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PQD Incentives for Club Quality/ Distinguished Club Program (20-21)

Incentives #WeAreToastmasters

Club Quality is always a win-win for any club. A virtuous circle of members needs being met leading to a dynamic and more engaged club leading a club that can be a pleasure to lead to thrive. I am offering some additional incentives from District 71 this year

The Distinguished Club Program is a 10-goal metric that uses indicators of club quality.

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Prizes

  • 7 DCP goals by 30 Nov, 20 lots EUR 25 prizes
  • 10 DCP goals by 30 April, 20 lots of EUR 25 prizes
  • Distinguished if undistinguished in last 2 years, 10 lots of EUR 41 prizes

Club Excellence Prize

  • Highest members with new awards/ base members by 31st May
    25 lots EUR 25 prizes

The data are monitored through the District dashboard and the prizes will be distributed by random draw to clubs meeting the criteria. The prizes will be in to form of Concur expense allowances for eligible expenses, such as Toastmasters store items for end of session recognition and celebration.

Incentives for Outreach programs (20-21)

Incentives #WeAreToastmasters

Outreach! The #1 membership building tool.

Outreach allows you to open doors and bring a sample of the benefits of Toastmasters educational programs into the heart of your community in their environment. The Rotary Alliance can help get doors open.

1.A free kit for clubs doing a program for the first time
2.A mask and ribbon set for socially distanced programs
3.Free planning kits of specimen manuals
4.Planning support from District 71’s outreach steering group

James Hurford’s training on running Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Programs

Outreach case studies




PQD Incentive: Moments of Truth (20-21)

We live in challenging times that require innovative adaptation for our members and clubs to thrive! Is your club motivated to improve the quality of experience members and guests receive? Quality is the difference between wow, ouch, and ho-hum in your members eyes. Clubs need to hear more “Wow! Fantastic! I am going to tell all my friends” to attract new members! Does your club want to challenge itself to set key improvement goals this autumn and show success next spring? If so there are two related incentives for that this year. The incentive runs in conjunction with the Moments of Truth (MOT) activity which is a proven tool to underpin a cycle of continuous quality improvement.

Incentive

  1. Working with your Area Director* use the Moments of Truth activity to set the club key improvement goals before the end of 2020***. On 1st January 2021 there will be a prize draw for a maximum of 50 clubs to receive 10Eur contribution to club expenses**.
  2. Invite the Area Director back in the spring to prove that the improvement goals have been met. On the 1st of May 2021 there will be a prize draw for a maximum of 25 clubs to receive 25Eur contribution to club expenses**

*Area Director or other District officer such as Division Director or member of the District Leadership Team

**If fewer clubs claim the incentive budget will be divided between those that have made successful claims.

*** To claim the Area Director or Club President should write to me (click to email Daniel Sandars PQD) telling me a)The club, the SMART goals that have been set, and the meeting Agenda where the MOT was conducted.

Moments of Truth Resources

As a club, you want every new and prospective member’s initial interaction with the club to be a positive one. These decisive times when initial impressions are formed are known as Moments of Truth. Part of The Successful Club Series, Moments of Truth outlines how to create a positive first impression of your club and recognize and deal with situations critical to club success in English.


Download handout
Download slides
Download chart

Download Manual

SMART Goals

To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

  1. Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  2. Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  3. Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  4. Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  5. Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Seven of Seven Officers Training -2nd call

Clubs with all seven officers trained go into a prize draw to win either officer badge sets (first 5 prizes) or table topics chat packs (next 15 prizes)

Training has never been more important. The current times are different with COVID uncertainty impacting all club functions and the quality of experience we give our members. This is a year of challenges and of original new thinking and gaining every edge in new situations.

The current Club Officer Training round finishes in 9 days on the 31st of August.

Very many thanks to all the officers that have trained this round. Your passion and pro-activity to invest to lead will stand your members in good stead. You will go far.

I am still being asked by untrained club officers if there are more COT sessions. There are if you look around the world and are flexible!

Reach out to the hosts and also tell me if you are training is a sister District (Click to email PQD Daniel) so that I can validate your training. Here are some of the offers I have found.

  • District 91 (UK South) have COTs This Sunday and next Thursday, Click HERE
  • District 6 (Minnesota) have COTs next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following Monday Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • District 8 (Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois) have a COT on next Sunday 30th for officers experienced in the role and want more Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • Sunday, August 23 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–6:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Info and Registration Click HERE
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 48 (Florida) 6:00–7:00 PM (Eastern Time)   VP Membership — Click HERE Info and Registration: VP Membership 7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern Time) Treasurer — Click HERE Info and Registration: Treasurer
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Wednesday, August 26 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Saturday, August 29 — District 25 (Texas) 8:30 AM–2:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Sunday, August 30 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–5:30 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration

As a reminder, please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars Click to Email

Very many thanks

Seven of seven incentive

Thank you for standing up to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021.

