Winter LACE Day 1 - Saturday January 08, 2022

 

John Breb

Club President Training

10:30 am - 11:20 am
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Session Description:

As club President, you will set the tone for your club. You are expected to provide helpful, supportive leadership

for all the club’s activities and you will be the first to assume responsibility for the progress and welfare of the club.

You motivate, resolve conflict, and facilitate as required. Though you must occasionally step in and make a difficult

decision, you rarely do so without consulting club members and other club officers. You show respect for all

members, even when you do not agree with them, and provide leadership for all.

 

Your Responsibilities are:

  • Provide positive leadership to all officers and members
  • Build a cohesive team and ensure all tasks are completed
  • Oversee and facilitate club meetings
  • Lead by example and treat all members fairly and equally
  • Hold yourself and other officers accountable
  • Be diplomatic in resolving conflict
  • Encourage participation in Distinguished Club Program
  • Conduct Club Executive Committee meetings
  • Act as Base Camp Manager when required and back up the VP Education
  • Ensure financial responsibility and accountability for club funds
  • Remain current with the Leader Letter
  • Represent your club at district leadership and area council meetings
  • Vote your proxy at the annual District Business meeting and at the International Conference
  • Be familiar with all aspects of the Addendum of Standard Club Options and Club Constitution
  • Attend Club Officer Training

 

You will learn Transferable Skills:

  • Executive leadership experience
  • Executing to strategic objectives
  • Team building and delegation
  • Motivating and coaching others
  • Positive small group leadership
  • Organization and problem-solving
  • Organizing communities to accomplish a specific task or event
  • Critical thinking
  • Networking and relationship-building
  • Conflict management
  • Delivery of tactful and constructive feedback
  • Succession planning

 

Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club President. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

 

John Breb joined Toastmasters in 2013 in a club in Oradea, Romania and was elected President a few months later.  When Breb moved to Southern California for his doctoral studies, he joined Smedley Chapter One Club.  

He has served as President, Vice President Education, Vice President Membership and Vice President PR in Smedley Chapter One leading the Club to President’s Distinguished

In 2020-2021 John served as the Division C Director in Founders District, earning Division Director of the Year for his outstanding leadership! 

 

 

Arnie Lynn Bengo

Club VP Education Training

10:30 am - 11:20 am
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    As Vice President Education (VPE), you schedule your club members’ speeches, verify the completion of projects, and serve as a resource for questions about the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience, speech contests, and your club mentor program. You are an important source of Toastmasters knowledge for club members and it is your job to become familiar with all aspects of Pathways.

    Your Responsibilities are:

    • Set club meeting agendas and assign meeting roles
    • Manage club schedule and plan meetings
    • Manage member progress in Pathways and act as the primary Base Camp Manager
    • Encourage member engagement in the Pathways learning experience
    • Plan speech contests
    • Hold yourself and other officers accountable
    • Keep current with Toastmasters programs
    • Manage mentor program
    • Provide positive and impartial evaluation on speeches/projects
    • Vote your proxy at the annual District Business meeting
    • Be familiar with all aspects of the Addendum of Standard Club Options and Club Constitution
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meetings
    • Attend Club Officer Training
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter

     

    You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Strategic planning
    • Evaluate individual’s performance and determine strengths/weaknesses
    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Successful mentoring techniques
    • Positive small group collaboration
    • Critical thinking
    • Motivate others to set and achieve personal goals
    • Strategic thinking
    • Succession planning

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Vice President Education. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

    Arnie Lynn Bengo, DTM, began her journey with Toastmasters in 2014. Although filled with apprehension at first, she was quickly enamored and inspired by the opportunities for growth and development throughout the TI program. She worked her way through the ranks, beginning as the VPE and a charter member for 3030 Communicators in Costa Mesa/ Irvine. She became President for one term before taking on the role of Area Director in '16-'17. Mentored by whom she lovingly called the trifecta (Jeanne Cassidy, Lori Shapiro, and Vijay Chidambaram), Arnie Lynn earned her first DTM by the Summer of 2017.

    She currently serves as the VPE for an advanced club, Just Speeches, and is actively working on her second DTM.

     

     

    Randy Kleinman

    Advanced VP of Public Relations and VP of Membership

    10:30 am - 11:20 am
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    This session is for experienced Vice Presidents of Public Relations and Vice Presidents of Membership -an advanced look at their roles and their impact on Leadership, Mentoring and Club Growth. Add to that, uncover your transferable skills as you lead your club.

    If you have been Vice Presidents of Public Relations and Vice Presidents of Membership more than once, you are undoubtedly looking for MORE information about how to lead your club to President’s Distinguished status. Attend this innovative and inspirational workshop to discover new methods to fulfill your role. Network with other advanced club officers in Founder’s District and connect with experienced and respected District leaders who can help you achieve greater success. 

