Effective training for club officers is one of the most critical parts of any district’s mission. Without properly trained officers, clubs cannot meet members’ needs or introduce the benefits of Toastmasters to others. Club officer training is also vital means to leadership development.
Multiple training sessions are offered throughout District 4 twice a year. The first round of trainings is conducted between June 1 and August 31. The second round is conducted between December 1 and February 28 (or February 29 in leap years).
Clubs with officers attending training receive credit toward the training goal in the Distinguished Club Program.
Training Program Goals
District 4 strives to make every training session an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. The sessions are based upon the training and educational programs published by Toastmasters International with the goal of each training to
- Apply the concepts of effective leadership.
- Give participants a practical understanding of their roles and responsibilities as district or club officers.
- Provide the tools to achieve Distinguished Club status.
- Encourage planning and growth.
- Motivate participants to function together as a team.
- Encourage participants to read, review and use the handbooks, manuals, and other materials important to achieving success as a club officer.
- Answer questions and stimulate discussion.
- Give club officers a firm foundation for their term of office.
Second Training is Valuable
The second round of club officer training starts in December. For clubs electing semiannually, this training allows newly-elected officers to learn their roles and responsibilities, to meet district leaders who can help them during their terms and to get new ideas about how to improve their clubs.
While some club officers who hold annual terms or are repeating an office may see the second training as redundant, the truth is that second training is an opportunity for club officers to receive extra information and practice what they need to create greater success in heir club. It also gives them the opportunity to discuss any problems they may be having and network with officers of other clubs.