NEW!  The Blueprint for Club and Membership Growth

Looking for ideas for growing and retaining members?  Planning to start a new club?  Struggling to attract visitors?  Problems with member retention?

Toolkit for membership growth


Compiled from examples of good practice the Toolkit contains: Read More

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


We’ve launched our new hashtag campaign! Please help us by getting involved. Post photos of your club members — a group photo is ideal — and tag the post #WeAreToastmasters. Let’s take this message around the world!

Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat (seated, centre) helped us as #WeAreToastmasters launched formally at District Officer Training in Manchester on Sunday (28 Jan 2018). Photo by Martin Mansell.

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.

The September 2017 newsletter is here!

Photo of the stage at the Toastmasters convention in Vancouver with Canadian flag

The latest issue of the D71 newsletter includes:

  • reports from the International Convention in Vancouver
  • 9 lessons Vinette learned on her Road to Vancouver
  • news from Division M
  • how to run an Advanced Club
  • details of the Club Incentive Programme
  • your chance to perform stand-up comedy at the Steel City Conference on 3rd November. . . and more!

Click here to read the September 2017 issue of the newsletter! 

Time is running out. . .


Only five more days to achieve the Smedley Award and to encourage your members to pay their Dues Renewals.

The Toastmasters International website will be busy at the weekend so please don’t leave it to the last minute.

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It’s dues renewal time!

Having been the President and Club Treasurer of several clubs more than once I understand the challenges of getting dues in on time. 
I also believe that Treasurers are often the “unsung heroes” of our clubs.  Particularly at this important time of the year.
Treasurers and all other officers have a key role to play in encouraging members to renew their membership, and demonstrating that toastmasters membership is great value for money.
Here are some tips:
1.  If the club can afford it offer a 10% discount for early payment.
2.  Send out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final reminder emails.
3.  Also remind members that they can only compete in contests if they are “a member in good standing” and that there is no grace period. 
4.  In your reminder emails name and thank those that have paid and you may also want to list those still to pay.
5.  Thank those that have paid for helping the club to achieve one of its DCP goals.
6.  It’s also all about membership retention, work with your VP Membership and other officers to encourage renewals from members that you have not seen for a while.
7.  Some clubs use monthly standing orders to help members to spread the cost.
Also take a look at Monzo – a free debit card preloaded from your club bank account to pay Toastmasters International dues.         
I’m offering a gift of TI shop items to any clubs who manage to get 80% or more of
their members to pay before the deadline.
Don’t forget that the dues deadline is the end of September so think about sending out reminders and paying TI dues now – please don’t leave it to the last minute.    
Please help your Club, your Area, your Division and District to achieve their membership payment goals.                                 
If you have any other great ideas please let me know.
— John Cox, Club Growth Director

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September is Smedley Award season


Only One Month Left to Achieve the Smedley Award and More!

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Summer issue of District 71 newsletter is published

Summer get-togethers like this one in Killarney were a highlight of the Toastmasters summer.

Summer get-togethers like this one in Killarney were a highlight of the Toastmasters summer.

Summer Newsletter Published

I am delighted to report the summer issue of our newsletter has been published. A highlight of this issue is a welcome from Red Skelton, our new District Director. There are messages from Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly and Club Growth Director John Cox, and a public relations update from me, Laura Bruce. My news includes the launch of the “DCW — Distinguished Club Website”  programme — a new initiative to ensure your club’s website does what it needs to do.

A copy of the newsletter will be emailed to all members of District 71. If you don’t receive your email copy, check your spam folder. And make sure you haven’t inadvertently unsubscribed to emails from District 71!

To download a copy of the newsletter (1.1 MB) click here. And let us know what you think! Contributions always welcome.