A club sponsor helps start a new club. Each new club may have up to two sponsors.
The sponsor is responsible for organizing the new club, including selling the new club idea to prospective members; helping to set up regular meetings, completing paperwork, and planning the charter presentation. Sponsors receive a certificate and credit toward the Advanced Leader (AL) award after their return the “Get Credit” form.
Note: Sponsors must apply for credit no later than 90 days after the club’s official charter date. Any changes or additions to the sponsor assignments must be made no later than 60 days after the club’s officer charter date.
The sponsor offers encouragement and advice, and attends the new club’s charter presentation.
The sponsor works with the new club to:
- Arrange inter-club meetings and exchange of speakers and evaluators
- Invite new club officers to attend meetings of the executive committee
- Invite the new club’s members to attend speech contests, club officers training and other special meetings and encourage participation at these events
- Present programs from the Better Speaker Series, the Successful Club Series and the Leadership Excellence Series at the new club’s meetings
Occasionally, an entire existing club may help to start a new club. The sponsoring club offers the new club encouragement and advice and its members attend the new club’s charter presentation. Sponsoring clubs earn the “Founder’s Award” club banner ribbon.
The sponsoring club works with the mentor after the new club charters to:
- Arrange inter-club meetings and exchange of speakers and evaluators.
- Invite the new club’s officers to attend meetings of the Executive Committee.
- Invite the new club’s members to attend anniversary meetings, speech contests, and other special meetings.
- Present programs from The Better Speaker Series, The Successful Club Series and the Leadership Excellence Series at the new club’s meetings.
- Remind the new club about District training programs, Area Speech contests and other District meetings and functions and encouraging their participation at these events.