District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of nearly 200 clubs and 4,400 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

Welcome
  • The SafeHaven 2018 team are looking forward to welcoming you

    The SafeHaven 2018 team are looking forward to welcoming you

  • The second round of Club Officer Training is just around the corner

    The second round of Club Officer Training is just around the corner

Latest News

Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Calendar

Calendar

Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

Find a club

Find a local club? Why not visit a club while on holidays?
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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The December newsletter is here!

The December 2017 edition of the D71 newsletter has been published. Highlights include news from Division D, an update on club growth tools, news from the Alignment Committee, plus a round-up of PR incentives, including details on how your club can access up to €200 toward the cost of a public event.

Click here to read the newsletter: December newsletter D71.compressed

A Christmas message from our District Director

While we’re only at the halfway point of the Toastmasters year, the end of December marks the end of the calendar year.

It’s a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, and also to reflect on the year that has been.

Whether this is your first year or your thirtieth, I hope you feel that this year in Toastmasters has given you not just new skills and confidence but also the joy of camaraderie, new friendships, and a feeling of being a part of something positive.

Looking ahead, I hope you will continue to find benefit in your involvement in Toastmasters, and continue to grow and develop both your public speaking as well as your leadership skills.

On behalf of the entire District Leadership Team, I wish you a very merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy and successful 2018.

Red Skelton

District 71 Director

Nominations are open! A message from our District Director

District Director Red Skelton

District 71 Leadership Nominations Process is Open

Serving as a District Leader is a great responsibility, but an exciting opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, M and S) Read More

The November 2017 Newsletter is out!

Read about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees including Toastmaster of the Year Sharon O’Neill

The November 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is out . . . and it’s chock full of coverage of the Steel City Conference!

Lots of great pics plus interviews with our Hall of Fame inductees.

We’ve got all the latest news from around the District, including:
  • in-depth coverage of the Steel City Conference, and lots of photos!
  • instructions on how to download your own copies of conference photos
  • Hall of Fame including Toastmaster of the Year
  • DCP incentives from our Programme Quality Director
  • Christmas and New Year membership building from Club Growth Director
  • Details of how you can win a place to the Spring Conference, by writing an article,
  • news about how your club can get €200 toward hosting an event, and
  • a personal message from District Director Red Skelton

Many thanks to Division E Director Angela Scott and her team for a number of the articles.

Click here to download the November Toastmasters District 71 newsletter.

Christmas Bells are Jingling this weekend — and Leighton Buzzard Toastmasters helping to ring in the cheer

A Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals.  Three of its primary goals are to:

  • Create a strong, supportive club membership
  • Enhance members’ speaking skills
  • Prepare members for real life experiences

Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council, and Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has been Master of Ceremonies for the council’s communities activities.  Read More

“Adrian – it *is* about you!” – Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters award

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Popular photographer Adrian Melia was honoured in a very special way at his Toastmaster home club in Kildare town on Tuesday 24th October. In a break with normal proceedings, Toastmaster David Clinton interrupted the scheduled agenda for a few minutes with an important announcement. Read More

David and Guy show us how a dramatic gesture assures impact

David Clinton from Athy Toastmasters won the 2017 Table Topics contest.

Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Guy Doza from Cambridge Speakers is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Congratulations to David Clinton and Guy Doza, winners of the autumn D71 Speech Contests in Sheffield.

Both these fellas use drama to make an impression, and it paid off big style! Read More

D71 Hall of Fame awards: Sharon O’Neill DTM named ‘Toastmaster of the Year’

Michael Collins with Sharon O'Neill

Toastmaster of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from Division A, and Safe Haven 2018 Conference Chair.

 

The D71 Steel City Conference announced the Hall of Fame recipients. Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins announced the Toastmaster of the Year – Sharon O’Neill of Blarney Toastmasters, Cork.

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Your Steel City Conference programme, online

Steel city conference logo

The Steel City Conference is almost here!

If you’re looking to plan your weekend at the final D71 autumn conference, take a look at the online programme for Steel City here: http://steelcity2017.co.uk/conference/programme

Lots of great workshops, and fun and games night on Friday, contests Saturday and Sunday, plus time to make new friends and visit with old ones.

Can’t wait until the conference — hope to see you there!

–Laura

The October issue of the D71 newsletter is here!

Bedford Speakers visited Cranfield Speakers to help out at their Autumn contest.

The October 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is here! This month’s edition is full of news from Division H, our guest contributors. There’s also a story about Clare Crowther, the first Toastmaster in the UK or Ireland to become a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker! Plus we’ve got news from District Director Red Skelton, Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly gives us a preview of the Steel City Conference, and Club Growth Director John Cox gives an update on . . . Club Growth. Read More