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Teri McGregor - District Director

Thrive in 35!

In the last couple of months, I’ve done a lot of reflection both on the last year and on my tenure as a member of the district trio. It’s hard to sum up the experience in just a few words so please don’t ask me to do that! Too many words pop into my head as I think back on the last 3 years.

When I was elected as Club Growth Director, history was made in D35. For the first time, an all-female trio would lead the district team. Soon after, I was told that CGD was the hardest role on the team. At the time, I could have never imagined just how historic and challenging my tenure on the trio team would be – not just for me but for all of us.

It was near the end of my term as Club Growth Director that the pandemic hit, prompting us to make abrupt and drastic changes to how we meet and connect with each other. And not just with Toastmasters but in every aspect of our lives. That was hard. But together, we made it work. We hosted our first virtual demonstration meeting to a new club lead. We executed our first virtual spring annual business meeting and leadership elections. We hosted our first virtual district leader and club officer trainings – all within the first 3 months of the pandemic.

Moving forward into my year as Program Quality Director, more firsts came. We hosted our first virtual Hall of Fame Ceremony, including a virtual hug line. We executed our first virtual speech contests and our first virtual spring conference. Thank you for embracing every single first with us that year. Your willingness to try something new made us stronger as a district. We proved that numbers aren’t what matter. What matters is the value we give to our members. The new way of life we were discovering gave us all a chance to put all of the skills we’ve learned in Toastmasters to the test. Together, we passed the test.

And here we are, nearing the end of a very challenging but very rewarding year. As I talked to members this year, I was reminded time and time again that this role isn’t about how I can impact the district. My role is about how I can impact the members. If you look at the dashboard, you will see much lower numbers than you did 3 or 4 or 5 years ago. That is a small part of our story. The largest part of the story of District 35 through the pandemic is how we cared for each other. I heard from members at the spring conference who said that if it wasn’t for being forced to use zoom for Toastmasters meetings during the pandemic, they would not have been able to stay connected with their families during that time. And that is how we make a difference – supporting each other as we practice, as we learn and as we grow.

Three years ago, my campaign message was that we would succeed as a district together. Thank you for making that happen. Together we weathered great change to thrive! 

Summer Club Officer Training

Club officer training is an important step to take to set your club up for success. To give your club the greatest opportunity for a successful year, officers must know how to execute on their elected positions. Our goal with the first round of training is to focus on the basics and help clubs build a strong foundation.

The district will sponsor one Toastmasters Leadership Institute and Division Directors will then be working together to host multiple back up Club Officer Training sessions. Officers will have multiple opportunities to receive the required training. Remember, each club must have a minimum of 4 officers trained to receive training credit towards the Distinguished Club Program.

These exciting events will give club officers an opportunity to learn and network with others from across the district!  The District TLI will take place on Saturday July 16, 2022. This virtual event begins at 9am Central Time. Officers will receive training for their specific roles and I am excited to share the following additional presentations!!

  • Keynote address by Rhadi Spear, DTM and Second Vice President of Toastmasters International.
  • Hybrid meeting success by Markus Seppälä, DTM. Markus is a speaker, event host and standup comedian. He will join us from Sweden, where he is a 5-time Swiss Public Speaking Champion, to share best practices for executing effective hybrid meetings.
  • Club Success Planning by Jean Rossett, MS5. Current Division F Director will share information about how clubs can begin setting goals and creating a plan for success in the new Toastmaster year.

Register in advance for the July 16 TLI:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcu2hrjsiE9VB71D2cMZB5-pCepNTC5rN

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Additional club officer training sessions will take place on July 23, July 30 & August 6. Keep an eye on the Weekly News  for details!!

Hall of Fame

On May 14, the district celebrated the accomplishments of our members at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Please join us in congratulating these Hall of Fame Honorees!!

  • Best Club Website:  Cream City Communicators Toastmasters Club
  • Best Club Social Media:  Cream City Communicators Toastmasters Club
  • International Speech Contest – 2nd Place:  Jeff Stein
  • International Speech Contest – 1st Place:  Danita Graham
  • Area Director of the Year:  Yuriy Ksenidi
  • Division Director of the Year:  Dave Hendrickson
  • Toastmaster of the Year:  Jesse Franklin
  • Directors Award:  DJAB
  • T-Award:  Ed Thelen

 

Congratulations to our speech contest winners!!