    Randy Kleinman, DTM, DL5, has been a Toastmaster since 2007.  From 1999 to 2004, he served as Vice President of Marketing for a company, so it was natural that he would eagerly take on the VPM role when he became a Toastmaster.  He has a certificate in marketing from UCSB, and takes a major interest as well in public relations, which is closely tied with marketing.  Randy is retired now, but is fascinated by the possibilities of social media for communicating to the world. 

     

     

    April Braswell

    Club VP Public Relations Training

    11:40 am - 12:20 pm
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    As the Vice President Public Relations (VPPR), you promote the club to the local community and notify the media about the club’s existence and the benefits it provides. You promote the club, updated web content, and safeguard the Toastmasters brand identity. It’s your job to notify the media whenever your club does something newsworthy. You will find yourself writing news releases, creating and distributing fliers, and maintaining the club’s presence on the web and in the community. By establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the club and its members, as well as between the club and the public, you will increase awareness of Toastmasters through local news and social media.

     Your Responsibilities are:

    • Promote the club to eligible guests
    • Notify the media regarding the club’s existence and benefits
    • Develop a public relations plan
    • Maintain club social media pages and website
    • Write new releases and distribute marketing materials
    • Create club publicity campaigns
    • Ensure the Club Contact and Meeting Information is up to date in Club Central
    • Understand the importance and impact of the Toastmasters brand
    • Update web content and safeguard the Toastmasters brand
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter, Toastmaster magazine,
    • Follow Toastmasters International’s social media channels
    • Use the PR tools available to you on the TI website
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meetings
    • Attend Club Officer training

     You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Marketing and promotion
    • Social and public media/developing media relations
    • Development of a social media plan across multiple platforms while adhering to brand standards
    • Communication and interaction with local communities
    • Writing press releases
    • Networking and relationship-building
    • Critical thinking
    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Positive small group collaboration
    • Compliance with standard procedures
    • Succession Planning

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Vice President Public Relations. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

     

    April Braswell served as a VPPR for Fullerton-based All Nations Toastmasters in District 100. She facilitated/coordinated 2 In Person YLP's in Orange during the Pandemic. 

    April is a member of Orange BNI, Business Networking International, the Founder/President of the Newport Beach Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (3rd Tuesday Evening) and a Product Specialist for DoTERRA Certified Essential Oil Wellness.

     

     

    Shiva Batchu

    Club VP Membership Training

    11:40 am - 12:20 pm
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    As Vice President Membership (VPM), you promote the club and manage the process of bringing in guests and converting them into members. By initiating contact with guests, helping them feel welcome, and providing them with information they need to join, you help maintain a constant influx of new people into your club. You also attentively monitor membership levels and strategize with the rest of the executive committee about how to overcome membership challenges when they occur.

    Your Responsibilities are:

    • Initiate contact with guests and help them feel welcome
    • Provide hospitality and membership information for guests
    • Follow-up with Guests immediately after meetings
    • Reply to all communications from prospective members in a timely manner
    • Manage the process of converting guests to members
    • Monitor membership levels
    • Promote the club and recruit new members
    • Conduct membership-building programs
    • Conduct New Member orientations
    • Strategize with the club executive committee to cover membership challenges when they occur
    • Hold yourself and other officers accountable
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meetings
    • Attend Club Officer training
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter

     You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Marketing
    • Networking and relationship-building
    • Strategic planning
    • Critical thinking
    • Internal/external communication skills
    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Positive small group collaboration
    • Succession planning
    • Compliance with standard procedures

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Vice President Membership. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

     

    Shiva Batchu is employed in the medical services industry. She has degrees in business administration, nursing and public health and has worked in the medical industry for over 15 years. Her involvement in Toastmasters started as a club member then in leadership roles of VPE, Club President, Area Director E1 and currently the Division F Director.

     

     

    Ken Spears

    Advanced President and VP of Education

    11:40 am - 12:20 pm
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    This session is for experienced Club Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education - an advanced look at their roles and their impact on Leadership, Mentoring and Club Growth. Add to that, uncover your transferable skills as you lead your club.

    If you have been President or Vice President of Education more than once, you are undoubtedly looking for MORE information about how to lead your club to President’s Distinguished status. Attend this innovative and inspirational workshop to discover new methods to fulfill your role. Network with other advanced club officers in Founder’s District and connect with experienced and respected District leaders who can help you achieve greater success. 

    Ken Spears is the immediate past Club Growth Director and is well versed in helping officers guide their clubs to Distinguished or better. He has attained two DTMs and has served as a club officer for many years in Toastmasters. He is a former President’s Distinguished Division Director, Select Distinguished Area Director and is currently the Area Director for G1. Ken knows the biggest issue facing clubs is new members and member engagement. He looks forward to offering training that will help address these and other needs of a successful Toastmasters club.

