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Lance Webster’s Weekly vBlog – Please Renew Your Toastmaster Club Membership by 9/30

It’s that time again – Toastmasters dues are due by September 30th for the next 6 months.  Please email and/or call your members and remind them to bring payment (cash, check, credit card) to the next meeting.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

FIRST:  Toastmasters dues have increased from $36 to $45 for six months.  

That is a very modest increase, and the first in many years – only $9, or for clubs meeting twice monthly that’s about 38 cents per meeting.  The International dues help support a worldwide organization of 350,000+ members in 15,000+ clubs in 140+ countries. Toastmasters International supplies materials and advice daily to more than 1000 District officers, and many others. Club dues help support your local club as needed in a variety of ways.

SECOND:  There is no longer a ‘grace’ period.

If a club does not have at least 8 members’ dues paid by the end of the day on Sept. 30, the club will be deemed “not in good standing,” and its members will not be eligible to compete in the Division Humor and Evaluation contests. If at least 8 members dues are not paid by March 31st, the club’s charter would be suspended. Charter reinstatement is cumbersome paperwork process. So be sure at least 8 members’ dues are paid.

THIRD: 8 dues paid is necessary for DCP point.

To be eligible for this DCP point, at least 8 members’ dues must be paid on time by September 30 and March 31. Along with submitting the club’s officer list by Dec. 31 and June 30, this is the easiest DCP point to get.

TO GET DUES PAID:

– Contact your club’s members by email AND phone prior to each September meeting.

– Contact past members who might want to re-join the club.

– Consider an Open House for the second September meeting, and contact all recent guests who didn’t join.

Your club is counting on you, and for club officers – Every Member Counts! In more ways than one!

– Lance Webster, DTM

   Director, District 52

District 52 congratulates the 2016 Wold Champion of Public Speaking, Darren Tay Wen of Singapore, District 80.

Exactly the kind of speech we would expect from our World Champion. The speech is titled titled “Outsmart; Outlast” and worth your seven minutes to watch.

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