Club Coaches Role In Rebuilding a Low Membership Club
The club coach is a Toastmaster who is not a member of the club and not (yet) familiar with the club or its members. This perspective allows the coach to objectively view the club. The coach is a counselor, a source of knowledge and a fountain of ideas. To be successful as a coach you will need all of your speaking, thinking and listening skills – as well as hard work, determination and patience. The following is a summary of what a coach would do:
- Build a rapport with the club’s leaders and members.
- Assess the environment … observe, analyze, and recommend solutions.
- Develop a plan with goals for improvement.
- Implement the plan and ensure that the changes are performed by the officers and members as much as possible.
- Instill enthusiasm, loyalty, and a sense of responsibility for the club’s future.
Club Coach Program
A club coach is appointed by the district director or club growth director to assist a club that is experiencing difficulties building and maintaining membership. The coach’s goal is to help the club become a Distinguished Club. Up to two coaches may be appointed to each club. The appointment lasts to June 30 of the current club year if the club becomes a Distinguished Club or better by that date, or to June 30 of the following year if Distinguished Club recognition or better is not reached in the current club year.
As a coach, you have the opportunity to work with a club to help it rebuild its numbers and become self-sustaining. The job is very rewarding and it also gets you a credit towards completion of your Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) designation. This is one of the stepping stones to achieving the coveted Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award.