Go Outside Your Home Clubs
As a member of 3 Toastmaster Clubs this term, I had an opportunity to participate in 16 events outside my clubs. I attended many of these events to support my TM friends and was given many opportunities that I would not normally get in a club environment. This included facilitating club officer training and being a (chief) judge at contests at all levels including at the District Conference. I was enriched with meeting new friends, experiencing different and better ways of performing roles and giving back.
My favourite event was performing a judge’s role at an Air Cadet’s Effective Speaking Competition in Richmond Hill. These youth have embraced Inspirational and Impromptu speaking at a high level with most members of the York Region Squadron competing.
In 2016-2017, Go Outside Your Club and gain amazing benefits.
Business Meeting at the Spring Conference – Mississauga (April 23, 2016)
In all the years that I’ve attended District conferences, the Spring Business meeting has been a “bust”. Why is that? I’m thinking there’s MORE business to be dealt with such as District, Division and Area elections at the Spring conference and less free time before the dinner program begins. Mind you, the agenda items were adhered to and time allotments, in most cases, were honored. Janice McDonald did a fine job in keeping the elections flowing and the audience entertained. Deferring to Bill Bienia for rules of order only made me appreciate her concern for doing things right. In a way, the elections, this time were exciting – multiple people running for the same office. Clearly there’s interest by the membership to step forward to help continue to make District 86 strong, vibrant and appealing to our communities. Patience, tolerance and acceptance can be tough to exhibit, especially when the 2 hr meeting time came and passed. When the business meeting was over, one could hear a sigh of relief before dashing out of the room to get ready for dinner. Yes, business meetings can be “painful”; however, the outcome is for the good of Toastmasters. Something to be mindful of for the next time.
Club Officer Training – Round 1 – Div.W – Guelph (June 18, 2016)
This may sound crazy but I look forward to this type of training. Learning, sharing and fellowship are evident at any Toastmaster function whether it’s workshops, speech contests or officer trainings. The beauty of it is that ANYONE can attend Club Officer training – from the newly elected club officers to those club members who want to know more about the role & responsibilities of a specific position before running for the next club election. Being a Club Officer S T R E T C H E S your competent leadership skills and your comfort zone. This training is invaluable to your club through you.
Open House – Agfa Cheers Club – Waterloo (June 22, 2016)
This Open House event taught me something – the importance of showing support to your fellow Toastmaster clubs. You’re probably saying to yourself: “Yeah, yeah, yeah – well, I’m busy with my own club activities and don’t have the time to go to other clubs or even workshops/conferences!” To me, Toastmasters is about encouraging others to grow in speaking & leadership skills, confidence and vision. If your club is thriving – that’s great. If you know of a club that is taking steps to augment their low membership – that’s when Toastmasters show their support by attending Open Houses. Experienced members are on hand to demonstrate to others the benefits of their Toastmasters training while at the same time doing a bit of public relations with the guests.