Distinguished Club Program

History #12 District 71 Achievements in the’80s

By Ted Corcoran DTM, Past International President

Growth in the ’80s, as I said, while slow but steady, was gradually creeping closer to what was then seen as the magical figure of 50 clubs. Educational completions, though, were a problem and failure to meet our targets in these areas resulted in the District frequently failing to achieve Distinguished District status. Notable exceptions to this were in 1984/85, when Select Distinguished status (top 12) was achieved under the leadership of David Lindsey (Aylesbury and Thame). This was the first success at International level for the now 13-year-old district. David, a member since 1974, also possesses the distinct honour of achieving the first DTM, awarded in D71, to a member. This is what David wrote in the September/October 1985 edition of “The Spokesman”, the British and Irish Toastmasters District 71 Bulletin.

Select Distinguished District Award (mouse damaged)

Select Distinguished District Award (mouse damaged)

District 71 has achieved the award of Select Distinguished District for its progress during the year. Santa Ana sets certain targets for each District at the beginning of the Toastmasters Year. We were given a goal of 27 CTMs (we made 91!), 6 ATMs (we made it!), 3 new clubs (we got 4) and about 100 new members (we got over 230!). In addition, two Youth Leadership Courses and two Success/Leadership seminars were given. The award has never been won by District 71. In January 1985 the District was 45th in the World rankings (out of 75 Districts), and by the end of June we had risen to 11th which is a terrific achievement brought about by sheer hard work on the part of everyone in the British and Irish District – Members, Club Officers, Area and District Executives.”

(Note: CTM then = CC now, Santa Ana = WHQ)

1980’s District 71 Governor's Regalia, which was later replaced by the current gold chain regalia

1980’s District 71 Governor’s Regalia, which was later replaced by the current gold chain regalia

“When you consider the challenges of distance between Britain and Ireland, and between both countries and WHQ and the costs of phone calls and postage, this was an admirable achievement. For example, surface mail from the U.S. took at least three months to reach the district. The postage, by airmail, of a simple educational module cost about $40 while it cost £2.77 sterling to post a new member kit from Britain, where they were stored, to Ireland. Remember this was a very small district of about 35 clubs and less than 1000 members.

Equally meritorious – because they faced the same challenges – were the achievements of Harry Knox (DLS), in 1987/88, and Joe Prendergast (Clonmel), in 1989/90, in achieving Distinguished District status. One can’t omit, either, the achievements of the other DGs during this decade who kept the show on the road in difficult circumstances. These were, Andrew Ducker (Oxford) 1979/80, Mike Murdock (Shillelagh) 1980/81, Gerald Keen (Grosvenor Sq), 1981/82, George Gallagher­Daggitt (Oxford), 1982/83, Mary O’Connor (Waterford), 1983/84, who served as the first DG from Ireland after four years of service from the afore mentioned, Mary Dwan (Dun Laoghaire) 1985/86, Norman Rhodes (Maidenhead) 1986/87, who received the International President’s Citation in August, 1989, awarded for outstanding contributions to TI, and John Earnshaw (Oxford), 1988/89.

Past District Governor Norman Rhodes celebrating 30years since founding Maidenhead Speakers

Feb ’19 Distinguished Clubs and Pathways incentives

February Update on Distinguished Club and Pathways Incentives

John Cox District 71 Program Quality Director


Distinguished Club Incentives

We are doing well.

As at the middle of February 56 of our clubs had achieved 5 DCP goals or better.

The following Clubs – that were not Distinguished last year – have already potentially achieved Distinguished or better status this year, providing they end the year with 20 + members or a net growth of 5 members.  $30 worth of TI shop items are up for grabs.  Many more clubs could join them. The results are changing daily so if you think your club should be on the list please let me know.

  • Div C16     IBM Blue Toastmasters
  • Div E39     Walsall Speakers
  • Div E42     Godiva Speakers
  • Div F12     Loughrea Toastmasters Club
  • Div N31     Chester Corporate Speakers
  • Div N48     Salford Speakers Toastmasters (President’s Distinguished)
  • Div N31     Castle Communicators (Select Distinguished)


Pathways Incentives

Pathways is also progressing well.

