Monthly Conference Call – 04/07/2014

April 7th, 2014

D26 Toastmasters Monthly Conference Call

04/07/2014

Start/end time:                  7:02pm to 7:45pm

Tom Hobbs, District Governor

The Trio has been to many contests. Proud of Area/Division Governors supporting their Contest Chairs. Contestants have been well honored. Sharon Friedman will receive the Communication & Leadership Award at the Spring District Conference.

Toastmasters Leadership Institutes, All officers Training and ALL members welcome – Updates from Linda Rhea, Lt. Gov. Education & Training (LGET)

Training

We have enough district & club officers trained to meet that goal toward distinguished district. We need to have 40% of our club base to be Distinguished Clubs to help reach our goal of Distinguished District. Contact your clubs that show less that 4 officers trained for the January/February Club Officer Training.   If you find clubs that did not correctly get credit for training, contact the LGET. The deadline is May 31. Many Area Governors have contacted their clubs and found 1 or 2 to add to the list. This helps your clubs get to Distinguished, which helps your Area get to Distinguished. The current list of those trained is posted on the D26 Website. The district has met the training requirements with the number of those trained reported. We still want to be sure clubs get credit toward their Distinguished Club Program Credit.

Conference Registration and Flyer

Posted on the Website – send the link to your officers as Larry Scantland did for his clubs today.

Proxies for Business Meeting – President and Vice President of Education

Have a vote in the Business meeting at conference. If they cannot attend they can use the proxy form on the District Website on the Conference page to send a proxy vote. 1 member can carry both votes. The holder of the proxy must be a member of the Club.

Silent Auction & Fundraising

We are collecting Baskets for the Silent Auction – Marcia Wood (Marcia@ecentral.com) and Sandi Merrill are co-chairing. Clubs can donate $25 or more to help the costs for members. Julia Davis (jkdolls@msn.com) is chairing. Corporate Club Sponsors and other corporations and Businesses can donate to the conference in exchange for PR via our emails and programs at TLI and Conference – Contact Linda Rhea or Julia Davis for more information.

Toastimonials

If you found the conference to have great meaning for you please write a testimonial (i.e., Toastimonial) that we can use in promoting the conference. Your perspective may just encourage a new attendee! Send to Maura Thompson (pro1314@d26leaders.org) and Lori High (lhightop2@comcast.net).

Facebook/LinkedIn

Whenever you see a Facebook post about conference look underneath on the line where you “Like” and “Comment”. Click on “Share” and share the post. You can add a comment. This sends it to your whole Facebook. This helps in 2 ways:

  • Your club members that are not on FB will see it.
  • Your friends that are not Toastmasters will see it and want to ask you about it. That is an easy way to let your friends know about the fun you have without having to ask!

Member Retention and New Clubs forming – Updates from Deborah Frauenfelder, Lt. Gov. Marketing (LGM)

Recent Events

  • Kickoff meeting for Fidelity Finance (Kaizen Toastmasters) was held 3/5/14.  M6 Area Governor Pat Brodbent will be a co-sponsor. Reaching out for 2 mentors, which have not yet accepted.
  • Kickoff meeting for Xcel Energy was held 3/7/14. Mentor: Mark Mahoney. Reaching out for 1 other mentor who has not yet accepted.
  • Welcome RRG Rocks Club held their kickoff meeting on 3/10/15 and chartered on 3/18/14 with 22 new members. Mentor is Joan Janis, Denver Division Governor.
  • Kickoff meeting for Western Union was held on 3/26/14. Awesome sponsor: D5 Area Governor Pam Hertzog. 32 people expressed interest, 29 members signed up. Linda Rhea, LGET, represented the Trio. Thank you Linda and Pam!
  • Kickoff meeting for CSU Graduate Students and Employees was held on 4/3/14. 30 people attended. Sponsor: Margaret Saldana. Eastern Division Governor Rheid Schloss and E2 Area Governor PenDell Pittman attended the Kickoff meeting. Thank you both.
  • Expected to charter soon:
    • Toast on Tap Golden, Foothills Division, Area not yet assigned, Mentor Linda Rhea, LGET.
    • Rocky Mountain Human Service, Denver, D-6
    • Jacobs Engineering – D7 Area Governor, Dana Shankle is mentor. Reaching out for 1 other mentor who has not yet accepted. Denver Division, Area not yet assigned.
    • Probuilders is at 13 people. They are hoping for charter strength soon.
    • Xcel Energy is ramping up fast. Denver Division, Area not yet assigned.
    • Western Union, Metro Division, area not yet assigned.