International Speech Contest

1st Place:  Danita Graham

2nd Place:  Jeff Stein

3rd Place:  Gerald Pickett

Table Topics Contest

1st Place:  David Drebsky

2nd Place:  Christine Hugget

3rd Place:  Holly Deitelhoff

Jennifer Kibicho, DTM - Program Quality Director

Program Quality Director June 2022 Report

Path To Distinguished

We are down to the wire, with less than a month left in our current Toastmasters year. We have 82 of 88 active clubs in our District that have earned at least 1 Distinguished Club Program (DCP) point.

For District 35 to be Distinguished, we need 40 clubs to be Distinguished.

As of June 6, 2022, 43 clubs have earned at least 3 DCP points and are on track to be Distinguished by June 30, 2022.

We are excited to report that the following 20 clubs have already earned 5 DCPs. A hearty congratulations to the 6 clubs that are already Distinguished as of June 6, 2022:

  • President’s Distinguished—Menomonee Falls, Eastside Madison & Eclectic Image
  • Select Distinguished—Royal Toastmasters, ROK the Talk
  • Distinguished—Madison Achievers and NM Speaks!

The other 14 clubs have earned at least 5 DCP points but have not met the membership goal to be Distinguished.

Club

Mem. Base

Active Members

Goals Met

# of Members Needed to be Distinguished

Menomonee Falls Toastmasters

12

20

9

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

23

22

9

Eclectic Image Club

20

22

9

DJAB

22

16

8

4

Sheboygan Club 2121

10

13

8

2

Royal Toastmasters

22

22

8

ROK the Talk

20

28

7

Brookfield Toastmasters

21

11

7

9

Madison Achievers

5

9

7

1

Cream City Communicators

22

14

7

6

NM Speaks!

34

28

6

Ozaukee Toastmasters

9

10

5

4

Love of Laughter

17

12

5

8

Waukesha Toastmasters Club

20

19

5

1

Capital City Club

12

10

5

7

Plymouth Toastmasters Club

9

9

5

5

Milwaukee Metro Speakers Club

9

11

5

3

CNH Industrial Toast Team

20

14

5

6

The Breakfast Club

12

11

5

6

Wisconsin Rapids Area Toastmasters Club

11

10

5

6

We recommend that clubs consider conducting SpeechCraft or Open House events in the coming weeks to see increased membership. Clubs interested in SpeechCraft can reach out to our SpeechCraft team lead, Dick Hawley, to learn more.

Pathways Adoption Rates as Of June 6, 2022

The Pathways adoption rates for our District is 86.1%. As of June 6, 2022, 29 of the 88 active clubs (with members) have 100% Pathways Adoption Rates; another 45 clubs have between 75-99% rates. Congratulations to Division F team — Division F Director Jean Rossett, Area F1 Director Joe Domblesky, Area F2 Director Kelly Martyn, and Area F3 Director Paul Anderson — for having the highest Pathways Enrollment Rates and the most clubs with 100 Pathways Enrolled in our District.

 Pathways Adoption Rates as of June 6, 2022

 

Pathways Total Member Rate

 

Clubs with 100% Pathways Enrollment

 

Division A

93%

 

6 of 10 clubs

 

Division B

91%

 

4 of 10 clubs

 

Division C

79%

 

2 of 16 clubs

 

Division D

84%

 

3 of 11 clubs

 

Division E

88%

 

5 of 16 clubs

 

Division F

95%

 

8 of 12 clubs

 

Division N

79%

 

1 of 13 clubs

 

 

Education Awards (As Of June 6, 2022)

Below is a summary of education awards earned by each Division in total and on average per club. Congratulations to Division C, E & N teams that had the highest total number of education awards, and to Division B and N for having the highest number of education awards per club.

EDUCATION AWARDS BY DIVISION AS OF JUNE 6, 2022

Division

Education Awards

Number of Clubs

Education Awards per Club**

A

44

10

4

B

46

10

5

C

62

16

4

D

36

11

3

E

62

16

4

F

39

12

3

N

62

13

5

 

351

88

4

** Rounded to the nearest whole number

 

The list of clubs with 5 or more Education Awards is now 27! Congratulations to Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club for having the highest education awards submitted to date (18 awards). Below, a list of 27 clubs that have submitted 5 or more Education Awards in this Toastmasters year (since July 1, 2021).

