Happy New Year Toastmaster!
I wish for you that 2019 will be filled with rewarding experiences and positive changes.
Many people start the new year by making resolutions. Some will decide to face their apprehension of public speaking and join a Toastmasters club. I know a past District contest winner and Area Director who did just that, and joined his club as a new year resolution. Four years later, he became a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). Your club could attract new members by advertising its meetings online and/or through a
and showcase the benefits of our
. Is your club ready to welcome guests and new members? Have you personally considered participating in your club’s advertising campaign? Will you be the
Open House chair
for this special event? You will acquire new skills by raising the bar with the planning of such event and by challenging yourself for this assignment. Read some tips on what makes a club unique from our own Craig Harrison in this month’s
(page 22). When you advertise your
, do not forget to submit your advertising flyer, and photos of the event to our Club Growth team. Your club can earn District Credit for that effort, and earn even more when adding new members before March 31st.
We are excited to host the
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
on February 2nd. This event is open to all members and guests, and a COT will also be offered that day for our officers. A special parallel session will be available to non-officers, and for the officers who choose to train on a different date. You will have a chance to meet the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking: Pres Vasilev. He will be visiting us to share his knowledge to write and deliver a winning speech. An additional Friday evening session will provide an opportunity to be coached by Pres on a short section of your speech. Experience the power of being coached live by a Champion. You can learn even as you are watching someone else’s speech. Other sessions on leadership and communication will be available during the TLI on Saturday.
early to benefit from the early bird pricing!
The Club Officers are the leaders of a club and set the tone to success, assist members in reaching their personal educational goals, and help the club strive. If you are an Officer, you have until the end of February to attend
Club Officer Training
(COT). You will learn more about your role and come out with new ideas to be more successful and efficient in your tasks. A variety of training sessions are offered throughout the District. Do register for the earliest date that is convenient to you. When all 7 Club Officers attend training, your club will run more smoothly, and will also earn our
Lucky 7 or Magnificent 7 award
February is the month for
. Be ready for the
contests. If you are not competing, take the opportunity to strengthen your leadership and organizational skill by assisting in the event planning. This is another type of event that can attract new members as you are showcasing your eager members and hosting an entertaining and professional contest.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you our newest District 101 members with the brand new
Santa Clara County Procurement
club! Join me in welcoming them to our family and take the time to chat with them during our upcoming District events.
The new year will bring additional new clubs to the District. Do you have experience in your club that you can share with a fledgling group of new Toastmasters? Help them get on track to become an independent and high achieving club that serves its members by signing up to be a Club Mentor. There are plenty of opportunities to help you sharpen your leadership skills and get you closer to becoming a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). Contact Adam Foeldes at
. Opportunities are also available to assist a club run more efficiently and regain full membership strength. To become a Club Coach, contact Faye Yang at
Has one - or more - club officer gone the
Above and Beyond
to support the
? If so, nominate them for the
Club Officer of the Year award
. We will be reviewing all the applications starting
, so make sure to send your nominations before that date to
. Also, if you know someone who would be a great
, do not hesitate to nominate them, even yourself, and send the form to our District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair, Dave Spence, at
Success does not come by accident and failure is considered to be part of the road to success. Practice the rebounding from those unfortunate times during your Toastmasters meetings. Learn from those mistakes at the club so you will not need to experience them outside of those events. We gather and deepen our skills at club meetings and share our accomplishments with our fellow members. Let's remember to celebrate our successes as often as we can and invite friends and colleagues to join a Toastmasters club. What a way to start 2019 in a grand way.