Why is Quality Club so Important to you?
8 years ago, I decided to join my home club as I was touched by the members’ treatment towards me, from the time I walked in as a guest, up until the end of the meeting. The energy level in the room was so high that it was so hard not to return again.
Quality Club is the “ELEMENT” that is going to determine if a club is going to fly high or dive deep. That’s how important the quality of a club to me.
What do you want to Achieve?
Having served as an Area Director, I had the opportunity to experience various club’s settings and here is my version of what a Quality Club should look like – A club that practices the Moment of Truth (MOT).
In my opinion, the MOT teaches us how to celebrate progress and look beyond the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) itself. Yes, no doubt the DCP is an important tool which is why it is also part of MOT nevertheless, for clubs that are struggling to survive, the DCP in this context doesn’t make sense to them – i.e.: getting a member to deliver CC Project 1 is already an issue for them.
When we celebrate the progress of a member, we are creating positive energies among the members. Thus, other members will want to support and help the club to grow because positive energies are contagious.
Let us come together and celebrate the progress of our members by acknowledging their effort in the simplest way we can, to keep the fire burning in their heart.
How do you plan to adopt the Moment of Truth?
One of Toastmasters International’s education program guiding principles is a self-pace program. Based on that principle, we will use the MOT’s manual as a guide to conduct 2 health check session during the term on each club.
The Club Executive Committee’s Role
To make this health check session a success, the executive committee of each club play an important role in evaluating the club’s health based on their perspectives and submit a report (one report only – collective answer) to their Area Director and carbon copy (CC) it to the Division Council for filing.
The Area Director’s Role
The Area Directors will use the pre-health check report, submitted by the club, as a reference when they are conducting club visits. The Area Directors will use the report to conduct an audit session based on what is submitted by the club’s executive committee against the Area Director’s report.
IMPORTANT: We are doing this to help leaders to look at things from the club’s perspective and NOT to undermine anyone. Our ONLY intention is to help the club to progress using the MOT’s benchmark.
and that will be our 2nd Area of Focus.
Plan of Action
Session 1 (Pre-Health Check)
- The Club’s Executive Committee (ExCo) will conduct the first round of screening among the 7 ExCo using the Moment of Truth Worksheet. They will then submit (e-mail) the report to their respective Area Director and carbon copy (CC) to the Division Council by July.
- During the Area Director’s 1st official visit to the club, the Area Director will conduct an audit screen based on the first report submitted by the 7 ExCo. This is to identify the different perspectives between the club’s ExCo and the Area Directors.
- At the Toastmasters Leadership Institute 1, we will conduct a town hall session 1 to check on the progress in general and to share ways to improve the 6 areas of MOT.
Session 2 (Post-Health Check)
- The Club’s Executive Committee (ExCo) will conduct the first round of screening among the 7 ExCo using the Moment of Truth Worksheet. They will then submit (e-mail) the report to their respective Area Director and carbon copy (CC) to the Division Council by January.
- During the Area Director’s 2nd official visit to the club, the Area Director will conduct an audit screen based on the second report submitted by the 7 ExCo. The Area Director will identify the area that has improved based on the 1st visit and suggest what to improve further.
- At the Toastmasters Leadership Institute 2, we will conduct a town hall session 2 to check on the progress in general and share what works and what is not for the clubs.