Champions – where are you?

What’s a Champion?

WA Toastmasters needs to grow rapidly so we can become a District in our our right. We need new clubs and new members. A Champion is a person who volunteers to be the key person who puts together the group of members who start a new club, and thereby recruit new members for Toastmasters in WA.

It’s Michael Malone’s term

Four of us met at my house in Shelley this afternoon to map out a strategy for new club growth in this new Toastmaster year. Mike Helm, Immediate Past District 73 Governor, Mark Richards, the District 73 Public Relations Officer and Michael Malone, last year’s P30 President’s Distinguished Area Governor, joined me for afternoon tea and an intense working session. To get new clubs we need key people who have vision, capacity for work and the people skills to gather a group of effective helpers. Michael suggested we call them our Champions, so Champions they will be.

A net growth of 14 clubs is our target

That’s an increase from 46 to 60 clubs in WA. That could be 14 new clubs, but if we lose 1, it will have to be 15 new clubs. That’s why, along with the push for more new clubs, we have to look after and help those clubs which are not doing well at present.

Community Clubs – our focus for this year

Canning Vale Toastmasters is the role model for Community Clubs. Champions Mark and Robyn Richards put together an outstanding team of helpers, ran a brilliant letter drop campaign, and founded the new club at the next meeting after the initial Demonstration. The whole Charter process cost about $800. Mark was able to raise this from various sources inside Toastmasters. Our Champions can be confident that financial support will be available for new Community Clubs.

There are many local communities in the Perth Metro Area which will benefit from a Toastmasters Club. We looked particularly at the coastal strip from Cottesloe up to Joondalup, and the inner suburban area around South Perth, Como, Victoria Park and Bentley. There are many other areas as well, particularly the new suburbs going north along the railway line, and those going south towards Mandurah, again following the railway.

We need champions

Perhaps you are one. If you are interested, contact me, either by email, or by phone.

David Nicholas DTM
WA New Clubs Coordinator
08 9457 6468