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!
PayPal HQ, Center Stage
2211 North First St
San Jose, CA 95131
Contact: Melissa Aquino, email@example.com
Everyone is welcomed to bring a lunch and discover the benefits of finding their voice!
Palo Alto Networks
3000 Tannery Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
This is a closed, corporate club that welcomes external visitors.
555 N. Mathilda Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Contact: Sanjay Yadav, Suntheone@gmail.com, 408-644-0183
McGraw-Hill Cafe Multipurpose Room
20 Ryan Ranch Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
Club Website: 4547.toastmastersclubs.org
3350 Thomas Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Study Group Club Officers, firstname.lastname@example.org
321 E Evelyn Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Contact: Jackie Law, email@example.com
To arrive at the main Atlassian lobby, navigate to 321 E Evelyn Ave. The 301 entrance will the building on your right. https://www.meetup.com/D101TM/events/264227460
Intel Santa Clara Mission Campus, SC12-638
2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Ishwaki Thakkar, firstname.lastname@example.org
560 S. Winchester Blvd. Suite 400
San Jose, CA 95128
Contact: Shivani Gambhir, email@example.com
Mountain View Community Center, Cedar Room
201 S Rengstorff Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94040
Already an Ambassador?
2019-20 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 56 visits including 7 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Lorraine Myers (7 points),
Satish Chenoy (7 points),
Reina Cheung (4 points),
Ben Yeoh (3 points),
Doris Tse (3 points),
Faye Yang (3 points),
Olivia Tam (3 points),
Elaine Lung (2 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Madan Ahluwalia (2 points),
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),
Kathryn Ellis (1 point),
Pei Fen Chen (1 point),
Shabbir Latif (1 point),
Sharon Chen (1 point),
Sowmya Raman (1 point),
Srinath Ganesh (1 point, 1 non-D101 visit),
Sunil Tomar (1 point),
Tam Le (1 point),
Terence Lung (2 non-D101 visits),
and Liz Bullen (1 non-D101 visit).
Information current as of 9/9/2019.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
ArtICCulators Club, Mountain View Toastmasters, Saratoga Toastmasters Club, Silicon Valley Improvmasters, Toasters R Us Club, Toastmasters Evelyn, and Wry Toastmasters
Adelante Toastmasters Club, Adlibmasters Club, Almaden Valley Orators Club, Bay Blitzers, Cadence AHgorithms Club, Global Foundries (not chartered yet), Keller Williams Santa Clara Toastmasters, Los Gatos Toastmasters, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, MoToast, Next Step Toastmasters Club, North Valley Toastmasters, Orbiters Toastmasters Club, STMicroelectronics, San Jose Toastmasters Club, Silicon Valley Improvmasters, Study Group Toastmasters, Switch-On Toastmasters Club, ToastItNow!, Valley Toastmasters, Vanguard Toastmasters, and VentriTalks
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), and Move Fast and Say Things (Menlo Park, CA)
Trending ideas Club Ambassadors are taking to their clubs now
- Additional meeting role: Listener, who quizzes the club at the end of the meeting on various nuggets of information that came out in the speeches
- After delivering an Ice Breaker - "Ice Breaker" ribbon awarded and the Speaker was interviewed
- An evaluator not only evaluates a speech, but also highlights to other members the technique used by the speaker
- Announce/share members' pathway plan and progress at the beginning of the meeting
- Five winner ribbons exchanged for a $5 Starbucks Gift Card
- Grammarian's use of "gems and germs" for great usage of grammar and instances that could be better
- If time allows - having multiple evaluators or regular evaluator plus round robin evaluations for the speaker is helpful to the speaker and gives more opprtunities for members to speak
- Table Topic Idea – Imagine a Day in the life of... a car, a phone, a chair, etc
- The club's website boasts of the club's educational achievements in the last year
- The General Evaluator (or TTM) gives a short evaluation of the Table Topic Speakers and also offer specific feedback on the minor roles
- The Toastmaster starts the meeting with "This Day in History" to share some fun trivia and thoughts about this day in history
- Toastmaster started the meeting by asking a question and encouraging interested members to respond (if time allows). Great for raising energy early in the morning
- Videographer role/camera person - to record speeches on the speaker's phone
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.
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 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 our Club Ambassador Program Chair at email@example.com.