Sample Club Meeting

Tuesday January 13, 2015 7:00 PM
 
Invocation Open
Toastmaster of the Day Open
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Ah Counter Open
Timer Open
Vote Counter Open
Body Language Monitor Open
Videographer Open
Grammarian Open
Leads word of the day contest.
Table Topics Master Open
Humorist Open
Speaker 1 Open
Speaker 2 Open
Speaker 3 Open
Backup Speaker Open
General Evaluator Open
Explains the importance of evaluations. Introduces Evaluators. Asks for Grammarian's report. Asks for Body Language Monitor's report (and awarding of Best Gestures Ribbon). Gives overall evaluation of the meeting.
Evaluator 1 Open
Evaluator 2 Open
Evaluator 3 Open

WordPress for Toastmasters Project

The WordPress for Toastmasters Project is derived from the WordPress customizations I originally created for Club Awesome Toastmasters in Coral Springs, FL. It combines the flexibility of WordPress (intro for the uninitiated here) with Toastmasters-specific functionality and branding.

When I was Club Awesome’s VP of Education and also its webmaster, I was frustrated by the limitations of the FreeToastHost web hosting platform that most Toastmasters clubs use. That semi-official default option has the undeniable advantage of being free. Still, as a WordPress aficionado, I felt like I had my left hand cut off because customization of my club’s website on FreeToastHost was difficult, and I missed all the blogging and social media integration features available on WordPress.

Some Toastmasters clubs use free accounts on WordPress.com (probably the 2nd most popular option after FreeToastHost). This is the site hosted by Automattic, the company responsible for WordPress. WordPress.com has many advantages except that it can only be customized using plugins and themes approved for use by all its customers. Hosting there also means giving up some useful functionality available on FreeToastHost, such as the ability for members to sign up for specific meeting roles.
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WordPress for Toastmasters Child Themes

Update: I currently recommend downloading the Lectern theme as the best option for Toastmasters branding on WordPress. You can get it from the wordpress.org repository.

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As part of the WordPress for Toastmasters Project, I am creating a series of Toastmasters-branded Themes for WordPress, based on some of the most popular free themes in the WordPress.org repository. These are available through the service I offer here, as well as on independently hosted WordPress websites (not on the more generic WordPress.com service).

In WordPress terminology, a “theme” is a set of web templates that control the appearance and public user interface of your website — for example, templates for welcome pages, blog posts, and image galleries. As “child themes,” the themes I created inherit all the features of the original tested-and-debugged themes but add Toastmasters branding to the site header, as well as the required disclaimer in the footer.

The themes are freely downloadable for use on your own website, and you can modify them as you see fit (this does not include the event scheduling and role signup functions I’ve created, which at least for now are only available here).
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Meeting

Tuesday August 12, 2014 7:00 PM
 

Sgt. at Arms calls the meeting to the order

Invocation David F. Carr

President or Presiding Officer leads the self-introductions

Toastmaster of the Day David F. Carr
Ah Counter Member not found
Timer Open
Vote Counter Member not found
Body Language Monitor Open
Grammarian Open
Videographer Open
Table Topics Master Member not found
Humorist Open
Speaker 1 David F. Carr
COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (CC) MANUAL: The Ice Breaker (4 to 6 min) (evaluation form)
Speaker 2 Open
Speaker 3 Open
Backup Speaker Open
General Evaluator Open
Evaluator 1 Open
Evaluator 2 Open
Evaluator 3 Open

Theme/Words

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