EDUCATION AWARDS BY DIVISION AS OF JUNE 6, 2022

Club Name

Count

 

Club Name

Count

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

18

 

Ozaukee Toastmasters

8

Sheboygan Club 2121

17

 

CNH Industrial Toast Team

7

Eclectic Image Club

14

 

Waukesha Toastmasters Club

7

Royal Toastmasters

13

 

Madison Achievers

7

DJAB

12

 

The Breakfast Club

7

Menomonee Falls Toastmasters

12

 

ROK the Talk

6

Cream City Communicators

11

 

Fox Speak Toastmasters Club

6

Mid-Day Women’s Alliance Toastmasters

11

 

Rolling Hills Toastmasters Club

6

Wisconsin Rapids Area Toastmasters Club

10

 

Wisconsin Club

6

Love of Laughter

9

 

Direct Supply Champion Chatters Club

5

Brookfield Toastmasters

9

 

Univ./Wi-Stevens Point Club

5

Capital City Club

8

 

Tosa/Medical Club

5

Reedsburg Area Club

8

 

Oak Creek Toastmasters

5

Plymouth Toastmasters Club

8

 

 

 

 

Triple Crown Winners

Congratulations to 30 Toastmasters (and 3 anonymous) that have earned a Triple Crown (3 or more education awards) in this Toastmasters year:

TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS AS OF JUNE 6, 2022

Member

Count

 

Member

Count

Kristine R. Pool, DTM

13

 

David Hendrickson, DTM

3

Carol Mather, DTM

6

 

David Schmitt, DTM

3

Barb Sexsmith, DTM

5

 

Elizabeth A. Pollock, DTM

3

Janet O’Rourke, DTM

5

 

Heather Prueher, EH2

3

Kathy Shine, DTM

5

 

Jean Rossett, MS5

3

Robyn Krueger, PM3

5

 

Kristin McCabe, PM4

3

Jennifer Kibicho, DTM

4

 

Laurie Showers, PM4

3

Jennifer L. Liedl, TC1

4

 

Lois TeStrake, DTM

3

Jim Kohli, DTM, PID

4

 

Lucas Roberts, PI5

3

Stephen Wittmann, EH3

4

 

Mark Person, EH3

3

Susan Brushafer, MS1

4

 

Melissa Gavin, PM3

3

Akovi Wilson, PM5

3

 

Michael Cooper, IP3

3

Anthony Cooper, EC4

3

 

Michael Dill, DTM

3

Bruce Bitter, EH4

3

 

Travis Currier, EC3

3

Chris Williams, PI4

3

 

Yuriy Ksenidi, PI2

3

 

Pathways Path Completions:

Congratulations to the following 33 members who have completed a Pathways Path since July 1, 2021. The individuals shown in bold font completed their Pathways Path after the April 2022 Newsletter issue:

