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 (April 2019)
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.
Taylor Building 2nd Floor
150 S Main St
Salinas, CA 93901
Contact: Rich Gierman, email@example.com, 831-455-1347
Park in convenient parking lot right next to the building.
Watsonville Old City Council Chambers
250 Main St
Watsonville, CA 95076
Contact: Jacob Young, JACOB.YOUNG@jacobyoungfinancial.com
5480 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Thom Bean, Thom.Bean@dell.com, 408-367-0982
2708 Orchard Pkwy Ste 20
San Jose, CA 95134
Contact: Sue Simpson, Sue.Simpson@spirent.com
Mountain View, CA
Contact: April Cammarano, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us in advance for meeting location.
Yahoo! Bldg D
701 First Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Contact: Ansu George, Ansu.email@example.com, 631-974-8846
Please sign in as a guest at the reception and specify that you are here to meet ‘Ansu George’. Ansu will be notified to escort you to the Yahoopoly meeting room. Also please feel free to have lunch with club members after the meeting.
2080 California Ave
Sand City, CA 93955
Contact: Arnie Buss, 831-521-2780
4170 Network Cir Bldg 12
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Vish Subramanian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please arrive 10 to 15 min early to get a visitor's badges at the security desk in the lobby and be escorted to the meeting room.
Cisco Building 22
821 Alder Dr
Milpitas, CA 95035
Contact: Ben Yeoh, email@example.com
Meets in Argentina Conference Room (next to the lobby). Does not meet on holidays.
10050 N Wolfe Rd SW2-130
Cupertino, CA 95014
Contact: David Ranney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting is April 18th. Visitors need to Valet park, then enter the SugarCRM Lobby to sign-in and contact David Ranney to be escorted to the meeting room.
Bldg 3, 3rd floor, Claymore meeting room
2065 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Contact: Hansel Chong, Hansel.email@example.com
Please arrive 10 min early to 2025 Hamilton Ave to get a guest badge. As the security to notify Hansel Chong, who will then escort you to the meeting room.
Mountain View Community Center, Maple Room
201 S Rengstorff Ave
Mountain View, CA 94040
Contact: Te-Chuan Chou, firstname.lastname@example.org
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2018-19 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 186 visits including 34 visits to featured clubs and 26 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Elena Baryshnikova (34 points),
Doris Tse (20 points),
David Benjamin (16 points),
Lorraine Myers (12 points, 2 non-D101 visits),
Elaine Lung (11 points, 6 non-D101 visits),
Faye Yang (11 points),
Jenny Liu (9 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Jianchao Chen (6 points),
Vincent Tang (6 points),
Alyson King (5 points),
Tim Bateman (5 points),
Satish Shenoy (4 points, 3 non-D101 visits),
Christine Lourie (3 points),
Emiko Belt (3 points),
Frank Chen (3 points),
Matthew Lourie (3 points),
Chuck De Rose (2 points),
Dimitar Talevski (2 points),
Hanh Chau (2 points),
Hanu Malineni (2 points),
Hemant Arora (2 points),
Lin Chao (2 points),
Marc Miller (2 points, 4 non-D101 visits),
Quentine Acharya (2 points),
Akshaya Mahapatra (1 point),
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),
Michael Chojnacki (1 point),
Michael Hanes (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 (6 non-D101 visits),
David Singer (1 non-D101 visit),
and Yinghua Zhu (1 non-D101 visit).
Information current as of 4/17/2019.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
Switch-On Toastmasters Club
Los Gatos Toastmasters and SCUMBAT Club
Cupertino Toastmasters, Fair Oaks Club, Next Step Toastmasters Club, QSpeak, and Silicon Valley Toastmasters
Adlibmasters Club, Hi Definition Speakers, and MCA Toastmasters Club
Amazon Cupertino Toastmasters, First Street Speakers, Jade Toastmasters, Macintalkers Club, Securely Speaking, Toasters R Us Club, and VentriTalks
Agile Articulators Speech & Debate Toastmasters Club, Da Vinci Toastmasters, KT Talkers Club, Laugh Lovers Toastmasters Comedy Club, Leadership 101, An Advanced Toastmasters Club, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, Morgan Hill Toastmasters, Orbiters Toastmasters Club, PCYC Toastmasters, Public Speak Easy's Club, Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters), Silicon Valley Mandarin English Toastmasters, Stryker Toastmasters, Toastmasters Evelyn, Trendsetter Toastmasters, True Talking Toastmasters (TTT), Wharton QuakeMasters, and Wry Toastmasters
Adobe Fontificators Club, Almaden Valley Orators Club, Applied Materials Club, ArtICCulators Club, Cisco Speaks Toastmasters Club, Classy Toasters, Coherent Communicators Toastmasters Club, Dell Silicon Valley Toastmasters, Downtown Speechmakers, EPL Toasters, ESV Toastmaster, Excalibur Toastmasters Club, 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, STMicroelectronics, Samsung Speaks, Santa Clara SweetTalkers Toastmasters, Sarasota Evening Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Storytellers, Silicon Valley Toastmasters, SpeechMasters, Surf City Advanced Toastmasters, TGIF Management Club, TIB Toastmasters, Tales & Tellers Toastmasters Club , Talking Chips Club, Talking Heads Toastmasters Club, ToastMeisters Club, Willow Glen Toastmasters, and Xilinx Xpressionists Toastmasters Club
Clubs Visited Beyond District 101:Bailey Toastmasters Club (Euclid, Ohio), Good Morning Toastmasters (Mayfield Village, OH), Independently Speaking Club (Seven Hills, Ohio), Inspire Me Toastmasters (Lyndhurst, OH), Transformative Toastmasters (Shaker Heights, OH), Amador Valley Toastmasters (Pleasanton, CA), Aperitivo Toastmasters (Belgium), Austin Toastmasters Club (Austin, Texas), Brandenton Toastmasters Club (Brandenton, FL), City Bowl Toastmasters (Cape Town, South Africa), Copenhagen Toastmasters Club (Copenhagen, Denmark), Daly City Toastmasters (Daly City, CA), GGU Toastmasters (San Francisco, CA), Golden Gate Toastmasters (San Francisco, CA), Greater North Stockton Toastmasters (Stockton, CA), Milagres Toastmasters (Mangalore, India), People Movers Toastmasters (Oakland, CA), Plane Talk (San Francisco, CA), Speakesies Club (Pleasanton, CA), Toastmasters in the Tower (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and Tracy Toastmasters (Tracy, CA)
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
- Identify and assign "greeters" to talk to guests
- 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.
- 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 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 Satish Shenoy, Club Ambassador Program Director 2018-19, at firstname.lastname@example.org.