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.
#ClubGrowthSpring2020 Over the festive season and into January 2020 we have add three more clubs: (See below)
Chelmsford City Communicators in Area G1, sponsored by Karen Bellerby, ACS, ALB and Julie E. Kenny, LD2 and mentored by Derrick S. Trimble, DTM
The Wests Awake Toastmasters Club in Area F27, sponsored by Dolores Brady, ACS, ALB and Seamus Gallagher, ACS, ALB and mentored by Pat Croke, DTM and Paul Gannon, ACG, ALB
Almac Craigavon Toastmasters in Area C19, sponsored by Nathan David Kohner, ACS, ALB
My heartiest congratulations to all involved and to the District 71 Marketing Team, especial Club Extension Chair M. Zain Ul Abidin, DTM
How are We Doing?
These ten new clubs bring the District’s total to 215 Clubs in good standing from a total of 220 Club which is a net growth of five clubs (table below). This is a good rate of growth placing us 2nd from 8 in Europe and joint 11th from 120 in the world. If we lose no clubs during the spring renewals it will be enough to gain Distinguished District recognition for Club Growth.
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.
For women who mean business, Network She
provides to a wide range of resources for business owners from experts
in this country and beyond.
13th November 2019
Entrepreneur & Investor Issue 14, (pages 78–79)
Since being published on the Entrepreneur and
Investor website Simon’s article has also be published in their glossy
print magazine and its digital edition. They are both distributed to
their High Net Worth, Ultra HNW, investor and entrepreneur
audience and the print editions are also made available at
selected City corporates, airline lounges, members’ clubs etc.
The combined readership for the magazines is 240+k.
21st October 2019
Friendly Working provides means by which people may balance work and
parenting effectively, as well as provide useful business tips and
Readership: 10k pm
11th September 2019
Bytestart has an audience of small businesses and startups with a readership of 100k per month
30th August 2019
Company Bug provides
small business owners, entrepreneurs, contractors and consultants with
the information they need to set up and run a business in the UK,
together with insights into relevant business and tax issues.
Company Bug Readership: 70k pm
29th August 2019
focuses on current trends and features conversations with some of the
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