Pathways Path Completions as of June 6, 2022

Name

Club

Pathways Path

1.     Jennifer Riley

Thriving Communicators

Dynamic Leadership

2.     Craig Mosey

ROK the Talk

Dynamic Leadership

3. J.R. Swantz

Direct Supply Champion Chatters Club

Dynamic Leadership

4.     Heather   Prueher

Royal Toastmasters

Effective Coaching

5.     Jennifer Liedl

Royal Toastmasters

Engaging Humor

6.     Susan Brushafer

Menomonee Falls Toastmasters

Engaging Humor

7. Kris Pool

Sheboygan Club 2121

Engaging Humor

8.     Jennifer Liedl

Royal Toastmasters

Innovative Planning

9. Matthew Smith

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

Innovative Planning

10.     Carl Ervin

Generally Speaking

Innovative Planning

11.     Bonniejean Alford

The Breakfast Club

Leadership Development

12.     Tracy Rothman

Cream City Communicators

Leadership Development

13.  Jim Kohli

Love of Laughter

Motivation Strategies

14. Jean Rossett

CNH Industrial Toast Team

Motivation Strategies

15.  Annemarie Braun

Spectacle City Club

Pathways Mentor Program

16.  Keith Cumiskey

Rockwell Automation A-B Club

Pathways Mentor Program

17.  David Hendrickson

Advanced Leadership

Pathways Mentor Program

18.  Carol Mather

Fox Speaks Toastmasters

Pathways Mentor Program

19. Gary Broesch

Church Mutual Club

Pathways Mentor Program

20. Stephen Wittmann

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

Pathways Mentor Program

21.  Lucas Roberts

Red Cedar Toastmasters

Persuasive Influence

22.  Debra Ruskamp

Rolling Hills Toastmasters

Presentation Mastery

23.  Philip Rechek

Heart Of Eau Claire

Presentation Mastery

24. Craig Carpenter

Wisconsin Rapids Area Toastmasters Club

Presentation Mastery

25. Akovi Wilson

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

Presentation Mastery

26. Carla Lenk

Wisconsin Rapids Area Toastmasters Club

Presentation Mastery

27. Kris Pool

Plymouth Toastmasters Club

Presentation Mastery

28.  Eric Wunder

Brookfield Toastmasters

Strategic Relationships

29. Kris Pool

Cream City Communicators

Strategic Relationships

30.  Kathy Shine

SpeakEasy Toastmasters

Team Collaboration

31. David Hendrickson

EQ Leadership

Visionary Communication

32. Jennifer Kibicho

Milwaukee Metro Speakers

Visionary Communication

33. Harriet Allen

Eastside Madison Toastmasters Club

Visionary Communication

 

Looking For New DTMs To Finish the Year Strong

We only have one DTM earned this year.

We are looking for more DTMs to finish this year strong.

Plan Ahead: You might be very close to completing your DTM if you’ve completed 2 Pathways Paths. Reach out to TI @ educationprogram@toastmasters.org to get information about the DTM Project if you’ve:

  1. Completed a Pathways Path
  2. Completed Level 3 in your second Path
  3. Have met the leadership requirements

Thank You to A Fantastic PQD Team

Please join me in thanking the following Toastmasters for serving on the PQD Team this year:

  • Jesse Franklin—Pathways Chair
  • Keith Hardy—Club Quality Chair
  • Rhonda Williams—Spring Conference Chair
  • Jesse Franklin—Spring Conference Chair
  • Dianne Young—Winter TLI Chair
  • Carl Ervin—District 35 International Speech Contest Coordinator
  • Amy Linn-Strosin—District 35 Table Topics Speech Contest Coordinator
  • Judy Bauer—District 35 Chief Judge
  • Division & Area Directors
  • All Club, Area & Division Speech Contest Functionaries
  • Trio—Teri McGregor and Jason Feucht

 

It takes a village to get the work done. Thank you very much for your commitment, service and leadership to our District.

LAST WORD: About that $0.25/Day Investment in your Professional Development

My fellow District 35 Toastmasters, the journey to getting my second DTM was very educational. I learned that I had to plan ahead to achieve my goals and then keep evaluating progress to ensure that I remained on track. I would not have made it without the accountability that I built into the process by openly sharing my goal to earning a Triple Crown this year. In the process, I realized that a longer-term goal of getting my second DTM under Pathways was within reach. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as PQD this year. It’s been an exciting journey. As I reflect on the year, I feel like my quarter a day investment in myself—make that three quarters a day since I belong to three Toastmasters clubs—was well spent and generated a high return on investment.

Are you on track to complete a Pathway Education Level by end of year? If yes, I rejoice with you. If not, I would encourage you to set a new goal, create accountability and map out a plan to accomplish your goal. Reach out to your Vice President of Education (VPE) and schedule to give a Pathways speech soon. Remember, if you give a speech every 3 months, you will complete a Level by end of year! I am cheering you on as you continue the path to achieving your personal goal for this year.

Have you completed one Path and advanced to Level 3 in a second Path? If that’s you, please reach out to TI @ educationprogram@toastmasters.org and ask for access to the DTM Project guidelines.

Please reach out and share your journey about completing a Pathway Level or perhaps earning a Triple Crown @ kibichodtm@gmail.com

Jason Feucht, DTM - Club Growth Director

We Need Your Input on How to Meet Your Needs!

 Striving to Meet the needs of our Toastmasters is one of the foundations of Program Quality in Toastmasters. Planning for the 2022 – 2023 year is already underway, but we need your input! Share your educational session & preferences so we can best tailor the upcoming year’s training with your input HERE: https://forms.gle/3vrdPfsUYpVDbbFU9

Call for Speakers!

Are you interested in Speaking at a District event or Club officer Training? We are looking for presenters to help at all levels of our program training this year. Presenting at a District event or club officer training is a great opportunity to work on some of the more advanced Pathway’s Projects. Please share your interest HERE:  https://forms.gle/gNwEb2YUfFqZr9UE7 

Speech Contest Preferences

We are interested in your thoughts on speech contests for the upcoming year. Please share with us the types of contests that interest you and contest schedule preferences HERE: https://forms.gle/JC7ivs9sza4XdfnY7

We want to make sure we are meeting your needs as members, and look forward to your input, as understanding your needs and preferences is essential as we work to plan the upcoming programs for the District.

