Toastmaster clubs can need a helping hand in increasing the club's membership to stay vital or viable. There may also be an interest in creating a new Toastmasters club within a company or community. For either of these cases, Toastmasters has programs to assist clubs in their efforts to reach their goals -- and help individual Toastmasters strengthen their leadership skills along the way.
Clubs Needing Help
All that a club (or potential club) needs to do is make a request to the District Director for assistance. The District Director will then appoint one or more Toastmasters to help your club achieve its objectives.
Toastmasters Wanting to Help
On a personal level, individual Toastmasters can work on improving their leadership skills by helping build a new club or rebuild a weaker club. You may serve as a Club Sponsor, Club Mentor, or Club Specialist. In any of these roles, you will be able to both practice your leadership skills and help the Toastmasters organization.
There are three specific roles involved in the building or rebuilding of clubs. Each of these roles has different responsibilities, depending upon the needs of the club:
Club SponsorA Club Sponsor organizes and helps charter a new club. A Club Sponsor may be an individual Toastmaster or an existing Toastmasters club.
Club MentorA Club Mentor is a Toastmaster appointed by the District Director to assist a new club for at least six months after the club receives its charter.
Club SpecialistA Club Specialist is a Toastmaster appointed by the District Director to help a club with fewer than ten members rebuild to at least 20 members within one year. At the time of your appointment, you may not be a member of the club to which you are assigned.
Hosting a Speechcraft session is excellent way to promote a club and attract new members.
A club serving as a Club Sponsor receives the Founder's Award in recognition of its efforts.
Serving as a Club Sponsor, Club Mentor, or Club Specialist satisfies requirements for achieving a Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
Coordinating a Speechcraft session can satisfy a requirement for achieving a Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
A club that grows from fewer than ten members to at least 20 members within one year receives the Phoenix Award.