We are pleased to announce that The District 77 Winter TLIs will be conducted this January in two locations: Birmingham and Pensacola. The TLIs will use the Open Space Meeting approach to maximum our time together. Workshops will focus on a variety of topics in order to discuss address real challenges, problems, and obstacles our clubs are facing.
Training is open to all members, but club officers should attend and engage in the appropriate sessions for their office.
We will share strategies and ideas that are working in some of our clubs. There will be ample time in the morning breakout sessions to exchange ideas. The afternoon sessions will have single topic options listed on the draft agenda with Open Space approach to work together to facilitate and exchange of information.
We have also allotted additional time for informal networking & discussions among attendees will provide opportunities for informal side meetings and allow participation in exploring areas of mutual interest in more depth.
There will be discussions from the division levels that will provide clubs the opportunity to connect with clubs in their areas & divisions to provide quality meetings.
There are hundreds of reasons to add new members to your club. Networking, new perspectives, and even more chances to practice your public speaking and leadership skills are just a few.
But right now, we have three more reasons to add to the list.
Does your club only less than 8 members? Meet the 8 member mark by January 31st, 2016, and receive a $25 Toastmaster store gift certificate. That's $25 that can be used to purchase club gear, membership promotion tools, or awards.
Does your club only less than 12 members? Don't get left behind in the push towards greatness. Meet the 12 member mark by January 31st, 2016, and receive a $25 Toastmaster store gift certificate. That's $25 that can be used to purchase club gear, membership promotion tools, or awards.
Know where a new club is needed? Any District 77 member who supplies a lead that results in a chartered club will receive a $100 Toastmasters store certificate. That's a $100 to spend on cool Toastmasters swag like this travel mug, high tech pen, awesome apperal, or if you're feeling generous, promotional materials for your club. Limited to the first 10 clubs chartered.
Many of you know that there are some big changes coming soon. Toastmasters International has increased bi-yearly dues to $45, starting with this dues renewal period. Even with this increase, Toastmasters is still an affordable development option, costing about 25 cents a day.
Toastmasters has removed the Grace Period for clubs who do not get dues in by October 1. As of October 1, 2016 any club that does not have at least 8 paid members will be suspended. (The October 1 deadline should be a club goal, because it is required to earn Distinguished Club Point 10.) It is imperative to get all club dues in ahead of the October 1 deadline. Clubs who wait until the last minute may experience problems accessing Club Central at toastmasters.org. For this reason, I am asking all clubs to have their dues in by September 15.
If your club will have trouble meeting the eight-member minimum, please contact your Area or Division Director as soon as possible so they can work with you try and gain more members.
Don’t forget, the Smedley Award membership contest is currently underway. Clubs who add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30 will receive a ribbon for the club banner and a certificate for 10% of your next order from Toastmasters.org. This is a good time for all clubs to hold membership contest and open houses to introduce Toastmasters to potential new members.
During the 2015-2016 Toastmasters year, District 77 was named a Distinguished District.
In order to be distinguished, the District must have:
3% net increase in clubs
3% net increase in membership payments
40% of clubs named Distinguished Clubs (or higher)
Congratulations to our leadership team and all of our members who made this possible.
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