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Club PR Campaign Challenge – Promote Your Club in Toastmasters Month!

You’ve scoured that 4 page document of 100’s of ways to build membership and conspired with your team. You’ve come up with a few brilliant ideas of your own. Toastmasters Month is the PERFECT time to take all those great ideas and put them into action!

To help your team gather around you and “make it so” we have issued the District 21 Club Campaign Challenge with some hefty prizes to be won! Just by taking action on your ideas, everyone already wins. Some of the best PR Campaigns will be featured on our District website to help ALL clubs discover new ways to get their learning opportunity in front of their ideal future members and guests.

The prizes are:

  • 1st Place Winning Club – up to $125 US purchase at the Toastmasters International Store
  • 2nd Place Winning Club – up to $95 US purchase at the Toastmasters International Store
  • 3rd Place Winning Club – up to $70 US purchase at the Toastmasters International Store

All above prizes include shipping if purchase is submitted in our March 31st order

  • Deadline for submissions is March 15th
  • Winners will be announced by March 25th
  • Winners TI Store Puchase requests are due by March 31st

What could your team get for $125? Check out the store at: https://www.toastmasters.org/shop

Judging Criteria (all submissions will be factored in to one club score):

  • 20% WOW factor –  “Wow, that’s a great campaign” includes quality and overall strategy
  • 20% OOH factor – “Ooh! That’s unique!” includes different, interesting and creative
  • 20% REACH factor – “That’s going to pay off” includes potential # of people reached
  • 20% FUN factor – “I would have loved to be on that team” if we would have helped, it had to be fun!
  • 20% TOUCH factor – “Connected in lots of ways” includes quanitity of campaigns or touch points

How to submit your club’s entries (ENTER OFTEN!!! MORE PR IS BETTER!):

Submit your club’s PR Camapaigns to Club PR Campaign Challenge Chair, Chrisine Manly through THIS form:

Have FUN with this Challenge! By sharing Toastmasters in your unique ways, you are creating that Rising Tide that floats ALL boats. Thank you for participating. We can’t wait to see what adventures your team creates!

Carol Carter DTM

 

Share Your Adventure!

 

 

Your 2017 – 2018 District 21 Director

Rising Tide 10% Growth Challenge – Deadline is April 1st renewals

You LOVE your club. Your members are your trusted friends. You learn, laugh, and sometimes cry together. There is nothing quite like a fellow trusted Toastmaster.

Each year lives change. People move. Their focus shifts. Family needs them in different ways. Life happens. Twice a year, some of your members might make that tough decision to stop learning in your club and focus on other areas of responsibility. While you never joined Toastmasters to promote Toastmasters, if you want your club to continue being that vibrant gathering each week, you need to find more potential fellow learners.

To help you and your team members focus on the FUN factor of reaching out to future friends, we’ve issued a CHALLENGE with prizes that ALL our clubs could potentially win!

Create that Rising Tide that floats all boats.

Grow your club by 10% above your July 1st base as of the April 1st renewals (which we’ll see around April 8th) and your club WILL WIN:

  1. All your members’ names on the VIP Guest List of the Kelowna Spring Conference’s Saturday Night “AfterParty” event (it will be an event to remember!)
  2. A special Party Pack for your team to help you celebrate at the AfterParty event
  3. A Club Care Package to take back home with you. This Care Package will contain a collection of helpful resources and items to help you care for all those brand new members and sustain the growth you’ve achieved, keeping your club that fun, supportive and exciting learning opportunity you LOVE going to each week.

How do you find your July 1st base?

  1. Click on this link to view the District 21 Dashboard: http://dashboards.toastmasters.org/Club.aspx?id=21
  2. Scroll down to your Division and Area to find your club. You’ll see all of your DCP points, as well as your July 1st 2017 and your current membership.
  3. You can click on your club’s name to pull up a “one page” that focuses completely on your team. This is great for printing or displaying on a screen at meetings

How do you grow your team?

