March 2021 Leader Letter
Humor Webinars: Forward the Funny — Did you laugh and learn with The Humor Workshops in February? Whether you joined in live or not, you can now access Part I and Part II On Demand; please share these links on your club social media channels to highlight the value of Toastmasters, not to mention forward some funny content.
Promote Your Club — Add your club's information to the "Promotional Poster" and hang them around your community! Featuring a contemporary design, this marketing material comes in two sizes for your convenience.
Ensure Your Club is in Good Standing — Is your club currently in good standing? Select your club's District from the Daily Reports – October Dues Renewal Status and ensure your club is listed as "Verified Complete." Refer to the Club Status Guide to determine how a club's status affects the Toastmasters program's different features and areas. Should there be a discrepancy, please contact Club and Member Support at +1 720-439-5050, ext. 1402 or email email@example.com.
Cultivating Club Leaders — In the coming weeks, clubs worldwide will begin looking for officers for the 2021-2022 program year. The first question many Leadership Committees must answer is, "How do we encourage members to begin a leadership journey?" Think about how you can empower the club members to step into a leadership role for their personal development and the club's continued success. Use the club officer role resources to learn more about each position as you find your club’s next leaders.
Last Chance to Redeem a Free Path! — There are still over 168,000 free paths remaining to be redeemed by March 31, 2021—did you or your members forget to claim yours? For those of you who renewed your membership for the October renewal period by December 31, 2020, visit your Toastmasters profile, click the “Choose A Path” button, and follow the normal path selection process to redeem your free path.
Pay Dues by April 1 — Membership dues payments for the next renewal period are now being accepted. Membership dues payments for the next renewal period are due on or before April 1, 2021. To pay club dues, log in to Club Central and click "Submit Payment." Unpaid officers lose access to Club Central 30 days after their membership expires. Completing the club's membership renewal requirements by April 1 will allow the club to receive on-time submission credit for the appropriate section of Goal 9 in the Distinguished Club Program. Email the Club and Member Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for service and support.
New Club Incentive — All new clubs that organize through June 30, 2021, will be granted its charter fee (125 USD) and the new member fees (20 USD per member) waived! To qualify, new clubs will need to pay the 45 USD membership dues for each charter member, along with the prorated amount for the next renewal cycle (April 2021 for clubs organizing through March, or October 2021 for clubs organizing April through June), and fully complete the charter process by June 30, 2021. Any questions regarding this incentive can be directed to email@example.com.
Talk Up Toastmasters Award — Make membership building fun by encouraging everyone to participate in the Talk Up Toastmasters program. If your club adds five new, reinstated, or dual memberships to its roster with a join date between February 1 and March 31, your club will earn a special ribbon to display proudly with the club banner. Plus, you'll receive a 10% discount on your next club order from the Toastmasters Online Store!
Speechcraft Webinar: Recording Now Available! — If you missed the informational webinar for club officers, watch the recording to learn more about the new Speechcraft digital experience from the experts who helped create it. The presentation includes a demonstration of Speechcraft content, marketing tips, and a Q&A. Ready to start planning your event? Buy the Digital Bundle.
Where in the World is Richard? — International President Richard E. Peck has so far visited 80 countries during the International President World Tour! Follow his journey as he virtually visits every country with a club by viewing this interactive map.
New Member Experience Survey — How well does your club treat its newest members? Encourage them to take this survey 30 days after they have joined. Gather their feedback and use it to close gaps and improve your club’s welcome experience.
Leadership Self Evaluations — New resources are available to help you in your leadership journey: Club officer self-evaluation forms are now available! Use these evaluations so your club can track leadership growth and close previously missed gaps.
360-Degree Evaluations — Another exciting leadership development tool, 360-degree evaluations, are now available for club officers! These evaluations allow for peers and club members to evaluate officers and aid in their leadership development. Download these evaluation resources and learn how you can implement them in your club.
Convert Prospective Members — An average of 10,000 prospective members a month attempt to contact a club via Find a Club! Follow the helpful tips in the Find a Club Best Practices document to grow your club's membership.
Zoom Fatigue, Be Gone! — Online meetings: First they were challenging, then fun and exciting, and then, for some, the monotony set in. Luckily, you can counteract that. Read some tips to keep your virtual meetings fresh and fun, to keep growing and improving, and to keep your members coming back.
Learning to Evaluate Everybody — Don’t be intimidated by title or tenure; both new and advanced members benefit from honesty. Here is advice to help you build the confidence you need to evaluate even the most advanced speakers in your club.
Speechcraft Gets an Update — Speechcraft® is like Toastmasters 101—a chance for clubs to teach what is essentially a course on public speaking. As durable as Speechcraft has been, it needed modernizing. Learn how a digital component and Pathways connection highlight the revision.
Get Excited for 2021 Online Convention! — The Board of Directors recently decided to conduct an online convention August 23-28, 2021; as a result, the previously announced in-person convention in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. will not be taking place. Last year’s first-ever online convention brought together more than 59,000 registrants from 203 countries; astonishingly, nearly 90% of last year’s online convention-goers were first-time attendees. This year, the goal is to stay safe, while expanding on the attendance, education, and excitement of last year’s convention—making it one of the best Toastmasters experiences of all time! Stay tuned for upcoming 2021 convention details.
Connecting with Prospective Members — Did you know World Headquarters receives many replies to the club interest emails that should be going directly to the prospective members? When responding, verify you are contacting the prospective member, not World Headquarters. Another way to ensure prospective member emails are delivered to your inbox is to add firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact in your email service provider.