Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The information on this page is correct to August 17, 2021

District 112 update

The area covered by District 112 is currently moving to Alert Level 4, meaning that clubs cannot meet in person. This restriction is initially for 7 days in Auckland and Coromandel, and three days for the rest of the country. Once this is lifted, clubs may continue to either meet online or offer a “hybrid” format which mixes the two. The normal online format is Zoom, although any format may be used.

Online Meetings

Even if your club is not meeting online, that is no reason for YOU to miss out!

The intention of this page is to provide help for those not familiar with online meetings.

Lots of information from Toastmasters International:
https://www.toastmasters.org/resources/news%20and%20announcements/online%20meetings

Have a look at these videos from Lauren Parsons, from the PN Advanced club. Lauren has used Zoom for many years both personally and professionally.

Install and set up Zoom: https://youtu.be/1KheKWak6hQ

Getting started with online meetings: https://youtu.be/pOY8I_kgsLY

You may also find the tips in the next section on Club Meetings useful; they cover both setting up Zoom, and things to think about for setting up yourself. To familiarise yourself with Zoom, install it, start a meeting, and play with the set-up until you’re ready to meet with others. You may want to pair with someone more familiar with the product, and Zoom provides short tutorials (link below) to show basic good practice.

More questions? Look on our calendar at https://d112tm.org.nz/district-calendar/ for training sessions, or contact [email protected] for one-to-one help.

Club Meetings

Should the New Zealand government increase the COVID-19 Alert Level to 2 or above in any area, District 112 asks that affected clubs have an option for members to experience their club online. 

The safety of members is paramount. Please keep up to date with the  Ministry of Health guidelines and Government announcements.

Clubs need to consider that they may have members who are self-isolating or reducing their social contact.  The District is working to assist clubs with Zoom account access where the club has insufficient funds to procure an account.  Area Directors will be managing this so if your club needs assistance in this area please talk to your Area Director.

Clubs have a unique opportunity to step-up, show leadership, and keep their clubs operational for the good of their members. Some guests may find it easier to join and become a member of Toastmasters through online meetings to build their confidence before, sometime in the future, walking into a meeting.

Adding an online option to your club meetings will also allow people outside your area, or even country, to be able to join your meeting.  Please take this opportunity to look at how your club can help Toastmasters expand itself to attract more members by providing an online option for them to attend.

Many people who are self-isolating will see this as a social opportunity and a chance to learn as well.  Clubs need to be ready for the challenge.

Please ensure your social media presence, website(s) and Toastmasters International Page reflect your meeting format and are inviting to online guests.

For those that are not familiar with online meetings there is helpful material here.

Zoom’s basic tutorial page  covers installing Zoom and using its home menu, while

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-wKdvrlR-aKNYbe1CFvHmtT3naiPCP0-/view contains information on setting up Zoom – and yourself – for your first session.

Zoom itself has introduced new introductory tutorials at

https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html

Try the on-demand training sessions, and scroll down the above page for tips on working from home and setting up online meetings.

Contests

All Area, Division, and District contests will be promoted, including the meeting format, on the District Calendar at https://d112tm.org.nz/district-calendar/

Our thoughts are with everyone at this time, we wish you all personal health and wellness. We will keep you updated as things change.  As always, if unsure, your Area Director is the first point of contact.

On behalf of

Stephen Budai DTM
District Director – District 112
Toastmasters International
Where Leaders are Made
Text/Mobile:   +64 2 7585 4084
Email: [email protected]