Jennifer Perry-RuzicClub Growth Director - Jennifer Perry-Ruzic, MS5, EH1
Contact Jennifer at growth@d4tm.org

As your Club Growth Director, my vision is to support and grow our clubs by

• Enabling and encouraging club coaches and mentors
• Listening and developing ideas and solutions
• Encouraging the use of a Speechcraft program

In my time in Toastmasters, I have learned the importance of working in teams and listening. Many times there are problems that can be solved by getting the right person involved. I hope by listening and working with our clubs and members we can build a strong district.

As a club mentor, I learned the importance in how you phrase something and was able to build a strong relationship with the club, even a year later, I still talk to them and help them to improve. This is what I hope to accomplish as Growth Director
Here are some specific programs that help with club growth. Please browse through the links and let us know if you have questions about Club Growth, or if you have ideas that could help us.

  • Club Extension Team: Scouts in the lookout for opportunities for a new club, in our District. Prospective sponsoring organizations could be those with 300 or more employees, which never had a Toastmaster club OR had one in the past.
  • Club Sponsors: Have an idea for a new club? Let's make it happen! Don't worry--you don't have to do it alone. The new clubs team will work closely with you and help you throughout the process. And you'll get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Mentors: Mentors work with a newly chartered club for 6-12 months, helping that club establish itself. Your guidance assists the new club to begin on a solid footing. You'll also get official recognition from Toastmasters International.
  • Club Consultants: Consultants will work on with clubs having 13-19 members, identify 1-2 areas where the club could improve so that membership goes up. Enhance your leadership skills and PR skills, while helping a club.
  • Club Coaches: Coaches work with clubs having fewer than 12 members to grow membership and increase momentum, so that the club becomes Distinguished. Successful Club Coaches get official recognition from Toastmasters International. As per the update to the Club Coach program by Toastmasters International, currently active (started in or after January 2018) or new Club Coaches, will be awarded two DTM credits, on successful completion of their assignment latest by 30 June 2021. The two DTM credits awarded are:
    1. Club Coach credit
    2. Credit for one year of District Leadership
    This can be applied to Legacy or Pathways or split into one credit towards each program. Any Club Coach completing their assignment after 30 June 2021 will be awarded only one credit.
  • Club Ambassadors: Want to step outside your club and visit others? The Club Ambassador Program enables you to visit other clubs and share your unique insights with the District! Participation in other club meetings helps spread best practices across the District, and helps you to broaden you own Toastmasters experience.
  • Club Open Houses: Hold an Open House to spread awareness of your club and its unique culture in your community, adding new members in the process. Planning and having an Open House is a great exercise in leadership and team building for your club, and it also helps strengthen your membership.
  • Speechcraft Program: Present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-Toastmasters over 4 to 8 sessions. This is also an excellent way to grow your club's membership as Speechcraft graduates often join the club and currently get credit for the IceBreaker speech in Pathways. Under Pathways being a Speechcraft coordinator counts toward the Pathways DTM.
  • Youth Leadership Program: Bring the benefits of Toastmasters to a younger generation! YLP coordinators run 8 weekly Toastmasters sessions with students ranging in age from older elementary school children through younger high school students.