Greetings, District 86! I am honoured to serve as your Club Growth Director for 2018-2019. I look forward to an exciting year, as we fulfill the mission of the District. The mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. The areas of concentration are:
- to build new quality clubs;
- to retain existing clubs through effective & quality support of the members;
- to update the training package for Sponsors, Mentors and Coaches to include Pathways; and
- to create a stronger Toastmasters’ presence within the communities that we serve.
As the Club Growth Director, I am responsible for all aspects of marketing, club building and club retention efforts within the District. This includes:
- defining an overall marketing strategy for the District;
- developing outreach and retention efforts with existing community and corporate clubs;
- penetrating new markets; and
- supporting challenged clubs and helping them to become Distinguished.
The Marketing team has been extended to engage a leader from every Division. We are prepared and ready for the challenge ahead. As we support you, we are also inviting your support to build District 86, one club at a time and help all clubs to achieve Distinguished status.
“Want to be a New Club builder! Write or Call the Club Growth Director!”
firstname.lastname@example.org, Jocelyne Vezina
Jocelyne Vezina, a Distinguished Toastmaster and a member of Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters, Lamb to Lions and Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters Clubs in Mississauga has been elected as the new Club Growth Director, District 86 Toastmasters for the 2018-19 season.
The annual elections were held during the 2018 District 86 Spring Conference in Mississauga, Ontario. Vezina will oversee the marketing of the Toastmasters brand across Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario and will lead club growth, club building and member- and club-retention strategies in over 230 clubs across the province.
"Toastmasters has given me a lot," Vezina stated. "I want to give back by helping members reach their potential and by promoting Toastmasters to people who might not know its benefits."
Vezina has tremendously improved the quality of Toastmaster Clubs in the district since she joined Toastmasters in 2009. She was the Vice President of 2 Toastmaster Clubs in 2010-2011 and was Club President from 2011-2012. She also held district roles including Area Governor 2011-12 and the Pathways Chief Ambassador from 2015-2018. Vezina and her team of Pathways Guides and Ambassadors were instrumental in helping over 5000 Toastmasters embrace Pathways, the new Toastmasters International Educational Curriculum.
Vezina won the District 86 "2016-2017 Toastmaster of the Year" Award , the top district honour to the Toastmaster who best exemplifies Toastmasters International values in supporting the District mission.
The District 86 Council elected other leaders for the 2018 – 2019 Toastmasters year including Distinguished Toastmasters Kristina Johnston, District 86 Director and Jacklyn Payne, Program Quality Director and 10 Division Directors.
Club Growth Committee 2018-2019
Diane Gordon, DTM - Club Extension (Sponsor) Chair
The club extension chair oversees the objectives for the club extension and club sponsor committees. These two committees are essential in assisting the club growth director through maintaining quality leads and providing guidance over the club sponsor program to ensure that prospective clubs are chartered successfully. In addition to providing sponsors for prospective clubs, the club sponsor committee arranges club sponsor credit opportunities for members who seek it.
Leona Wilson, DTM- Club Quality (Mentor) Chair
Members joined Toastmasters to become more effective communicators and leaders. They stay in Toastmasters because the club provides a valuable service and meets their individual needs. The club quality chair focuses on establishing a club mentor committee to provide this service through the club mentor program. Club mentors are the advisors and tutors for new clubs and have a great effect on the degree to which a new club succeeds. In addition to providing mentors to the club, the committee arranges club mentor credit opportunities for members who seek it.
Brian Brennan, DTM - Club Retention (Coach) Chair
The club retention chair heads the club coach committee which assists with the club coach program. The committee helps club coaches develop action plans to aid their assigned clubs. In addition to providing coaches for qualified clubs, the club coach committee arranges club coach credit opportunities for members who seek it. The club retention chair also assists with promoting membership building programs designed by Toastmasters International (Smedley Award, Talk Up Toastmasters and Beat the Clock), and additional programs designed by the district.
Kyla Werrett, DTM - Club Opportunity Chair
The club new source research chair works closely with the club growth director to develop the district’s marketing plan, which is a series of steps to help the district grow healthy new clubs. In addition to assisting with the marketing plan, the club new source research chair generates new club leads at the district level.