What does the public see when they are looking at your club? This is the question every Vice President of Public Relations
should be asking themselves constantly. The publics perception of your club is the key to whether they will attend your meeting,
consider joining your club, or keep on looking. So what does the public see when they look at your club?
Let's start with your website. Does your club have a website? In today's immediate information age, everyone goes to the
Internet to seek what they need or want. Is your club represented? If not, consider adding a website using FreeToastHost.
They can provide you with an easy to customize template and free hosting of your clubs site on the Internet. Yes, I said free.
Any club can obtain a free hosted website in under 24 hours. I have spoken to many people that helped their club obtain a
FreeToastHost site, and they say it is easy to maintain and chock full of useful tools. To find out for yourself, go to
http://freetoasthost.org and follow the simple directions to obtain a free site.
If the answer to the above question was yes, then check to make sure that your site is represented on the Toastmasters
International website as well as the District 26 website. By adding your website to your club’s contact information on the
Toastmasters International website you make it available to anyone searching for a club, either on the International site or on
the district site, and it costs you nothing. Next, is the information on your website current? I went to the website of a club
I was going to visit and found the information was dated 2006. If the information on your site is not current or useful to the
public, they will simply ignore you and go to the next club website – that would be a shame. Assign someone to update your
articles, contact, and meeting information on your website. Approximately 7 of 10 guests that attend the clubs I am in have
expressed to me that the club website was the primary factor that brought them to the meeting.
Once they have decided to attend, your club has to carry them into the fold and make them feel welcome. Remember to greet
visitors and ask them to sign your guest book. Spend a few minutes before the meeting to explain what they will see and hear.
Better yet, assign someone to sit with them and explain the meeting as it overflowing