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.

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  • Who's our most travelled Toastie? It's Clare Crowther!

    Who's our most travelled Toastie? It's Clare Crowther!

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    Join our hashtag campaign! Share your club photos with #WeAreToastmasters

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

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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Club Leadership: Pathways Forms for Evaluators

Every form your club’s speech evaluators will ever need.

District 73 Toastmasters (Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania) have done a splendid job collating these forms together.  Having a one stop shop like this will be a very helpful backup for your Club’s leadership  if the member forgets to bring along an evaluation form. This resource may aid convenience for members as well

https://d73.toastmasters.org.au/pathways-evaluations/

For more on the Pathways educational program in District 71 see:

http://d71toastmasters.org/the-march-2018-newsletter-is-out/

Welcome to District 71 Toastmasters year 2018-2019

As members, club officers and district leaders of Toastmasters, do we practise excellence, enthusiasm and encouragement in everything we do?

 

EXCELLENCE

Excellence is one of the four core values of Toastmasters.  The other three are Integrity, Respect and Service to the member.  What is excellence?  Jim Kokocki, a past international president of Toastmasters International, says that “for club members excellence means performing assigned duties to the best of our ability every time. Sometimes we have bad days, and sometimes we have less time to prepare than we might like. Regardless, excellence means performing to the best of our ability every time for the benefit of the club and all the members”.  For club officers it means providing an atmosphere of club excellence that enables member achievement and for district leaders it means serving the members and supporting the clubs to the best of our ability.

ENTHUSIASM

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.  Enthusiasm is infectious.  If we perform our toastmaster’s roles with enthusiasm and chase our toastmaster’s goals with enthusiasm we will have a positive effect on our fellow club members as well as guests and new members.

ENCOURAGEMENT

There’s an old Irish saying “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí” which translates roughly as “praise the young and they will flourish”.  It’s easy to criticise, but it’s much more rewarding and more productive to praise.  Roy T. Bennett said, “Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavours. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always”.  Why do you stay in Toastmasters?  There are probably many reasons why you stay in Toastmasters.  One of the reasons I have remained in Toastmasters for 16 years is the encouragement I get from fellow members.

I wish all our members, club officers and district leaders a successful and distinguished toastmasters year 2018-2019.  I urge you to perform your roles with excellence and enthusiasm and to always give encouragement to fellow members.

At the 30th June 2019, I hope you will have achieved your goals, I hope our clubs will be distinguished and I hope District 71 will be recognised on the world stage in Denver, Colorado in August 2019 as a distinguished district.

Patricia O’Reilly, DTM, District Director, District 71

Out with the old, in with the new: A new year in Toastmasters

It’s the 1st of July and this ushers in a new year for us in Toastmasters. So it’s out with the old, and give a warm welcome to your new District Officers in District 71. Here are photos from District Officer Training in Ireland and England. Recognise anyone? 

District Officer Training in England, June 2018

The final D71 newsletter of this Toastmaster year

June 2018 D71 newsletter

Here it is folks, the final newsletter of our Toastmaster year.

There are lots of interviews, Travelling Toastie winners (some pictured above), and news from across the District and Division G, our guest editors.

Enjoy!

–Laura Bruce, PR Manager

PS As I and a number of District Officers are completing our terms today, just a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the newsletters this year. Your contributions have been very much appreciated by me!

May the newsletter be with you!

Herewith, the D71 May newsletter!

All the news from the SafeHaven 2019 conference, news from the District Council meeting, and most of all, lots of updates from our feature division this month, Division A.

Division A Director Ted Mellamphy has put together a bumper issue, and I am sure you will enjoy!

Let me know what you think — your feedback is always welcomed.

–Laura Bruce, D71 PR Manager

PS Here’s some photos from the conference to whet your appetite for Norwich in 2019!

 

 

Evaluation Contest: 2018 District 71

Pat Sexton from Division B (centre) with Contest Chair Helen Tait and District Director Red Skelton

The winner of today’s 2018 Evaluation Contest is Pat Sexton from Division B.

In second place was Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C. Third place went to Richard Foster Fletcher, from Division H.

Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C came second in the Evaluation Contest.

 

Entitled “Why you must neglect the housework”, the Test Speech was given by the District 71 Public Relations Manager, Laura Bruce.

Winner of the 2018 District 71 International Speech Contest

With her speech entitled “DOB’s Army”, Deirdre Linehan is the winner of the 2018 International Speech Contest. She will go on to represent District 71 Toastmasters at the World Championship of Public Speaking in August in Chicago.

In second place was Anne Dooley with “Take that Chance”. Third place was John Duncan with “Dream the Possible Dream”.

From left: Anne Dooley, 2nd place; John Duncan, 3rd place, and winner of the International Speech Contest, Deirdre Linehan.

District Council Meeting 12th May 2018

Update from the District Council meeting:

Incoming District Director Patricia O’Reilly and PQD John Cox

The incoming District Director is Patricia O’Reilly (2018-19)

The incoming Program Quality Director is John Cox (2018-19)

Gerard Mannix was elected Club Growth Director.

Daniel Sandars was elected Public Relations Manager.

Division A: Maura Meeney was acclaimed.

Division B: Larry Lyons was acclaimed.

Division C: Barry Lane was acclaimed.

Division D: Shaun Durkin was acclaimed.

Division E: Andy Nichols was acclaimed.

Division F: Pat Croke was elected.

Division G: Alex Knibbs was acclaimed.

Division H: Steve Campion was elected.

Division S: Avril Stringer was acclaimed.

Their term will commence 1st July 2018.

Motions:

  1. The Realignment Committee’s recommendations for new boundaries was approved.
  2. On the motion for future contests, Option 3 was approved: all 4 contests will be held at District Conference each year.
  3. Motion: From 1 July 2018, Area Directors in District 71 will be appointed by the District Director through a nominations committee: the motion was defeated.

18 Clubs have already achieved President’s Distringuished Status.

There are 22 DTMs this year, and 22 members have achieved a Triple Crown.

Killarney will host the 2020 District 71 Conference.

Contestants’ Briefing has been moved to Harbour 10.

 

 

Oh no! The last Safe Haven Newsletter update!

Can you believe it?? Just hours to go before it starts!

This is the final Safe Haven 2018 Conference Newsletter — and I nearly missed it in my email!

Safe travels everyone!

Safe Haven 2018 – NewsLetter No 5!

7 sleeps to go! Second-last Safe Haven newsletter!

On behalf of the conference team, it’s my pleasure to share the 4th edition of the Safe Haven conference newsletter: SafeHaven2018 conference newsletter, No. 4 – click the highlighted text to open the PDF.

Happy reading, and I hope to see you there!

Laura Bruce

D71 Public Relations Manager