August 1st is the launch date of the Smedley Award membership campaign. Do you know everything you need to know about this award to make the best of it?
What is the Smedley Award?
Let’s kick this post off with a little history lesson, the award is named after Ralph Smedley, you surely know by know he is the founder of Toastmasters. To honor him and the legacy of the organization he established back in 1924, Toastmasters International created a membership-building campaign by the name of the Smedley Award, and its the first of three that take place in the toastmasters year.
How to participate?
It’s actually very simple, your club just needs to add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between August 1 and September 30. Any and every club that accomplishes this goal will qualify for earning this distinction. Just keep in mind that the addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward Smedley Award credit.
What do we get out of it?
In addition to the excitement of bringing in five new members to your club, growing and becoming a stronger club, you get to quantify your acomplishment in your DCP points, a lovely Smedley Award ribbon, named in honor of Ralph Smedley, which you can display on your club’s banner and even a discount code for your next order from Toastmasters International.
When is it due?
Applications and payments for members with a join date between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30.
The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States
Where can we find 5 new members?
Here are some ideas of what you can do to find this new members and get your club a Smedley Award:
- Hosting an Open House event
- Advertising your local newspapers, newsletters and/or place an advert on your local supermarket/gym notice boards, etc.
- Hosting a bring-a-friend event where every member brings one friend to your meeting
- Hosting a special event. E.g. a webinar or workshop
Who has received a Smedley Award?
Last year, the following D95 clubs received this award by adding at least five members to their club roster between August 1 and September 30:
|Club Name||New Members|
|Stockholm Toastmaster Club||12|
|Hannover Speakers Club||08|
|Mercury Toastmasters Berlin||05|
|Bochum Toastmasters e.V.||12|
These 13 clubs did an amazing job last year and got their recognition. Will your club join the list of Smedley Award Recipients?