Club Ambassador Program
The Club Ambassador Program (CAP) encourages visits to other clubs in the district and rewards the member’s growth through this exploration experience. Every visit to a new club is an opportunity to learn new practices to take back to your club(s) and share the best practices you already know.
We encourage members to visit any Toastmasters club wherever and whenever you are able to, including clubs throughout District 101, all over the country, or even around the world. In addition to recognizing the best practices reported by the Ambassadors, the Club Ambassador Program also awards the most visited clubs for their hospitality throughout the year.
Scroll down to learn more about how the Club Ambassador Program works!
Upcoming Club Open Houses
Support a club’s Open House event and visit to learn new ideas for your own club’s open house!
Western Digital, Bldg. 50, Conference Room A1
5601 Great Oaks Parkway
San Jose, CA 95121
Contact: Lorraine Myers, Lorrainewongmyers@att.net, 408-717-5552
Come to Adlibmasters' 35th Birthday Party & Open House Meeting! A potluck dinner will be provided along with birthday cake. For more info, visit https://sites.google.com/view/adlibmasters-club-1898/ or https://easy-speak.org/portal.php?page=603.
Building right next to Fire Station
14376 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
Light snacks will be served.
333 S. Abbott Ave.
Contact: Gary Wong, email@example.com
Infinera Corp, CA3 Marketing Conf Room
169 Java Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Optical Orators is a closed group for Infinera employees only.
4557 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Suresh Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting in Micro Focus Board Room, next to the Cafeteria on Level G; Visitors can park in the visitors parking garage. Refreshments will be served!
Already an Ambassador?
2019-20 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 67 visits including 8 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Lorraine Myers (9 points, 1 non-D101 visit),
Faye Yang (8 points),
Satish Shenoy (7 points),
Ben Yeoh (6 points),
Reina Cheung (5 points),
Sangram Dadige (5 points),
Elaine Lung (4 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Benjamin Shaibu (3 points),
Doris Tse (3 points),
Olivia Tam (3 points),
Madan Ahluwalia (2 points),
Srinath Ganesh (2 points, 1 non-D101 visit),
Aditi Dixit (1 point),
Alyson King (1 point),
Ansu George (1 point),
Anthony Miyaguchi (1 point),
David Singer (1 point),
Elena Baryshnikova (1 point),
Gene Polovy (1 point),
Hansel Chong (1 point),
Joseph Kim (1 point),
Kathryn Ellis (1 point),
Lilian Hull (1 point),
Liz Bullen (1 point, 1 non-D101 visit),
Lydia Lee (1 point),
Pei Fen Chen (1 point),
Shabbir Latif (1 point),
Sharon Chen (1 point),
Sowmya Raman (1 point),
Sunil Tomar (1 point),
Tam Le (1 point),
Terence Lung (2 non-D101 visits),
and Yinghua Zhou (1 non-D101 visit).
Information current as of 11/1/2019.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
SCUMBAT Club and Silicon Valley Improvmasters
Mountain View Toastmasters and Toasters R Us Club
ArtICCulators Club, Cadence AHgorithms Club, MCA Toastmasters Club, Next Step Toastmasters Club, San Jose Toastmasters Club, Saratoga Toastmasters Club, Toastmasters Evelyn, and Wry Toastmasters
ASML Sillicon Valley Toastmasters, Adelante Toastmasters Club, Almaden Valley Orators Club, Bay Blitzers, Broadcom-Orators Toastmasters Club, Fair Oaks Club, First Street Speakers, Global Foundries (not chartered yet), I'm Feeling Chatty Toastmasters Club, Look Who's Talking, Los Gatos Toastmasters, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, Missionanigans, MoToast, North Valley Toastmasters, Orbiters Toastmasters Club, STMicroelectronics, Sierra 49ers, Silicon Valley Storytellers, Study Group Toastmasters, Switch-On Toastmasters Club, TGIF Management Club, Talking Chips Club, Talking Heads Toastmasters Club, ToastItNow!, Toastmasters Insiders Club, Top Gun Toastmasters Club, Valley Toastmasters, Vanguard Toastmasters, VentriTalks, Xilinx Xpressionists Toastmasters Club, Zume (not chartered yet), and nSpeak
Clubs Visited Beyond District 101:Independently Speaking (Seven Hills, OH), Bailey Toastmasters Club (Euclid, OH), Citizens for Better Communicators Toastmasters (Fremont, CA), Evening Stars (San Francisco, CA), Loyola University Chicago Toastmasters (Chicago, IL), Move Fast and Say Things (Menlo Park, CA), and Talk Of The Town Toastmasters Club (San Rafael, CA)
Trending ideas Club Ambassadors are taking to their clubs now
- A role of Greeter, who checks-in members and helps guests to get oriented
- Have a small fine (a nickel or a dime) for each filler word.
