Toastmasters D47

As the Public Relations Manager (PRM) or Vice President Public Relations (VPPR) your responsibility is to generate positive awareness of the Toastmasters brand for the purpose of attracting and retaining members. It requires keeping the public (external audience) and members (internal audience) informed about club or district activities through effective communication channels and media relations. Good public relations will build membership and gain public recognition. This page will give you the resources to achieve excellence in your club and beyond.

The Public Relations Team supports District 47 and its club leaders. For fiscal year 2018 -2019, the vision can be summarized as building community through networking and education. Our goals are to ensure that district members are connected and have easy access to resources that will support their success. This page provides resources primarily for Vice Presidents of Public Relations (VPPRs) to allow them to promote the district’s clubs while leveraging the Toastmasters brand.

Public Relations Team

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Meet the District PR Team

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Public Relations Manager

Linda Chapman, DTM

Linda Chapman was labeled by her late father as a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none so her purpose in joining Toastmasters was two-fold — first and foremost, to defy her father and become a master, a toastmaster, and then, to hone her public speaking and leadership skills. Linda joined The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club on August 1, 2016. Today she holds her DTM and is a triple crown holder for 2017 - 2018. She is their immediate past VPPR and is the 2018 - 2019 Vice President of Education.

Linda was recently appointed as District 47’s Public Relations Manager for 2018 - 2019. Additionally, she is President of #ClerkSpeakSquad, at her workplace, the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County. Linda founded and sponsored the club which was chartered on April 1 2018. She works as Supervisor, Operations Systems and Training there. In that role, she is responsible for a senior trainer, four technical trainers and six business analysts. Her team delivers training to over 400 Operations employees and performs troubleshooting, testing and maintenance of all Operations enterprise systems. She is a certified project manager (PMP) and often manages large scale IT projects.

Linda is one of the district’s Pathways experts and is scheduled to complete her assignment as a Chief Pathways Guide and Ambassador mid-August. This is significant as it completes all the requirements for the DTM designation. 

Clearly, Linda’s dad was pretty much on point. Would you believe that for “fun” Linda also moonlights as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor teaching Spinning, Yoga, Barre, Step, Kickboxing classes and more for 14+ hours each week?

Linda’s vision for the district’s public relations can be simply stated as Building our Toastmasters Community through Networking and Education. 


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Webmaster

Dalmo Mendonça

Dalmo joined Toastmasters in April of 2017 to check an old item off his bucket list. Determined to become a better speaker, storyteller, leader, and communicator, Dalmo delved deep into the Toastmasters education materials and served in clubs in District 47 and District 50, courtesy of his weekly trips to Texas for work.

Dalmo is a healthcare IT consultant, so depending on the contract, you can find him anywhere in the US during the work week, but he's always back by Thursday at his oceanfront condo in Jensen Beach, FL. He helps hospitals with their technology solutions and leads projects to improve patient safety, clinic efficiency, and regulatory compliance. In his free time you'll find him at the beach, going on road trips, reading, coding, or meditating.

This year, Dalmo is putting his skills in community management and online growth hacking to good use, serving as District 47's webmaster. He's excited to partner with Linda and the rest of the district team to achieve our goals and vision.


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Social Media Chair

Darren Kennedy, DTM

Darren Kennedy joined Toastmasters International in June 2012 as a charter member of Pembroke Isles Toastmasters (Freedom Toastmasters). He is currently the past president of President Distinguished Club, Toast of Las Olas. His initial goal upon joining Toastmasters was to become a more confident and polished public speaker, and along the way he has embraced the motto, “Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made.”

At the club level, he has held the offices of vice president membership and president; at the district level, in 2015-2016 he served as the Area 10 Director for Division A and in 2016-2017 he served as the Division B Director. Darren achieved his DTM Designation in the 2017-2018 calendar year.

Professionally, Darren is an Account Manager at a multi-award-winning creative advertising agency and has almost 20 years’ experience in general market and radio advertising. In his spare time, he is a lover of art, travel, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Join the District PR Team

Create flyers, social media posts and other visuals as appropriate. Provide guidance to club leaders around TI branding and promotions including reviewing club special event flyers as appropriate

Graphic artists


Support Division Facebook pages with local events and highlights

Division PR Liaisons (one per division)


Support the Social Media Chair maintaining district Facebook group and page and other social media including but not limited to Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Social Media Liaison


Develop immersive educational website content relating to the Pathways Learning Experience

Pathways Education Content Developers


Develop relationships with external news sources to promote D47 events, membership into D47 clubs and pitch stories about D47, its clubs and its members

External News Liaison


In coordination with the PRM and District trio, create website blog posts to promote district events/campaigns and highlight clubs/members

Blogging Team


Have an ear to the ground to learn about and publicize club events, outstanding achievements, and unique opportunities to be published on the district website.

Community Spotlight Team


Social Media

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#District47Toastmasters #LetsGetSocial #tmd47 Campaign

Tell us how Toastmasters is helping you in your personal lives, professional career, public speaking, etc. Using the hashtag #LetsGetSocial to share your story on our Social Media sites or tag District 47 in your post. Pictures, video clips and links to your blog are encouraged.

 

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    Promoting Through the District

    Club events submitted at least 2 weeks in advance will be posted on the online District Calendar. Clubs are encouraged to follow the Toastmasters International Brand Guidelines (see resources section below). Any flyers that violate trademark design standards will not be posted.
     

    Blog articles may be submitted for posting on the District Website. These articles must relate to Toastmasters and include content that will inspire, educate, or otherwise benefit our members. Standard topic areas include member/club spotlights, events, and awards/other recognition.  However, we welcome new ideas. All Articles are subject to review.
     

    Facebook posts are limited to District events or special club events such as anniversaries. This requests must be submitted to pro@toastmastersd47.com.
     

    To submit events or blog articles, please contact the webmaster at dmendonca@toastmastersd47.org.

    Resources

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    Membership

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    Membership Building

    Growing membership is a fundamental part of a healthy club. In District 47, we'd like all clubs to have a least 20 members (or 5 more than their baseline) so they can become distinguished. We have the tools and resources to help you achieve this goal.

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    MEMBER Acquisition

    Toastmasters International holds three membership building programs every year: the Smedley Award (August through September), Talk Up Toastmasters (Februrary through March), and Beat the Clock (May through June).

    Each program runs for 2 months, and clubs that add 5 new, dual, or reinstated members within that time frame will win online recognition, a ribbon, and a one-time 10% discount on the Toastmasters store. Read more.

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    Some ideas to acquire new members:

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    MEMBER Retention

    Club dues are due twice a year, in September and in March. That means you should remind your members to renew their membership every August and February.

    See more membership resources here.

    Stars Program

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    Reach for the Stars

    Webmasters now have the tools to improve your club's online presence.

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