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SUMMER 2009

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A Message from Sara
What has been happening so far...
We are well into fall and closing in on the half way point for the year. I had a chance to visit all of the clubs already for official and unofficial visits. I will also be contacting clubs to set dates for the second round of visits. My goal is to do them in January and February. The Area Humorous Speech Contest was a bit of a bust. I was disappointed that only one club had anyone interested. Unfortunately, nobody made it to the Area Contest and we had nobody represent our Area at the Division Contest. All clubs have welcomed new members, but lost some members when dues was submitted at the end of September. It may be important to keep new members coming into the club, but it is just as important to retain our current members. What does your club do to increase retention? With the holidays coming up, things will quiet down for a few weeks. I know some of your clubs may put off meetings when they hit on or between holidays. I hope you all enjoy the holidays and have a happy new year. Sara

Education Awards Earned so Far
CCs Earned Lincoln Laboratory • Rich Kingsborough • Laura Bickmeier • Teresa Hall AccelOrators Advanced • Fred Tighe Alcott • Hernan Rodera
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ALs Earned Isaac Davis: • Gary Budiansky (Silver) ACs Earned Alcott • Betty Cygan (Silver)

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B1 Calendar
What to expect this year
CLUB MEETINGS This is the calendar I have for the next three months. Please let me know if there are corrections, especially for January. I will use these dates to pick which meeting I come too. This is also the calendar that may help other club members decide to visit your club. UPCOMING EVENTS Cisco BXB’s will be having a Chartering Ceremony. This club, sponsored by Alcott’s Gary Budiansky, chartered at the end of June 2009. Winter Leadership Training (TLI) will begin in December. Check the District webpage for more information. The current dates and general locations are as follows: • • • • • • Sat, Dec 19 8-12 am Cambridge Tues, Jan 19 6-9 pm Worcester area Tues, Jan 26 6-9 pm Danvers Weds, Feb 10 6-9 pm Waltham Tues, Feb 16 6-9 pm Boston Sat, Feb 27 8-12 am R.I.
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CALENDER KEY

- Isaac David & Alcott Clubs

- AccelOrators

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- Lincoln Labs - Cisco BXB

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Better Know A Club
What do you know about the other clubs in this Area? Here is your chance! Consider visiting one of these clubs. Encourage the other members of your club to do the same and consider joining. Isaac Davis: One of the oldest clubs in our District, Isaac Davis is a community club that meets at the Acton Public Library 2 times a month. Anyone can join this club. What I like is that they begin their meetings with Table Topics. Alcott: Our Area’s other community club meets at the Concord Public library 2 times a month. They have 2 hour meetings giving everyone plenty of time to participate. What I like is that they read a poem at each meeting. Cisco Boxborough: This is our Area’s newest club. This corporate club meets twice a month at the Cisco campus in Boxoboro. As a new club they are all learning the ropes of Toastmasters, being members of a club and being leaders.
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What I like about this club is that they are open to any idea you bring to them and are anxious to learn more about the organization. Lincoln Labs: This is the other corporate club in the area. They meet twice a month at MIT’s Lincoln Lab facility. What I like about this club is that they have their own logo and as members complete communication and leadership awards they get ribbons to place membership pins on and attach to their name tags. AccelOrators: This is our own advanced club! Anyone can join this club after they have given seven speeches out of their Competent Communicator manual. What I like about this club is the wealth of knowledge and experiences you will find from it’s members. Many current and past district leaders are members of this club.

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Mentoring Programs: Promoting Membership Retention
Mentoring programs are an effective way to keep members around. A good mentoring program goes beyond just assigning a mentor and letting it happen. Here are some tips to help your club run a better program: • Don’t wait for mentors to sign up, ask members if they would be willing to serve as a mentor. Being a mentor helps you complete a Competent Leader project. • Provide instruction to mentors on what is expected from them. Consider using the Successful Club Series module on Mentoring (item #296). Presenting this module can help someone earn Advanced Communicator Silver or Advanced Leader Bronze credit. • Set goals new members and share with mentors. Why are these new members joining? What do they want to achieve? • Have kits for your mentors with all the information they will need. Toastmasters has a pre-made kit, but there are others designed by clubs. • Get feedback from mentors and new members about the program. What needs to be improved? What is working well? • Don’t limit your program to new members. Do your experienced members need to learn new skills? Are people reluctant to take on meeting roles. Mentoring relationships can last one meeting or longer than three speeches to help develop certain skills. These too help people complete a CL project. What does your club do for a mentor program? Tell me for our webpage.

Questions I have for you: 1. In your opinion, what could have gone better for your club in the past? 2. In your opinion, what went well for your club in the past? 3. How do you think your club can help the other clubs? 4. What do you think you need help with? 5. What story do the numbers say? 6. What can you add to that story to help me understand your club and it’s needs? 7. What can the club genie bring your club? Email your responses to Sara!

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