Very many thanks if you have already attended your Club Officer Training. Here is a little something to inspire your club to have all seven officers trained at a District sponsored Cub Officer Training (COT) event by the end of August. I am aware that three clubs have achieved this already and more are in the pipeline.  Congratulations.

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Why bother? What’s in it for me? I found my first COT to be very counter intuitive as I went in the door reluctantly and came away thrilling in the networking, the brainstorming and for the first-time seeing Toastmasters not about me, but about ‘we’.  There is also direct relationship between club quality and member satisfaction and retention. You, as a Club officer, are the front line in delivering the Club Mission:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Thus, well trained your time will result in more exciting meetings, more satisfied members, more new members, and a more distinguished club. That is something to be proud of.

Where to get training? Whilst we are online the world is your oyster! District 71 have two Divisions offering Training see here. We are researching a corporate club training offer to improve engagement. Other Districts are also offering training, these are indicative of offers remaining out there:

District 36 (Washington DC) August 16th 6:30pm (BST) or 22nd 1:30pm (BST) Click Here for details

Please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars dan.dtm@sandars.org.uk

Very many thanks

Club Officer Training Incentive

By random draw

First 5 clubs $60 Officer pin set

Next 15 Table Topic Chat Packs

7 club officers trained by 31 August 2020*

The D71 two contestant ruling for Autumn 2020 Contests

Daniel Sandars, District 71 Program Quality Director2020-2021 Click to email

This autumn District 71 runs humorous speech and table topics contests through to Division finals concluding on or before the 30th November

According to rule 3B (see bottom) of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021 (item 1171 rev 02/2020) the following two contestant rulings apply.

1) The following Divisions are required to accept the two highest placed available contestants in each contest from each of their Areas

The highest placed available contestant proceeds to District final at the Solihull 2021 conference in May 2021.

Division Directors, please ensure that your notification of winners form (https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Notification-of-Contest-Winner ) contains all the information for all contestants in rank order who have not been disqualified as we may need to call on the runners up if the winners availability changes. Email to me at your earliest convenience.

2) The following Area are required to accept the two highest place available contestants in each contest from each of their clubs

SPEECH CONTEST RULEBOOK JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

https://www.toastmasters.org/-/media/df5b90486396457dade944becca89cf0.ashx

3. Selection Sequence

B Eight (8) weeks prior to the Area contest, if an Area has four (4) assigned clubs or

fewer in good standing, Districts have the option to allow two (2) contestants from each club to compete in the Area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the Area contest, two (2) contestants from

each club are permitted to compete.

2. In those Divisions with four (4) assigned Areas or fewer, Districts have the option to

allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Area to compete.

3. In Districts with four (4) assigned Divisions or fewer, Districts have the option

to allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Division to participate in the District contest.

4. The decision whether or not to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club

to Area, from Area to Division, and/or from Division to District must be made and

communicated throughout the District prior to the commencement of the contest cycle, i.e., prior to any club contests being held.

a) Once the decision is made, it must be implemented consistently throughout

the District in all clubs, Areas, and Divisions affected.

b) If a District decides to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club to Area, its

decisions regarding the number to advance from Area to Division and/or from Division to District need not be the same.

2020-2021 District 71 Conference


Go to www.solihullconference2021.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets.
Please also follow us on social media for updates and put your input into the conference!
Twitter/Instagram: @solihull2021

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Solihull2021

YouTube clip: https://youtu.be/mqKk9yhfFRc

Beat the Clock 2020 – The final week

The 30th of June is fast approaching.

How have we got on with the challenge of recruiting five or more new, dual or reinstated members between 1st of May 2020 and 30th of June 2020?

We’ve seen an amazing performance from coached clubs with three beating the clock and a further five doing enough for recognition from District 71. Well done all involved

Of the non coached clubs One has so far beaten the clock – Newbridge (Plain speakers of old) with 7 new, dual or reinstated members. Seven clubs are so close with four! Fantastic efforts – thank you

The Top 10 Areas supporting membership growth in May and June- smashing effort all

The Top 5 Divisions supporting membership growth in May and June – Very well done with your leadership

Click here to see the prizes that are offer to winners:

Club Growth Incentives

Enhanced Club Officer Training Summer 2020

Promote the Toastmasters promise

Congratulations on your election to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021! We are thrilled to be working together.