Dues Payments

Grace Period for dues payments ends 4/10/14. These clubs are low minimum or have not yet (as of 4/7/14) remitted payment. Emailed to District Leaders on 4/7/14:

Club

Div

Area

Renewal_Status Name Location

1120

D

1

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Gates Sunrisers Toastmasters Club Denver

1982527

D

1

**Renewals not here** Toast of Davita Denver

2579850

D

1

**Renewals not here** Have Darts Ready (HDR) Denver

3280089

D

1

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met healthtoasters Denver

1638832

D

4

**Renewals not here** Road To Success Denver

2977

D

5

**Renewals not here** Cherry Creek Toastmasters Club Denver

6656

D

6

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Orbiting Toasters Club Aurora

897557

D

6

**Renewals not here** Defenders of Speech Aurora

2979029

D

6

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Toast of DIA Denver

9839

D

7

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Lodo Toastmasters Club Denver

8379

E

1

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Morgan County Club Fort Morgan

810454

E

4

**Renewals not here** Night Speakers Toastmasters Club Longmont

716047

E

5

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met CO Xpressionists Club Longmont

3022

E

6

**Renewals not here** Boulder Early Riser Club Boulder

603677

E

6

**Renewals not here** Sure Speakers Society Club Boulder

1829090

E

6

**Renewals not here** RegMasters Broomfield

2804989

E

6

**Renewals not here** Covidien Conquerors Boulder

1464508

F

1

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Eagle Valley Toastmasters Avon

2219273

F

1

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Cloud Nine Toastmasters Aspen

6067

F

2

**Renewals not here** Fabricators of Speech Club Broomfield

6835

F

3

**Renewals not here** Arvada Speakeasy Club-Disbanding Arvada

4435

F

5

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Arrowhead Club Lakewood

4558

F

6

**Renewals not here** Toast & Jam Club Denver

1165758

M

1

**Renewals not here** Jepp ‘N’ Toast Englewood

2013338

M

1

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Pearson Toastmasters Centennial

3654

M

5

**Renewals not here** Savvy Speakers Club Greenwood Village

1260844

M

5

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met USB Speakeasies Denver

2306375

M

5

**Renewals not here** RE/MAX, LLC Toastmasters Denver

3289810

M

5

**Renewals not here** USB Tower Toastmasters Denver

2087953

M

6

**Renewals not here** Mile High Toastmasters Club Centennial

4499

N

1

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Sweet Talkers Club Worland

6397

N

1

**Renewals not here** Razor City Club Gillette

8593

N

2

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met Pathfinder Club Casper

1518

N

3

**Renewals not here** High Noon Club Cheyenne

1318304

N

4

**Renewals not here** Talk of the Town Sidney

3666884

N

4

**Renewals not here** SREV Toastmasters Denver

2890434

S

2

**Renewals not here** Peak Articulators Colorado Springs

5618

S

3

Ineligible – Minimum Requirement not yet met Colorado Orators League Colorado Springs

1082248

S

6

Low – Minimum Requirement not yet met La Plata County Luminaries Durango

 

Building New Clubs

  • Tentatively Scheduled Kickoff Meetings (remember dates could change)
    • DNN Toastmasters (Westwood College), 4/10/14.
  • Watch for updates on a new community club near Southlands in east Aurora. Sponsor: Speakers Bureau Chair Terri Larsen and Austin Ellis (not a current Toastmaster).
  • 9 new leads for clubs since last meeting.
  • We need to charter about 16 clubs in the next 3 months to make Distinguished District. It’s possible. We have a game plan, but will know more after all club payments are documented. Currently if we charter 16 new clubs, and every existing club adds 3 members the District should be Distinguished. Next month we should have a better idea once all the clubs suspending are identified.

Help Make Your Clubs Distinguished

Call/Email Deborah if you want help with understanding District Performance Reports. She will work with you, and you can work with your clubs. Distinguished Performance Reports will be updated with Distinguished, Select Distinguished, and Presidents Distinguished as the clubs achieve the goals. Toastmasters International expects to post updates beginning Friday, 4/11/14. Check your clubs status on Monday, 4/14/14, or any day afterward. District website will periodically be updated to show status changes.

Membership Drive

Please have your clubs do a Membership Drive over the next 3 months. If each club could add 3-4 new members, we can meet our membership goals. We are < 1000 paid members away from being a Distinguished District. We have 3 months left; let’s keep the goal in mind. This is doable.

Spring 2014 Conference – Updates from Rhea Thompson and Lori High, Co-Chairs

We have 6 speakers for the educational sessions. Registrations are coming in slowly. We need to promote the conference at the Area and Division contests. Next conference team meeting is tomorrow night (4/8) at 6:30 PM. The conference is coming along well, and we need to get our members to register. The hotel deadline is April 17. At midnight, the Embassy Suites hotel in Loveland will release our rooms. The rooms could go up to $200 per night or higher after that date. Make sure by Good Friday that you’ve registered for the conference and hotel.

Web Site Enhancements – Updates from the Web Team, Jonathan Sterner

Web site has had performance issues. Jonathan identified WordPress plugins/add-ons that were causing performance issues, and removed them. We are getting a lot of spam users, so Jonathan has turned off self-registration. Bots hitting the site are slowing down the site, and Jonathan is hoping that a new WordPress plugin can help prevent this. Jonathan is removing fraudulent accounts that don’t have a proper first and last name. The WordPress theme developed by Toastmasters International may have performance issues, and Jonathan is looking into this as well.

