Welcome to the official District 71 website.
District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of over 200 clubs and 4,500 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.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the Fall to Winter membership incentives (see charts below). In total we recruited 316 new dual or reinstated member during November and December at a time of year when festivities abound, and roads can be foggy and icy. It is really encouraging to see the clubs that have coaches, Cashel, Dundee, and Cornerstone, share in the glory. Long may that continue.
Google Phonic, in Division M Area 18, grew 500% from 10 members on the 1st of July to 50 today, adding 46 in November and December, having lost 6 during the autumn renewals. Google Phonics’ performance pushed Division M and Area 18 to the top of the pile for best performing Division and Area –almost. In the last half of December Division H edged ahead to end up a best performing Division with 53 new members on a membership base of 428 members compared to 59 new members on a base of 488 members in Division M. Three of Division H’s Areas, H14, H20, and H44, finished in the Top 5 Areas and four of their clubs finishing with five or more new members with two leading the table on 7. Not to be outdone Area H32’s Coached Cornerstone Advanced Toastmasters Communicators added 2 new members to gain an incentive. A fantastic all-round performance in H.
Forthcoming Club Growth and Membership Incentives in the third quarter 2019-20:
The worldwide Talk Up Toastmasters membership campaign though February and March.
Members of the District Leadership Team, John Cox, District Director, Gerard Mannix, Program Quality Director, Daniel Sandars, Club Growth Director and I will be holding a panel discussion on topics relating to Public Relations and Membership Growth and Retention, and Enhancing the Guest/Member experience.
On this webinar, District Leadership Chair and Past District Director, Kevin Lee discusses Toastmasters leadership opportunities beyond the club, highlighting the benefits, rewards and challenges that District Leadership brings. He believes that every toastmaster has more to gain from serving their fellow members. In addition, Kevin will demystify the process for becoming a District Leader.
Call for District Leader Nominations 2020-2021 To:
Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2020-2021?The first call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 is Wednesday 15th January 2020.
To find out more, on Sunday the 8th December at 8.00pm there will be a webinar run by District Leadership Committee Chair, Kevin Lee, DTM, Past District Director. Registration details to follow. Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to support our clubs and fellow members, and further develop your communication and leadership skills. Leadership roles can be challenging, but they are rewarding and a further opportunity to learn and grow. The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of: District DirectorProgram Quality DirectorClub Growth DirectorPublic Relations ManagerDivision Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, M, N and S) There have been some key changes this year to Protocol 9.0 particularly regarding floor candidates. For more details and the critical deadlines please click on the links below: District Leader Qualifications and Responsibilities For further information about these roles, please refer to the District Leadership Handbook and the District Administrative Bylaws, Article VII: Officers in the Toastmasters International Governing Documents. See the Toastmasters International Website for the Elections Toolkit.First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2020-2021 by Wednesday 15th January 2020. If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork: District Leader Nominating Form From the candidate themselves: Officer Agreement and Release Statement Candidate Application Form Both Submissions should be made to the District Leadership Committee Chair – Past District Director, Kevin Lee, DTM at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.comDeadline for candidates to declare intent to run is: Wednesday 15th January 2020. After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate. The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2020, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2020, when voting will take place. Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Kevin Lee at kevinlee25 (at) hotmail.com
A Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations
Approximately 10-15 percent of our District’s Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments (worldwide 60% are) – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.
To help these struggling clubs, we must:
Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation
Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider
Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid
Audio (only) webinar with authour Pat Johnson DTM, Past Toastmasters International President. An informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs. We covered these key points
The importance of beginnings
Preparation prior to your initial meeting with the corporation
“Corporate Speak” versus Toastmaster jargon – know your audience
The demonstration and/or information meeting
Potential challenges you may encounter in the corporation
Leadership roles and responsibilities for everyone
There is a lot of very encouraging news in quarter one, but no room to slack so I’ve put together a robust set of incentives for November-December membership building in our own 2019-20 Fall to Winter initiative.
Feedback. Barely a moment goes by in which we are not providing it, receiving it or replaying it.
We are largely a product of how we have reacted to feedback since we were old enough to be socially aware. How we look, dress, speak, work, drive – even the things we dare not try again – have all been informed by feedback from family members, teachers, friends and colleagues.
Let us give feedback from the heart and ensure it is actionable, specific and timely. The way in which we communicate in our workplaces, communities and homes – amongst rapidly evolving situations – will be a key factor in improving quality of relationships, productivity, happiness and success.
Simon Day is an award-winning speaker, coach and training consultant.
He is the 2019 District 71 (UK and Ireland) Evaluation Champion and
holds Distinction in Grade 8 Public Speaking from the London Academy of
Music and Dramatic Art.
