Each new club may have up to two mentors who are appointed by the Club Growth Director in consultation with the District Director. A Club mentor advises, teaches and guides a newly chartered club in implementing the toastmasters program at the club during the first six months to one year of the new club’s existence. The club mentor should be an experienced toastmaster who possesses leadership skills, passion for toastmasters and a strong sense of dedication to helping a new club succeed. The mentor receives a certificate and credit toward their Advanced Leader (AL) award after they return their “Get Credit” form.
Note: Mentors may apply for credit no sooner than six months after the club’s official charter date. A “mentor” is a trusted counselor or guide: tutor; coach. Your task, therefore, is to serve as a coach and advisor to the newly formed club. As a Mentor, you have the opportunity to share your wisdom, knowledge, and experience with new toastmasters who want to learn, grow, and achieve. Your responsibility is not to run the club, but to allow the club to learn and grow while gently guiding it toward excellence. A club mentor plays an integral part in the success of the club. By being a resource person, you can ease the growing pains of a new club and get it started on the right foot:
The duties and responsibilities of a Club Mentor:
- Build a personal rapport with the club
- Provide the new club with an overview history of Toastmasters International, the organization structure, and the relationship between the organization and the club member.
- Explain the entire educational system .
- Acquaint the members with all of the educational programs and activities TI has to offer (i.e. Speech craft, Youth Leadership, the Success/Communication and Success/Leadership programs, speech contests, Toastmasters Leadership Institute ,etc.
- Work with club officers explaining their duties and responsibilities
- Help Club members build positive habits (these are the kinds of behavior you want to display long after you left the group.) Emphasize these positive habits:
- Regular attendance at meetings.
- Manual speeches.
- Diligent preparation.
- Excellent evaluations.
- Positive, enthusiastic attitude. In all of TI’s most successful clubs, members gain strength from a shared commitment to a worthwhile goal: self improvement for all members.
- Special attention to guests and new members.
- Plan joint meetings with other clubs so the members will have an opportunity to see how other clubs operate.
- Review TI’s Supply Catalog with the club and explain how they can benefit from the materials offered.
- Encourage Club members to attend Area, Division, District, Region and International meetings.
- Keep your District Director informed of your progress.
Remember: No position description can fully outline the total duties and responsibilities of the Mentor. So, feel free to enlarge on this list. Being a club mentor offers you the opportunity to further develop and practice your leadership skills.
If you are interested in becoming a Club Mentor, please contact Rozaline Janci, DTM (Club Growth Director) at email@example.com
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