiative and join me in welcoming four new clubs to our district.
What’s going on this month,
- membership drive time
- Convention in Washington
- first FREE Leadership Institute
- budding writers…
With Post-It Notes!
Goals Goals Goals.. yes I know the Euros are on but those aren’t the sort of goals I’m talking about…
I’m talking about your educational awards, your progress in the Toastmasters Program.
Now, not everyone wants to set goals and I’m completely fine with that. One of the many wonderful things about the Toastmasters program is the fact that it is entirely self-paced. It’s up to you when you what to do something and there are lots of people who are quite happy attending meetings and just having a good time not concerning themselves with goals and progress and recognition (oh my!)
This idea is for members and club committees who do want to set themselves goals and do so in a fun way.
I spotted this idea on the The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on Facebook. Many thanks to incoming VP Education Kathy Shine, DTM of Cream City Communicators, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Her club completed Moments of Truth two weeks ago. They have already implemented several suggestions from our members and have begun to develop plans for further action that will be included in their 2016-2017 Club Success Plan.
One suggestion was to find a way to display member goals and progress in a non-threatening and non-embarrassing way for all members, and to encourage others who are taking a slower pace as they focus on building self confidence.
Their solution: they invited their members to sign their name and indicate their goal on a super-sticky post-it note, then placed them all on a large poster board marked simply as “2016-2017 GOALS.” They plan to have a second poster labelled “2016-2017 GOALS COMPLETED” and members can move their post-its from one board to the other in a simple recognition ceremony during a club meeting. What a great photo opportunity!
They have several fun, colorful shapes:
- crown shaped post-it notes for members who want to work toward their Triple Crown award
- red apple post-its are for members who want to serve as mentors – they will be paired up with a green apple / mentee
- dialogue post-its for people who want to attend their first conference or convention
- other post-its for goals specific to their club, for example Club Ambassador, being part of their traveling “Cream Team” (a Capture the Banner program, which sounds a lot like Thomas the Travelling Gavel in Area 55)
- stars for Competent Leader and Communicator awards
- clouds for Advanced Leader and Communicator awards
It’s a Club Success Plan on a poster board! Why not try it in your club? If you do, send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holborn Speakers are pleased to announce that the New Members Workshop will be taking place Tuesday 26 April 2016 at The Temple Bar Pub, WC2.
This fun and informative event is perfect for anyone who has recently joined Toastmasters or for members who would like to learn more about how to make the most of their Toastmasters experience.
Here are a few of the topics that will be covered:
Brief history of Toastmasters
How to make the most of the Toastmasters manuals
How to find support and a mentor
Setting goals for your Toastmaster year
…and much more!
The workshop will take place Tuesday 26 April.
Venue: The Temple Bar Pub, 1 Milford Ln, London WC2R 3LL (close to Temple underground station).
Please arrive at 6.30 for 6.45 start.
Holborn Speakers website