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!
Already an Ambassador?
Become an Awesome Ambassador by visiting new clubs in District 101 that you have not yet visited this Toastmasters year and submitting the CAP form with your feedback. The top visitor between May 1st and June 30, 2019 gets a free entry to the upcoming Leadership Luncheon on July 13th! To qualify, all submissions must be received within a week of your visit, with the last entry being received by July 7, 2019.
2018-19 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 226 visits including 39 visits to featured clubs and 28 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Elena Baryshnikova (45 points),
Lorraine Myers (20 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Doris Tse (19 points),
Elaine Lung (17 points, 6 non-D101 visits),
David Benjamin (16 points, 1 non-D101 visit),
Faye Yang (11 points),
Jenny Liu (9 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Satish Shenoy (9 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Alyson King (8 points),
Jianchao Chen (6 points),
Vincent Tang (6 points),
Tim Bateman (5 points),
Francisco Park (4 points),
Matthew Lourie (4 points),
Christine Lourie (3 points),
Emiko Belt (3 points),
Frank Chen (3 points),
Lin Chao (3 points),
Akshaya Mahapatra (2 points),
Chuck De Rose (2 points),
Dimitar Talevski (2 points),
Hanh Chau (2 points),
Hanu Malineni (2 points),
Hemant Arora (2 points),
Kathyrn Elliis (2 points),
Marc Miller (2 points, 4 non-D101 visits),
Quentine Acharya (2 points),
Terrence Lung (2 points, 6 non-D101 visits),
Ali Kamran (1 point),
Anna Garcia (1 point),
Catherine Nguyen (1 point),
Damon Moon (1 point),
Gaia Conti (1 point),
Gavin Wang (1 point),
Hedi Moalla (1 point),
Kevin Lourie (1 point),
Lakshmi Jagannathan (1 point),
Lydia Lee (1 point),
Madan Ahluwalia (1 point),
Megan Mayer (1 point),
Michael Chojnacki (1 point),
Michael Hanes (1 point),
Paul Waldoff (1 point),
Piyush Jain (1 point),
Rebeca Gallardo (1 point),
Sanjay Bhandari (1 point),
Sateesh Mucharia (1 point),
Sharon Chen (1 point),
Sikieng Sok (1 point),
Sowmya Raman (1 point),
Sudha Tomar (1 point),
Tam Le (1 point),
Tiffany Wong (1 point),
David Singer (1 non-D101 visit),
and Yinghua Zhu (1 non-D101 visit).
Information current as of 7/9/2019.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
Switch-On Toastmasters Club
Adlibmasters Club and Los Gatos Toastmasters
Cupertino Toastmasters, Fair Oaks Club, Next Step Toastmasters Club, QSpeak, Silicon Valley Toastmasters, and Wharton QuakeMasters
Hi Definition Speakers, MCA Toastmasters Club, Securely Speaking, and VentriTalks
Amazon Cupertino Toastmasters, First Street Speakers, Jade Toastmasters, Macintalkers Club, Orbiters Toastmasters Club, STMicroelectronics, Silicon Valley Mandarin English Toastmasters, Toasters R Us Club, and Wry Toastmasters
Agile Articulators Speech & Debate Toastmasters Club, Cadence AHgorithms Club, Cisco Speaks Toastmasters Club, Da Vinci Toastmasters, Dell Silicon Valley Toastmasters, Excalibur Toastmasters Club, KLA TALK, Laugh Lovers Toastmasters Comedy Club, Leadership 101, An Advanced Toastmasters Club, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, Morgan Hill Toastmasters, PCYC Toastmasters, Public Speak Easy's Club, Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters), Silicon Valley Toastmasters, Stryker Toastmasters, Toastmasters Evelyn, Trendsetter Toastmasters, True Talking Toastmasters (TTT), and Valley Toastmasters
ADI Silicon Valley Toastmasters, ASML Sillicon Valley Toastmasters, Adobe Fontificators Club, Almaden Valley Orators Club, Applied Materials Club, ArtICCulators Club, Bay Blitzers, City Shakers, Classy Toasters, Coherent Communicators Toastmasters Club, Destination Articulation, Downtown Speechmakers, EPL Toasters, ESV Toastmaster, Flying Toasters, Friendly Toasters, Gilroy Toastmasters, I'm Feeling Chatty Toastmasters Club, ITU Toastmasters Club, Intel Innovators, Interconnected Toastmasters, Intuitively Speaking Toastmasters Club, Laser Sharp Speakers, Lumentum Toastmasters Club, McAfee Rise and Shine Toastmasters Club, Milpitas Toastmasters Club, MoToast, Oathmasters, Optical Orators, Samsung Speaks, Santa Clara SweetTalkers Toastmasters, Sarasota Evening Toastmasters, Saratoga Toastmasters Club, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Storytellers, Silver Tongued Cats, SpeechMasters, Study Group Toastmasters, Surf City Advanced Toastmasters, TGIF Management Club, TIB Toastmasters, Tales & Tellers Toastmasters Club , Talking Chips Club, Talking Heads Toastmasters Club, ToastMeisters Club, Vanguard Toastmasters, Willow Glen Toastmasters, Xilinx Xpressionists Toastmasters Club, and 7.ai Inspired Orators - San Jose
Trending ideas Club Ambassadors are taking to their clubs now
- Club has Sunday meetings at a local coffee shop to educate members to get more familiar with Pathways
- Include Word of the Day (WOD) on the printed agenda
- On the printed agenda, include a brief description of key roles - very helpful for new members and guests
- Regularly bringing in other TMs to present on topics of interest or workshops to members.
- SAA starts meeting by sharing information about "a day in history", as members get to learn something and the SAA gets an opportunity to speak more.
- Table Topic idea - TT Master asks a question, first participant starts a story, and all following participants continue the story, with TTM's help to stay "on track".
- Table Topics use a famous/wise quote as basis for the question
- The President of the Club started the meeting with an "icebreaker" moment - as an example asking members to share their New Year's resolutions
- TT Master paired attendees and asking each attendee of the pair to take turns being a TT speaker and an evaluator to each other.
- When speakers don't show up, the exisitng members and guests were divided into 2 teams and debates were held between opposing teams
- Worthwhile to put the membership form on the club website with an email to send it to when complete - Very convenient for new members
Earlier Insights (Click to show)
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).
- Earn an additional point when you visit a CAP Featured Club of the Month. A list of CAP Featured Clubs will be published every month.
- 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.
For the upcoming Fall Fusion event, the Top 8 Club Ambassadors and 2 members from the Most Hospitable Club will be granted free entry into the event. All entries for visits after July 1,2018 and submitted by Oct 20th, 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit more clubs! Get rewarded for your service! Above all, have fun exploring!
Growth comes from the quality of the experience! Start today!
Contact Satish Shenoy, Club Ambassador Program Director 2018-19, at email@example.com.