It’s Not Too Late! Renew Today!

While our Semi-Annual Dues were due prior to April 1, it’s not too late to renew your membership.

Work with your club treasurer today to renew and continue the investment you are making in your personal development as a speaker and leader through Toastmasters. Being a member of Toastmasters and participating in your Toastmasters Club is one of the most cost-effective ways to invest in yourself.

Don’t forget to also share the benefits of Toastmasters with a friend or colleague by inviting them as a guest to your club.

Club Officers – don’t forget to follow up with all your members even if they have not renewed. Also, if you have not followed up with your past members for a while, now is a great time to invite them back to Toastmasters and your club.

Virtual Club Coaching & Thank You

 We have had some great Virtual Club Coaching Sessions this year. While the last one for the 2021 – 2022 year is complete, recordings and materials from all of the session are available on the Virtual Club Coaching Page: https://district35.org/club-coach-virtual-session/. I encourage all Toastmasters to check out these sessions, whether in person or recorded, as a lot of valuable information and ideas for our clubs have been shared and discussed.

We are excited to announce that we are planning to continue these sessions in the 2022-2023 Toastmasters year. Keith Cumiskey, who has coordinated the Virtual Club Coaching sessions, is currently working to develop the 2022-2023 schedule of topics and presenters. Please watch the Virtual Club Coaching Page as well as future newsletters for the new schedule once it is complete.

Finally, I wanted to say a special Thank You to Keith Cumiskey, DTM, PDD whose efforts made these sessions possible; our presenters this year: Kris Pool, Mark Robinson, Susan Brushafer, Carol Mather, Dick Hawley & Tom Carlson; and all of the members of the district who have attended these events to participate and ask questions.

District 35 Social Media Advertising Campaign

District 35’s Social Media Advertising has continued since launching in September.           

I have shared previously that this program is focused on building brand awareness of Toastmasters as an organization across Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Our ads are targeted to help build membership in existing clubs by targeting the counties in Wisconsin and Michigan where there are existing District 35 clubs. The ads give some basic information about Toastmasters and direct the individual to “Learn More” and “Find A Club.” We continue to adjust which of Toastmasters’ approved ads are running and have seen some increased reach and impressions in response.

Facebook Campaign Statistics

Month

Individual Reach

Ad Impressions

September 2021

14,863

26,129

October 2021

20,559

43,498

November 2021

16,692

37,143

December 2021

18,143

40,237

January 2022

47,139

107,410

February 2022

46,523

120,924

March 2022

55,424

138,426

April 2022

38,511

109,498

May 2022

39,568

115,844

Total Campaign

175,685

739,109

LinkedIn Campaign Statistics

Month

Individual Reach

Ad Impressions

October 2021

6,286

10,246

November 2021

3,384

3,704

December 2021

3,247

3,469

January 2022

4,586

5,457

February 2022

4,064

4,481

March 2022

7,769

9,391

April 2022

6,541

7,859

May 2022

1,386

1,825

Total Campaign

32,224

46,432

We plan to continue running the ads on Facebook and LinkedIn, as planned, and budgeted for the remainder of the Toastmasters year. We are hopeful that this effort will increase awareness of Toastmasters as well as drive some interested individuals to clubs.

Remember to ask guests and new members where they heard about Toastmasters. The only way we know the ads are working is through feedback from guests and members. If guests or new members share that they saw an Ad on Facebook, LinkedIn or elsewhere, please ask where and let Jason Feucht, Club Growth Director know.

Let’s all grow our clubs!

Kris Pool, DTM - Immediate Past District Director and Club Extension Chair

Beat the Clock

Program Dates: May 1 – June 30
Toastmasters are taught to run meetings on time, finish speeches on time and reach membership goals on time. In that spirit, Beat the Clock is a great motivator for finishing the year on schedule—on time and with record numbers!  Make it your club’s goal to earn the Beat the Clock award and encourage every member to take part.

Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 receive a Beat the Clock ribbon to display on the club’s banner.

Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)


Applications and payments for members with a join date between May 1 and June 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than June 30. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward Beat the Clock credit. 

