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        Happy New Year!

        Lorri Andersen, DTM
        Club Growth Director

      Happy New Year Friends! It’s a brand new  officers meeting as soon as possible and t make
      Toastmasters year! It seems like the dust is just  plans to increase your membership. Can your
      settling on the 2019-20 year end frenzy . . . and  club add five new, dual, or reinstated members

      now it’s time for a well deserved break! But wait,  between August 1 and September 30? Make
      NO! It’s time to get busy with new year club  that goal, and you are well on your way to be
      planning!                                              Distinguished by December. You would qualify
          I recently  heard some sage advice: July is for  for the Smedley Membership Award!

      planning and August is for doing. There are so             The next step for the members of your club
      many details sometimes, it can make you feel  is to work through a Moments of Truth. Even
      a bit dizzy.                                           if you did this last year or your club achieved
          What should you do first? Here’s my advice;  President’s Distinguished, this is a brand new

      get a 12-month calendar, write down all the  year, and you have new officers and members.
      important Toastmaster dates for which you  There are many plans to be made in this new
      need to plan, and chart your course towards  virtual environment.
      Distinguished Status! You may say... I don’t               Not sure what a Moments of Truth entails?

      want to be just Distinguished, I want our club             Check out the Start the Year Strong webinar
      to achieve the President’s Distinguished status!  that aired July 1st. You can access it here. The
      I totally agree with you, each club should set  Moments of Truth is a powerful tool to help
      their sites on the highest goal possible! But first  you and your club. If you would like an outside

      before you reach the status of a Distinguished  facilitator, ask your Area or Division Director  to
      club, you need to complete the membership  conduct it for you.
      goal. This means you need 20 members, or a                 The first question is . . . what are your guests
      net growth of 5,s from where your club started  first impressions? In a face to face club, it’s easy

      on July 1. Membership numbers often becomes  to greet people at the door, invite them to sit by
      the challenge for the club.                            you, help them feel comfortable, and later invite
          Here is what I suggest: schedule your next  them to sign the guest book. But what are your

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