D26 Toastmasters Monthly Conference Call
Start/end time: 7:02pm to 7:45pm
Tom Hobbs, District Governor
Toastmasters Leadership Institutes, All officers Training and ALL members welcome – Updates from Linda Rhea, Lt. Gov. Education & Training (LGET)
District Officer Training – 03/01/2014
Thank you to all who came to the officer training. You added a lot of experience for the guests.
May 16 & 17 Registration form should be online this week. Hotel Registration will be a hard cut off date of April 16. Speaker and Talent show proposals for Conference are due March 15. Form is online at d26toastmasters.org. Lori and Rhea will have more to report.
TLIs were a big success. 5 with Lance Miller and 9 more around the 3 state area. Please check the newest list of training online. Check with your clubs to be sure they got all the credit for those who attended. I will send the new list when I send it to Maura Thompson for the Website update.
Contests are on the calendar. Be sure to check again and be sure the listing is correct! Also update me with any changes or additional phone numbers as that helps the attendees. Let a prospective Area Governor co-chair your contest so they have experience for next year. Think about helping each other at your contests. Your experience is valuable.
If you are with a corporate club or work for a company that loves to advertise or that matches donations for your volunteer time let me know. I will send the fundraising letter we are sending soon. IF you have corporate clubs and want to help us get the word out about our sponsor program let me know. It would be great if you want to help us contact your corporate clubs to ask for corporate sponsorships.
Member Retention and New Clubs forming – Updates from Deborah Frauenfelder, Lt. Gov. Marketing (LGM)
- Kickoff meeting for Metropolitan State University was held on 2/4/14. This club could use your support. If you can attend email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting details.
- Kickoff meeting for DOE Toastmasters was held on 2/27/14. 41 potential members attend. Expect this club to charter quickly. Mentors: Alan Swartz and Pat Moore. Third mentor is Dennis Ryan – he will help for no educational credit.
- Expected to charter soon:
- Toast on Tap Golden, Foothills Division. Area not yet assigned.
- Rocky Mountain Human Service, Denver, D-6.
- Jacobs Engineering – 1st real meeting is 4/2. On 3/19 they are holding an internal meeting to collect due. They anticipate chartering in April.
- Probuilders is at 13 people. They are hoping for charter strength of 20 soon.
Goals and Recognition
- Help Your Clubs Stay Clubs: 8 members are needed to retain active status with Toastmasters International. After 2 payment periods with less than 8 member payments, the clubs will lose access to Club Central and become suspended. We currently have 7 clubs with less than 8 members.
- Help Your Clubs Make Distinguished Early: Help your clubs plan membership-building activities. They can use some of Lance Miller’s ideas presented at the TLIs.
- Talk Up Toastmasters: 2/1 to 3/31 is the period for Talk Up Toastmasters. Any club that adds 5 members receives a ribbon for their banner. Please remind your club officers.
Building New Clubs
- Tentatively scheduled Kickoff Meetings (remember dates could change):
- Fidelity Finance will be known a Kaizen Toastmasters meeting on 3/3/14.
- Xcel Energy meeting is on 3/7/14
- CSU Graduate Students 4/3/14 – Margaret Saldana is doing an HPL.
- Riverside Residential, 3/10/14 – another surprise. They planned their first meeting.
- DNN Toastmasters (Westwood College), 4/10/14.
Help Your Clubs Make Distinguished
- If you want help translating club reports to an action plan, then call your division governor or me. We can help show you what your clubs need to do, and then you can encourage your clubs.
- On April 1, data will be available for the district to start posting clubs who make distinguished. Yet, many clubs will need your support. If you believe in your clubs’ officers, then they will believe they can be distinguished clubs.
- Tell your clubs to start looking for recognition on d26toastmasters.org the first week of April.
Distinguished Division and Distinguished Area
Requirements are on page 38/39 of the District Leadership Manual.
Spring 2014 Conference – Updates from Rhea Thompson and Lori High, Co-Chairs
Conference chairs have been named. Regular calls will be scheduled. They will check the progress of deliverables and assignments on each call. They are currently working on a Theme for the conference. The latest conference details are in the District Dialog. A Constant Contact form will be added to the D26 site for talent to sign up for the talent show. Currently there’s an issue with the speaker proposal form, and the web team is currently working on fixing the problem. As a work-around, send the proposed speech to Linda Rhea, Rhea Thompson, and Lori High.
Web Site Enhancements for the coming year – Updates from the Web Team
Introducing the Public to Toastmaster in the Community – Updates from Maura Thompson, Public Relations Officer (PRO)
You are wanted to speak in the Community, here is how to be known – Updates from Terri Larsen, Speakers Bureau Chair
Terri will be visiting clubs to get speakers on the mailing list and speakers’ bureau. She is asking speakers to improve and complete their profiles to increase interest. She is promoting the speakers’ bureau to service club program chairs.
Bookstore – Niki Moore
Club Coaching – Mark West
Updates from Danielle Edmonds, District Treasurer
Updates from Tom Marrs, District Secretary
Q & A (and Concerns)
- Northern – N/A
- Eastern – N/A
- Denver – D-4/D-7 contest is scheduled for 3/31. Judges are needed. D-1/D-2 contest is on 4/10.
- Metro – Contests are scheduled – M-1/M-2, M-3/M-4, and M-5/M-6. Combined Metro/Denver Division contest is on 5/3. Going for Select Distinguished Division or better.
- Foothills – Contests are scheduled. Looking forward to F-2/F-4 contest on 3/21.
- Southern – Contests are scheduled. Les Steubing is filling in for Mary Hooper (who has a sick family member).
|Title||Last Name||First Name||
|Club Coaching Chair||West||Mark|
|Social Media Chair||Thompson||Maura|
|Speakers’ Bureau Chair||Larsen||Terri||
|Book Store Manager||Moore||Niki|
|Northern DG||Schneebeck Dulnoan||Kathy|
Respectfully submitted by, Tom Marrs District 26 Secretary Please send any minutes corrections to email@example.com.
Benefits of membership in Toastmasters District 26
Improve your communication abilities in a positive and supportive environment
- Professionally prepared educational materials and resources
- Speak off the cuff on any topic
- Enhance your confidence, self-esteem, and credibility
- Expanded range of social and networking opportunities
- Personal and career advancement through growth and performance
- Formal recognition of achievement
The Mission of District 26
To enhance the performance and extend the networks of clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:
- Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational goals and membership goals.
- Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members.
- Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.
Toastmasters International Mission, Vision, and Values: The mission statements, the value statement and envisioned future succinctly express the function of each organizational unit can be read in their entirety here.
Toastmasters International Envisioned Future: To be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.
A Toastmasters meeting is: A hands-on workshop in which participants learn or enhance their communication and leadership skills in a supportive environment. A typical club has 10-30 members who meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Most Toastmasters meetings are 60-90 minutes long. Take a look at this video and see what a meeting roles are like. Remember, this is an example, all clubs have their own personalities. Visit a few until you find the club that is the “fit” for you.