Speak, The Movie :: Growing Your Club's Membership


Timothy Shea, VP-Public Relations
Empire Statesmen Toastmasters

The High Performance Leadership (HPL) program—completion of which is a requirement for the Advanced Leader Silver award—features five projects offering instruction and practice in such vital leadership areas as developing a vision, goal-setting and planning, developing plans and strategies, and team-building. It also gives you feedback on your leadership skills.

Empire Statesmen Toastmasters’ Patricia Costello, CC, CL, wanted her HPL program to bring value not only to her home club, but also to all District 65 clubs.  As we all know, continued growth of an active membership is vital to the long-term success of each club.  All clubs lose members to attrition.  Life happens.  People move, change jobs, or simply change their priorities.  It is only by constantly growing that clubs thrive. Those that don’t grow usually stagnate, often to the point of losing their charter.

In order for each club to thrive then, it is incumbent on ALL members to share the benefits of Toastmasters membership with those in their immediate sphere of influence. (Indeed, it is one of the promises that we each made when we joined Toastmasters!)  And what better way to share with people these benefits than to show them, preferably at a fun, social event?

Accordingly, Pat decided to focus her HPL program on creating such an opportunity for all Toastmasters to introduce their friends to our great organization.  Our event will be a premiere of the movie “SPEAK” and we encourage all District 65 Toastmasters to use this event as part of their membership outreach.

SPEAK (Run-time: 1 hour and 29 minutes) is a documentary film that follows six characters as they overcome life’s hurdles while participating in the largest speech contest in the world: the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.  Funny, inspiring and moving, SPEAK tells a story about hope, perseverance and transformation — a story everyone can relate to.  This screening is part of the SPEAK INTERNATIONAL FILM TOUR, which launched in January 2012.

To register for $2 advanced sale tickets, please send an email before March 15th with your name and Toastmasters club name and number to ESTMspeak@gmail.com.  We will reserve your ticket(s) and once payment is received (through coordination with your club), we will either send your ticket to your club officer or hold it at the event for you, as you choose.

If you would like to buy your ticket(s) directly, they will be available at the Eastern Division Speech Contest on March 16 at Excellus in DeWitt or you are very welcome to attend any Empire Statesmen club meeting on Thursdays at Ruby Tuesdays on Erie Blvd East, Syracuse.  We begin our meetings promptly at 6:30 pm.

More information can be found on our club website at: http://empirestatesmen.toastmastersclubs.org/Special_Screening_of_Speak__The_Movie.html

or the official “SPEAK” website and Facebook page:
www.speakthemovie.com | http://www.facebook.com/speakthefilm


Finally, additional opportunities to screen this film for the benefit of your own club are also available, and we would be happy to share the collateral that we have created and knowledge that we have gained to help other clubs leverage this wonderful opportunity to help grow their membership.


Host: Empire Statesmen Toastmasters Club

Tickets:  $2.00 Advanced sale, $5.00 at the door (if available)

When: April 6, 2013; 9am – Noon
Light refreshments will be available

Location: Excellus BCBS
333 Butternut Dr
DeWitt, NY 13214

Limited seating! Please RSVP today!


Paul Galichia, a native of Wichita, KS graduated from Stanford University in
1996 and later attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Since founding
Tumbleweed Entertainment in 2006 with partner and co-director of SPEAK Brian
Weidling, Paul has produced numerous documentaries including The Goal about
the United States World Cup Soccer team and a short documentary about the We
Advance clinic in Haiti with acclaimed actress and activist Maria Bello.

Brian Weidling, a native of Hillsborough, NJ attended Emerson College in
Boston Massachusetts where he began his filmmaking career with a student
award-winning documentary called 13 Seconds, about the 1970 Kent State
shootings. Brian produced and directed The Goal (narrated by Robert Duvall)
about US Soccer Captain Claudio Reyna’s journey to the World Cup in 2002; and is
currently finishing the documentary A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project.


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