This is an important role. Many Toastmaster clubs refer to this role as Sergeant of Arms but at Sussex Online we title this role as ‘Welcomer’ because we believe it describes the role more clearily. It is something that a new member can easily do while still finding their feet in the club. The Welcomer does not speak for long, but plays a crucial role.
A well prepared introduction, delivered with enthusiasm, sets the tone for the evening ensures that our members and guests can look forward to a great meeting to come.
- The Welcomer should log in with sufficient time (at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting) to test the connection and check with the Toastmaster on proceedings.
- One minute before the meeting starts, ask the participants to stand by for a prompt start.
- At the appointed time, call the meeting to order, welcome everyone ie Welcome Mr President, fellow Toastmasters and most welcome guests
- Give the housekeeping notices (keeping on mute, silencing phones, switching off cameras if having to leave the room, or for another distraction).
- Make a simple comment about looking forward to the meeting especially if a special theme or activity is occurring
- Introduce and hand over to the President.