  • We have a host of resources to offer. Browse this website, our YouTube Channel and the resources at Toastmaster International (and try not to get stuck in overwhelm). Just seize one or two ideas that connect with you and take action! Whatever you do will help create awareness and grow everyone who helps you. It’s never a waste to try different ways to promote your club opportunity to your community you serve.
  • Reach out to your Area Director. He/she is committed to helping your club succeed and is dying for you to ask!
  • Reach out to your Division Director to find out what District resources and events might help you.
  • Conspire with your team through Moments of Truth. Decide how you want your club to function, what areas you could work together to improve and how you want to be perceived by your ideal future members
  • Use your Passport! Visit other clubs and discover ideas you want to try out in your own club. Jot down your “Ah-Ha’s” and get your passport “stickered” or initialed! We’re offering a small appreciation gift for the chance to collect helpful data from your passport at the Spring Conference AND there’s 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes for the most points!
  • Invite a member to chair a memberhip campaign
  • Invite several members to chair PR campaigns with specific focuses.
  • Ask a successful club in our District what they did to grow their membership. Great ideas are everywhere! Toastmasters love to share and help their fellow clubs succeed.

Looking forward to seeing YOU and your team in Kelowna and, if you can’t make Kelowna, hearing how your team chooses to celebrate your success, as well as use that Club Care Package!

Carol Carter DTM

Share YOUR Adventure!

 

 

Your 2017 – 2018 District 21 Director

Webinar Wednesdays! Upcoming schedule and registration links

Welcome to Webinar Wednesdays! These webinars are an opportunity to connect to tools and resources that will help you and your team get the most out of the Toastmasters Program you are part of.

We are looking for topics YOU are most interested in! Click HERE to submit a topic you’d like featured.

We are looking for expert presenters for upcoming topics! Click HERE to submit a list of topics you would be happy to present or be part of the presentation on.

Upcoming Wednesday Webinars:

Click on the above titles to see more information on the webinar registration pages.

You can attend live and participate in the chat area, ask questions in the Q&A, PLUS have fun with emoji’s and other interactive bits! (it IS fun!). Can’t attend live? Still sign up so you receive the recording within 24 hours of the session.

Hope to “see” you at an upcoming Wednesday!

Carol Carter DTM

Your 2017-2018 District 21 Director

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A New Club Could Mean a Stylish New Jacket for YOU! (UPDATED)

Imagine that very first club you discovered and joined, that place where you gained encouragement, helpful feedback and mentoring through your early speeches, never existed. What would your life be like today? Look how far you’ve come from that first day you walked through the door and experienced your first meeting.

We are searching for new club ideas and opportunities to share the transformation Toastmasters provides to more people in more corners of our District. Do you have a brilliant idea for a new club? Maybe it’s a

  • community club where there’s an ideal space or central location;
  • advanced club that can help members in your Area or Division accelerate their personal or professional growth;
  • specialty club that could serve a niche market or help members achieve a specific goal; or
  • corporate club in a company with 250+ employees

Send your club idea RIGHT AWAY to our Club Extension Chair, Gene Vickers. If your club is fully chartered before end of day February 28th (just extended to the ides of March! – March 15th), you will become the proud owner of one of these stylish, Toastmasters branded core jackets!

Not sure you can charter a club in time? After March 15th, if your club charters before June 15th, you will receive a swanky Toastmasters Hooded Long Sleeve T-Shirt (They are sweeeeet!)

So … what’s your size?

Warmly and with great anticipation,

Carol Carter, DTM

Your District 21 Director 2017 – 2018

Call for Educational Session Presenters Extended

Does your Bucket List include being a featured Educational Session Presenter at a D21 Toastmasters Conference?

Well, if it does … we have good news for you. Our call for educational session presenters for the 2018 D21 Spring Conference in Kelowna, has been extended until February 18th!

So, if you have been too busy with Toastmasters activities that our last deadline passed you by, then this will be great news.

We are looking for proposals from experienced Toastmasters to deliver educational sessions that will be of interest to our conference attendees and be related to communication & leadership skill development and/or of general interest. You might consider tag-teaming with another Toastmaster as co-presenters.

We have also confirmed that we will be holding Cracker Barrel Sessions. If you aren’t familiar with the term, they are quick 20-minute presentations. As a Presenter you will deliver your presentation three times, back-to-back. Your audience chooses which presentation they want to attend and participate in. If you are looking for a challenging speaking opportunity … dare to be a Cracker Barrel Presenter.

