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2018_04

DISTRICT 24 DOUBLE DOZEN

DISTRICT 24 DOUBLE DOZEN NEWSLETTER Division D Funletter Speech Contests in Division D Contest season is underway! This spring, paid members in clubs with 8 or more paid members are competing in International and Table Topics contests. Area contests held in March had these fantastic winners: D31: Table Topics 2nd Place: Marty Ertz Table Topics 1st Place: Ash Banaszek International 2nd Place: Ann Gentle International 1st Place: Ash Banaszek D33: Table Topics 2nd Place: Tom Colling Table Topics 1st Place: Meg Barr International 3rd Place: Robyn Glasser International 2nd Place: Janel Asche International 1st Place: Wendy Hicks D32: Table Topics 2nd Place: Gregory Brown Table Topics 1st Place: Sheron Ponnambath International 2nd Place: Rebecca Fegan International 1st Place: Sheron Ponnambath D34: Table Topics 2nd Place: John Farag Table Topics 1st Place: Jon Wood International 1st Place: Susan St. Cyr D31/D33 winners w/ division and area directors D32/D34 contestants and winners w/ division and area directors First and second place winners from the area contests may advance to the Division D contest April 8 at 3pm at the main W Dale Clark branch of the Omaha library downtown. First place winners of the Division D contest advance to the District speech contests held during the District conference April 20-21 in Kearney, NE. Everyone is encouraged to attend the upcoming contests. If you aren’t competing, we’d love your help as a ballot counter, timer, sergeant at arms, or judge. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jessica Codr (jcake2@gmail.com). Learn more about speech contests from episode one of the District 24 Podcast found at d24tm.org, http://shoutengine.com/District24Toastmasters/, or downloaded from iTunes. Ongoing Success in Division D Division D’s own Kaylee Erlbacher is leading our entire District in number of awards earned this Toastmasters year with seven awards. Tom Colling is close behind with five awards. Overall, members have earned 56 educational awards this Toastmasters year that they attributed to Division D. This outstanding accomplishment gives us the most awards of any Division in District 24! Keep it up!! We are up to seven out of 17 total Division D clubs with the 5+ goals required to be distinguished in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). Of these clubs, Rail Talkers, Blue Ah Busters, Mutual of Omaha, and Speak Now also have the membership level required to be distinguished. Congratulations to these distinguished clubs and to all clubs working the program! Keep up to date with your club’s status at http://dashboards.toastmasters.org/Club.aspx?id=24 Have news you’d like to share with Division D? Send it to Jessica Codr at jcake2@gmail.com. District 24 Double Dozen |8 | April, 2018

DISTRICT 24 DOUBLE DOZEN NEWSLETTER From Around the District Three Social Media Platforms to Grow Your Club Submitted by: Jacob Lawson It’s now easier than ever to get your club in front of a broader audience. How? Through the power of social media. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are changing how we communicate and redefining how clubs need to market themselves. Taking advantage of these free tools is key in helping your club to increase public awareness and encourage member engagement. Keep reading to learn how Capitol Voices Toastmaster Club in Lincoln sees the value of being social. Facebook: The purpose of our Facebook page is to post photos from our meetings to engage our members and catch the attention of potential new members. A photo of real members lets potential members know our club is personable, inviting, and most importantly, that our club cares about its members. Twitter: Twitter gives us a quick opportunity to showcase our Club and all that we do to a targeted audience. Toastmaster members are all over the world! And by using trending hashtags, it can put our club in front of a broader audience and potentially new members. As a minimum, our Club looks at one tweet per week, possibly summarizing our Club meeting, speaker, or sharing an interesting article but our tweets are relevant and with purpose, focusing on leadership or speaking. To date, we have over 133 followers and growing! LinkedIn: LinkedIn is the best choice for most people who use social media for professional purposes. We use LinkedIn to position ourselves and the club as an industry thought leader by sharing relevant articles or links to boost our influence and reputation. LinkedIn is our newest platform we joined so we are building our audience with a minimum of one post per week. Good practice would be for each club to have a media strategy, i.e. what to release, where and when. We encourage our members to share and like the pages and have added them to our agendas. Experiment to find out which platforms work best for you and your club. Social media is guaranteed to create energy and enthusiasm among your members and visibility for guests. District 24 Double Dozen |9 | April, 2018