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



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.

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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The December newsletter is here!

The December 2017 edition of the D71 newsletter has been published. Highlights include news from Division D, an update on club growth tools, news from the Alignment Committee, plus a round-up of PR incentives, including details on how your club can access up to €200 toward the cost of a public event.

Click here to read the newsletter: December newsletter D71.compressed

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.

Christmas Bells are Jingling this weekend — and Leighton Buzzard Toastmasters helping to ring in the cheer

A Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals.  Three of its primary goals are to:

  • Create a strong, supportive club membership
  • Enhance members’ speaking skills
  • Prepare members for real life experiences

Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council, and Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has been Master of Ceremonies for the council’s communities activities.  Read More

“Adrian – it *is* about you!” – Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters award

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Popular photographer Adrian Melia was honoured in a very special way at his Toastmaster home club in Kildare town on Tuesday 24th October. In a break with normal proceedings, Toastmaster David Clinton interrupted the scheduled agenda for a few minutes with an important announcement. Read More

David and Guy show us how a dramatic gesture assures impact

David Clinton from Athy Toastmasters won the 2017 Table Topics contest.

Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Guy Doza from Cambridge Speakers is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion

Congratulations to David Clinton and Guy Doza, winners of the autumn D71 Speech Contests in Sheffield.

Both these fellas use drama to make an impression, and it paid off big style! Read More

The October issue of the D71 newsletter is here!

Bedford Speakers visited Cranfield Speakers to help out at their Autumn contest.

The October 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is here! This month’s edition is full of news from Division H, our guest contributors. There’s also a story about Clare Crowther, the first Toastmaster in the UK or Ireland to become a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker! Plus we’ve got news from District Director Red Skelton, Programme Quality Director Patricia O’Reilly gives us a preview of the Steel City Conference, and Club Growth Director John Cox gives an update on . . . Club Growth. Read More