Q- Why does VPE have to approve speeches outside the club? With the current program members can deal directly with the VPE’s of the club they want to give a speech at.
A- The current policy, which can be found at www.toastmasters.org/FAQ, is as follows: “You are allowed to do up to two speeches per manual outside of the club environment for credit toward an educational award, as long as you receive prior approval from your vice president education.”
Because members are working online in Pathways, they do not have a manual to carry with them from club meeting to club meeting. To facilitate communication between members amd their VPEs, the process of requesting external trainng is set up on Base Camp. It is important to keep your VPE informed of any speeches done outside your club because your VPE approves level completions and will need to know that you completed all requirements, including speeches, for each project in a level in order to submit the approval.
External training requests are designed for member and VPE convenience and to facilitate better coordination between members and their club. External training requests are not required and clubs are welcome to use any process that works for their members when managing speeches done outside the club or in any club a member may visit.