October 2021 Leader Letter

Club News


Share Your Celebration — On October 22, take part in celebrating Toastmasters’ 97th anniversary and all your club has accomplished in the last year. Read this article for inspiration on how to commemorate the camaraderie and connections you maintained and strengthened. Whether you gather with a few fellow members or your whole club, send your photos, short videos, and details of your celebration to photos@toastmasters.org for the opportunity to be featured on the Toastmasters International website and Toastmaster magazine. Spread the love on social media using #CelebrateTI.

Relax, Replay! — Did you miss some or all of the 2021 Virtual Convention? Wish you could rewatch your favorite highlights? You can still experience it and make a world of difference by making a difference in yourself. For only $40 USD, get unlimited access on your phone, laptop, tablet, or TV through Toastmasters On Demand.

Missing Renewals? — Has your club submitted member renewal information that is still not reflected on your club’s roster? If your club has submitted payment by wire transfer, this may be the reason for the delay. Please email the wire transfer confirmation (commonly called the SWIFT receipt) to the Finance team at financequestions@toastmasters.org, which will ensure that the funds are allocated to your club; please send only one communication regarding confirmation of the wire transfer.

October Dues Still Accepted Online — Although the October renewals due date has passed, you can still submit dues payments online to keep your club and members in good standing. Log in to Club Central to submit dues online. If you need assistance, please review the Club Central Tutorials. You may also contact Club and Member Support by emailing membership@toastmasters.org.

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Digital Guest Packet — Now that many clubs are meeting online and hosting guests, the need for good follow-up has increased. The “Why Toastmasters?” webpage is a great link to include in your email to guests after they visit your club. Guests will find the same information that is in the Guest Packet, including Toastmasters' structure, how they will grow, and details on how to join a club.

Evaluation Resources — Did you know that members have multiple ways to access the evaluation resources needed to complete projects in the education program? These valuable resources can be found when launching a project or in the Tutorials and Resources page on Base Camp in all languages. The English version of these resources can also be found in the Resource Library with just the name of the project—no login required!

Invocations and Pledges — Invocations and pledges are popular ways to open club meetings with an inspirational message. They are usually one or two minutes in length, delivered by a designated club member, and are entirely optional. If your club chooses to open a meeting with an invocation or pledge, always take care to respect the diversity of club members and visitors. More information on this topic can be found on the Invocations, Pledges, and Controversial Topics page.

Meeting Minutes — One of the main responsibilities of the Club Secretary is to record the meeting minutes. Templates and examples are available on our site for club meetings and Club Executive meetings. If you prefer to not use one of the templates, you can use one of the branded letterhead options.

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Distinguish Yourself and Your Club — What’s in it for me? Why should I care about the DCP? These were questions asked by a new member who was trying to understand the Distinguished Club Program. If there are members in your club that feel the same, forward this Toastmaster article to shed light on the DCP and how it can help them meet their goals.

Meet the Public Speaking Winners — By now, you’ve watched and evaluated the 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking winning speeches, but how well do you know the finalists? Learn about the three dynamic speakers who mastered the virtual stage and moved a worldwide audience.

Show Us Your Culture! — In this month’s Toastmaster magazine, members from India shared stories and photos about the cultural diversity of their country. Do you want to show off your culture? Send a short story along with a photo that represents your culture to magazine@toastmasters.org for an opportunity to be featured in an upcoming issue.

Spontaneous Speaking — For many Toastmasters, nothing strikes fear into the heart quite like Table Topics®. Challenging as it may be to answer the call to speak spontaneously, there are ways you can prepare. Discover tips and tricks for becoming a better Table Topics speaker.

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New Pathways Level 1  — A new Pathways Level 1 is on its way! This new Level 1 will include four projects: A revised “Ice Breaker,” “Evaluation and Feedback,” and two new projects, “Writing a Speech with Purpose,” and “Introduction to Vocal Variety and Body Language.” These projects are designed to introduce fundamental skills that will help members write and deliver effective speeches. This update will also address member feedback regarding project navigation. New Level 1 projects will be available in paths purchased following the release. Learn more.

Round Two of Training Coming Soon! — The second round of club officer training begins on November 1. Ensure your club sends officers to this training to gain insights that will help the club be successful. For more information and training schedules, please contact the Program Quality Director in your District.

Smedley Award 2021 — Contest submissions for the Smedley Award have ended. Please be advised that all notifications regarding clubs that have earned the award will not be posted until late October, due to month-end closing. For more information about the month-end closing dates and their impact on reporting, please refer to our Month End Closing Dates page.

Translated Banners are Here! — Custom Club Banners are now available in Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, and Traditional Chinese! Order your translated custom club banner in yellow, navy, or burgundy.

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Login Help — If you or a club member has difficulty logging in, use the Forgot Password feature. This will send an email prompting the member to create a new password. If the member is prompted to reset their password each time they log in, this may be because their contact email address and username aren’t synced. This is an easy fix! The member should log in at www.toastmasters.org, go to their profile, click on Edit Contact Information and Privacy, then click on Sync My Logins. If that doesn’t resolve it, contact membership@toastmasters.org.

Paying Annual Dues Times Two — Paying for two renewal periods (instead of one) is an available option with the assistance of the Club and Member Support team. If members wish to pay for April 2022 now, and they understand that the dues are nonrefundable, club officers can send an email to renewals@toastmasters.org with the member’s name and the request. The Club and Member Support team can then manually create an invoice to be paid in Club Central.

Zoom Discount Code —  Is your club using Zoom to conduct virtual meetings? If yes, you can request a discount code for 50% off your plan! If your Club President hasn’t already received a code, send a request in an email to clubquality@toastmasters.org and you will receive a code within two weeks. To learn more, visit Zoom Discount FAQ.

Mask Up and Save —  During October, you can save 20% on a Reusable Face Mask from the Toastmasters Online Store with promo code MASK20. Featuring the Toastmasters logo, this mask is a great way to share your Toastmasters pride! Not valid with any other offer. Offer valid October 1-31, 2021.