The Club Growth portfolio directs all aspects of marketing and membership building within the district. This includes helping start new clubs, training, resources and tools for club membership building, training coaches to help low membership clubs and, developing and implementing a District Marketing strategy.
Here are key contact officers on the club growth team for 2020-2021.
The club coaching program is designed to support clubs with 12 or fewer members to rebuild their membership strength and restore the rich member experience.
Clubs that lose members can fall into a state where they are unable to put on a quality meeting which compounds the issue because guests who attend for whatever reason do not come back because the product they see does not appeal to them.
Coaches are assigned to work with the club officers and members over a period of two years to facilitate the development of a rebuilding plan and provide guidance in the implementation of the plan.
The following are useful resources to support the club coach program
Toastmasters clubs provide a proven educational program in a supportive, self-paced environment that improves communication and leadership skills. These soft skills are in high demand and the opportunity to start a club (aka sponsor a club) exists in the corporate world and in our communities.
A sponsor typically provides one or more of the following:
New member fee
Logistical support to complete the paperwork and have the club fully chartered.
The District provides sponsors with the training and resources to help with enabling this club growth process.
What is in it for you?
When you get involved in starting a new club, you are building a Toastmaster legacy for yourself. One other benefit of this is that your successful completion of this assignment is a credit towards earning the Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) educational award.
How do you get started?
Use the new club checklist as a guide for developing and implementing a plan for starting a new club.
If you have a particular company or organization in mind where you think a club can be started, fill out a New Club Lead Sheet. This will involve researching the organization and providing a contact name. Send the lead sheet to the Club Growth Director.
The Club Growth Director will follow up on the lead and will contact you. If you wish to be involved in informational or demo meetings, please discuss it with the Club Growth Director. These meetings will be arranged by the Club Growth Director.
The District’s Club Extension Chair will set up a demonstration meeting that will illustrate how a Toastmasters meeting works. Members of the Club Demo Team will lead the meeting and maybe assisted by the potential club sponsors and mentors. The organization itself may also provide participants.
The District will identify the club sponsors and mentors as early as possible. The sponsor(s) will work with the club contacts to support the chartering and initial start-up. The mentor(s) will work with the club for 12 months to ensure the club has a strong foundation and to guide the club through the various aspects of the program. The mentor(s) will see that the club’s officers are trained.
The success of a club and its members depend on how well club officers execute their responsibilities. By providing leadership training and support, club officers can foster a positive environment that’s conducive to members’ personal and professional growth, allowing them to achieve their Toastmasters education program goals.
There are two rounds of training sessions conducted in the program year, between June 1 and August 31 and between November 1 and February 28, with facilitators from the educational development team delivering a quality training experience.
A minimum of four club officers, preferably all seven, are required to attend each round of training which earns the club a credit in the DCP.
The following are reference materials available for download.
Each year our members, clubs, and district strive for excellence. We work to achieve the service quality goals we identify in our Club, Area, Division, and District Success plans. In addition, District 99 offers incentives, including recognition awards for the individual and club performance to be presented at the area and divisional contests and the annual conference.
Stay tuned for the 2020-2021 Club Growth incentives and recognition programs.
Incentive and Recognition
New Club Charter
District leadership presents a new banner at the charter party celebration
Receive a Smedley award ribbon and 10% off next club order for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30
Talk-up, Toastmasters! Award
Receive an award ribbon and 10% off next club order for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members between February 1 and March 31
Beat the Clock Award
Receive an award ribbon and 10% off next club order for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members between May 1 and June 30