- If time allows, they have round robin feedback for Table Topics speakers
- Make back seats in a large meeting room less accessable. I definitely gravitated to sitting there. I think other guests did as well so the front rows ended up empty.
- Meeting Agenda is being emailed in advance.
- Sending a email to all people on their distributions lists - members, contacts, mentors, proteges, former members, guests, prospects and friends. Free Toast Host allows to categorize and store all contacts.
- Table Topics idea: each speaker must use the last word spoken by the previous TT speaker.
- Table Topics Master made the speakers tell 2 things that were true and one lie. I.E., Please tell us 3 special talents you have? The speaker describes her talents and the audience guessed which one is a lie.
- The Jokemaster starts the meeting. Not only to open up the meeting, but also allow another member to share a joke
- They have name cards for each members with stickers to show how many speeches each members has given.
- To have an application form ready for guests.
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Who can become a Club Ambassador?
Any member in good standing, including Area and Division Directors.
What will YOU gain?
- New ideas to bring back to and rejuvenate your home club
- Confidence from speaking in front of unfamiliar audience
- The satisfaction of helping in a meeting function
- Recognition of your adventurous spirit while building our district inside out
- Experience for becoming a club coach, mentor or a club sponsor in the future
- New contacts and meaningful connections to promote your growth!
What will the visited CLUB gain?
- New ideas from the ambassador
- The ambassador may be interested in a dual membership into the visited club
- More knowledge and confidence for the existing club members
What are the guidelines for the CAP Rewards Program?
- Earn 1 point for each club visit within the Toastmasters year. (You may visit a club as many times as you wish; however only 1 point will be awarded regardless of the number of visits).
- An Area Director or Division Director visiting a club within their own area or division (including featured clubs) are not eligible to earn points for their visit.
- To earn credit for a club visit, Ambassadors must submit a report within 7 days of their visit.
How will YOU be recognized?
Toastmasters with the most points and the Most Hospitable Club will be recognized at district events, and may also be granted free admission to some of those events.
All entries for visits after July 1, 2019 will count towards the total point (or Most Hospitable Club) tally.
The greatest reward for everyone is the experience!
Ready to be an Ambassador?
Before you go:
- Pick any club you haven’t visited. Area and Division directors can participate by visiting clubs outside of their area or division
- Contact the club to confirm it is meeting on the published date/time/location. Offer to be assigned a role or to be a guest speaker and included in the meeting agenda
- Visit the club during a regular meeting
- Announce yourself as an Ambassador, promote the CAP, its benefits and encourage others to follow
- Observe the meeting details, participate and take notes
- Take pictures, too (optional)
After your visit:
- Submit your report as soon as possible after your visit (the same day is best)
- List the observed best practices, areas of improvements and what you would implement in your own club.
- If you’ve taken pictures, send them to email@example.com
- Visit more clubs! Get rewarded for your service! Above all, have fun exploring!
Growth comes from the quality of the experience! Start today!
Contact our Club Ambassador Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.