Do you remember why you joined Toastmasters? Was it to communicate better with friends, family, or co-workers? Gain more confidence and get over that fear of speaking in front of others? Was it to improve your English? Or was it simply to improve yourself and become a better leader? It is important to ask these two questions: “Why did I join Toastmasters?” and “Have I put forth all my effort?” Review your goals. Have they changed or evolved? In what ways do you want to continue to learn and grow? To keep moving forward everyone needs to ask, “What’s in it for me and what efforts do I need to put forth?”
Now is the time to set goals for the coming year. Whether you are a Club President, Area or Division Director, have you created a Success Plan for the coming year? Sit down with your executive team, review accomplishments the team made last year, use the Distinguished Club Program as a tool, and set the goals you want to accomplish in this year. If your goal is to bring in new members, host an open house or hold a club contest – create tasks in your Success Plan to make it happen. Setup a club calendar. Follow-up on your Success Plan, Club Distinguished Program and Club Calendar at each Executive Club Officer meeting. Finally – have fun doing it.
Toastmasters International World Conference is scheduled to occur in Las Vegas the week of August 8, 2015. Each Club President and Club Secretary has a vote to elect the next Toastmasters International President, 2nd President, and Region Directors. I need to ask the Club President and Secretary – If you are not planning to attend the conference, please log on to www.toastmasters.org, select Club Central, click on “Proxy”, and select George Jarosik or any person that is attending the conference to carry your vote. Thank you!