What is it? It is where members of a Toastmasters club visit and temporarily join another (low member) club. They bring new ideas to the club and take some new ideas back to their home club.
Let’s define a few things:
Low member – less than 20 members
Temporarily – Join in June for $18 (plus club dues, if applicable), and plan to not renew with that additional club in October
Join – Pay the dues and show up to (and participate in) 75% of the meetings from now through September
More members attending meetings – when guests come, they see a better meeting, and are more likely to want to be a part of it.
The temporary members could each bring one guest per month. In July, August and September that would equal 3-4 additional guests per member
More speaking opportunities for the spies
New evaluations for the existing and new members
It seems artificial – at least to those that think this is a ploy to manufacture district membership payments
hmmm… is that the only con?
I guess one other is this: those members could join and never show up, doing it just for the numbers. That would be artificial, which is not the same as the idea describes.
Essentially, this idea is a way to provide temporary coaches to clubs that need them. These wouldn’t be official club coaches, but they would provide a shot in the arm to help clubs be more successful.
Here are a few stipulations:
I only think this will make a difference if 4-7 people join a given club. As long as 5-6 show up on a weekly basis, then it could have value.
This is not a ploy to get membership payments: The district needs 400+ payments to reach its goal. This won’t cover that by any means.
This is a way to help non-distinguished clubs make it over that hump. That’s not such a bad thing.
Some clubs that could use this help
Sit, Stay, Speak Toastmasters Club
|9177||Excellent Toastmasters Club||16||2|
|3066||Olathe Sunrise Speakers Club||16||9|
|9715||Emerald City Club||16||8|
|6297||Via Christi Club||15||3|
|2654||Lenexa Toastmasters Club||15||7|
|793002||Cerner’s PowerSpeak IT Toastmasters Club||15||3|
|643915||Yes We Can Toast Toastmasters Club||15||8|
|8409||Federal Expressions Club||15||4|
|392||Tower Talkers Club||14||3|
|7532||Money Talks Toastmasters Club||13||1|
|9975||Colleagues Of Wisdom Club||13||5|
|953433||I’M A Toastmaster||13||5|
|630||Grand Masters Club||13||3|
|4750||Spirit Of Liberty Toastmasters Club||13||5|
|1335||One Main Club||13||2|
|735666||Greater Joplin Toastmasters Club||13||3|
So, what can you do?
Go to http://reports.toastmasters.org/findaclub/ and put in the club number of one of the above clubs. Or put in your zip code to see what clubs are nearby.
Contact the club and let them know you plan to visit.
Visit the club and decide. Can you help? What will you learn?
Join and participate in your second club. Give speeches. Bring Guests. See how it goes…