Spinnaker Toastmasters Club, Porirua City, NZ #7868/72

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This page explains how to join Spinnaker Toastmasters Club, the membership fees, and the contents of your new member pack.

How to join Spinnaker Toastmasters Club

Guests are always welcome at Spinnaker. You can visit the club several times before deciding if you wish to join. Read about the Benefits of Toastmasters, and what you'll learn by becoming a member from the Toastmasters New Zealand website.

When you have decided to wish to join the Spinnaker club, talk to the Vice President Membership or Treasurer who will assist you to fill in the Toastmasters Membership Application form (2 page online pdf) and receive your fees.

When the club has accepted your application, your fees will be forwarded to Toastmasters International, and you will be formally voted in as a member of the club.

What your membership fee pays for

There is a one-off new member fee of $US20 on joining the club which is paid to Toastmasters International. This covers the administration costs and provision of your New Member Pack. There is also a monthly Toastmasters International membership fee, and a monthly club fee payable in advance, prorated to the month you join. The Club Treasurer will be able to tell you what the actual fees will be in New Zealand dollars, depending on the month you join the club, or you can view our Schedule of Fees from 1 July 2017.

The fees pay for the costs of running the club such as venue hire, postage, stationery, resources, refreshments, The Toastmasters Magazine and Toastmaster International administration fees.

Membership fees are then renewed twice-yearly, in March and September, in New Zealand dollars (or can be paid monthly if desired). Toastmasters fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

If you are joining Toastmasters as part of a workplace Personal Development Programme, ask for an invoice which you can give to your employer for reimbursement.

What's in your New Member Pack

Once you have joined the club, you will be given a New Member Pack which contains your first two Manuals (the Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership Manuals) (or you may receive these in the mail within ten days). You will also be assigned a Mentor if you wish. Other resources can be downloaded from the Toastmasters International website: "Toastmasters and you"

Your first speech project, an "IceBreaker" will be scheduled within the next couple of meetings. Download and print the "IceBreaker" (4 page pdf) speech requirements to get started if you haven't received your manual. The IceBreaker speech is a 4-6 minute speech introducing yourself to your fellow club members, and is usually your most memorable speech, because it is your first official speech at Toastmasters. Your mentor can help you prepare your Icebreaker, and give you tips on how to construct your notes and practise your delivery.

You'll also be invited to assist with other duties when you're not presenting a formal speech, such as timekeeper or assistant sergeant at arms, and will be asked to participate in table topics, during your first few meetings. But don't worry, we won't ask you to do anything you're not comfortable with. It does take time to get used to the Toastmasters way, so you can take your time and learn the ropes at your own pace.

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