Online Club Meetings – A Sense of Normalcy
A Toastmasters club provides its members with a safe and supportive environment to become better communicators, leaders, and public speakers. For many, their club gives them a sense of belonging. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many clubs are no longer able to meet in person and are now meeting online to protect the safety and well-being of its members.
By transitioning to online meetings, clubs allow their members to continue pursuing their goals and provide human interaction that they might not otherwise get. While many aspects of personal and professional lives have been disrupted, we hope Toastmasters clubs can meet online and provide a sense of normalcy to our members.
Should your club feel the need to allow online attendance as a temporary measure, a club membership vote will need to be conducted. When the club no longer needs to allow online attendance, the club members will vote again to remove this option from their Addendum of Standard Club Options. The club may only allow online attendance for as long as their Addendum of Standard Club Options indicates this is in effect for the club.
This message and several helpful resources to assist clubs who have struggled to adapt the online meetings, can be found by visiting Toastmasters International website.
Please note that the District strongly recommends that all district 18 clubs hold their club meetings virtually online for the safety and well-being of its members. This district is here to assist when a virtual platform and/or training is needed. Clubs can reach out to the district Trio at [email protected].
The District is also encouraging club officers to share their success stories and help clubs in their area who might need it.
Cynthia D. Williams, DTM
District 18 Director