Join our Education Team and don’t miss this opportunity for a fun adventure.

Pass it on!  Spread the word!  Forward this to people you know that would make great presenters.  And, let us know!

Contact the Education Chair, Rae Stonehouse raestonehouse@shaw.ca or 250-451-6564.

Imagine the Possibilities … Create Your Path!

Click here to download the 2018 District 21 Education Session Presentation Proposal Form.

Note:  Last Submission Date: February 18th, 2018@ midnight.

 

 

Imagine the Possibilities – Create Your Path

District 21’s last Spring Conference and first Annual Conference will be taking place in Kelowna April 20th – 22nd.  Register now for a fun and exciting weekend in beautiful wine country.  We are looking for clubs to put together gift baskets for the silent auction fund raiser.  Consider a theme night where you bring and assemble goodies for a basket or two, or three.  It’s a great way to re-gift and participate in the conference planning, in a small, but incredibly meaningful way.  See you there!!

Langley Toastmasters is first to 10 DCP this year! AND there’s more …

Greatness is happening in Division G! We have THREE clubs to celebrate!

Please help us congratulate Langley Toastmasters 2743, in Division G, Area 63! After attending Club Officer Training at the ACT event last Saturday, they received their final point to reach all 10 Distinguished Club Goals. With a healthy membership to date of 34 members, Langley Toastmasters is set to be Distinguished as soon as the April 1st renewals are counted at World Headquarters.

YAY! 

We have something else to celebrate. Out of 38 clubs on the planet, 2 clubs in District 21 keep reaching all 10 DCP points and having the membership levels to be Presidents Distinguished year after year. They’ve created a Club Culture of what Margaret Page calls “Documented Changes in People”. For the past 13 years of Mike Raffety’s tracking, here are the 38 clubs (click link). Please reach out and congratulate our own Division G, Area 62 clubs:

2651 Cloverdale Club
8742 Good News Toastmasters Club

Remember, our “Rising Tide” floats all boats. We’re here to help each other and keep Toastmasters sustainable in our wee corners of British Columbia. DO reach out not only to congratulate the clubs you see succeeding, but also to pick their brains on what’s possible for your club! We have much we can learn from each others’ successes! SHARE your brilliance! Help us all build an Amazing Adventure, and hopefully Share the Adventure with more potential future members.

Carol Carter DTM

 

 

Your 2017-2018 District 21 Director

Call for presenters

Call For Conference Educational Session Presenters

Call For Conference Educational Session Presenters

Call for presentersSpring is around the corner [okay, it is a big corner!] and your District Conference 2018 Team is actively working on maintaining the high standard of Toastmasters conferences that the Okanagan is known for.

If your New Year’s resolutions include delivering a presentation at a District level conference, well then have we got an opportunity for you!

Are you interested in offering a workshop or cracker barrel session at the Spring 2018 Conference?

Do you have a creative and inspiring workshop in communication, leadership, toastmasters or personal development to share? Do you have other creative or valuable topics that you would like to present?

Join the Education Team at the District 21 Conference, in Kelowna on April 20-22, 2018.

Please note that our workshops will be 45 min sessions and Cracker Barrel will be 15 min sessions. As presenters, you can earn credit towards your education goals and expand your horizons.

We are also seeking Workshop Hosts to introduce Speakers.

Come join our Education Team and don’t miss this opportunity for a fun adventure.

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for these roles?

Pass it on!  Spread the word!  Send this to people you know that would make great presenters or hosts!  And, let us know!

Contact the Education Chair, Rae Stonehouse raestonehouse@shaw.ca or 250-451-6564.

Imagine the Possibilities … Create Your Path!

Click here to download the 2018 District 21 Education Session Presentation Proposal Form.

Note:  Last Submission Date: February 10, 2018

A decision has not yet been reached by the committee as to whether Cracker Barrel sessions will be held or not.

What is this D21 Club Treasure Hunt Adventure?

By now your club has hopefully had some little care package arrive through your Area Director with a Treasure Chest, a Map, and a letter about both the Passport Program and the Treasure Hunt Adventure. You might have even received a few little cards with “bling” attached.

