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“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 from Cambridge Speakers won the 2017 Humourous Speech Contest.

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

9 Lessons I learnt on my Road to Vancouver 2017

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

Vinette Hoffman-Jackson represented District 71 at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver

By Vinette Hoffman-Jackson

On Saturday 13th May 2017, after months of competition, I was selected to represent District 71 (UK & Ireland) in the International Speech Contest in Vancouver, Canada, which was a dream come true. I somehow managed to retain a calm exterior whilst graciously accepting my trophy and giving my thank you speech although butterflies were doing somersaults in my stomach.

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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.