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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 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.


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.


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

Distinguished Club Incentives Update

Distinguished Club Incentives Update at 27th April 2018

The first 20 clubs to achieve President’s Distinguished receive a clicker or its monetary equivalent.

To date 16 clubs have already achieved President’s Distinguished:-
West Cork Toastmasters
Castleknock Toastmasters
Clonmel Toastmasters
Shropshire Speakers
Manchester Orators
Saffron Walden Speakers
Warrington Toastmasters
A1 Speakers
East Herts Speakers
Elder Gate Toastmasters
Dublin Club
Dun Laoghaire Club
Capital Communicators
Lucan Club
Haymarket Toastmasters
Dublin 18 Toastmasters

The first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year will receive a ribbon pack, guest book or its monetary equivalent.

To date 8 clubs have already achieved Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year:-
Talking Heads Club
Lagan Valley Toastmasters
Glasnevin Club
Thurles Toastmasters
Sligo Club
Talk On The Wilde Side
Dereham Articulate Speakers
Vox Populi

Beat the Clock Winners


Congratulations to the following clubs who were successful in the Beat the Clock campaign by adding at least 5 new, dual or reinstated members to their clubs.

  • Div A Area 23 Guardian Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 13 Shannon Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 36 West Limerick Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 28 Athy Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 40 Kiltegan
  • Div E Area 6 East Midlands Speakers
  • Div E Area 15 Leeds City Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 15 York EbOrators Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 39 Bullring Speakers
  • Div G Area 20 Cornerstone Communicators
  • Div G Area 25 Norwich Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge City Communicators
  • Div M Area 18 Hellfire Club

5-starCongratulations to the following 27 clubs who won the “5 Star Member Excellence” campaign by finishing on the 30th June 2017 with a NET GROWTH of at least 5 members.

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Welcome to D71’s twelve new clubs in 2016-17

  • Saffron Walden Speakers – Division G – Area 14
  • The Digital Hub Toastmasters Club – Division C – Area 16
  • Lincolnshire Speakers – Division E – Area 6
  • Deutsche Bank Toastmasters Birmingham – Division E – Area 39
  •  Allianz Toastmasters – Division M – Area 5
  • Castlebar – Division F – Area 12
  • Chester Corporate Speakers – Division E – Area 48
  • G-Toast UK – Division G – Area 41
  • Amazon Toastmasters – Division M – Area 26
  • Accentuators – Division M – Area 2
  • Google Phonic – Division M – Area 18
  • Anglian Advanced Speakers – Division G – Area 25

Welcome on Board


The District is pleased to welcome its newest corporate club to Division E Area 48 – Chester Corporate Speakers.


Congratulations to all who contributed to chartering this club and we wish it many, many successful years.



Winners of “Fall into Winter” campaign

Congratulations to the following clubs – they added 5 new, dual or reinstated members to their clubs between 1 November and 31 December 2016.  Is your club among the winners?

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Welcome On Board


On behalf of the District, the Club Growth Director, Patricia O’Reilly, is pleased to welcome the following new clubs to date:-
  • G-Toast UK
  • Amazon Toastmasters
  • Accentuators
  • Google Phonic
  • Anglian Advanced Speakers

We wish them and their members many successful and distinguished Toastmasters years!


District History 1935-2014

Ireland UK Map 2Read about the history of District 71 UK and Ireland

from 1935-2014 until the District reformed into

District 71 and District 91

Caledonian Toastmasters Deliver Workshop to Students

Caledonian TM

Caledonian TM meets on campus at Glasgow Caledonian University – although we are a community club. We receive favourable room rates (free actually) and are therefore keen to support the GCU Common Good strategy. We were invited to deliver a workshop to students in February 2016 to help them with their presentation skills – what a great opportunity for our members! We rehearsed our sessions – on vocal variety, body language, dealing with nerves and general speaking tips – and were pleased to hear that the session was fully booked with 50 participants. Read More

Results of Hemingway Challenge

Thanks to everyone who entered.  There were 45 excellent entries.  The panel of 3 judges chose 1 overall winner and because the competition was so strong there are 5 runners up.
Overall winner:  Cathy McCloskey from Phoenix Tara TM with “Thirty seconds, words spoken, heart broken”

Runners up in alphabetical order:

Michele Barad, Heart of England Spkrs with “He spoke, they listened, lives changed”
Sandra Losty, Lucan TM with “Put pen to paper, the end”
Tony McIntyre, Phoenix Tara TM with “Wife returning, need her clothes back”
Maire Ros O’Rahilly, Dun Laoghaire TM with “Marriage, inheritance, easy come, easy go”
Maura Ruddy, East Coast TM with “I always fancied wearing a wig”
Congratulations to all the above and a big thanks to all who took part.  All entries will be published.