Adopt a Club

Take the next step in earning your Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) education award.

Your Task:

  • Demonstrate your leadership skills by helping a qualifying club become Distinguished or higher.

Requirements:

  • The club has 12 or fewer members
  • The prospective coach must not be a member of the club at the time of official appointment

While one always hopes a club becomes distinguished in the same year as appointment, it is understood that under certain circumstances it can take longer. If a club does not become distinguished the same year as appointment, it will be extended an additional year automatically. An additional year may be granted upon request.

Please see the profiles below for clubs seeking immediate assistance. For more information or a list of other clubs in your area that qualify for coaching, please contact Director of Club Coaching at coaching@d4tm.org.

Available: Civic Center Toastmasters | Eloquent Elocutionists | IMPACT Toastmasters | Opportunity Speakers |   

 

Meet: Civic Center Toastmasters

Community / Open 

1st & 3rd Wednesday, 11:30am
San Francisco Federal Building
90 7th Street #B-110
San Francisco, CA 94103

Map of 90 7th Street, San Francisco

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What's Going On 
Many club members work for organizations that are on tightening budgets, and are requiring more on the part of employees regarding travel, work-at-home, and reduction in work force by attrition. This means that the time available for members to attend meetings is routinely interrupted by work needs. For example - August and September are challenging months because end of fiscal year work has to be wrapped up.

Many of us live outside of San Francisco and are members of this club because of our work location, so anything that takes us away from work takes us away from the club - which includes partaking in the increasingly popular telework options, family & medical care needs, and - in December - "use or lose" personal leave.

Meeting times after or before work aren't practical due to the varied commute needs of our members, so trying to scheduling a different meeting time hasn't been practical.

We know that Raising the Bar includes raising the membership - but just how we can do that is not readily apparent. That is probably our number one challenge and where we could use the most help. 

Club Strengths 
The Civic Center Toastmaster's Club, which meets the first and third Wednesday's of each month, from 11:30am to 12:30pm, is a very supportive club. Every member of the club has a unique history and perspective, which is brought to the table, enabling us to learn about a wide variety of international topics of interest - from Amish Quilt Making to roughing it in Belize. We have a wide variety of Toastmasters experience within the club itself, and we are located in a very diverse area - where San Francisco's Civic Center, SOMA and Tenderloin come together.

 


Meet: Eloquent Elocutionists

Community / Open 

1st and 3rd Monday, 7:30-8:30pm
4th Floor Conference Room
DPC Education Building
65 Dorland Street
San Francisco 94110 
Free Parking Available

Map of 65 Dorland, San Francisco

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What's Going On 

The group could benefit from more members and perhaps more structure in the meeting agenda and also more communication about the agenda, e.g. Who's on the list to speak at the next meeting... 

Club Strengths 
Eloquent Elocutionists is a fantastic group. They offer an intimate environment with a small group who are highly supportive and nonjudgmental. Every member gets a chance to speak at every meeting. And each member can influence the agenda of the meetings to fit their own needs and expectations.

 


Meet: IMPACT Toastmasters

Community / Open 

Mondays 12:00 PM
1650 Mission Street
(near South Van Ness)
4th or 5th Flr. Conf. Rm.
(sign at front desk)
San Francisco 94103 

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What's Going On 

An ambitious club with devoted members is seeking more members. For the past three years, the club has received 10 out of 10 DCP goals, but was unable to make the membership goal to become President’s Distinguished. Coach can work on membership recruitment and retention. 

Club Strengths 
All members work towards DCP goals. Past and former members have placed in Area, Division and District level contests. Devoted group of members who are eager to grow.

 


Meet: Opportunity Speakers

Community / Open 

Second Tuesday of each month, 6:45-8:30 PM
Tennessee Grill
1128 Taraval St., 2-1/2 blocks west of 19th Ave.
San Francisco 94116

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What's Going On 

Of our 8 current members, 5 are DTM. Our club is open to all, and we welcome guest speakers.

Club Strengths 
Opportunity Speakers is a monthly-meeting club designed for members of Toastmasters International who would like an attractive second club where they can explore new and different Toastmasters experiences. Meetings more closely resemble a public speaking workshop than they do a standard Toastmasters meeting. We encourage (but do not require) long speeches, which are followed by Q&A (when appropriate) and round-robin evaluations.


Adopted Clubs for 2014-2015:

Brisbane Club: Speaking Under the Stars adopted by Bob McComb and Joseph Fernandez
Chatterbox adopted by Aleks Aris
Microsemi Masters adopted by Stanley Y. Ng
Pájaro Valley adopted by Emily Nahnsen
Peninsula Toastmasters adopted by Derek Wong
Public Speak Easy's Club adopted by Edwin J. Van Horne
Royalty Toastmasters Club adopted by Oscar Sanchez Soriano
San Carlos Toastmasters adopted by Andy Coltart
San Pedro Squares Toastmasters Club adopted by Henry O. Miller
Spartan Toastmasters adopted by Jackie Castelli
Steinbeck Club adopted by Daniel Pinto
Talking Chips adopted by Dave Spence
Toastitects adopted by Andy Gimenez and Bill Humphrey
Valley Toastmasters adopted by Marc Miller

Join the Team Today! Contact coaching@d4tm.org.


Coach Testimonials

How did you become a coach?
I was Area E4 Governor last year, and Bay Masters was one of the clubs in Area E4. During my interactions, I learned that they needed help with club growth. This was when I stepped in to serve as coach.

