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Announcing Dan Rex in Ireland 16-17 November

Dan Rex

Dan Rex, CEO Toastmasters International, to visit

We are honoured to announce a brief visit by Dan Rex to Dublin in November.  Dan’s Itinerary includes: the presentation of a corporate Club Award; lunch with past International Director Ted Corcoran, who is recovering from major surgery, and members of the District Leadership Committee; and a visit to Division M’s Contests on Friday Night.

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

Biography

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources, and support to 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries.  He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.

Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 27 years, and during that time he has led several departments at World Headquarters, giving him a unique perspective and an impressive depth of knowledge of the organization.  In 2008, he assumed the role of Executive Director, a title that was changed to Chief Executive Officer in 2013.  Rex’s previous positions include Deputy Executive Director, Director of Communications and Marketing, Marketing Division Manager, and Membership Manager.

Rex holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  He holds certificates from the Leadership for Senior Executives course through Harvard Business School, and the Executive Leadership Program through the University of California, Berkeley.  He completed the Strategic Leadership Programme through the University of Oxford.

In addition to his Toastmasters duties, Rex serves as a member of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC) of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

 

 

Special Educational Section: Community Outreach Programs

Special Educational Section: Community Outreach Programs

Many of our members are actively taking their Toastmaster skills out into the community. Their endeavours raise Toastmasters International’s profile, attracting new members to our clubs whilst having fun and enriching their skills. Here a series of articles have been collated where they share their experiences and tips for best practice.

The articles are broken down into three main sub sections. One each for the two-main community-based programs of Toastmasters International 1) the Youth Leadership Program (for young adults with safeguarding arrangements) and 2) Speechcraft (for adults). The final subsection is devoted to diverse examples that go beyond this, such as judging outside speaking competitions and training or presenting to non-members

Toastmaster Isweri Pillay (Clonmel Toastmasters, Ireland) reviewed this section. Isweri was actively planning for a corporate Speechcraft that is now underway and summed it up better than I.

That is a wealth of experience in these pages. People have been so generous with their contributions. 3 take home messages for me. Be flexible, prepare well and network to get support from other Toastmasters.”

Due to the volume of submissions the Community Program section has been split into three separate print editions of the District Newsletter. This edition we start with the Youth Leadership Program. For the keen the other two outreach topics are available online now

But first some incentives to get you started

Outreach Programme Incentives

John Cox, Program Quality Director

 

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 Program Quality Director John Cox for more information.

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – Case Studies

Speechcraft case studies

Diverse Community Outreach case studies

Guest Division H

Guest Division H

Editorial

Steve Campion DTM (East Herts Speakers), Division H Director

Having the privilege of being the featured Division for this edition of the District newsletter means that we get to share some of the adventures of our members. In this edition, we learn what happened when a very new member went to our Division conference, hear about how two of our clubs celebrated educational awards, learn about the benefits of advanced clubs, and enjoy tales of spooks, stories, and supper. This edition is focused on what happens when Toastmasters get out into the community, so look out for the articles by Elizabeth Jordan, Vicky Lester and Daniel Sandars about youth leadership and helping people in their careers [See links at bottom].

What can I tell you about Division H? Well, we’re:

Home to the District Cruciverbalist. Why not take the challenge of entering the monthly crossword competition? These wonderfully well researched questions are set by a member of Hertfordshire Speakers and they aren’t fiendish at all. Honest.

Hospitable and social. Many of our members are members of multiple clubs, which helps to spread experience and excellence. It also makes life horrendously complicated when it comes to finding eligible judges at speech contests!

Homologous with The Bahamas: OK, so the beautiful countryside of Area 20 doesn’t obviously compare with the beaches around Nassau, but it does something in common with District 61 area 92. In the past Toastmasters year, they were the only two areas in the world to have all six clubs reach Presidents’ Distinguished status

Hungry for growth: We recently welcomed Luton Communicators as our latest club to charter, and look forward to Stevenage Speakers and Milton Keynes Confident Speakers chartering soon

Honoured to be home to the first person in the District to complete and collect an entire Pathways Path. Congratulations to Elizabeth Jordan on her success with the Leadership Development Path. Elizabeth is also the first person to complete the Pathways mentoring programme.

Hilarious. We’ve just held our Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests. I’m still giggling when I remember it

Hitting new highs with Pathways: Did you know that out of the 111 Pathways awards in the District, 30 of them have been earned by members of Division H?

Hot! But that’s obvious….

Adventures of a newbie

Andrea Lee, Stevenage Speakers prospective club

When Stevenage Speakers Club launched in the summer of this year, I signed up hoping it would allow me to practise new skills and help me to feel more connected with the outside world. I certainly struck gold when my mentor, Steve Campion (Divisional Director), agreed to be my Pathways Mentor. He encouraged me to broaden my horizons by attending events outside of my own club and recommended that I attended the Divisional Conference.

As a ‘newbie’ this could have been a lonely experience but, in practice, was far from it. At Stevenage Speakers we often have visiting Toastmasters supporting the club and I recently visited North Herts Speakers too. This meant that although there were already familiar and friendly faces, and one even jumped in my car to help me find where to park!

With “The Future of Communication” as the theme of the day, the Divisional Conference was certainly the place to be to help me feel connected and happening. Not only was it inspiring and entertaining to meet and listen to so many competent speakers, I was able to make new friends and pick up tips over lunch about how to commit my speeches to memory – my current biggest struggle.

The highlight for me was a Table Topics session, live on the big screen, with participants from as far away as the Caribbean and South Sudan. Presentations about how to ensure websites make the first page of Google were current and useful for all attending. With so much modern technology, and the world changing at the pace of knots it was also interesting to hear from individual Toastmasters about what they felt technology added or took away from the whole mix of communication methods.

Overall, it was a fantastic day, which left me buzzing for some time after. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the many Toastmasters who worked so hard to make this event such an enormous success.

Advantages of Advanced clubs

Nigel Oseland (Cornerstone Communicators)

Nigel OselandAfter a few years in Toastmasters International, you may look at further ways of advancing your speaking skills. Challenging yourself to contests and attending conferences all help, but have you considered joining an advanced club?

Having been a member of Cornerstone Communicators Advanced Toastmasters Club in Division H for over a year, I have concluded there are three good reasons to join such clubs.

Firstly – I was first attracted to visiting Cornerstone Communicators due to their program of useful workshops. Some workshops are facilitated by club members and fellow Toastmasters, but external experts are brought in occasionally (and workshops are often free to members). For example, I have attended valuable workshops on quite specific but relevant topics such as: rhetorical devices, “winning evaluations”, humorous speeches, stand-up comedy, presenting on the radio, being interviewed by journalists and so on. The workshops not only provide knowledge but stimulate and motivate further thoughts.

Secondly – Cornerstone Communicators (and other advanced clubs) just do things differently. For example, rather than a standard evaluation the club usually offers an open evaluation – where each member of the audience is invited to provide a commendation and recommendation. Table Topics are very different, and more akin to the impromptu speaking seen on TV. Quite often two or more members will perform together – perhaps one narrating and the other miming, or there may be an absurd dialogue or interview situation in which the two members verbally spar. These Table Topics are indeed challenging but also so much fun than the norm.

Thirdly – As might be expected the members of advanced clubs are experienced speakers, many are professional presenters and workshop facilitators. As with most Toastmasters, they are willing to provide expert advice, valuable within and outside of Toastmasters. They are also well connected and know of conference organisers looking for speakers etc. Unlike one-off courses, advanced clubs give you on-going access to these experts.

There are several advanced clubs throughout the District and beyond. You’re welcome to visit Cornerstone (in Markyate) or at one of our monthly online meetings. Go on, treat yourself and join one of the advanced clubs!

Celebrating success

Eldergate Toastmasters has a record breaking year

Esha Sokhi, CC ALB (Eldergate Toastmasters Club)

Eldergate Toastmasters, Milton Keynes celebrated a Goals Awards evening to recognise a record breaking of 24 awards being achieved by their members between July 1st, 2017 and June 30th, 2018. Collectively members earned 7 CC’s, 8 CL’s, 7 ALB’s, 1 ACB and 1 ACS. Eldergate Toastmasters club would like to share some of the lessons learnt along the way to help other clubs in District 71.

Firstly, engage with all your members, understand what brings them to Toastmasters and help them achieve their goals. Secondly, make sure members stay on track by continuously reviewing their progress with the Vice President of Education (VPE). This is easier said than done. Each member was motivated by being asked to set an annual goal. By sharing their intended goals with the VPE, it provides the Toastmaster with self confidence that the goal is obtainable. Individually members were asked a simple but important question, “What are your goals for this year and more importantly how can we help you achieve them?” By reviewing goals regularly with your VPE and seeing progress, soon that self-confidence turns into inspiration of oneself, an unstoppable force.

The third and final lesson is one of having fun and building camaraderie within the club, so members felt supported and develop and realise their potential both in and outside of club meetings.

24 goals are an enormous number so with fizz in hand, certificates, and medals presentations, we completed our jubilant celebrations this summer.

Who needs an Oscar when you can have an EARNIE?

Rose Marie Calder, DTM (Luton Speakers Club)

You have heard about the BAFTAS and the OSCARS, but have you heard about the ERNIES?

If the term the ‘ERNIES’ does not sound familiar to you, then a visit to Luton Speakers Club is in order. In what has become an annual fixture, Luton Speakers Club holds an awards-evening each year to celebrate the success of its members.

The name itself is a tribute to the club’s first three Presidents: Elaine Hide, Rose Marie Calder and Nike Ogundana. The final three letters describe the attributes of our club’s members: Incredible Eloquent Speakers.

Since the concept of the ERNIES awards was introduced we have had a surge in members taking on roles to qualify for the next year’s ERNIES awards. Receiving an ERNIES is an achievement to celebrate in our club

Halloween Spooks & Soup

Davina Malcolm, Hertfordshire Speakers

Six years ago, when I joined Hertfordshire Speakers Toastmasters Club, I never thought I’d be inviting spooks to supper! I did, and it was a tremendous success. In the words of Toastmaster, Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, from Hertfordshire Speakers: “Davina is a consummate storyteller. Her stories together with Bob’s songs made the Halloween event an evening to remember. I hope it will become an annual event.”

Although a college lecturer, I was afraid of public speaking outside my own classroom. Since retiring, I have become a story-teller at local and national events. I am particularly keen on events that promote environmental awareness.

The easiest way to get an audience is to invite them. I planned a Halloween story, song, and supper in our village hall for 24 paying guests. Although finding and presenting the right mix of ghost stories was crucial to the success of the evening, there was so much more involved.

All the range of skills I’d practised at Toastmasters paid off as, for the event, I had to be President, Toastmaster, Sargent-at-arms, and speaker.

Agreeing the date and venue was the easy bit. Delegating the songs to my husband Bob was a given. Luckily a cook was also available, and happy to fit food courses into our playlist schedule. (“Playlist”: there’s a novel word in my repertoire.) Next, I advertised using posters and, for the first time, the village Facebook page. Design, put up, check, then actively sell tickets to ensure we had a full house.

I had delegated decorating the room to a friend with an eye for design and detail but, in helping her, I learnt that it took longer than I thought. It meant I had no time left on the day for rehearsing or panicking. Instead, dressed up and ready to go, I was there to meet and greet. In my introduction, I remembered to include Health & Safety, phones off instructions plus a review of the format of the evening. Telling spooky stories that had been running around in my head for 3 weeks was a relief. I could let the demons go.

 

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – Case Studies

Diverse Community Outreach case studies

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?

Club Growth News – November 2018

Club Growth News

Gerard MannixGerard Mannix DTM, Club Growth Director

Invitation

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

Now that Halloween is done the real fall time of year is approaching.  At this stage meetings have got into full swing and contest time is with us.  Good wishes to all members participating.

Does your club have many guests?

