New WordPress for Toastmasters Club Agenda With Sidebar

One thing early WordPress for Toastmasters have been telling me for a while is that they want a better looking, more flexible layout for the printable agenda. I showed a mockup of the new sidebar layout to a few advisors about a month ago, and everyone agreed it would be an improvement. Now a working version is live on this site and also available in the open source version on

Advantages of this format:

  • Gives you a space for ongoing reminders (like dues) or announcements of upcoming events (like Spring Conference)
  • Format is essentially the same whether you print directly from the web or download to Word.
  • You can change the sidebar message on a per-meeting basis or set a default message to be displayed for future events.

To get the new layout, you first have to activate it. You can do this on the Settings -> Toastmasters screen in your dashboard by changing Agenda Format from “plain” to “sidebar.” Or you can click a checkbox at the bottom of the Agenda Setup screen labeled “Enable agenda layout with sidebar.”

Once you have done that, you will see a text editor displayed at the bottom of the Agenda Setup form. Enter the content you want to be displayed.

You have a choice of whether to customize the text for a specific event only, for an event template, or on a global basis (will be used if not specified in either the specific event or the template). Here is an example of how it looks.


* This software is offered "for Toastmasters" but not is provided by or endorsed by Toastmasters International. The use of Toastmasters brand assets (with proper disclaimers) in website designs has been reviewed by the Toastmasters International brand compliance team.