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Membership Building Contests

Most members of Toastmasters joined a club because someone invited them to a meeting. Below you will find helpful information regarding Toastmasters membership building contests as well as the results from previous contests. These reports reveal the individuals and clubs who have taken the initiative to give others the same opportunity to learn and grow that someone else once offered to them.

Districts can use these reports to recognize clubs and individuals for their contributions to membership growth. The reports are in district order so, depending on your district number, you may need to scroll through the report to find your district’s information.

Club Contests
Smedley Award
Program Dates: August 1 – September 30

In honor of Ralph Smedley, can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30? By doing so you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent 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 who join between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for August or September. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Smedley Award” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.

2014
2013
2012




Talk Up Toastmasters!
Program Dates: February 1 – March 31

Toastmasters love to talk, so take advantage of it. During the "Talk Up Toastmasters" membership contest, you can encourage your members to invite guests to a special meeting where regular procedures are augmented by a discussion of Toastmasters' many benefits. Add five new, dual or reinstated members to your roster between February 1 and March 31 to receive a special "Talk up Toastmasters" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent 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 who join between February 1 and March 31 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than March 31. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for February or March. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count for credit toward “Talk Up Toastmasters” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.

2014
2013




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—and with a bang. The goal for your club is to earn the "Beat the Clock" award! Make this a contest in your club to encourage every member to get involved. Clubs adding five new, dual or reinstated members during May and June receive a "Beat the Clock" ribbon to display on the club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, qualifying clubs earn a special discount code for 10-percent 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 who join between May 1 and June 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than June 30. Each member's join date as listed on the application must be for May or June. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward “Beat the Clock” credit.

The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the contest ending. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.

2014
2013
2012




Individual Awards
Annual Membership Program
Program Dates: July 1 – June 30, of the following year

Membership growth is important to ensure club success. As a sponsor of five new members, you will qualify to receive a unique sponsor's pin. As an outstanding sponsor of 10 new members, you will qualify to receive a special pin. Effective July 1, 2009, as a sponsor of 15 new members, you will qualify to receive a special discount code for 25% off your next product purchase from Toastmasters International World Headquarters. Discount is not valid with any other offer. You’ve also made a significant contribution to your club’s long-term success. To receive credit as a sponsor, your name must appear on the membership application along with your home club number. Please print or type information legibly. No changes can be made to the applications once they are received by World Headquarters. New, dual and reinstated members count for credit; transfer and charter members do not. The new members join dates must fall within the July to June range. All applications and payments must be received at World Headquarters no later than June 30.



2014-2015
2013-2014
2012-2013




Membership Drive
How to conduct a local membership-building contest:

  • Invite all your friends in advance
  • Assign a sparkling host as Toastmaster of the day
  • Schedule a variety of speakers, from beginners to experts
  • Make Table Topics fun (with easy questions for the guests!)
  • Schedule friendly evaluators
  • Put on a great show!
  • Give points for participation in the contest
  • Reward those who achieved the objectives



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