Several clubs below are well on their way to achieving four Pathways Level 1s and two Level 2s, or 4 CCs.  The first 30 clubs to achieve these goals will win $20 worth of Pathways ribbons.

Congratulations to Chester Corporate Speakers, Salford Speakers and Capital Communicators (CCs) who have already achieved 4 CC awards – their ribbons have been posted to them.

  • Div A3        Blarney Club                        4 Level 1s
  • Div A11      West Cork                              3 CCs
  • Div A23      Republic of Works TM Club   6 Level 1s
  • Div A49      VMWARE Toastmasters        3 CCs
  • Div D8        Clonmel Toastmasters           4 Level 1s
  • Div E39      Shropshire Speakers              3 CCs
  • Div E42      Godiva Speakers                    3 CCs
  • Div H32      West Herts Speakers             4 Level 1s
  • Div H44      North Bucks Speakers           3 CCs
  • Div J2         Dublin Club                            3 CCs
  • Div J2         Accentuators                          3 CCs
  • Div N31      Chester Corporate Speakers 4 CCs
  • Div N48     Manchester Orators TM Club 3 CCs
  • Div N48     Salford Speakers TM             4 CCs
  • Div N51      A1 Speakers                             4 Level 1s
  • Div S30      Capital Communicators          4 CCs

Please keep pursuing those education awards and getting the recognition you deserve.

Well done to all.  Keep up the great work.

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

Pathways is here but is your club making the most of it NOW?

John KendallJohn Kendall DTM (North Herts Speakers), Past Pathways Ambassador and Guide

Around our districts there are hotspots of Pathways activity, but there are others that have yet to fully grasp it.

What distinguishes clubs making the most of pathways from the others?

Some of the factors are:

  1. Champions – who know more about the projects or how basecamp works,
  2. Senior members e.g. New DTMs, setting the example of starting a path,
  3. Most of the officers starting a path,
  4. Some members making fast progress in pathways,
  5. Giving new members are good start.

The learning load for a new member was high enough when they had manuals and loads of people to ask about things.  Now they are told how to login and most people in the club can’t help them and before they can start they have to choose a path from 10 without really knowing the consequences.

Toastmasters works best by doing things in small steps – a salami approach.  So how do we make it easier for a newcomer to do their Icebreaker?  If we had lots of experienced members in the club, we could mentor them about paths and teach them how to use choose a path and how to cope with the basecamp implementation.

Now we don’t have enough pathways experienced members in most clubs –  so until we do, we can make the steps to start smaller.

VPE (Vice President of Education) gives all new members electronic copy (PDFs) for all level one projects, as they are the same in all paths, and while they are doing these – introduce gradually to the paths – and basecamp.

By the time they have finished the third project they will have to choose their path and learn basecamp to go on to level 2.

This will speed the process & time it takes for new members to get their first award.

Remember our core values, Integrity, Excellence, Respect & Service.  Are we, being good clubs members doing all we can to maximise the benefits of pathways for new members?

District Officers will know that Pathways gives the opportunity for new members to contribute to Distinguished Club Programme goals in their first year and the mix of traditional and pathway goals allows club to achieve a higher performance than usual.  Are your club officers including new members in their plans?

Of course, pathways are not just for new members, it is for all of us.  We all joined Toastmasters International to learn new skills, not for CC or DTM awards.  Pathways is simply a way we can choose our new learnings.  When we do the icebreaker at the start we bring all or current knowledge with us and build on it as we progress.

It is said only babies with a full nappy look forward to changes.  That is not true of Toastmasters is it?  We are all here to learn new things, aren’t we?

Program Quality 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Education, Education, Education

By John Cox, District 71 Program Quality Director

Program Quality Incentives

What Will Your Club and Your Members Achieve in 2018-19?

I don’t know about you, but I have often been confused by the variety of terms we use – training, education, development, learning, coaching, mentoring, knowledge, skills, etc.

It is also recognised that a lot of education and training is wasted and doesn’t necessarily get applied in the workplace or in life.

I still wonder what the value of algebra is and why at school they didn’t teach me how to hang wallpaper!

For several years I was a National Training Awards Judge (and my business was a National Training Award winner). Organisations were recognised not for the training they carried out but how that training had been applied and the results achieved. We looked at soft results – greater confidence, teamwork, communications, innovation etc. but importantly, hard results – customer and employee satisfaction, more sales, better product/service quality, greater profitability, etc.

