District 71 Council

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!

 

 

District Council Meeting 12th May 2018

Update from the District Council meeting:

Incoming District Director Patricia O’Reilly and PQD John Cox

The incoming District Director is Patricia O’Reilly (2018-19)

The incoming Program Quality Director is John Cox (2018-19)

Gerard Mannix was elected Club Growth Director.

Daniel Sandars was elected Public Relations Manager.

Division A: Maura Meeney was acclaimed.

Division B: Larry Lyons was acclaimed.

Division C: Barry Lane was acclaimed.

Division D: Shaun Durkin was acclaimed.

Division E: Andy Nichols was acclaimed.

Division F: Pat Croke was elected.

Division G: Alex Knibbs was acclaimed.

Division H: Steve Campion was elected.

Division S: Avril Stringer was acclaimed.

Their term will commence 1st July 2018.

Motions:

  1. The Realignment Committee’s recommendations for new boundaries was approved.
  2. On the motion for future contests, Option 3 was approved: all 4 contests will be held at District Conference each year.
  3. Motion: From 1 July 2018, Area Directors in District 71 will be appointed by the District Director through a nominations committee: the motion was defeated.

18 Clubs have already achieved President’s Distringuished Status.

There are 22 DTMs this year, and 22 members have achieved a Triple Crown.

Killarney will host the 2020 District 71 Conference.

Contestants’ Briefing has been moved to Harbour 10.

 

 

Region Advisor Aletta Rochat makes the most of her visit

 We have been delighted to host Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat in District 71 for the past week. Division Directors Robert Brooke and Daniel Sandars in Divisions G and H created a jam-packed itinerary. In total, Aletta attended nearly than a dozen District 71 events! At the majority of these, Aletta led a workshop, so she’s been very busy to say the least!

Sharing a laugh at Milton Keynes Executive Action

 

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Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat to spend next week in D71

Aletta Rochat is Toastmasters International’s Region 11 Advisor

We’re delighted that Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat will be visiting us next week. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Aletta will spend a week in D71. She’ll be visiting clubs and giving presentations to a range of audiences across Division H. After a hectic week, she’ll join the District Leadership Team for training in Manchester at the weekend.

A packed itinerary

Among her stops will be the 15th Anniversary celebrations of Anglia Communicators on Monday 23rd January. An auspicious occasion indeed, Aletta’s presence will be the icing on the cake for this Peterborough, England club. There, she’ll lead a workshop, “How to Prepare a Great Speech when you have NO time to prepare” .

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A Christmas message from our District Director

While we’re only at the halfway point of the Toastmasters year, the end of December marks the end of the calendar year.

It’s a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, and also to reflect on the year that has been.

Whether this is your first year or your thirtieth, I hope you feel that this year in Toastmasters has given you not just new skills and confidence but also the joy of camaraderie, new friendships, and a feeling of being a part of something positive.

Looking ahead, I hope you will continue to find benefit in your involvement in Toastmasters, and continue to grow and develop both your public speaking as well as your leadership skills.

On behalf of the entire District Leadership Team, I wish you a very merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy and successful 2018.

Red Skelton

District 71 Director

Nominations are open! A message from our District Director

District Director Red Skelton

District 71 Leadership Nominations Process is Open

Serving as a District Leader is a great responsibility, but an exciting opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations for the roles of:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Director (for Divisions A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, M and S) Read More

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.

D71 Hall of Fame awards: Sharon O’Neill DTM named ‘Toastmaster of the Year’

Michael Collins with Sharon O'Neill

Toastmaster of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from Division A, and Safe Haven 2018 Conference Chair.

 

The D71 Steel City Conference announced the Hall of Fame recipients. Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins announced the Toastmaster of the Year – Sharon O’Neill of Blarney Toastmasters, Cork.

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Invitation to District 71 Council Meeting 16 May 2015

Dear District Council Member

You are invited to attend the District Council Meeting on Saturday, 16th May 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the District 71 Robin Hood Conference in the Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU.

Members of the District 71 District Council are Club Presidents, Club Vice Presidents of Education (VPE), Area Governors, Division Governors and the District Leadership Team. (Assistant Division and Area Governors are more than welcome to attend BUT will not be able to vote.)

Proxy voting: In order for the District Council to conduct business, there needs to be a quorum of one third of all Club Presidents and VPEs. It is very important that each President and/or VPE either attends or arranges for a member in good standing from their club to carry their vote (a proxy). If you are not attending and you are sending a proxy, please fill in this Proxy Form and give it to the person who will be carrying your vote.

PLEASE NOTE that only club Presidents and VPEs can send a proxy. No other member of the District Council can send a proxy.

Registration: All voters for the District Council Meeting must register with the Parliamentarian at the Conference in advance of the Council Meeting in order to get credit for their vote.

The Conference: The Robin Hood Conference, Nottingham will be held in the Nottingham Conference Centre from Friday, 15th to Sunday, 17th May 2015. Check out the website www.robinhoodconference.co.uk and see the wide and varied range of not to be missed workshops.

See you in Nottingham.

Patricia O’Reilly

District Secretary 2014-2015