Club Growth Committee

The Club Growth Committee is lead by the Club Growth Director and Assistant Club Growth Director. The committee consists of several subcommittees, all of which are committed to helping the committee work towards building new District 3 clubs and supporting all current clubs.

The Club Growth Director (CGD) is responsible for all aspects of marketing, club-building and club retention for District 3. This includes developing a marketing strategy, developing outreach and retention efforts with existing corporate and community clubs, and penetrating new markets. The CGD, under the guidance of the District Director, makes the benefits of Toastmasters membership available to greater numbers of people. The CGD plans, develops, and directs programs for new club development, club rescue efforts, club promotion and membership retention. The CGD promotes high standards of service to the member and to the club by recruiting, training and supervising a strong club-building team.

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Assistant Club Growth Director

Sara Mayer, DTM, is your Assistant Club Growth Director. She has been a Toastmaster since 2016. She has served as a club coach, a mentor, contest judge and functionary, Verde 5 Area Director, Assistant Verde Division Director, TLI facilitator, and a founding member of her home club. Currently, she serves as the Palo Verde Division Director. Professionally, Sara Mayer go-to expert on organizing your hectic days, weeks, and months into manageable, and functional chunks of work. Through her work as a champion for multiple philanthropies in Arizona and her commitment to building the capacity of the community, Sara has personally mastered maximizing every minute of every day to ensure she meets the expectations set before her. Upon her mastery, she began consulting and speaking locally and nationally with others in similar positions. Sara’s clients gain tools to help them close their laptops at the end of each day knowing they accomplished everything on their task list.  Sara has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Community Service Award.

Assistant Club Growth Director
Sara Mayer

Club Extension

Lisa Raymond, DTM, is your Club Extension Committee Chair. Lisa has been a Toastmaster since 2014. She came to Toastmasters to learn more about giving professional presentations for business, and found she enjoys helping others learn as much as learning how to develop her leadership skills. Lisa earned her DTM in May 2020, has served as Social Media Chair and Public Relations Manager, and she often assists Toastmasters Leadership Institute in facilitating or marketing. This past year she helped members and clubs get involved on ZOOM or other video conferencing platforms.

As the Club Extension Chair, Lisa is responsible for assisting communities and organizations in forming new clubs. She is dedicated to supporting club sponsors and new clubs from the club lead through the charter ceremony. For more information, please visit the SMaC information page or the Club Coach page. If you have any questions regarding serving as a club mentor or assisting at a demo meeting, please email Lisa today!

Club Extension Chair
Lisa Raymond


Venkesh Ethiraj, DTM is your Membership Chair. Venkesh has been a Toastmaster since 2011, with experience in both corporate and community clubs. He has served as a club officer and mentor for several Toastmasters clubs. In District 3 he has served as the Verde 3 Area Director 2017-18 and Saguaro Division Director. He is excited to work with clubs to improve overall membership in District 3.
As the Membership Chair  he is responsible for establishing programs that help recruit new members to District 3 Toastmasters clubs. He is also responsible for collecting district membership information and preparing charts and reports for the CGD and other district leaders. The membership committee develops the District 3 membership plan and calendar and works closely with the CGD. Reports are written and published to present relevant statistics and member projections (growth and shortfalls) to the members. This website will be utilized to recognize significant campaign winners and non-campaign efforts related to membership development. For more information, please visit the SMaC information page or the Club Coach page. Please contact Venkesh If you or your club has any membership questions or needs.

Membership Chair
Venkesh Ethiraj

Club Assist

Julie Miller, CC, ALB, DL1, EC2 is your Club Coach Chair.  She has been in Toastmasters since January 2017 and was the 2019-2020 V2 Area Director.  Julie is a member of three clubs and serves as President of USAA Eagles.  She has served in various club officer roles, facilitated at TLI, and has supported District 3 events when called upon to do so.  With a passion for coaching and mentoring, Julie is excited to support struggling clubs.

As Club Coach, Julie is responsible for identifying struggling clubs qualifying for a coach and recruiting members to serve as a club coach.  To earn a DTM, every member must serve as a club coach, mentor, or sponsor.  For more information, please visit the SMaC information page or the Club Coach page.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please reach out to Julie.

Club Coach Chair
Julie Miller

Club Eagles

Steve Broe, DTM is your Club Eagle Chair.

Steve is now approaching his third decade as a Toastmaster.  He enjoys travel, meditation and calligraphy. He is an instructor with Grand Canyon University.  He has authored four books on leadership (two of them on Amazon).  Steve reads science fiction and nonfiction works in his spare time.  He is also an amateur musician, working on his skill with the bass clarinet and the double string bass. He works full time as a feeder for 7 cats.

As Club Eagle Chair, Steve is responsible for identifying clubs that qualify for an eagle and recruiting members to serve as an eagle. A club eagle is a Distinguished Toastmaster who helps a club with 13-15 members build and maintain membership to further strengthen the club. Club Eagles serves the club for eight weeks. If you have any questions regarding club  eagles, please reach out to Steve.

Club Eagles Chair
Dr. Steve Broe, DTM

Club Research

Ryan Berns, DTM is your Club Research Chair.

As the new club research chair, Ryan works closely with the club growth director to develop the district’s marketing plan, which is a series of steps to help the district grow healthy new clubs. In addition to assisting with the marketing plan, the new club research chair generates new club leads at the district level. If you have any questions regarding starting a new club please reach out to Ryan.

Club Resource Chair
Ryan Berns

Sponsor & Mentor

Connie Weiss, DTM is your Sponsor & Mentor Chair.

Toastmasters has helped Connie Weiss to find her voice! With the help of a number of truly awesome mentors, Connie gain the skills and confidence to evolve into a servant leader. She is very passionate about helping fellow Toastmasters in their personal and professional growth. As the 2019-20 Saguaro Division Director, Connie’s motto was “Together We Will Build a Legacy!”, this motto will also help in her role as the Sponsor & Mentor Chair. Connie’s goal is to build new sustainable and thriving clubs that will provide the resources, support, and guidance to transform new members into fearless world-class speakers and develop future strong servant leaders. I am very excited about the opportunity to facilitate the sponsoring and mentoring of new clubs in District 3 towards achieving excellence and to becoming a distinguished legacy club!

Sponsor & Mentor Chair
Connie Weiss

Club Dues

Tami Wedll, SR5, MS2, is your club dues chair for the 2020-2021 Toastmasters year. She has been with Toastmasters since September 2018 when her club, Cox Communicators, was chartered. She has served as the club Vice President of Education and most recently as President where she helped lead her club to President’s Distinguished in 2019-2020. Tami has been selected to serve the District as the Area Director for Palo Verde 3 and is excited to share her passion of helping other grow and succeed.

As dues chair, Tami is responsible for creating dues incentives, tracking dues renewals, and awarding prized to those who meet the incentive requirements. Dues are collected in September (no later than September 30th) and March (no later than March 21st). If you have any questions regarding your club dues, please reach out to Tami.

Club Dues Chair
Tami Wedl