So, what has this got to do with Toastmasters?

Can we see the impact of member achievement reflected in the growth, performance and quality of our clubs?

We run education and training programmes, leading to various awards which are recognised by certificates, ribbons, pins/badges. Less than 10% of our members achieve their CC (Competent Communicator) award but I’m sure that many, many more of our members have gained other benefits – greater confidence and learning – that has impacted on our clubs and their lives in many ways.

We don’t easily recognise or record how that confidence and learning has been applied.

So, I’m keen this year to find ways to encourage and support clubs to put some of that learning into practice and to help recognise some of the other 90% of our members.

You will see that my job title embraces Club Quality, so I’d like to add a final reminder about utilising Moments of Truth to take a snapshot of how your club is performing and to also take a long hard look at member retention. Dues renewal time is another of those moments of truth when we are reminded of members we have not seen for a while and those who are at risk of not renewing their membership. Give them a call and invite them back. Remember that 69% of non-renewing members said that something could have been done to convince them to renew.

Below you will find details of the Program Quality incentives on offer. I wish you a wonderful year.

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

Program Quality Incentives Program Quality Incentives

Outreach Programmes

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft programmes are a wonderful way to put all that Toastmasters experience into practice, helping youngsters and other members of our communities to gain the benefits of our Toastmasters programmes. It will also help to raise the profile of Toastmasters and gain new members and clubs. District can support clubs running brand new outreach programmes through the provision of advice and guidance, marketing and promotional materials, and Programme Kits worth over $30. Contact me for more information.

Pathways and Competent Communicator (CC) Growth

We want to encourage more members to achieve their CC and Pathways Levels so for the first 30 clubs that achieve all four CC’s or four Pathways Level 1’s and two Level 2’s we’ll present them with $20 worth of TI shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve President’s Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve President’s Distinguished status in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Presidents Distinguished status, that were not President’s Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI (Toastmasters International) shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve Distinguished status in the DCP. So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished status, that were not Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI shop items.

Corporate Clubs Incentive

We want to encourage more of our Corporate clubs to participate in our officer training programme and club contests. We will award a $30 gift voucher to the corporate clubs that get 5 or more of their officers to the next (2019) club officer training and 2 or more contestants in the 2019 Area contests.


Program Quality News

By Daniel Sandars

We have completed the first quarter of the year so how are we doing?

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)

Program QualityProgram Quality

Distinguished Club Goals 30th September

Program Quality

Clubs with 4 or more Officers Trained

Program Quality

District Officers Trained

 

Program Quality

Congratulations to all involved.

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!

 

 

D71’s “Beast from the East” special newsletter edition!

Plain Speakers have been busy! They hosted their open night at Naas Town Hall 12 February.

If all that snow got you down, cheer up, it’s melting!

Here is the new issue of the District 71 Toastmasters International newsletter. . . just in time for the weekend!

There is news from all across the District, and this issue highlights Division C, which has a very broad reach. My thanks to Division C Director Brenda Lannon and all her team of Area Directors in Division C for their contributions.

I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to read or right click and “Save as. . .” the February D71 newsletter

— Laura

 

Are you ready to ‘Talk Up Toastmasters’ and win some prizes?

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. 

Good Luck!

John Cox

Club Growth Director

The November 2017 Newsletter is out!

Read about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees including Toastmaster of the Year Sharon O’Neill

The November 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is out . . . and it’s chock full of coverage of the Steel City Conference!

Lots of great pics plus interviews with our Hall of Fame inductees.

We’ve got all the latest news from around the District, including:
  • in-depth coverage of the Steel City Conference, and lots of photos!
  • instructions on how to download your own copies of conference photos
  • Hall of Fame including Toastmaster of the Year
  • DCP incentives from our Programme Quality Director
  • Christmas and New Year membership building from Club Growth Director
  • Details of how you can win a place to the Spring Conference, by writing an article,
  • news about how your club can get €200 toward hosting an event, and
  • a personal message from District Director Red Skelton

Many thanks to Division E Director Angela Scott and her team for a number of the articles.

Click here to download the November Toastmasters District 71 newsletter.