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 (February 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.
Scotts Valley Water District, Santa Margarita Community Room
2 Civic Center Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Stories are the key to good speaking. If you would like to tell better stories, come check us out!
2080 California Ave, Suite C
Sand City, CA 93955
Contact: Melissa Atchley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, and at Panera Bread in Sand City just for the month of February.
220 Humboldt Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Contact: Katherine Pratt, email@example.com
Join our Open House on Feb. 6th!
Google Tech Corners
809 Eleventh Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Contact: Sunitha Kumar, Kumar.Sunitha@gmail.com
Please RSVP at least 2 business days in advance (by Thursday).
400 N McCarthy Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Contact: Diane Soto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check-In with Front Desk Personnel
160 Rio Robles
San Jose, CA 95134
Contact: Alma Rivas, Alma.Rivas@maximintegrated.com, 650 515-7654
Please RSVP 2 weeks in advance.
Scotts Valley Water District
2 Civic Center Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Contact: Michael Chojnacki, email@example.com, 831-726-3217
Join our Open House on Feb. 23rd! Directions from Santa Cruz or HWY 17 From Santa Cruz: Take Hwy 17 North - Exit on Mt. Herman Road From Mt. Herman Road, turn RIGHT onto Scotts Valley Drive. Turn LEFT onto Civic Center Drive. From HWY 17: Take Hwy 17 South toward Santa Cruz. Take Exit 5, Scotts Valley Drive, turn LEFT onto Scotts Valley Drive Turn RIGHT onto Civic Center Drive. Follow the driveway along the left of the building to the lower parking lot. The Meeting Room is located under the building with ground level access from the lower parking lot.
Northrop Grumman San Jose
6379 San Ignacio Ave
San Jose, CA 95119
Contact: John O’Keefe, John.O'Keefe@ngc.com, 408-531-2875
Meeting Feb. 14 and Feb 28. Visitors must be U.S. Citizens or hold non-expired Green Cards. Sorry, no foreign nationals allowed.
LinkedIn Building 2, 1st Floor, Alchemy Conference Room
700 East Middlefield
Mountain View, CA 94043
Contact: Qiongjia Xu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northrop Grumman Corp, 21-10 Conference Room
401 E Hendy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Contact: Cesar Cabreros, email@example.com
Meeting Feb. 6 and Feb. 20. Please RSVP several days in advance. Visitors must be US citizens and bring government issued photo identification; Please arrive at the 401 E Hendy Ave security office by 11:15am prior to any Club meeting to check in through security and be escorted in.
Western Digital Corp, Bldg 2, Andaman
951 Sandisk Dr Bldg 2
Milpitas, CA 95035
Contact: Rob Neff, Rob.Neff@flex.com, 314-578-7285
Non-Western Digital employees must sign in at the Building 2 Lobby.
St. Francis Episcopal Church, Wickham Room
1205 Pine Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Contact: Loria Kutch, firstname.lastname@example.org
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2018-19 Club Ambassadors
Our Club Ambassadors have made 144 visits including 29 visits to featured clubs and 19 visits to non-District 101 clubs:
Elena Baryshnikova (30 points),
Doris Tse (19 points),
David Benjamin (16 points),
Elaine Lung (11 points, 6 non-D101 visits),
Lorraine Myers (7 points, 2 non-D101 visits),
Faye Yang (6 points),
Jianchao Chen (6 points),
Vincent Tang (4 points),
Alyson King (3 points),
Christine Lourie (3 points),
Emiko Belt (3 points),
Frank Chen (3 points),
Matthew Lourie (3 points),
Satish Shenoy (3 points, 2 non-D101 visits),
Chuck De Rose (2 points),
Dimitar Talevski (2 points),
Hanu Malineni (2 points),
Hemant Arora (2 points),
Marc Miller (2 points, 2 non-D101 visits),
Quentine Acharya (2 points),
Tim Bateman (2 points),
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),
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 (5 non-D101 visits),
David Singer (1 non-D101 visit),
and Jenny Liu (1 non-D101 visit).
Information current as of 1/7/2019.
Thanks to all ambassadors!
Clubs Which Have Hosted Ambassadors
Switch-On Toastmasters Club
SCUMBAT Club and Silicon Valley Toastmasters
Fair Oaks Club, MCA Toastmasters Club, and QSpeak
Adlibmasters Club, Amazon Cupertino Toastmasters, Cupertino Toastmasters, First Street Speakers, Jade Toastmasters, and Next Step Toastmasters Club
Agile Articulators Speech & Debate Toastmasters Club, Da Vinci Toastmasters, KT Talkers Club, Laugh Lovers Toastmasters Comedy Club, Macintalkers Club, Mandarin-English Toastmasters, Mountain View, Orbiters Toastmasters Club, Securely Speaking, Silicon Valley JETS (Japanese English Toastmasters), Toasters R Us Club, Trendsetter Toastmasters, True Talking Toastmasters (TTT), VentriTalks, and Wry Toastmasters
Adobe Fontificators Club, Almaden Valley Orators Club, Applied Materials Club, ArtICCulators Club, Coherent Communicators Toastmasters Club, 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, Leadership 101, An Advanced Toastmasters Club, McAfee Rise and Shine Toastmasters Club, Milpitas Toastmasters Club, MoToast, Morgan Hill Toastmasters, PCYC Toastmasters, Samsung Speaks, Santa Clara SweetTalkers Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Mandarin English Toastmasters, Silicon Valley Storytellers, SpeechMasters, Surf City Advanced Toastmasters, TGIF Management Club, TIB Toastmasters, Tales & Tellers Toastmasters Club , Talking Chips Club, Talking Heads Toastmasters Club, Toastmasters Evelyn, Wharton QuakeMasters, Willow Glen Toastmasters, and Xilinx Xpressionists Toastmasters Club
Clubs Visited Beyond District 101:Los Gatos Toastmasters ( ), Hi Definition Speakers ( ), 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), City Bowl Toastmasters (Cape Town, South Africa), GGU Toastmasters (San Francisco, CA), Golden Gate Toastmasters (San Francisco, CA), Greater North Stockton Toastmasters (Stockton, CA), Milagres Toastmasters (Mangalore, India), 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
- At times, it can be prudent to assign more than 1 evaluator for a speaker to give multiple perspectives and feedback to the speaker
- Club has Sunday meetings at a local coffee shop to educate members to get more familiar with Pathways
- For Table Topics, have speakers pretend they are reporters telling "live" about the news
- 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.
- 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".
- When introducing roles, the functionaries speak briefly about their favorite hobby (bringing about a personal touch)
- 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.