Welcome to YACT! Most of the content on this website is accessible without a membership. If you are a member of a Toastmasters Club in Alaska or the Yukon Territory, you are so lucky!! As a benefit included with your Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters dues, you can click the 'Join Now' link on the menu bar above (we'll check our membership list and approve you for access to start your own blog, start posting your powerpoint and video presentations, Toastmaster picture albums, webcasting, audioconferencing, video-chatting with other members etc.) Northern Outlook (YACT Newsletter): Click here for the February 2014 Northern Outlook Newsletter You can still view the December 2013 newsletter
Upcoming Events: 1. 2014 Fall Conference Dates: October 17-19 Location: Coast International Inn, Anchorage, AK Theme: Toastmasters is the Golden Ticket Keynote Speaker: Pat Johnson, 2010-2011 Toastmaster International President
Update: Conference Registration form is available! Check out the fall conference web page for the registration form and payment. More information to follow on the Fall Conference website!
Club Deadlines and Reminders:
1. Club Proxy Assignment - Be heard Club representatives have the opportunity to guide the organization by voting for international officers and directors at the International Convention's Annual Business Meeting, held this year in Kuala Lumpur. If a club has no representation at the meeting, its members can use the proxy system to designate another member to carry its vote. In July, club presidents and secretaries will receive proxy information via email. This year your Council Governor, Angela Ritchey, and Lt Gov Marketing, Joyce Vick, are attending the convention. Club officers - a message will be sent out with information for designating your club proxy. 2. If you haven't done so already submit your club officer list for the 2014-2015 Toastmaster year Although the deadline was June 30th to receive credit towards Distinguished Club goal 10 (club officer list) for the 2014-2015 Toastmasters year, you can still submit your club officer list via Club Central on Toastmaster International's website. Our Area Governors are eager to reach out to clubs and find out how they can support our clubs! 3. Club Officer Mailing Kit -- Mailed in June Clubs should have received seven copies of the Club Leadership Handbook (Item 1310) for incoming officers. These handbooks are part of the Club Officer Kit, which was sent to your club mailing address on record. If you have yet to receive your club kit, log into Club Central on Toastmaster International's website. Click on "Update my club mailing address" to view where the kit was sent to. Make sure you confirm or update your club mailing address: Log in to using your personal username and password. Club Central Click your club name and number and then select Update my club mailing address. Update the information (if needed) and click Save at the bottom of the page. 4. Club Dues -- Please be sure to submit your club's dues to YACT! Club officers: Visit the YACT Info page for instructions to submit your club's YACT dues. The dues for the Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters are due the same time at Toastmasters dues - April and October. Bills are not sent out for YACT dues. Dues can be paid one of three methods: Mail a check to our YACT Secretary with a list of current members Deposit the proper amount to the YACT account followed by an email stating when this was done and the names of the members who are renewing. Request and electronic transfer from your club bank account in to the YACT account ($.50 service charge does apply). If your club has already set this up in the past, all that is needed to proceed with this option is an email with the names of your renewing members. If your club has not done this in the past, you will need to complete an authorization form. 5. Confirm your club mailing information and member contact information is current Don't forget to update your club contact and mailing information and member contact information on TI's website. This is one of the ways prospective guests and members find your club. After you log in to TI's website, click Club Central on the left hand side of the screen. On the Conduct Club Business page: Update my club meeting information: Is your club contact information current? Is your meeting information correct? Are your club specifics up to date? Update my club mailing address - this is the address TI uses to send correspondance, annual Club officer handbooks, speech contest rules, etc. TI links information from the " Note: club meeting information" option in Club Center to their find a club page. Changes to Club Central take 2-3 business days before the changes are reflected on the "Find a Club" webpage, so be sure to update this information so you don't miss any calls, emails, visits, etc. from prospective and/or current members! It is critical Note: member contact information is current. Council leadership periodically receive membership rosters and club officer lists from Toastmasters International (TI). The contact information received from TI is used to send out correspondance, trainging information, etc. to members so please help us ensure memebrs receive information regarding educational opportunities, etc.!
Why join a Toastmaster club? Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Not a club member yet? Go to www.toastmasters.org to find a club in your area*. Visit a few clubs, join the one you feel comfortable in. *Search results: select clubs are 'Closed' or only available to employees of a certain organization. Most clubs are 'Open' to all. Through our clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding and contribute to the betterment of mankind. At Toastmasters, we learn by doing, and we help each other learn valuable skills that last a lifetime. Learn what works, and what doesn't Work at your own pace Focus on the areas that are important to you Share what you have learned by mentoring newer members Make friends with many improvement-oriented, positive people! Toastmasters empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams! By working our educational program - and getting feedback step-by-step, people throughout the world improve their communication and leadership skills, and find the courage to change. Contact us if you have any questions.
The mission of the Council is to enhance the performance and extend the network of clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:
Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the Council's educational and membership goals: club building membership building and retention number of Competent Communicators number of Advanced Communicators Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members. Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.