This program is designed by Club Retention Chair, Jeff Galenzoski, to help your members, both new and not-so-new, have a year of exceptional personal growth, and a lot of fun along the way. Celebrating each member’s contribution to the success of the team is one way to spark more enthusiasm for doing all those little things that make a big difference to your member experience.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The Map  – is your guide to where the “treasure” is. Explore the map! Go through it as a team. Display it at your meetings. Beside “Our Ship Be Named” write your club name and Tag Line. As you receive treasure, mark up the map with who brought in what! By June, this map should be marked up, starred, scribbled on with notes of encouragement, random art, and lots and lots of names!
  2. The Treasure Chest – is where you place the “bling” part of the rewards your team receives each month from the District. Have fun celebrating the bling! You could do Table Topics speeches by your contributors each month as they deposit their treasure in the team chest. DECORATE your team’s chest in unique ways! Make it a reflection of what your club is all about and the people you serve. At some point, we’ll be asking for Treasure Chest photos … more to come!
  3. The Treasure Most is automatically rewarded by our District team as we watch the amazing things you continue to do – education awards, new members, new member sponsors, DTM’s, District Training events and Above and Beyond Service “bling” will be delivered to your club after the close of each month. There are a few exceptions we need help with:
    1. Someone on your team chairs a Membership Building Campaign – please forward their name and a blurb about the campaign (any materials the team produced, a link to the facebook or webpage, a flyer, a handout your members were working from) ASAP to Club Retention Chair and Mastermind of this project, Jeff Galenzoski.
    2. Your team launches a PR Campaign – please forward a summary of the PR Campaign and any supporting evidence (social media, newspaper, flyer, etc) to District Director, Carol Carter
  4. Have fun with this! Share the adventure! We’re looking for stories, facebook posts and other feedback on how you are using the Treasure Hunt Adventure to help your entire team succeed this year. A rising tide floats all boats. We’d also love to see a little friendly club rivalry going on (get creative!).

More questions? Contact Jeff or myself any time through the “Connect With Us” page.

Carol Carter DTM

Wishing you and your team Grand Adventures and much fun ahead!

 

 

Your 2017 – 2018 District Director, Carol Carter

 

The District 21 Passport Program – Make this year a Grand Adventure!

Membership has its priviledges! As a member of Toastmasters, you are part of a large family of clubs around the world. Other than “closed” clubs (special organizations with requirements to belong) you are welcome to attend ANY of them. Have you explored your own backyard? How much of District 21 have you visited? How many new friends, valuable connections and brilliant ideas for your own club, are still waiting for you to discover?

Your District 21 Passport has a set of adventures waiting for you:

  • Visit clubs and jot down ideas you’d like to try in your own club
  • Visit Specialty and Advanced Clubs. Think of what type of member they could attract.
  • Attend (extra point for helping out) a club contest in another club, your Area or your Division. Note new ways to enhance your own club contests.
  • Attend a Toastmasters event – Workshop, Club Officer Training, Judge’s Training, Train-the-Trainer, Speaker-to-Trainer, and more. Would your club like to host a training event? Contact Program Quality Director Shawn Gold to find out how.
  • Participate in a Speechcraft or a Youth Leadership Project
  • Participate in a Demo Meeting for a potential new club
  • Attend a District 21 Conference

The more Passport Pages you complete, the more points your passport is worth! Whether you’ve completed one adventure or all of them, make sure your Passport is handed in by you or someone else at the Spring Conference in Kelowna April 20 – 22. Pick up a SPECIAL GIFT if you deliver your passport in person at the Conference!

Prizes!

Besides the adventures and ah-ha’s, your SPECIAL GIFT, and all your new connections, there are prizes for the most points! Winners will be announced in our June 2018 e-Newsletter.

Your Passport should have been given to your club by your Area Director. If your club needs more Passports, please contact Carol Carter, your District Director.

Carry your Passport with you at all times! Share ideas you’ve jotted in its pages. Collect proof of your “travels” and make this year a Grand Adventure for you and all you meet along the way!

Carol Carter DTM

Warm wishes through these chilly winter months!

Your 2017 – 2018 Distict Director