Club Growth Director Report – Dec 2015

Area Director Reports – Good Work!

72 out of 85 Area Director club reports were filed as of the deadline of Nov 30 – that’s 85% for District 54!

12 Area Directors filed reports for every single one of their clubs. It means that our first line of communication with the clubs in District 54 is working well and giving the clubs a sense of how important they are to Toastmasters International. Thanks so much to all Area Directors.

Membership Renewals – Needs more work!

In District 54 there are 81 paid clubs right now. One club has not submitted any renewals yet and three other clubs are below the minimum required. These are examples of over 30 clubs in our District that qualify to have a Club Coach assigned to help them grow.

Watch for an excellent article that Tom Willison has written for the next District newsletter to recruit new coaches for clubs that need to increase membership. This is a great opportunity for a member to serve outside your own club and get credit toward your ALS award. Training is available and other successful coaches will help volunteers learn the ropes. You don’t have to be a Super Toastmaster, just an enthusiastic person who recognizes the value of Toastmasters. Please volunteer by email to me ( or Tom Willison ( D54 Needs YOU!

New Clubs – We are getting there!

Darrel Felty has been having great success with new club generation. Two Chamber of Commerce clubs are in the works – Bolingbrook (Nov 18 demo meeting with 21 attending and a possibility of a second club) and Decatur (Lunch & Learn scheduled for January 20).

Rakesh Chandra has been pursuing a new club in the Bromenn Hospital in Normal and had a meeting with their HR department on Dec 3 and is now planning a demo meeting for the new year.

The prison club initiative got off to a good start with a conference with two Assistant Directors of the Dept of Corrections for the state of Illinois. They have suggested a couple of prisons that might be good to start with. We are currently chasing down ideas for funding the clubs and looking at how to recruit Toastmaster volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer to work on this project, please email me.

Smedley Award – Congratulations!

5 Clubs in District 54 earned the Smedley Award by recruiting at least 5 new members in August and September of this year. They will receive a new ribbon for their club banner from Toastmasters International. Congratulations to:

Cece Wroblewski, DTM
District 54 Club Growth Director

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