Venue Continuity – So Important to Club Viability

Over the years I’ve been a member of around a dozen Toastmaster Clubs and have seen the effects having to change venues has had on their health.    Parramatta Club, the club I’ve probably spent more time with as a member than any other, although at the moment one of the strongest clubs in District 70, has not been exempt from these woes.   But it did have a very long relationship with the Parramatta Leagues Club.   The Leagues Club provided a room free of charge for something like twenty years.    Two decades at the same location and free of charge is something that happens to very few clubs.

It couldn’t last.  A change in the leagues club’s board of directors and a desire to make more money at last brought this to an end.  The price they wanted the Parramatta Toastmasters Club to pay seemed exorbitant so we moved out.   I say, ‘we’ but I’d already left the club in 1985 and the crunch came a little later.

From thereon Parramatta moved this way and that, a restaurant, another sporting club, another restaurant, then back to the sporting club they’d left a little earlier.   Numbers dwindled.  Parramatta TMC, which had always had around forty or more members, dropped way down a dozen or so.  At one meeting only I and two others attended.   It seemed like the end of the line.

Then, after some negotiations with Parramatta RSL, the club once again found a stable home.   They’ve been there for a good fifteen years now.  And, what to you know – membership has blown out to over sixty!    Pretty hard to beat, eh?

The moral: if you can get a good, suitable venue, stay there.  For a Toastmaster Club it really does pay dividends.

About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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