For club and individual contest rules and details, go to

www.toastmasters.org/membershipcontests

Spring Conference 2023 – Are You Ready?

We just finished our 2022 Spring Conference in Marshfield a few short weeks ago, yet here we are, getting a jump start on planning the Spring Conference 2023.

We are still working on finalizing a date and location, but are you interested in being a committee chair? Volunteering on a committee? Help during the days of the event? How about an education session speaker?

You’re probably asking yourself, why should I serve on a Spring Conference Committee?

  1. Pathways Project Credit

Did you know you can receive credit for a variety of projects by stepping up to chair a committee for the Spring Conference?

    1. High Performance Leadership (HPL)
    2. Mange Projects Successfully
    3. Prepare to Speak Professionally
    4. Lead in Any Situation
    5. Build a Social Media Presence
    6. Create a Podcast
    7. Public Relations Strategies
    8. Lessons Learned
    9. Reaching Consensus
    10. Improvement through Positive Coaching
    11. And others

 

  1. Growth and Leadership

Most of us don’t organize conferences and events for a living. Assisting with planning the 2023 Spring Conference is an opportunity to stretch your skills and grow as a leader.

  1. Positive Impact on District 35

Let’s continue the glory of the Spring Conference in District 35! Help our members enjoy the experience of education, awards, recognition, networking, contests, and more! You have the ability to have a positive impact on so many of our members!

  1. Hard Work + Fun = an AWESOME Spring Conference

Ask our prior conference and committee chairs – they will probably tell you they are physically and mentally exhausted the day after the conference. But ask them a few weeks later, and they’ll tell you it was an experience they will never forget; they learned so much in ways they never expected, and glad they stepped up and accepted the challenge to be a part of something wonderful for District 35. Are you ready to step up yet?

  1. Networking across District 35

As part of the Spring Conference Committee, you’ll interact closely with members from across our District that others can only dream about! Don’t miss out!

  1. Make Your Mark

As part of the Spring Conference Committee, you’ll look back on this experience with a sense of confidence and accomplishment. You’ve made an impact on the personal and professional development of many of our members.

Initial planning begins in July and we would like to announce details by the Winter TLI sessions.

If you’re ready to take the first step and volunteer, contact Program Quality Director Elect Jason Feucht, DTM (jfeucht.tm@gmail.com) or Spring Conference 2023 Chair Kris Pool, DTM (kris.pool.dtm@gmail.com). We appreciate your enthusiasm!  

Robert Wall, DTM - Club Growth Director Elect

Get Your Officer Lists In!

Quick – what can you do today to start next year’s officer team out on the right foot?

If you guessed “turn in your officer list” – you’re correct!

Did you know your officer list this year counts for 1/2 of a DCP point next year? If you’ve already had your elections, it’ll take you less than 10 minutes to head on over to Club Central and update your club’s officer list.

Officer lists seem like a minor thing, but these officer lists are important to the district so we can identify next year’s leaders and get them all trained. You’ll also want to make sure you connect all of this year’s officers with their successors so they can plan an effective handoff.

Get it handled now, and next year’s club officers will thank you.

Haven’t had your club elections yet? If you’ve identified officers, it’s a simple process. Just identify your leaders for next year, make sure you have over half of your paid members at a business meeting, and vote them in. If you need help understanding the elections process, reach out to your Area Director and they’ll get you the help you need.

And as an added bonus, the first ten (10) clubs to submit their officer lists for the 2022-2023 Toastmasters Year to Toastmasters (through Club Central) and emails that list to their Area Director and Trio will receive their choice of a Club Officer Pin Set or Name Tags for their club officer team. We have a few so far, but we’re not at 10 yet – so turn in your list today!

Theresa Flynn, DTM - Club New Source Research Chair and Area B3 Director

Cool Tip – Host a Hybrid or Virtual Joint Meeting!

 Over the past couple years, clubs have learned new ways to spark new opportunities for club quality. One benefit of virtual and hybrid meetings is that a wider variety of clubs can get together and offer joint meetings.

“Allis Chalmers Toastmasters had two joint meetings with Plymouth Toastmasters. This was an excellent opportunity to meet members of a club in another Division, one we normally may only get to connect with at District Events like TLIs. In both meetings Plymouth came up with the theme: the first meeting had ‘Spring Cleaning’ and second had ‘Grilled Cheese Day.’ Both themes turned out fun and engaging,” said Yuriy Ksenidi, current Area A3 Director and Division A Director-Elect.

