By VP Public Relations 2022-23 Dale
Blog Post #2
What’s involved in mounting a Toastmasters club promotional booth at a trade show or Expo? How much will it cost? And how will we pay for it?
These were the big questions facing Spinnaker Toastmasters Club when deciding to mount a booth at the Love Local Porirua Expo to be held on 30 July.
The club decided to appoint a Sub-committee of the incoming President Katina, Secretary Kathy and VP Public Relations Dale to plan and produce the event.
The first step after receiving club approval to proceed, was to request a booth at the Expo using the Porirua City Council’s online request form. The club’s request for a booth at the Expo was approved, so it was all go!
The next step was to obtain some funding for expenses, such as printing and giveaways.
Luckily, District 72 Toastmasters New Zealand had some money in a club promotional fund, so Spinnaker applied for funding support. The club would match the District’s contribution from its own funds.
Now that the club had secured a booth, and funding, it was up to the club members to support the event.
Outgoing President Dave outlined the proposal to the club at the next meeting. This was followed up with a request for helpers to setup, stage and pack down the booth.
So far, club members have been overwhelmingly supportive with offers of resources, help and advice.
Visit Love Local Expo 2022 – Porirua City to see a video of the last Expo near the bottom of the page.
You can also see a list of the exhibitors on this page – a wide range of Porirua businesses, organisations and local clubs. It’s going to be an exciting day being amongst thousands of people who are interested in what their local city has to offer. We’re really looking forward to promoting Toastmasters, and speaking to people about developing or enhancing their public speaking and leadership skills.
In the next blog post, we’ll look at what detailed research and planning was required.
Other blog posts
Blog post #1 – The Proposal
Blog post #3 – Research and Planning
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, the organisation’s membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
About Spinnaker Toastmasters Club
Spinnaker Toastmasters Club chartered on 18 September 1990, and originally met in Whitby. Now the club meets in Plimmerton on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The club has 12 active members and is looking to increase that to at least 20, the desired size for an active and dynamic Toastmasters club.
About the author
Dale is a Distinguished Toastmaster and a member of Spinnaker Toastmasters Club since 1998. She has received a Presidential Citation for her work as District 72 New Zealand Webmaster, and helped charter three other clubs. She has completed the Presentation Mastery educational Pathway and is currently working on the Motivational Strategies Pathway. Dale is the VP Public Relations for 2022-23.
About this blog series
The purpose of this blog series is to fulfil the requirements of the Level 4 Elective “Write a Compelling Blog” in the Motivational Strategies Pathway. She has chosen to document the process of organising and presenting a booth at the Love Local Porirua 2022 Expo being held in Porirua on 30 July. The target audience is her fellow Toastmasters who may have an opportunity to run a similar activity at a future event. To do this, a minimum of 8 blog posts must be created and published. Club members will be asked for feedback, and when done, Dale will deliver a short speech on her blogging experiences.