     

     

     

    Laurie Jacobs

    Club Secretary Training

    01:30 pm - 02:20 pm
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    As Secretary, you maintain all club records, manage club files, handle club correspondence, and take the minutes at each club and executive committee meeting. You are also in charge of updating and distributing a roster of the current paid membership and keeping the club officer list current for Toastmasters International. Though some clubs combine the Secretary role with the Treasurer, it’s best to have a dedicated Secretary who can help reduce the workload of the treasurer and occasionally assist the Vice President Education as well. You will also order supplies for the club as needed.

    Your Responsibilities are:

    • Take minutes at club and executive committee meetings
    • Organize and maintain club records and files as defined in the Club Constitution
    • Archive historical records
    • Update and distribute membership rosters
    • Update the club and officer list at Toastmasters International
    • Understand basic parliamentary procedures
    • Order supplies as needed
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter
    • Act as Base Camp Manager when required and back up the VP Education
    • Vote your club proxy at International Convention
    • Back up other officers as needed
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meetings
    • Attend Club Officer training

     You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Records maintenance
    • Critical thinking
    • Meeting organization
    • Document decisions agreed to at meetings and communicate decisions to larger audiences
    • Compliance with standard procedures
    • Time management
    • Communication skills

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Secretary. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

    Laurie has been a Toastmaster since 1992, achieving her DTM in 2003, and has served in every club officer role throughout the years. While Laurie originally joined Toastmasters to overcome her fear of public speaking needed for her career, she continued to use the skills she learned to contribute to other volunteer organizations, and especially prizes all the wonderful friends she has met through Toastmasters.  Laurie’s proudest achievement, besides her DTM, is her 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight when she appeared on stage as a stand-up comedienne.

     

     

    Jeanne Cassidy

    Club Sergeant at Arms Training

    01:30 pm - 02:20 pm
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    As Sergeant at Arms, you keep track of the club’s physical property, such as the banner, lectern, timing device, and other meeting materials. You arrive early to prepare the meeting place for members and stay late to stow all the club’s equipment. You are also in charge of the meeting place itself, obtaining a new space when necessary, and maintaining contact with the people who allow you to use the space for your club’s meetings.

    Your Responsibilities are:

    • Store and maintain club equipment and materials
    • Manage meeting facilities
    • Provide hospitality and membership information for guests
    • Understand physical logistics
    • Manage virtual meetings
    • Use Online Meeting resources on the TI website
    • Assist with Speech Contests
    • Distribute club materials
    • Negotiate, as needed, for meeting sites and resources
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meeting
    • Attend Club Officer training

     You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Maintaining records
    • Inventory control
    • Understanding of physical logistics
    • Networking and relationship-building
    • Compliance with standard procedures

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Sergeant At Arms. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

    Distinguished Toastmaster Jeanne Cassidy has served Founder’s District Toastmasters at many levels over the years: all club officer positions, fellow member, charter member, club sponsor, mentor, contest chair (District, Division and Area), chief judge, Public Relations Manager, Division Director, Area Director, as well as, other District officer positions. 

    The Sergeant-at-arms (SAA) role offers members an opportunity to develop leadership, organization and hospitality skills.  Jeanne is excited to share her tips, tools and ideas on how to be an effective SAA.  

    Jeanne is a Project Management Consultant for various companies, including Working Wardrobes, an Orange County based nonprofit organization dedicated to those overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve success.

     

     

    Robert Fisher

    Club Treasurer Training

    02:40 pm - 03:30 pm
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    As Treasurer, you are the club’s accountant. You manage the club’s bank account, write checks as approved by the executive committee, and deposit membership dues payments and other club revenues. You are also in charge of submitting membership dues payments to World Headquarters (accompanied by the names of renewing members), filing necessary tax documents, and keeping timely, accurate, up-to-date financial records for the club.

    Your Responsibilities are:

    • Record and maintain accurate and up-to-date financial club records
    • Create a club budget
    • Manage club bank account, make deposits, and write checks as approved
    • Collect and submit membership and renewal dues
    • File necessary tax documents
    • Prepare documents for the Annual Audit Committee as required
    • Prepare quarterly financial reports for review by the Club Executive Committee
    • Remain current with the Leader Letter
    • Attend Club Executive Committee meetings
    • Attend Club Officer training

     You will learn Transferable Skills:

    • Basic bookkeeping
    • Budget monitoring
    • Financial record control and maintenance
    • Adhering to financial controls
    • Critical thinking
    • Organization and problem-solving
    • Compliance with standard procedures
    • Succession planning

    Learning and applying leadership skills are important elements of success during your term as club Treasurer. Attend this workshop to learn how to fulfill your role, network with other club officers in your District and connect with trainers and District leaders who can help you achieve success.

     

    Robert Fisher has been a Toastmaster since 2014 when he joined Irvine Project Masters (IPM) as a charter member. He served as Treasurer three terms in a row before taking on VP Education.  Fisher also joined Panasonic Flying Toasters, at Panasonic Avionics Company in 2016.  In 2018 he served as the VP Education in both clubs and has been an Area Director twice.