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Combined audience/circulation: 240k
The HR Director issue 181 has published an article from Simon.
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30th August 2019
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How to use storytelling to ensure your message is remembered for a lifetime.
When I was six years old, I sat still, crossed-legged, looking up, wide-eyed, following every movement my granddad made, hooked to every change of intonation as he regaled my younger brother and I with a story about the most magnificent adventure. …
Your message is important. But without your audience’s buy-in, it’s going nowhere. Focus on how to create a story that will live in the hearts and minds of your audience, and your story – your message – will last a lifetime.
Rebecca Pepper has presented to and trained tens of thousands of all ages across the UK and Europe. A member of Toastmasters International, she is passionate about the use of story to communicate powerful messages.
In “The Sound of Music”, the Von Trapp family sang, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye”
It’s almost time for me to say “so long, farewell” as your District Director. I’ve served 5 years and 3 months on the District Leadership Team. It has been a huge commitment in terms of time and effort, but it has also been richly rewarding. A member of the DLT told me recently that “the amount of knowledge you have about how things are done is encyclopaedic and I for one would have had a much harder year if you hadn’t been there to advise me”. That DLT member was right. I do have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the district. But that knowledge has been learned from the District Directors I served under – Luanne Kent, Kevin Lee, Michael Collins and Red Skelton. For better or for worse they had a big influence on my development on the DLT.
Other members who influenced me are past District Governor, David Thompson, past Region Advisor Aletta Rochat, Past International Director Teresa Dukes and most especially Past International President, Ted Corcoran. I am grateful to each of them.
While it’s difficult to measure commitment and effort it’s important to recognise it. I would like to recognise the commitment and effort put in by the members of the DLT and the wider District Executive Committee in 2018-19.
John Cox, Program Quality Director was a great support to me and masterminded a very successful 8 semi-finals and 4 finals at the District Conference.
Gerard Mannix, Club Growth Director helped to add 14 new clubs to the District and was so committed to his role that he went in person to a corporate club and guided one of the members through the renewal process and followed up with Toastmasters International on a daily basis to get the club reinstated.
Daniel Sandars, PR Manager gave us informative, interesting and entertaining newsletters, ensured the district was visible on social media and resurrected the District YouTube channel.
Brenda Lannon, Administration Manager, whose attention to detail, willingness to learn and commitment to her role made my life easier and contributed to the smooth running of the District.
Martin Foran, Finance Manager was patient and dependable and understood the importance of accountability in his role. His strict adherence to accountability meant that he even had the temerity to challenge the District Director’s expense claims. I couldn’t have asked for a better finance manager.
Red Skelton, Immediate Past District Director was always available to take a call when I needed his advice.
The Division Directors all of whom are at least Distinguished – Phillip O’Brien, Larry Lyons, Barry Lane, Shaun Durkin, Andy Nichols, Pat Croke, Alex Knibbs, Steve Campion, Colm McGlade, John McFadzean and Avril Stringer.
The Area Directors – Mari Manning, Alun Rees, Charlie Corrigan, Darren Burnett, Donnacha Smyth, Helsa Giles, Rosario Walsh, Derry Butler, Michael Madigan, Marie McNamee, Chris McCabe, Laurence Kelly, Jim Keating, Loretto Kenny, Niamh Doherty, Ita Finnerty, Danny Banks, Jill Ming, Mish Barad, Ken MacKenzie, Thérèse Kinahan, Pat Coakley, Paul Gannon, Kevin McGill, Karen Bellerby, Ray Mitchell, Martin Harnor, Faye Ritchie, Wojciech Zujla, Martin Mansell, Binal Sawjani, Gareth Coghlan, Mairead Murphy, P.J. Claffey, Mary Burnham, Bobby Buckley, John Kelly, Lynn Gregory, Becky Pennington, Rumbi Chihoro, Shyamenda Purslow, Tina Norbury, Adrian Herbert, Helen Kelly, Phil Cooper and Neil Whitelaw.
Will I “heave a sigh” as I say goodbye? Of course, there will be a sigh of sadness that my year as District Director has ended. But it’s time to move on. I will step into the advisory role of Immediate Past District Director and will still be involved in various pursuits across the District. Outside of toastmasters I’m looking forward to spending more time with my 18 months old twin granddaughters and their 6 months old sister. I’m hoping my garden will be blooming beautifully by the end of the summer and in September I hope to go back to college.
Alfred Lord Tennyson said in Morte d’Arthur “the old order changeth, yielding place to new”. I wish the incoming team a very successful year and I look forward to working with them.
One of the current DLT members said to me recently “your year as District Director will play a big part in my activities in TM for years to come”. As I say, “so long, farewell”, I couldn’t ask for a better compliment.
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