By: Aretha Cook

Who else jumped into being a hybrid club feet first? We, here at First City Toastmasters in Ketchikan, Alaska sure did. The weeks have flown by as I’ve taken on the Zoom-master role.

I’ll tell you, we didn’t know just how little we knew. We’ve all been busy. Researching. Learning. Trying. Experimenting. Growing. Together, we’ve turned our weekly club gathering into a welcoming, friendly, supportive, coffee-cheering, “jazz-hand” celebrating, inspiring, early-morning “Hybrid-Club” meeting via Zoom.

We continue to research, learn, try, experiment, and grow our way through every meeting. Hybrid Toastmastering has become our new normal.

Our membership is growing, and fellow Toastmasters, new and veteran, have shared knowledge and lessons learned every step of the way.

According to the Toastmasters International website, a growing number of hybrid clubs are out there, which means a wealth of knowledge and priceless tips and tricks are being learned daily, around the world.

This got me thinking, what’s happening throughout District 32? Where are my fellow hybrid-club pioneers who are willing to share anything and everything they’ve learned along their paths?

Yes, I’m starting a Hybrid Club Committee and I want YOU to be a part of it. If you’re just getting started, we may save you some heartache. If you’re an experienced pioneer, we want to hear all of your lessons learned.

This article is our first step. If you’re interested in joining the committee, send an email to First.City.TM.Zoom.Master@gmail.com. If your club is listed on Toastmasters International as having an online option, keep an eye on your inbox. I’ll be sending an email to club leaders asking for you to join the committee. Let’s gather all we know and share the best we can!