I’m sharing this with some other clubs who use my WordPress for Toastmasters setup, but it’s particularly relevant to Club Awesome because we routinely use text messages to confirm roles. The video below shows a trick for making that easier.

Also, I’ve added back a feature we used to have on the site where you can add a note to let the group know you will be out of town or unable to attend and they should not call or email to get you to fill roles during that time. This used to be called “Status” but I’m now calling it an “Away Message” to make it clearer. When you are logged in, you will see a “Set Away Message” link in the upper right hand corner of the page.

A time saving tip for club leaders and meeting organizers is to confirm meeting participation using SMS text messages to their mobile phones, which tends to work better than email and is quicker (for both of you) than calling.

WordPress for Toastmasters can streamline this process by sending an email summary of an upcoming meeting agenda, with contact info for each of the participants, to your mobile phone. This video shows me viewing that information in the Gmail app on my Android phone and clicking on the mobile phone numbers of the members I want to contact. By pressing and holding for a moment, I get a popup menu that allows me to choose whether I want to call or use SMS (send a text message).

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If you use the automated meeting role reminders feature, WordPress can be set to send an email reminder to each participant several hours or days before the time of the meeting (Club Awesome has this set for the Wednesday before the meeting). The Toastmaster of the Day also receives a complete summary of the agenda with contact information for each of the participants, plus a listing of all the members who have NOT been assigned a role and might be available.

On the website, you can view this same information by going to the Agenda menu for a specific meeting and choosing Agenda with Contacts.

Agenda with Contacts menu item

This will give you a view of the agenda that includes contact information. If you want to use the SMS messaging trick, you can click “Email to me” and then view the message on your phone.

Agenda with Contacts assigned roles
Agenda with Contacts members without an assignment

Note that for the SMS messaging trick to work, members must have filled in their mobile phone number in their member profile. An officer or administrator can also edit the phone numbers listed in their profiles.

Members who will be out of town or unable to attend meetings for some period of time can set a temporary “Away Message” to be displayed next to their contact info as a signal that they do not want to receive calls or texts until after their return.

Set Away Message link in Member Access widget
Setting a message with an expiration date
Away Message showing on the contacts list.

The “Away Message” shows up on the emailed version of the contact list and also on the Member directory page of our website.



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