September 2021 Leader Letter
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.
Add Members, Win an Award — Make membership-building fun by encouraging everyone to participate in the Smedley Award program, which runs from August 1 through September 30. When a club adds five new, reinstated, or dual memberships (with a join date of August or September) by September 30, it will earn a special ribbon to display on the club banner! As a bonus, a club will receive a 10% discount on their next club order from the Toastmasters Online Store.
Submit Your Club’s Success Plan — After your club officers have completed the Club Success Plan, it can be uploaded in Club Central by going to the “Club Success Plan” tile. Once there, a fillable PDF of the plan can be downloaded too! When you are ready to upload the plan, click on “Upload Plan” and then follow the prompts. Should you need to edit the plan, the most recent version can be replaced by uploading the new version. Questions on this process can be directed to email@example.com.
Earn Credit for Club Officer Training — When club officers are well-trained, club members are better served, leading to increased member retention and greater satisfaction. If your club members attended Club Officer Training, make sure to work with your District leaders to ensure it has been reported to earn Distinguished Club Program credit. Training reports submitted directly to World Headquarters by clubs cannot be accepted. Club officers attending a training session are responsible for giving the person conducting the training session their names, offices, and club numbers. The Area Director, Division Director, or Program Quality Director can record the credit online. The deadline to report club officer training via District Central is September 30 (changes accepted until October 31).
Renewal Dues Time — Club officers are responsible for collecting and submitting member renewal payments twice a year, in April and October. Clubs will remain in good standing and receive credit for the Distinguished Club Program by logging in to Club Central and processing member dues by October 1. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Club and Member Support by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 720-439-5050. Please also review our recently updated Renewal Dues FAQ.
Hybrid Meeting Resources — Has your club adopted or thinking of adopting a hybrid club meeting? Visit the Hybrid Meetings webpage for resources, tips, and best practices to help run quality meetings.
Club Need Some Spice? — Over time, with members lapsing into a routine pattern and identical meeting formats, clubs can become a bit stale. Learn how to spice up your club meetings with changes of pace, fresh ideas, and a dose of fun to create a renewed vitality.
2021 Virtual Convention Highlights — Did you learn, engage, and lead at this year’s virtual convention? In case you missed some or all of the events, here is a breakdown of the highlights. Make sure to watch the exclusive video interview with our new World Champion of Public Speaking Verity Price and 1995 World Champion Mark Brown. Come relive these exciting moments!
Meet Margaret Page, DTM — Get to know the 2021-2022 International President! In this profile, learn how feng shui, cattle raising, and a missed opportunity were all part of this Canadian’s path to the presidency. Make sure to listen to an exclusive podcast with the new president and watch a video of her answering member’s questions.
To Hybrid or Not to Hybrid? That is the Question. — Hybrid meetings are a great way for Toastmasters clubs to expand their reach and serve more people. As you start to explore the hybrid option, ask these four questions to determine if hybrid meetings are right for your club.
Toastmasters Works — Networking. Resume-building. Self-improvement. Mentorship. With all these benefits, why would any employee not join Toastmasters? In this September article, learn how corporate clubs can help both companies and employees.
Introducing the 2021–2022 Board of Directors — At this year's Annual Business Meeting, the membership of Toastmasters International elected new members to the organization's Board of Directors. Learn more about the International President, International President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Directors who will serve in 2021–2022.
2021 World Championship of Public Speaking® Winners — We are excited to announce a new World Champion and share the names of the first and second place winners! Verity Price, from South Africa, won first place with their speech, “A Great Read.” Second- and third-place winners were Nitay-Yair Levi, from Australia, with, “Advice for Life,” and Roger Caesar, from Canada, with, “Is It in You?” Congratulations to all three! Learn more and view the first-place speech here.
New Accredited Speaker — Congratulations to Forrest Tuff, for achieving the Accredited Speaker designation! This elite title is reserved for those who combine expert knowledge in a particular subject with a mastery of public speaking. If you know members who are interested in the program, share the Accredited Speaker Program Handbook so they can learn about the application process.
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 here.
Club Coach District Leader Credit — An incentive has been approved for successful club coaches for the 2021–2022 program year to earn District leader credit towards their Distinguished Toastmaster award! To be eligible for the credit, the coach must be appointed by January 1, 2022, and the club would need a minimum of 20 members on June 30, 2022. If you have any questions on the club coach program and this incentive, please email email@example.com.
How to use Club Funds? — Clubs with available club funds can use this money to support the club by purchasing materials, paying for the meeting space, purchasing refreshments, and more. Additional information can be found on the Use of Club Funds page. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions you may have.
Verify Contact Information — We are beginning a new renewal period, and now is an excellent time for you and club members to verify contact emails and addresses are up to date. If a member needs to update their email address and login details, they can be made by the member through their profile page via www.toastmasters.org. Be sure that they click “Sync my logins,” which will update their username to their new email address.
Save 15% — Are you looking for Toastmasters memorabilia or apparel to show off your pride? Or are you looking to save on supplies for your club or District? Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for others, you can save 15% on your next order over 35 USD from the Toastmasters Online Store with promo code 15OFF35! Offer valid September 1-30, 2021. Excludes Portable Banner Stand, Portable Lectern, and all banners. Not valid with any other offer.