About District 101
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Established in 2016, District 101 serves the area from Mountain View to King City, including most of Santa Clara county and all of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.
Visit a Club
Visiting a club is the best way to learn about Toastmasters.
What’s in a Meeting?
While each club is different, most clubs share a common set of activities.
A Wide Range of Clubs
Clubs are like people — each has its own personality. Our district is proud to have a variety of clubs that’s as diverse as our members, with a wide range of affiliations and meeting locations, including those listed here.
Notice: Because of the pandemic, club meetings in our district are not being held in person, but many are holding meetings virtually. Check out the list of online club meetings to find one that fits in your schedule.
Types of Clubs
Specialty & Advanced Clubs
District 101 has many advanced and specialty clubs that offer members a variety of unique experiences, including bilingual/language clubs and clubs that focus on advanced speaking and leadership skills.
Click here for a list of our specialty and advanced clubs.
A Toastmasters club is a shared “learning lab” where members learn by doing in a friendly, mutually supportive environment. Meetings typically last 60-90 minutes and consist of three main sections:
- Prepared Speeches: 2-3 members prepare a speech to deliver in front of club members for feedback.
- Table Topics: Members have an opportunity to practice impromptu speaking skills.
- Evaluations: Members provide constructive feedback to those who participated in the meeting.
In addition to giving a speech, there are many ways that club members can participate during a club meeting. Here is a quick summary of common roles for most meetings.
Toastmaster of the Day
Leads the meeting. Responsible for the agenda and confirming all meeting roles.
Prepares a speech using project guidelines in Pathways, and delivers the speech to meet the speech objectives.
Table Topics Master
Prepares topics for attendees to address in an exercise of impromptu speaking.
Leads the team of Evaluators, Grammarian, Ah-Counter, and Timer. Provides overall evaluation of the meeting.
Evaluate a prepared speech according to the criteria for that speech.
Listens to all speakers and makes note of exemplary use of grammar, or areas where usage can be improved. Reports on usage of the ”word of the day.”
Listens to all speakers and makes note of filler words used such as “uh,” “um,” and “you know.”
Gives green/yellow/red timing signals to Speakers, Table Topics participants, and Evaluators.
Club Officer Roles
The success of a club and its members depends on how well club officers execute their responsibilities. By providing leadership and support, club officers can foster a positive and supportive environment for members to develop their communication and leadership skills.
- Set the tone and vision for the club
- Provide helpful, supportive leadership for all of the club’s activities
- Motivate, make peace, and facilitate as required
Vice President Education
- Become familiar with all aspects of the Toastmasters education program – eg. meeting roles and format, Pathways
- Serve as a resource for questions about education awards, speech contests, and the mentor program
- Schedule members’ speeches and projects
Vice President Membership
- Promote the club and manage the process of bringing in guests and transforming them into members
- Initiate contact and follow-up with guests, making them feel welcome and providing them with the information they need to join
- Monitor membership levels and strategize with the executive committee about how to overcome membership challenges when they occur
Vice President Public Relations
- Promote the club so the community is aware of the club’s existence and benefits it provides
- Update web content and safeguard the Toastmasters brand identity
- Create and distribute promotional material to maintain the club’s presence at various key places on the Web and in the community
- Maintain all club records, manage club files, handle club correspondence
- Take the minutes at each club and executive committee meeting
- Update and distribute a roster of the current paid membership and keep the club officer list current at World Headquarters
- Manage the club’s bank account, issue payments as approved by the executive committee, and deposit dues and other club revenues
- Keep timely, accurate, up-to-date financial records for the club
- Submit membership-renewal dues to World Headquarters (accompanied by the names of renewing members)
- File necessary tax documents
Sergeant at Arms
- Maintain the club’s physical property, such as the banner, lectern, timing device, and other meeting materials
- Secure and prepare the meeting space for members
- Open the meetings
Additional Information from Toastmasters International
For more information about each of these roles, including video tutorials, visit the “Club Officer Roles” page on the Toastmasters International website. (Note: Member log-in required.)
Additional Resources from District 101
District 101 provides a number of additional resources, tools, and tutorials to help and support officers in fulfilling their responsibilities. Visit Club Officer Resources for details.
Contests offer members the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow as a speaker or leader, whether they participate as a speech contestant or help organize an event.
Every spring, District 101 conducts two speech contests officially sanctioned by Toastmasters International. Members initially compete at the club level and can advance onto the area and division levels and then onto the district level at the District 101 Annual Conference in May.
One of these contests is always the International Speech Contest. The District 101 champion in this contest has the opportunity to compete in the “World Championship of Public Speaking” at the Toastmasters International convention every summer.
The other spring contest varies from year to year, rotating among the Evaluation, Table Topics, Tall Tales, and Humorous Speech contests.
District 101 conducts two additional speech contests as part of the Fall Fusion event. This provides an additional opportunity for members to challenge themselves at different times throughout the year by competing or leading teams to host an event.
Growth Opportunities Outside the Club
In addition to participation at club meetings and contests, District 101 offers several opportunities for members to grow outside of their own club.
Serving as a club officer is a great way to enhance your leadership skills, and you can build on this experience and elevate your communication and leadership skills further by serving in a district role
District 101 hosts a myriad of educational events throughout the year, giving you an opportunity to learn from experts in their fields, including past World Champions of Public Speaking: