District 71 Council

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

Are you interested in serving as a District Leader for the Toastmaster year 2019-2020? Serving as a District Leader is a wonderful opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills.  Leadership roles can be challenging, but mostly they are rewarding, and they are always a learning opportunity.

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, J, M, N and S)

For more details please click on the links below:

 

First call for Nominations for District Officers for 2019-20 by Saturday 15th December 2018

 

If you know of someone you feel would make a suitable candidate, or would like to nominate yourself, please complete the following paperwork

  • From the candidate themselves
  • Both Submissions should be made to
    • the District Leadership Committee Chair – Immediate Past District Director, Red Skelton, DTM at skeltonred1@gmail.com
    • Deadline for candidates to declare intent to run is

Saturday 15th December 2018.

 

After this date, the DLC will contact candidates to arrange interviews and will seek out other candidates as appropriate.  The final report of the DLC will be circulated to District Council members by April 2019, 4 weeks prior to the District Council meeting in May 2019, when voting will take place.  Any questions, please contact the Committee Chair Red Skelton at skeltonred1 (at) gmail.com

2019 District 71 Conference

Norwich, Norfolk 10th to 12th May 2019

Our 2019 Toastmasters Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn, Norwich from the 10th to the 12th May 2019.
#Norwich2019
In keeping, the theme of the Conference is the 1940’s so there’s plenty of scope for the Friday evening fancy dress.

Come and hear the four District Speech Finals and Keynote speaker – Eldonna Lewis Fernandez.  Entertainment will be provided by the D-Day Darlings from Britain’s Got Talent and the Joe Ringer Band.  There will be educational workshops, the District Council Meeting and much, much more.

There’s also lots to see in and around Norwich so why not make a holiday of it and think about booking now.

Go on to https://www.norwichconference2019.com/ for more information and to book.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kindest regards

John

John Cox

Program Quality Director | District 71

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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