Members of the District Leadership Team, John Cox, District Director, Gerard Mannix, Program Quality Director, Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director and I will be holding a panel discussion on topics relating to Public Relations and Membership Growth and Retention, and Enhancing the Guest/Member experience.
A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations
Approximately 10-15 percent of our District’s Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments (worldwide 60% are) – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.
To help these struggling clubs, we must:
Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation
Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider
Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid
Audio (only) webinar with authour Pat Johnson DTM, Past Toastmasters International President. An informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs. We covered these key points
The importance of beginnings
Preparation prior to your initial meeting with the corporation
“Corporate Speak” versus Toastmaster jargon – know your audience
The demonstration and/or information meeting
Potential challenges you may encounter in the corporation
Leadership roles and responsibilities for everyone
JTI Ireland (14) is a corporate club that chartered in Dublin on the 4th of June 2019. It is the fifth new club to charter in the Dublin area and is aligned into Division M Area 26. The two sponsors who helped get it started are 2018-19 Area Directors Mary F. Burnham (Area 5) and Bobby Buckley (Area 18 )and the two Mentors to help establish the club over then next 6-12 months are 2018-19 District Director Patricia O’Reilly and Christopher Werner
Birmingham New Street Speakers
Birmingham New Street Speakers (13) is a community club that chartered on the 22nd of May 2019 and aligned into Division E Area 39. 2018-29 Division E Director Andy Nichols and 2018-29 Area 42 Director Mish Barad were the club Sponsors with Tanya Barad and 2019-20 Area 42 Director Sanatan Shelat coming in as the Mentors
On the 20th of May two new corporate clubs chartered into District 71, bringing to 12 the new clubs chartered this program year. Very many congratulations to all involved and their hard work.
Toastmasters Takeda (11 on the map below) is based in Dublin within the pharmaceutical company Takeda Ireland. It is aligned in Division J Area 7 and the sponsor and mentor was/is Mairead Murphy
Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press (12 on the map below) is aligned in Division G Area 41. The sponsors were Sultan Kus and Luc Moreau and the mentors are Robert Brooke and Martin Harnor
New Clubs in Dublin 2018-19 with latest addition, 11 Toastmasters Takeda
12 Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press
Club growth is one of the most rewarding activities for our members. As a rule of thumb there are opportunities to found new corporate clubs in companies with 200 hundred or more professional and managerial staff. A second good starting point is a company that already has a Toastmasters Club at another location and this is the case with Toastmasters Takeda who have at least one sister club Takeda Toastmasters, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Another starting point are the connections between clubs or members and the company. Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press Toastmasters Club grew from connections between the Cambridge Speakers Club and Cambridge University. Last year Cambridge Speakers ran a Speechcraft for a group of accountancy students at the University.
District 71 has been very successful in growing membership each year by increasing the percentage of new member intake from year to year. Last year, 2017-18, our percentage intake of new members was the highest since the District reformed in 2014. A growing club and subsequently a growing district, is dynamic, and everyone benefits. Growing members feeds into the distinguished club program and into the distinguished district program.
Every club should aim to leave their club strong in membership when they hand over to the incoming committee on the 30th June. To facilitate this there are some excellent incentives for adding members in May and June.
Add 1-2 members ………..$50 voucher to purchase goods at TI store
Add 3-4 members…………$100 voucher to purchase goods at TI store
Add 5+ members………….$150 voucher to purchase goods at TI store
Add +5 members to enter a draw for a ticket to the Killarney conference, May 2020
Walsall Toastmasters club get a paid voucher for the Norwich Conference. This well-deserved prize is from “Talk up Toastmasters” 1st February-31st March where the club added 11 new members. A new club from September 2018 thriving. Three clubs brought in 10+ members in this period.
The draw took place at the Listowel Toastmasters meeting
Congratulations to all clubs in the endeavour to welcome new members.
PLEASE, PLEASE never lose that momentum. CLUB GROWTH Director, Gerard Mannix
Welcome & Congratulations
Dublin 15 Toastmasters Chartered on the 31st March 2019 in District 71, Area C16
Dec ’18 Club Growth update owes much thanks for the magnificent work you are undertaking
New Club Initiatives
Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix email@example.com, your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71
: Allow 45 pounds/50 euro support for one-time room hire costs for your demo meeting.
New Clubs Report
With immense pleasure District 71 can announce our latest club, bringing to 4 this Toastmaster year. Very many congratulations to all involved.
Salesforce Dublin Toastmasters, Club Number: 7126746, District 71 Area M54, Charter Date: 1st November 2018
District Director Patricia O’Reilly also carried out Club banner presentations to last year’s (2017-18) recently chartered clubs in Division A (Southern Ireland) Lee Valley Speakers (#4858276 chartered 24/4/2018) in Area A11 and Republic of Work Toastmasters Club (#6779360 chartered 2/5/2018) in Area A23.
Fall into Winter Award
Does your club have many guests? Toastmaster clubs need to encourage new members to join to maintain quality meetings and continuity. This time of year, District 71 has an incentive for clubs that add 4 plus members. Each club that attains these extra members will qualify for a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro. Yet, if the club does not like that food then alternately there is a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods from the Toastmasters International store.
November 1st to 31st December
Clubs that add 4 plus members during this period will be awarded a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro or for those in the sterling currency a voucher valued at 40 pounds
Or a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods at Toastmasters International store.
Help for weaker clubs
Club coaching: 100 euro/ 90 pounds assistance per club with 12 or fewer members. Club coach reward $15 to successful coaches
Wishing all members and their families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas
A great warm welcome to the new club at Dell EMC Toastmasters Limerick. The club currently meets for one hour every Friday at 11am. They had a very lively meeting on Friday 5th October 2018. Excellent speeches from Elaine Tynan and Lorraine Brennan plus superb Topics from Tom Moriarty. Present at the meeting were Michael Collins Past District Director, Bridget Elliott Past Division B Director and Gerard Mannix Cub Growth Director 2018/19.
Gerard presented Gemma Hickey on behalf of Dell Toastmasters with the club banner. Gemma has been the leader in the company to spearhead the foundation of the club.Her energy with the excellent support of Bridget Elliott had the club achieve charter in June.
Wishing all at Dell many years of Toastmasters’ benefits, enjoyment and comradeship
Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner
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