Founded in 1998 – Boaters Toastmasters
One of our Founding Members – David Clarkson is still a very active inactive member. Something clicked the morning format . Sticking to the meeting agenda. Allowing speakers to grow within the confines of the format.
I have heard the membership was up to 60 Members and also there was a waiting list.
Clubs are losing members. Mixed loyalties. The old system was better.
Some comments I have heard
“A rebel club” – “Causing ripples”
“I thought this club would have real go getters – cos if they get up this early in the day, they must be be winners”
What is special about this club?
In my 18 months of being a member. I have seen nothing but good honest Toastmaster methodologies. Organised chaos that always steadies itself with each meeting as though the process binds us. I’m also continually reminded of how it feels safe. How it feels like family. From the very first welcome I felt at home.
I have noticed disruption. The change of culture from paper to digital is profound. All of us are affected. Change can be hard to take. It has also put a lot of pressure on the roles of Education on mentoring.
Digital systems take patience and perseverance from each individual. Hand holding to sort out the technology does not help. Doing thing for someone either. Perhaps an un intended consequence is people question the system and are in a state of angst!.
Different levels within the system may become defensive and clench themselves into tense states.
As the system creaks and sways to gain an understanding of this disruption this change.
So how does a club get through this. Well all have a responsibility to learn and grapple and get on with it. Share the burden of change. Gain learning and get on with the actual Toastmaster way of learning. It’s not the sole burden on the VP Ed or the Club President or the Committee it’s the club members to nurture and help each other.
After a few months new members should be well versed and on their way through minor roles have sense of direction a pathway.
Keep to the confines and correct methods to help keep the solid dependable meeting structure.
If you want to practice speaking this is one of the few places to do it. Keep to the rules help each other to adapt and learn. See the opportunity and not the negative aspects of the difficulties just watch them tumble as the club binds together and continues in its path.
So what’s our future. Conduct speechcraft courses. Workshops. Continue to grow the boaters family. Increase the use of our Website its content and keeping active. Increase membership.
Look for opportunities. Be Pathfinders – Remind ourselves of the Toastmaster way’s Remind ourselves of our own personal purpose for joining. Keep on leading the way.
Be a Boater not a floater