Introducing the Public to Toastmaster in the Community – Updates from Maura Thompson, Public Relations Officer (PRO)

Social Media

As of 4/7/14:

  • Facebook – 330
  • LinkedIn – 314
  • Social Media continues to grow. From what I could find there are about 30 clubs with Facebook pages. Breakout should grow!

Web Site

  • Updates for the Spring Conference are getting done.
  • Social Media announcements for the Conference are going out as well.
  • Question: Housing
  • Contest Photos will all be up by Friday night at the latest.
  • Open House – send it to me for Social Media pages.
  • Questions coming in from the website are being answered with 72 hours and you guys are coping me on them so Great Job, thank you.
  • Starting to gather Toastimonials for website, will be both print and video.

Proudly Speaking is talking about walking in the Gay Pride Parade this year, and she will try to get some additional media from it.

You are wanted to speak in the Community, here is how to be known – Updates from Terri Larsen, Speakers Bureau Chair

We have 30+ people in Bureau Directory. People are getting booked, including Terri. She’s building up a list of Speaker Seekers (potential clients). She’s presenting a Virtual Technology training on April 25 for Professional Presenters. People calling in for bookings include non-profits and networking groups.

Bookstore – Niki Moore

N/A

Club Coaching – Mark West

N/A

Updates from Danielle Edmonds, District Treasurer

N/A

Updates from Tom Marrs, District Secretary

Tom wants the speaker notes (from each speaker) for the business conference 1 week ahead of time in electronic form. Handwritten notes will NOT be accepted.

Q & A (and Concerns)

  • Northern – Jennifer Dafoe (N-1). Working on Club visits and creating a new club in Sheridan and Thermopolis. All the training has been completed for her clubs. School systems in Wyoming will need presenters.
  • Eastern – Finished Division contest. Rheid is proud of the quality of the contestants. Paid clubs are looking good. Kevin McCalmon (E-5) – 1 club is delinquent.
  • Denver – Dana Shankle (D-7). 2 clubs are Select Distinguished.
  • Metro – N/A
  • Foothills – Rhea Thompson (F-4). All clubs have submitted dues and have the required minimum # of members. 3 clubs have reached Distinguished, including one Select Distinguished. Revitalized education program is being presented. Westminster Communicators had 17 new members and earned the Talk Up Toastmasters award.
  • Southern – Keith Horowitz: Meetup group is rolling out. They are working on forming an advanced club. Michelle Mras (S-3) – Division contest is on Saturday, 4/12.

Attendees

Title Last Name First Name

Present?

District Governor Hobbs Tom

Y

LGET Rhea Linda

Y

LGM Frauenfelder Deborah

Y

IPDG Garcia Macliz Bea
Pro Thompson Maura

Y

Treasurer Edmonds Danielle
Secretary Marrs Tom

Y

Webmaster Sterner Jonathan

Y

Technology Admin Pyle Alexander
Club Coaching Chair West Mark
Social Media Chair Thompson Maura

Y

Speakers’ Bureau Chair Larsen Terri

Y

Book Store Manager Moore Niki
Newsletter Editor Savage Gordon
Edification Chair Marrs Tom

Y

Denver DG Janis Joan
D-1 Dunham Eric
D-2 De Gala Gigi
D-3 Davidson Joy
D-4 Fleenor Joe
D-5 Hertzog Pamela
D-6 Antonow Cybele
D-7 Shankle Dana

Y

Metro DG Brack Marcy
M-1 Griesemer Thomas
M-2 Carpenter Catherine
M-3 Hayden Mike
M-4 Reilly Edward
M-5 Hill Daniel
M-6 Brodbent Pat
Foothills DG Bryant Yvonne
F-1
F-2 High Lori
F-3 Scantland Larry
F-4 Thompson Rhea

Y

F-5 Punches Kristi
F-6 Edmonds Danielle
Eastern DG Schloss Rheid

Y

E-1 Williams Stacey
E-2 Pittman PenDell
E-3 Pentico Laura
E-4 Madson Kaaren
E-5 McCalmon Kevin

Y

E-6 Upchurch Michael
E-7 Meyer Andrea
Southern DG Horowitz Keith

Y

S-1 Costello Jennifer

Y

S-2 Hooper Mary
S-3 Mras Michelle

Y

S-4 Smith Bonnie Ann
S-5 Pierson Michael
S-6 Sandberg Jane-Marie
Northern DG Schneebeck Dulnoan Kathy
N-1 Dafoe Jennifer

Y

N-2 Dawson David
N-3 Jensen Stephanie
N-4 Haldi Janice

Respectfully submitted by, Tom Marrs District 26 Secretary Please send any minutes corrections to sec1314@d26leaders.org.

Spring Conference May 16-17, 2014

Conference details including pricing and hotel information, can be found on the District Conference Page

Spring Conference Quick Links

 

 

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.

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