“In the Beijing Number One and the Qingdao Toastmasters Club joint meeting, we learned about each other’s cities since the meeting theme was “A tale of two cities.” We also had a special meeting segment where members got to give meeting speeches on an aspect of each city,” said Joe Domblesky, current Area F1 Director and Division B Director-Elect.

“Resource Advanced [in Milwaukee] and Madison Achievers were able to listen to the keynote speech of Taylor Louis Duncan,” said Domblesky.

Qingdao and Beijing are over 400 miles apart; Madison and Milwaukee are about 90 miles apart. Plymouth and West Allis are just under 60 miles apart.

Regardless of distance, planning and communicating ahead of time are key to a joint meeting’s success.

Domblesky helped organize some of the joint meetings. “In each meeting, usually I had help. The prep team for each joint meeting included a group of people from each officer team such as myself, the VPEs of both clubs, each of the Club Presidents, both VPPRs, and the Toastmaster of the evening.”

“As far as planning, one of the officers of the Plymouth club along with VP Education of Allis Chalmers agreed a few weeks prior to have the meeting and announced it to their respective clubs. Allis Chalmers has an outstanding VP Education and I could count on them to communicate the meeting details and send reminders,” said Ksenidi.

Ksenidi’s club hadn’t segued to hybrid before their joint meeting. “The first meeting [with Allis Chalmers and Plymouth] was hybrid and it is cool to see how a club handles a hybrid meeting. I learned plenty. When the two clubs combine powers, everyone is committed to participating, and shows up, the result is a fabulous 90 minutes on an otherwise twisted Tuesday.”

Joint meetings are a great opportunity to learn about best practices other clubs practice as well as an opportunity to network. One drawback to joint meetings is that one club is not using their regular URL for their virtual meeting; unless there are agreements and communication throughout the process, this can cause one of the clubs to miss guests. Also, communicate to guests about how there are two clubs at the meeting.

Both Area Directors agree there are some best practices to consider for a successful joint meeting:

1) Schedule the joint meeting at least two months in advance and put it on the club’s calendar. Also announce it at every meeting leading up to the joint meeting – people need to know and be given every reason to be excited about fun ahead.

2) Coordinate to split the roles, including speakers. Ideally, two or more speakers is great, one from each club. Evaluators then evaluate the speech of a member from the other club.

3) Especially in the virtual world, plan for contingencies. Make sure technology is tested ahead of time.

4)  Make sure that there is interest and that both clubs are committed to a joint meeting. 

5) Encourage both club secretaries to take notes and share with both clubs – this is another opportunity to see best practices and maintain those new contacts from the meeting.

Summer Visitor Recruitment

How can you invite more of your neighbors to check out Toastmasters? Get some club members together and be visible at your local farmers’ market!

Many communities offer free booths or spaces to nonprofit groups (like Toastmasters!) so you have a great space to share information about the great educational and personal development opportunities in Toastmasters International and your club. Collect email addresses to send virtual links, or bring along some printed material including articles from toastmasters.org and business cards with your club URL (maybe bring a rock along to make sure they don’t go airborne!)

Even if you have a small club, team up with other nearby clubs to offer different evenings to all interested visitors.

Here’s a list of farmers markets throughout southeastern Wisconsin – get ready to bring in some new members!

https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/farmers-markets-guide

Jennifer Young - Newsletter Editor

Toastimonial Project – Pilot Video Released!

The Strategic Doing project District 35 undertook last year is still going strong! The promo video created by the team was unveiled at the Spring Conference in Marshfield. If you didn’t see it, don’t worry! You can watch it here:

Special thanks to the team who made it all happen, and the intrepid Toastmasters who ventured into the pilot project. 

  • Tom Carlson, Janesville Toastmasters
  • Jesse Franklin, Speak Up Milwaukee
  • Jennifer Kibicho, Milwaukee Metro Speakers
  • Teri McGregor, Leading Voices
  • Janet O’Rourke, Resource Advanced
  • Tom Tryon, Toast on Tap
  • Maria Luisa Vazquez, Landmark Toastmasters
  • Eric Young, Landmark Toastmasters

We hope you found the video inspiring, and are ready to share it with your friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues.

New Toastimonials are always welcome! If you’re interested in adding your voice to this project, please contact me at jyoung55@wi.rr.com