Club Officer Training Word ArtEffective training for club officers is one of the most critical parts of delivering our mission to our members. Without properly trained officers, clubs cannot meet members’ needs or introduce the benefits of Toastmasters to others. Club officer training is also vital means to leadership development.

This year how District 71 delivers training has changed as we prevail over the challenges of the novel Coronavirus. This year we are offered for, the first time, a District wide Club Officer Training (COT) on the 4th of July and then to provide flexibility and choice a set of officer training sessions will be held that are coordinated by our twelve Division Directors and their Areas.

Upcoming Club Officer Training

  • 09:15-13:00 Thursday August 13th, led by Paul O’Mahony, Division A Director and Sean Dwan, Division B Director; Email Paul
  • Saturday August 15th, led by Rob Partridge, Division F Director, Email Rob

What to expect

Club Officers deliver the Toastmasters International Club Mission: “We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth”

We will help you deliver that by addressing three key questions:

  1. What is my role?
  2. Why is my role important?
  3. How can I do my role well -what are the best practices?

We are including generous facilitation activities and brainstorming because in the year ahead members, officers, and their clubs face uncertainty around roles and functions and need innovative thinking and idea.

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Good reason to renew! #WeAreToastmasters

On the 30th of June the Pathways extension expires for those members yet to renew. 6th of May Announcement  #WeAreToastmasters

  1. The dues split over 26 meeting a year are equivalent to a snack of a couple of 400g punnets of strawberries or raspberries
  2. In contrast a one-day professional workshop would start in the hundreds and be forgotten faster than the strawberries.
  3. Historically, Toastmasters International’s membership has grown faster in times of economic down turn as more of us invest in skills to get us ahead in the job market or to compete to hold on to our job.
  4. The dues are invested to fulfill Toastmasters International Mission “We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders” which is to help you and I
  5. As the saying goes for a rising star if you want to see a change you need to put in ‘some change’
  6. This is an unprecedented time to enjoy global fellowship afforded by 70% of all clubs and events now being online. I had a great time attending a passionate bilingual meeting of 8 Colombian clubs involving 80-90 members. I came away with 3-4 great ideas to try at my home club

2.75 million Toastmasters got stuck straight into online meetings. If your club isn’t online and you can’t find a club to renew at then find one online and ask to transfer in until September. Use Toastmasters International Find-A-Club, filter for those online and reach out to a few clubs that look right. https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club

Here is Hadir’s Why – What’s yours?

https://youtu.be/a0ilrDBFyEU

Where Leaders Area Made Challenge (16 April-30th April 2020)

Toastmasters International extended the spring dues renewal period to 30th April to allow for the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. To inspire that final renewals-drive to return clubs to good standing, before 1st of May, the successful Clubs went into a draw:

  • The first Five will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” T-Shirt (ordered to size, range 3XL to Small), and
  • The next Twenty will receive a “Where Leaders Are Made” pin badge.

Congratulation to the 49 clubs returned to good standing in the period. These are the five clubs drawing a T-Shirt,

Division

Area

Club Name

City

J

2

Dublin Club

Dublin

N

48

Advanced Orators

Manchester

A

3

McAfee Toastmasters Cork

Cork

M

18

Hellfire Club

Dublin 4

M

54

Salesforce Dublin Toastmasters

Dublin

and these are the twenty clubs drawing a pin badge

Division

Area

Club Name

City

M

54

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Toastmasters

Dublin

M

18

Engineers Club

Dublin 4

E

39

Walsall Speakers

Walsall

A

3

Cork East Toastmasters

Cork

F

9

Mullingar Toastmasters Club

Mullingar

A

11

Bantry Toastmasters Club

Bantry

N

21

Sheffield Speakers

Sheffield

B

24

Nenagh Club

Nenagh

J

57

Irish Life Toastmasters

Dublin

S

33

Dunfermline Toastmasters

Dunfermline

F

9

Tullamore Toastmasters Club

Tullamore

C

19

Almac Craigavon Toastmasters

Craigavon

J

7

Cogito

Dublin

D

28

Clane Toastmasters

Clane

S

30

Waverley Communicators

Edinburgh

F

38

Public Speakers Sligo

Sligo

N

31

Liverpool City Toastmasters

Liverpool

S

33

Stirling Speakers

Stirling

A

49

VMWARE Toastmasters

Cork

F

4

Talk Club @ Letterkenny

Letterkenny