Toastmaster clubs need to encourage new members to join to maintain quality meetings and continuity.  This time of year, District 71 has an incentive for clubs that add 4 plus members.  Each club that attains these extra members will qualify for a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro.  Yet, if the club does not like that food a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods from the Toastmasters International store.

Fall into Winter Award

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

November 1 -31 December

  • Clubs that add 4 plus members during this period will be awarded a pizza voucher valued at 45 euro or for those in the sterling currency a voucher valued at 40 pounds
  • Or a voucher valued at 45 dollars for purchase of goods at Toastmasters International store.

Thank you for your attention and the magnificent work you are undertaking.

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

Membership Contest Smedley Award Results

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CLUBS

Cambridge City Communicators

Manchester Orators Toastmasters Club

Heart of England Club

Leeds City Toastmasters

Castleknock Toastmasters

Naas Club

Clondalkin Toastmasters

Galway Club

Glasgow Toastmasters

Lincolnshire Speakers

EI Toastmasters

 

This is the membership award where clubs have added five new, dual or reinstated members between August 1 to September 30 2018

New Clubs

Any member who has a suggestion of a location, community or a workplace which could has the potential for a new club please contact myself Gerard Mannix germannix @ gmail . com,  your Area or Division Director or any member of the District team. You are invited to be involved in the GROWTH of Toastmasters District 71

With great please District 71 can announce our latest clubs.  Very many congratulations to all involved.

  • McAfee Toastmasters Cork, Club Number: 6806020, District 71, Area A3, Charter Date: 23rd October 2018
  • Luton Communicators, Luton, Club Number: 5941966, District 71 Area H32, Charter Date: 31st October 2018

Club Growth Map Novembnr 2018

 

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

District Nominations 2019-2020

Red SkeltonRed Skelton, DTM IPDD, District Leadership Committee Chair

So, you are thinking about running for a District Office?  Congratulations!  But, not sure what to do, no worries we will figure it out together.  Nominations will be held for the following positions; Division Directors, District Public Relations Manager, District Club Growth Director, District Program Quality Director and District Director.  Anyone that is qualified can apply for any position.  The first important date that you need to remember is 15 December.  This is the deadline to declare your intent to run for a position.  Once you have filled in and submitted the appropriate paperwork, just sit back, hold tight and enjoy Christmas.  You will be contacted by the District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair with a couple of dates/times where you will have (2) interviews with individuals on the DLC.  These questions will determine your knowledge regarding the position you are applying and to ensure you have a good understanding of what the role involves.  Then all you can do is wait until April 2019, when the list of nominated candidates is announced.  If, unfortunately, you are unsuccessful in becoming a nominated candidate, you still can declare yourself as a floor candidate after the results are released.  You will be guided along the way so why not consider this opportunity to serve others?  Who knows, you might be the next Division Director or a member of the District Leadership Team.  One Two Three…. Declare!

Formal call

The District Leadership Committee (DLC) is seeking Nominations

An overview of District leadership roles can be found here: https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/District-Leader-Tools/Leadership-Roles  http://bit.ly/2yWIMfp

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

D71, Division M finals of the Humorous & Table Topics speech contests.

Breaking News….

We are honoured to welcome Mr Dan Rex CEO Toastmasters International, who will attend and speak at our contest!

 

Dan Rex
Will we see you there?

A great night’s entertainment guaranteed.

  • 6:30pm Briefings for contestants & SAAs by Contest Chair, Mary Burnham.
  • And also 6:30 briefings for Judges, Timekeepers, Tallies by Chief Judge, Shaun Durnin.
  • Doors close at 7:25pm SHARP!
  • 7:30 pm start.
  • €10 entrance for ALL except contestants.

Don’t forget your TM club banner!

Venue

 

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Stillorgan Road, A94 V6K5 Dublin, Ireland
Map: https://her.is/2PjWvah

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

District 71 is pleased to announce that

DAN REX,

Chief Executive Officer, Toastmasters International

will be visiting Dublin

on Saturday 17th November 2018.

