Greetings from a very stormy SafeHaven HQ, where some of us are about to slip into chocolate comas. We’ve been busy little bunnies since our last newsletter; things are definitely hotting up, despite the woefully wintry weather conditions that have battered us recently and are closing in again today. I’m very egg-cited to share our latest newsletter, bursting with Breaking News, the Usual Suspects and the Gentle Reminders – like an Easter Egg full of delicious surprises! No, this is no April Fool’s joke!
- Breaking News : the major news is that we are down to the last few rooms in the conference hotel. As contest season picks up, so are the bookings; we’re advising people to book their accommodation ASAP before the opportunity to stay in the conference venue is lost to them completely. We’re also delighted to announce that the weekend’s programme has been finalised, including the details of all the speakers and workshops; it’s being uploaded to our website with the speaker bios and workshop info. We’re adding a unique leadership event too – more details on that to follow. Also, we’re starting to put together options for low-cost transport to the hotel when people arrive – we’re asking delegates to let us know their arrival details so that we can make it as accessible as possible.
- Usual Suspects : there’s audio from two more of our conference team, Pat and Lisa, as they answer the five questions about conference. Our District Programme Quality Director has also given us her answers to those questions in a little article. Our featured Cork attraction this month is the wonderful English Market – for any Toastmaster arriving on Thursday or before, we recommend scheduling your Friday morning to explore this gem in the heart of the city, a short bus-trip from the hotel with the bus stop just across the road. There’s also a bonus link in this newsletter that showcases some of the amazing things Cork offers as a destination.
- Gentle Reminders : these are the usual key pieces of information that delegates need to know about #SafeHaven2018 – booking conference packages and accommodation, the Anglo-Irish meeting on the Thursday, the Friday and Saturday night style suggestions, our twist on the banner parade, the SafeHaven Souvenir Songbook, the theme tune competition and the opportunity to volunteer.
SafeHaven Conference Team
Is your club organising an open night? John Russell from Plain Speakers wanted to promote his club’s open night, and contacted the local radio station.
Kildare FM invited him in for a live interview in the studio, and John gave an excellent introduction for visitors ahead of their event.
Here is a link to the interview, starting at about 24 minutes in. Enjoy!
Looking for ideas for growing and retaining members? Planning to start a new club? Struggling to attract visitors? Problems with member retention?
Toolkit for membership growth
Then take a look at the BLUEPRINT FOR CLUB AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTH.
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Hot off the press, it’s the debut edition of the Safehaven Conference Newsletter.
The SafeHaven team in Cork have news!
Volume 1 of the SafeHaven newsletter includes everything you need to book a place at the D71 Spring Conference. This includes details of how you must book the conference first before you can book accommodation.
But that’s not all. . .
It’s time to Talk up Toastmasters and win some prizes for your club!
Add and pay for 5, 7 or 10 or more New, Dual or Reinstated Members between the 1st February to 31st March 2018 and win TI shop prizes to the value of $20, $40 and $75. In addition Toastmasters International will award the “Talk Up Toastmasters” ribbon for your banner, plus give you a 10% discount on TI shop purchases.
Club Growth Director
If you thought tonight’s supermoon-blue moon combination was something really special, then you probably won’t be all that impressed by the new D71 newsletter.
But just in case, here it is. Stories from around the district, with Division S (my home division) contributing a number of articles. There’s a lot of information. And a LOT of photos. In fact, before I compressed it, this issue was 25.6 MB!
I hope you enjoy it! District 71 January 2018 newsletter (<–click here to open)
We’ve launched our new hashtag campaign! Please help us by getting involved. Post photos of your club members — a group photo is ideal — and tag the post #WeAreToastmasters. Let’s take this message around the world!
Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat (seated, centre) helped us as #WeAreToastmasters launched formally at District Officer Training in Manchester on Sunday (28 Jan 2018). Photo by Martin Mansell.