We’re officially opening our call for 2016-2017 NYU Toastmasters officers! If you’re interested in becoming an officer, please contact Sophie Oberstein by May 11th. Any member can become an officer, and it’s a great way to get more involved in Toastmasters, even if you only recently joined.
What are the benefits of being an officer for NYU Toastmasters?
- It’s an opportunity to display and develop your leadership skills (and fast-tracks your earning a Toastmasters International Competent Leader designation)
- We’re a new group and you’ll play a significant role in shaping our club’s culture and identity
- You can grow your professional network beyond NYU by participating in Toastmasters International events and trainings for officers
- NYU pays your membership dues for half a year
- Officers serve for a one-year term beginning on July 1st, 2016 and ending on June 30th, 2017
- Officers meet 3-5 times per year, depending on what’s happening and what needs doing
- Officers are required to attend one formal training (Winter and Summer) put on by Toastmasters International, usually held on an evening or weekend
- Other responsibilities depend on your role and are outlined below
More detailed information about all Toastmasters roles can be found at http://d4tm.org/club-administration/club-officer-roles
- President – Calls and presides over officer meetings, makes announcements at meetings, is a liaison with other local clubs and Toastmasters International (1-4 hours per week)
- VP Education – Ensures meeting roles are filled and ensures members are making their way through their ten prepared speeches, may help newer members find mentors within the club (2-3 hours per week)
- VP Membership – Processes membership applications at renewal time and throughout the year (about 3 hours per week at membership renewal times (twice a year); otherwise commitment varies from 0-2 hours per week)
- VP Public Relations – Promotes the club within the NYU community to administrators, staff and faculty (number of hours per week depends on what you want to do to promote the club)
- Secretary – Keeps minutes at officer meetings, keeps files containing meeting agendas and other archival information (0-1 hour per week)
- Treasurer – Keeps track of how much money we’ve submitted to Toastmasters International, how much credit our club has, and any other money matters (NOTE: Currently our club does not have a budget as we charge only what is due to Toastmasters International) (0-1 hour per week)
What’s the election process?
Any active member, including current officers and including brand new members who have just submitted an application, can self-nominate for the roles listed above. Just get in touch with any nominating committee member by Wednesday, May 11th to let us know which role(s) interest you and a sentence or two about why you are interested. Additionally, the nominating committee will be soliciting nominations between now and May 11th.
- The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates at the May 12th and May 19th
- A final ballot will be emailed to members on Friday, May 20th.
- Ballots will be due back by 5pm on Tuesday, May 24th.
- New officers will be announced on Wednesday, May 25th.
What do I need to do?
If you’d be interested in talking about becoming an NYU Toastmasters officer, please get in touch with nominating committee chair by Wednesday, May 11th at firstname.lastname@example.org.