He will be presenting a workshop on

QUALITY CLUBS

At 2pm in the CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT, OLD AIRPORT ROAD, CLOGHRAN, CO. DUBLIN

If you would like to attend, please email d71amblannon@gmail.com by Wednesday 14th November 2018

(Nominal charge for Tea/Coffee)

(Parking free)


Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Dell EMC Limerick Toastmasters
Club Number: 06786940, District 71, Area B36
Charter Date: Jun. 21, 2018

A great warm welcome to the new club at Dell EMC Toastmasters Limerick. The club currently meets for one hour every Friday at 11am. They had a very lively meeting on Friday 5th October 2018. Excellent speeches from Elaine Tynan and Lorraine Brennan plus superb Topics from Tom Moriarty. Present at the meeting were Michael Collins Past District Director, Bridget Elliott Past Division B Director and Gerard Mannix Cub Growth Director 2018/19.

Gerard presented Gemma Hickey on behalf of Dell Toastmasters with the club banner. Gemma has been the leader in the company to spearhead the foundation of the club.Her energy with the excellent support of Bridget Elliott had the club achieve charter in June.

Wishing all at Dell many years of  Toastmasters’  benefits, enjoyment and comradeship

 

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Kindest regards.

Gerard 

Gerard Mannix
Club Growth Director,
Toastmasters International District 71

 

Public Relations 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Public Relations Incentives

Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

[Always check the The Latest Information on District Incentives]

Public Relations makes a difference. Our Goal as a District is to return to the International Hall of Fame at the next convention in Denver. To do that we need more members and more clubs and it all begins with attracting more guests.

The budget is structured to mirror and support the three remaining membership contests, Fall into Winter (November-December), Talk Up Toastmasters (February-March), and Beat the Clock (May-June). Claims can be backdated to 1st September

Below is a summary of this year PR incentives with links to full details at bottom

 

The flag ship incentive is the Open House/Open Night

This is designed to be incrementally progressive. Holding an open night is not the challenge, doing the public relations that makes it successful is. Points are awarded for the Public Relations effort in terms of the number of channels used e.g. event stall, radio interview, press release, Facebook event, email shot, flyer distribution campaign, etc. Additional points are awarded for the number of guests attending and the number of those guests converted to members. Clubs that started out the year with less than 20 members get more generous points. Official prospect clubs can apply. There is a limit, but two strong claims or three weaker claims per club are possible

Points mean prizes and in this case Pathways ribbons and pins or by arrangement a contribution to branded club promotional materials.

Additional synergistic Incentives

Club PR Firsts

Is your club planning to start, for the first time, a website, get a press release published, produce a club newsletter, or any other novel public relations endeavour? Yes, then claim a club ribbon pack

Club Promotional Videos

Have you noticed how powerful YouTube is become with its addictively appealing visual media? The first twenty new club promotional videos will earn the club two pathways pins and feature on the District PR channels.

External Event Grants

Have you got the opportunity to set up a stall at a public event? There are grants of 125 euro towards promotional materials and or venue costs. The grants are competitive and will be based on the likely foot fall, how well you know your target audience and your plans to attract them as guests to your club

Distinguished Club Website

Your website is often your first impression you give potential customers. Does you Club Website look good? Club ribbon pack for the best.

Write an article for Chantal

Chantal Cooke is a Public Relations agent who helps members publish educational articles to the national press. Last year we gained the editorial value of over half a million euro. This year authors will go into a prize draw for a £240 conference ticket

Travelling Toastie

It is great fun to visit other clubs to strengthen fellowship and gain ideas. Do three things 1) capture photo or testimonial video that includes the brand and your hosts, 2) distribute that out to social media where it can be seen, and 3) bring it to the District’s attention by hash tagging and or tagging us. Prize for each District’s best Travelling Toastie


 Full details on the website

  1. Open Nights
  2. Club PR Firsts (email me to claim)
  3. Club Promotion Video
  4. External Event Grants
  5. Distinguished Club Websites
  6. Write an Article for Chantal
  7. Travelling Toasties