Do you know about District 95’s Club Ambassador Program? On August 1st 2020 the new year of the CAP will officially launch. This program started in D95 a couple of years ago, launched by our former District Director 2018-2019, Svetlana Breum DTM. The thinking behind this initiative is to encourage Toastmasters from District 95 to visit clubs others than their own in order to exchange insights and ideas.
The winner of the Club Ambassador Program in 2018-2019 was our current Club Growth Director, Stefan Zahov which makes for an ideal turn of events as he is now responsible for the CAP in his role as CGD.
When we talked to Stefan about his experience participating and eventually winning the first place for having visited the most clubs, he mentioned how the experience was a great opportunity to share ideas and inspiration, how the program gave him an insight to what other clubs are doing, how he could bring the best things he had experienced back to his home club, and how he could provide ideas and feedback to the clubs he was visiting from the things that the other clubs he knows do well.
I believe the experience I made as Ambassador made me much better speaker and leader Stefan Zahov, CGD Toastmasters D95
The best thing about the Club Ambassador Program is that every single member of D95 can participate and now it’s easier than it ever was. Challenging times like this year’s Covid-19 pandemic bring along new opportunities, and with so many of our District 95 clubs holding their meetings online or in hybrid form (allowing for online attendance) going on an adventure and visiting a new club is easier than it ever was.
Additionally, in order to make this even easier this year, the submission forms and the process overall have been made shorter and simpler. The complete rules and instructions can be found on our Club Ambassador Program page, but here’s the short version:
1. Choose a club you would like to visit. A great resource can be selecting “all online meetings” in the Easyspeak calendar filter to see what far away clubs you could be joining this time, or go in person if the club is holding in person meetings.
2. Be an active participant. Let the club president know you are coming, offer to take a role, participate, enjoy and talk about the Club Ambassador Program when the opportunity presents itself. Ask for permission and if allowed, take photos to share with the District and on social media.
3. Submit your report. Go to the submisison form and fill out all the information including the insights from your adventure. You will receive half a point for every club you visit worldwide, one point for every club within D95 and two points for every D95 prospective club you visit.
This is a great instrument for club growth and quality both for the clubs visited and those who have members being ambassadors. And it’s a fantastic leadership tool for all of you who choose to become a Club Ambassador for D95.