What was the greatest challenge you faced?
Initially, there was a bit of skepticism regarding whether the club would be able to achieve DCP status. Once I outlined how we would accomplish our goal, every officer pitched in to make it happen, and we actually achieved Distinguished Club status ahead of schedule.

What did you learn from the experience or about yourself?
Earning DCP status is not something I can do alone. I needed to guide and motivate everyone to believe in my vision. It’s amazing what a group of people can achieve together.

Even though I've already received my coaching credit and finished my Area Governor term, I’ve decided to continue working with the club as part of my High Performance Leadership project to help them grow even more.

~Karen Truong

 

How did you become a Club Coach?
In August 2012, the Redwood Ramblers President came to my home club (Santa Cruz Downtown) and mentioned they were looking for a Club Coach due to their challenges getting and retaining new members. I didn’t give it much thought at that point, as I was vested in doing the best job I could as my club’s new VPE. However, several months later as I was finishing my ALB, I looked ahead to see what the requirements for ALS were. Seeing that Club Coach was one of possible ways to fulfill the requirement, I inquired with both the President and Katherine Pratt about the opportunity. After laying out my intentions to both of them, and with (grudging) acceptance from Redwood Ramblers’ members, I was appointed their Club Coach.

What was the greatest challenge I faced?
Getting the club to accept me as someone who wasn’t just looking to shake up their club and change everything about them. My goal was to take what was working in our club - more structured meetings with better time usage, regular EC meetings, assigning mentors, coming out with a schedule in advance, etc. - and apply it to their club. While I was able to present those ideas to the club officers, it took attending regularly for several months to understand their club culture, and that a one-size-fits-all approach wouldn't work. Once they got to know me, and understand that I wanted them to keep their best elements, they warmed up more to the idea of implementing some necessary changes.

What did you learn from the experience, or about yourself?
I learned that you can have the best intentions, and understand how to make a club better, but to meld one’s ideas with an existing club’s culture takes time, effort, and finesse. As Area Governor now, I’m able to take some of the skills I gained to help five clubs (instead of just one) on how to celebrate what makes them great, and help show them how they can get even better. I learned that patience, understanding and respect are virtues that I can develop even further, and benefit from in all aspects of my life.

~Tom Ginsburg

 

I became a coach soon after I heard from fellow Toastmaster Geoffrey Glass that he thought Golden Gate University Toastmasters had a lot of potential. He explained when he went to visit for the first time, there was one member at the meeting and several guests. After visiting the club multiple times, he mentioned that the club location was wonderful (centrally located in downtown San Francisco, and free) and there was a consistent steady stream of visitors besides the small number of members. He and a few other District 4 Toastmasters saw the need of continuing a club at the GGU Toastmasters location. I was curious to see the club for myself. After my visit, I wanted to help the club as a club coach too.

The greatest challenge was keeping the morale of the club, especially with membership building and membership sustainability. Several months early on during club coaching, it was sometimes hard seeing the same set of a few people with speaking and functionary roles. Geoffrey, the club members, and I made sure to build morale to give the club renewed energy, and entice guests to join. The morale building included following the Toastmasters Distinguished Club Program as much as possible. Also, we had themed meetings that each week's theme was carried strongly throughout the meeting. We did our best to make sure the meetings had value for members and guests. We worked on making well-run meetings - fun, enjoyable, educational, and informative.

I learned from the club coaching experience that one cannot do it alone. Even with Geoffrey Glass and I as coaches with the club, we had club members from other clubs visit GGU Toastmasters and help out.

Geoffrey and I supported each other in our role as club coach. I recommend two club coaches be assigned to a club, due to personal schedule changes. Most often, we both attended, Sometimes when either Geoffrey Glass or I cannot attend, the other person will make sure to attend and to have meeting go on as planned. Also, I learned that one has to have vision, determination, persistence, consistency, and faith as a club coach.

It was a rewarding experience getting to know the club coaching program, getting to experience reviving a club, getting to know other Toastmasters and guests, and getting to know about myself. I would highly recommend it.

~Christina Tai

 

I accepted Ehlan Siddiqi’s invitation to serve as the coach of his club – Stagecoach Speakers Frontier, one of the WF sponsored clubs. Ehlan was the club president at that time. My colleague, also peer Area Governor, Karen Truong, decided to serve as their coach at the same time. That was November 2013.

The club had about 10-11 members at that time. With this level of low membership, low attendance was expected. Both Karen and I immediately engaged ourselves to their club members by attending their weekly meetings, providing our suggestions for recruiting new members, and delivering speeches at their club. Also, we actively participated in their club officers meetings and suggested ideas on improving meeting quality and boarding new members. In addition, we involved in the Open House preparation discussion in Dec 2013. The Open House attracted more than 20 visitors as a result of team work of the club members and leadership of the club officers. The club started attracting new members and eventually grew to 19 members in March 2014. Now it’s already exceeded to over 20 members!

The most challenging time was that the club lost club president in November2013 due to his job change. Luckily, Svetlana Danilova, one of the founders of the club, and also an active member, jumped into the role immediately. She started organizing club officers meeting under a bi-weekly basis. All other club officers also volunteered their time and put efforts to help the club to restore the confidence.

Coaching at Frontier was definitely a great experience for me. It gave me an opportunity to get to know their club members and contribute to their growth. I learned from their veteran members how to keep resilient during difficult times, especially during the time that club lost the club president in November due to job change. I was excited to see that the club officers were dedicated and committed themselves to bring the club to the good shape. I admired the members for their commitments to work together and keep the spirit high. I will be happy to take on the coaching role again in the future.

~Lucy Chen