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08 March, 2010

Toastmasters March 2010 Tips Newsletter

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  March 2010

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Action Alert
Critical IRS 990-N Deadline Approaching for U.S. Clubs
According to the IRS, any U.S. club that fails to file an e-Postcard may lose its non-profit status with the IRS and have to refile. Follow these steps to protect your club!

It's Not Too Late to Talk Up Toastmasters!
You can still take part in the Talk Up Toastmasters! membership-building contest. It runs through March 31.

April Dues Renewals
Club's membership dues are now being accepted. You can pay online, by fax or by mail. Visit the Club Business login at: There, you can pay your club's membership dues as well as view and print a copy of the membership dues renewal list.

Prepare Your Club and Yourself for Single Sign-on
The Toastmasters Web site is being updated, and how members login will change. Beginning in July 2010, a unique e-mail address will be required for each and every member. Prepare your club and yourself for this update to ensure that everyone can sign in to the Web site once the new system launches. A bonus: Club officers will need only one personal ID and password to access everything online.

New Wire Transfer Instructions for Government Clubs and International Clubs
For security reasons, wire transfer instructions for government clubs and any clubs outside of the U.S. can be accessed only after logging in to the Toastmasters Web site. Once you've logged in to the Club Business section of the Web site, click Wire Transfer Instructions (PDF) for the information you need.

Suspended Club? What to Do with Extra Funds
In the event a club goes through dissolution, club presidents need to know what to do with any leftover funds.


New Product Alert: Rolling Cart
Calling All Sergeants at Arms! This lightweight, yet sturdy and collapsible rolling cart can safely support up to 80 pounds. It's a lifesaver for anyone who must transport a load of club materials.


Don't Miss Your District Conference
A great opportunity to network, enjoy educational sessions and have fun at the district speech contest is coming soon! Conferences are being held April 3 - May 30, 2010. Visit your district Web site to learn when and where your conference will take place.


Host an Open House to Bring in Guests
Looking for ways to generate more interest in your club? Try what the Transportation Toastmasters did: Bring in a popular guest speaker for an Open House. It works!

Be Friendly to the Environment
Read how Toastmasters clubs around the world have reduced waste and made their meetings more sustainable.

Surviving Table Topics
If the thought of impromptu speaking causes you or your club members to sweat, these tips can help.



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