District 10 Where Leaders Are Made

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Helpful guides, templates, and official forms

  • For Clubs | member resources • meeting forms • club quality and success resources • club officer resources
  • Speech Contests | scripts • templates • dignitary list • the rulebook
  • For the District | information about the district • forms

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Improve Your Club Meetings

Take a good hard look at your club meetings. Ask yourself questions such as these:

  • Are your meetings well-run?

  • Do you have a printed agenda at each meeting?

  • Are members giving speeches from the manuals or Pathways?

  • Are you welcoming to guests?

  • Do you start and end on time?

  • Are your current members inviting guests to meetings?

  • Do you feel energized or exhausted after the majority of your meetings?

Toastmasters - Northeast Ohio

Sometimes the easiest way to build your membership can be found by simply making the commitment to have excellent meetings.

A great place to start in building up your membership is to take stock of your current club meetings and making them better. Toastmasters International provides a wide variety of resources to help members build good clubs. Click here to see Toastmasters’ resources for building membership.

Run a Membership Campaign!

Once you have improved the quality of your meetings, a great way to build up your membership is to actively take part in a few membership campaigns that Toastmasters focuses on through the year.

(August – September): The Smedley Award

The Smedley Award is given to clubs who add 5 new or reinstated members during the months of August and September. Accomplish this goal and you’ll qualify to receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, named in honor of Toastmasters International founder, Ralph Smedley, which you can display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order.

(February – March): Talk Up Toastmasters

The Talk Up Toastmasters award is given to clubs that add 5 new or reinstated members during the months of February and March. Accomplish this goal and you’ll receive a special "Talk up Toastmasters" ribbon to display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. 

(May – June): Beat The Clock

Beat the Clock awards are given to any club that adds 5 members between May and June. Clubs that accomplish this goal receive a "Beat the Clock" ribbon to display on the club’s banner. Qualifying clubs also earn a special discount code for 10-percent off their next club order. 

For more information on Toastmasters official membership building contests, click here.

Fewer Than 12 Members? Ask for a Club Coach

A club coach is someone who works with a club that has fewer than 12 members.

The coach’s role is to help the club add at least 5 net new members and attain Distinguished Status.

A coach’s assignment is complete when this occurs and the club has the processes and tools in place to carry on without any external assistance.

Two coaches may be assigned per club as appointed by the club growth director. Anyone who serves as a coach receives a pin, a certificate, and credit toward the Advanced Leader Silver award.

Visit Another Club in Your Area

Take a step outside your own club and visit some other clubs in your local area. This will expose you to new ideas and strategies that you can think about incorporating into your own club.

Building your club membership starts with a club commitment to be the best club you can be!

What Is the Distinguished Club Program?

The Distinguished Club Program (also known as the “DCP”) is a set of goals developed by Toastmasters International that helps clubs in achieving education, membership, and administrative objectives.

Toastmasters has found that Distinguished clubs tend to be successful, fun, strong clubs of which members enjoy being a part. Members of these clubs are completing manuals and levels and receiving recognition, and the clubs are continually growing and improving.

There are 10 goals in the DCP.