Area 53 Director, Eliza Truett, ACB, ALB, began her relationship with GEHC Toasters in February 2016 as their club Mentor. Starting in July 2016, GEHC Toasters became Eliza’s responsibility when she began her term as Area 53 Director.
She regularly attended their club meetings through August 2016. District 58 Directors and Eliza became concerned with GEHC Toasters after they had only submitted four due renewals in April, had not submitted an officer list, and began canceling meetings regularly.
It was then that Eliza collaborated with Division E Director, David Jones, Bob Swarner, and Dana Swarner, to bring this club back to its initial state. Eliza was very lucky in that the club President was very responsive to her and was passionate about getting the club meeting regularly again.
The President organized a meeting with their charter club members, GE leadership, and Eliza at GE to see what concerns members had with Toastmasters. He then met with GE leadership to get their buy-in again to promote Toastmasters as a personal development program for their company.
In December 2016, GEHC Toasters had an Open House where over 40 people attended! The club President felt their biggest selling point was when one of their Vice Presidents stood up and stated how he could see Toastmasters helping himself in his professional life.
Eliza Truett met with the club President in the beginning of January 2017. They were able to submit to club due renewals to bring their club back to a paid status and submit their officer list.
GEHC Toasters expects to be back at charter strength once they finish submitting payments from their new members that have decided to join following the Open House. A meeting to kick-off Toastmasters again with their new members is scheduled for early February.
Eliza attributes the success of this club to being consistent in following up with the club, having a committed club contact, and her visits on-site at GE.
They were most productive during the one-on-one meetings. She believes that whenever possible you should ask the club to meet in person instead of just communicating via email.
Club Coach program
Clubs who have 12 or few members can ask the D58 Club Growth Director assign a club coach.
The club coach(es) will be “successful” only if the club becomes Distinguished or higher within two years. Successful club coaches get credit towards earning their ALS award.
More info about the Club Coach Program