Toastmasters D47

Take Step One

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Where do I start with pathways?

This new education program has 10 different paths to choose from. Choose the path that most closely aligns with your interests, strengths, and goals. Each path consists of 14 projects distributed across 5 levels. Most projects require 1 speech, but some projects require 2 speeches and/or a role and/or additional resources.

Any Toastmaster in good standing can begin the Pathways program with the following steps.

  1. Log on to toastmasters.orgThis is different from your club website. Use the email address submitted on your membership form. If you don't remember your password or if you've never logged in before, click "Forgot password?" to get a temporary one.
     
  2. Choose Pathways from the navigation menu and select Take the Assessment.
     
  3. Complete the short online assessment. This simple quiz helps you figure out which path is best for you. You can take this quiz as many times as you'd like since answers and results are not saved.
     
  4. Decide whether to do it all online or pay for print materials. The vast majority of members do their path online, knowing they can print materials later.
     
  5. If you're ready, you can now select your path. This is the commitment point. If you're not ready, click on anything else.
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Make a plan to complete Level 1 now

Level 1 consists of 3 projects. That's a total of 4 speeches and 1 role. Look ahead and make a plan to conquer this achievement. 

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References

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Reference Materials for Club Members

Toastmaster International Resources

Pathways Catalog

  • Pathways Path and Projects Catalog: This is the best tool available to help choose your path.  Includes a short summary of every project in Pathways, organized by path. This is a 66-page PDF to download and explore all 10 paths incuding the required and elective projects.

Additional References

Materials collected by Pathways lead George Marshall (District 57)

 
 

Base Camp Managers

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Learn more about the duties of the BaseCamp manager role  (VPE, Pres & Sec)

 

How to set up your FreeToastHost website to get ready for Pathways

Pathways has an unfortunate limitation in how Base Camp sends notifications to the club for level completions and other events.

It only sends the message to the club's public (find-a-club) email address, NOT to the VPE or other base camp managers (Pres, Sec), who are the ones who need to see those notifications.

Since some clubs have outdated addresses for their public contact email, the club may not get any notifications.

If your club is using FreeToastHost, there is an elegant work-around available to deliver those messages where they need to go.  (If not on FTH, see *** below).  Here are the instructions, in two parts:

Short version, for experienced FTH administrators:

  1. A. In the FTH admin console, first verify that officer emails are correct and that the Contact Us Form tab lists the correct officers, and

    B. Under Email and contact forms, Contact Us tab, enable "contact email."
     
  2. In Club central, set the club contact email to the one just set in step 1.

Step-by-Step

The FIRST part is done in FTH. The site admin needs to enable your FTH contact email. 

  1. Login to your FTH club website as admin, and launch the admin console.
     
  2. Select a Module: Membership Management.

    A. Verify that the email addresses for the President, VPE and Secretary are correct; update them if necessary.  Be sure to click Save, then Close when done.
     
  3. Select a module: Email and contact Forms.

    A. On the Contact Us Form, under Club Contacts for the Contact Us Form, select up to three members who are willing to take emails and possibly phone calls from prospective visitors. If you already have them, you're good.

    B. Also on the Contact Us Form tab, check the box to enable the contact email, which will be contact-####@toastmastersclubs.org. (the #'s will be replaced by your club number) - copy the address shown, for later use.

    C. The contact address is a PUBLIC email - anyone can send to it.  Switch to the Email Security tab and review the settings to see if you want to make any changes.

    D. Save and Close.
     
  4. Test the contact address by sending an email to it and verifying that the listed contacts got the test message.

The SECOND part is done in Toastmasters Club Central. Change your club's public email address in Club Central to the contact email you just set up above.  Any club officer can do it, as follows.

  1. Go to Toastmasters.org, then Leadership Central, then Club Central then login.  Select the appropriate club, if applicable.
     
  2. Click Club Contact and Meeting Information

    A.  Change the Email to be the FTH contact email that was set up in FTH.

    B.  While you're in Club Central, review the other information to be sure it's correct: meeting place and address, map location, contact phone, websites, meeting days, time and frequency.
     
  3. When you're done, don't forget to click the Submit button!

Within 24 hours, the changes will take effect. After that, any messages from base camp to the club (such as for level completion) will be sent to the three base camp manager officers (VPE, Pres, Sec) INSTEAD OF the listed public contact emails).

What about clubs not using FreeToastHoast?
Every club has the same problem: base camp messages are sent ONLY to the club's find-a-club public email address, but the base camp managers (VPE, president, secretary) who need to take action are most likely not recipients.

The solution? Each club will make their own choice, but one good option is to set up a group email for the club's public email address that goes NOT ONLY to the member who responds to public queries, but ALSO the base camp managers: VPE, Pres and Secy. 

The group email should replace your club's public email address per the 'SECOND' sections above.  Google groups or gmail works for this purpose.

Adapted from George Marshall, D57 Chief Pathways Guide

 
 

DTM & DCP

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Distinguished Toastmaster

DTM Requirements

Pathways Requirements

Traditional Requirements

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DTM Timeline

Members will be able to get a DTM award under the traditional program until June 2020. 

Journey to DTM

This tracking spreadsheet is a bird's-eye view of your custom journey to DTM (under pathways or the traditional program). Just go to File > Make a Copy to create your own version. This is an excellent way to plan ahead.

Distinguished Club Program

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