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!
Featured Clubs of the Month (Sept. 19, 2018 through Oct. 18, 2018)
Get double the points by visiting one of our “Featured Clubs of the Month”! Click on a club’s name for its location and contact information.
10201 Torre Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
Contact: Yujiao Ping, email@example.com
Elena Baskin Live Oak Senior Ctr
1777 Capitola Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Contact: Kevin McCartney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-531-7088
Ames Research Center
Building N-262 Room 100
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Contact: David Mauro, email@example.com
Please RSVP at least 2 days in advance. Due to security clearance, the club can only host US Citizens or Green Card Holders. Directions to the meeting location: here
KLA-Tencor Bldg 3
Singapore Conf Rm
3 Technology Dr
Milpitas, CA 95035
Contact: Mark Lin, Mark.Tj.Lin@kla-tencor.com
MCA Aisha Hall
3003 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Haris Bijli, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-565-2480
72 E San Joaquin St
Salinas, CA 93901
Contact: Phil Fisk, email@example.com, 831-320-2530
Meeting room at the back of the parking lot.
Bascom Branch Library
1000 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
Contact: Jim Knittle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Club meets in the Study Room.
San Jose State University
MacQuarrie Hall 520
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95112
Contact: Devanshi Sukhadia, email@example.com
Cafe Multipurpose Room
20 Ryan Ranch Rd
Monterey, CA 93940
Contact: Michelle Bumgardner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please RSVP in advance, as there may be opportunities to help fill meeting roles.
Cisco Bldg #22
821 Alder Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035
Contact: Suresha Bedare Yashodhamurthy, email@example.com
Meetings conducted in Kannada language.
Lilly Mac's Irish Bar And Restaurant
187 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Contact: Margie Bunting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting room is on the second floor--take the stairway at the rear on the left.
Moffett Towers, Building F, 4th floor
Deslandres Conference Room
1140 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Contact: Kiran Chadha, email@example.com
Already an Ambassador?
2018-19 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 85 visits including 13 visits to featured clubs and 6 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Elena Baryshnikova (16 points),
David Benjamin (13 points),
Doris Tse (10 points),
Elaine Lung (7 points, 2 non-D101 visits),
Faye Yang (6 points),
Lorraine Myers (5 points),
Jianchao Chen (4 points),
Satish Shenoy (3 points, 1 non-D101 visit),
Chuck De Rose (2 points),
Emiko Belt (2 points),
Matthew Lourie (2 points),
Quentine Acharya (2 points),
Ali Kamran (1 point),
Anna Garcia (1 point),
Catherine Nguyen (1 point),
Christine Lourie (1 point),
Damon Moon (1 point),
Gavin Wang (1 point),
Kevin Lourie (1 point),
Lakshmi Jagannathan (1 point),
Marc Miller (1 point),
Michael Chojnacki (1 point),
Paul Waldoff (1 point),
Piyush Jain (1 point),
Rebeca Gallardo (1 point),
Sateesh Mucharia (1 point),
Sowmya Raman (1 point),
Tam Le (1 point),
Tiffany Wong (1 point),
Terrence Lung (2 non-D101 visits),
David Singer (1 non-D101 visit),
Hedi Moalla (),
and LoAn Nguyen ().
Information current as of 10/12/2018.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
Switch-On Toastmasters Club
Silicon Valley Toastmasters
Amazon Cupertino Toastmasters, Jade Toastmasters, Los Gatos Toastmasters, MCA Toastmasters Club, and SCUMBAT Club
Adlibmasters Club, Agile Articulators Speech & Debate Toastmasters Club, Cupertino Toastmasters, KT Talkers Club, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, Next Step Toastmasters Club, Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters), Toasters R Us Club, VentriTalks, and Wry Toastmasters
Applied Materials Club, ArtICCulators Club, Coherent Communicators Toastmasters Club, Da Vinci Toastmasters, EPL Toasters, First Street Speakers, Friendly Toasters, Gilroy Toastmasters, I'm Feeling Chatty Toastmasters Club, ITU Toastmasters Club, Intel Innovators, Interconnected Toastmasters, Intuitively Speaking Toastmasters Club, Laser Sharp Speakers, Leadership 101, An Advanced Toastmasters Club, Macintalkers Club, McAfee Rise and Shine Toastmasters Club, Milpitas Toastmasters Club, MoToast, Morgan Hill Toastmasters, PCYC Toastmasters, QSpeak, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Storytellers, Surf City Advanced Toastmasters, TGIF Management Club, Talking Chips Club, Talking Heads Toastmasters Club, Trendsetter Toastmasters, Willow Glen Toastmasters, and Xilinx Xpressionists Toastmasters Club
Clubs Visited Beyond District 101:Bailey Toastmasters Club (Euclid, Ohio), Independently Speaking Club (Seven Hills, Ohio), City Bowl Toastmasters (South Africa), and Toastmasters in the Tower (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Trending ideas Club Ambassadors are taking to their clubs now
- Consider more engagement with neighboring companies to increase interest and membership in the club
- Create, hone and implement a process to sign-up members so that prospects are converted to members at the meeting.
- "Energizer" which consisted of a few stretches and a vocal exercise - great idea to start an early morning meeting.
- Exchange some number of ribbons won for Starbucks or other gift card
- For Table Topics, have speakers pretend they are reporters telling "live" about the news
- For Table Topics they used a court case and the speakers were suspect they had to defend themselves.
- Forced use of the Word of the Day (WOD) in TT speeches. Unless you use the WOD, the speaker is not qualified for best speaker award.
- Just a few hours after the meeting, all guests received the follow up email with all information about the club and attached application forms - Great way to encourage guests to join the club
- Make Table Topics and Word of the Day related to a "Theme" for the meeting
- Members share "TIp of the Day" or "Useful Hack of the Day" for public speaking or otherwise
- Multiple clubs coming together for a picnic and sharing insights and learning from each other
- Provide more detailed Word of Day (WOD) Printouts - with multiple examples of how to use WOD - especially helpful for non-native speakers!
- Table Topic Speakers go to the front of the room to answer questions. This gives Table Topic speakers the experience of doing a speech even for a short time
- The TM educational titles were next to all the members names on the agenda. This is a good way to emphasize the TM educational program to everyone.
- To save paper, the agenda was projected on the screen and all voting was done via smartphone
- Tried Listener and Listener quiz role. I am impressed with the Listener Role, which tests specific member(s) on what was said during the meeting
- Try meeting outside or at a different venue - One of the clubs had meeting at the the Amphitheater at Cupertino Memorial Park.
- When you are invited to be speaker during your visit as Club Ambassador, it maybe worthwhile including benefits of CAP in your speech 🙂
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.