The first six months of the Toastmasters year is drawing to a close. Now is the time to look back over our marketing efforts, applaud our accomplishments, and plan for the second half of the year.
Externally we are bringing the benefits of Toastmasters to new audiences through open houses, workshops, youth clubs, and presentations before community leaders. These activities create awareness and motivate people to join a club. Throughout the District we are creating opportunities for people to become great leaders and communicators.
Internally, clubs are requesting assistance from the Club Coach program in greater numbers than in previous years. I’m pleased to see this trend. It demonstrates that clubs are actively engaged in returning to charter strength. It also means that members are working towards their Advanced Leader Silver designations by volunteering as club coaches. Members are visiting other clubs more frequently gaining new perspectives and ideas that they can implement in their own clubs. We are truly becoming a cohesive community – sharing ideas and helping each other be successful.
Some of our successes thus far include chartering 7 new clubs and welcoming over 120 new members to District 7; actively helping several more prospective clubs reach charter strength; implementing the D7 Rewards incentive program that tracks your progress for doing the right thing (benefiting both you and your club); assigning 16 club coaches; and providing free materials to supplement club Public Relations efforts. We’ve “talked up” Toastmasters before audiences at Chambers of Commerce and Rotary, colleges, public conferences, and the State of Oregon, to name just a few.
District 7 Toastmasters is a thriving, healthy District, growing stronger because of you the member. Thank you for making a difference in your community.