Conference

Dec ’18 Program Quality Update

By John Cox, Program Quality Director

Season’s Greetings

Club Quality – How are we doing?

It’s been a busy time of year leading up to Christmas with Club, Area and Division Contests, a visit from Toastmasters International CEO, Dan Rex, and Area Director Club Visits and their reports being produced. Many thanks for all the challenging work that has gone into these activities.

I urge club Presidents to share the Area Director’s Club Visit Reports with all their officers and identify those key areas for improvement.

Consider carrying out the Moments of Truth educational in your clubs to get members’ views on areas for improvement. You will find their feedback and potential support invaluable.

Identifying areas of improvement is the easy bit – doing something about it will be the real test for the leadership team and their members.

Common themes for potential improvement that have emerged from those reports include:

  • Information provided to guests
  • Inducting and engaging new members – bringing them quickly up to speed
  • Promoting/marketing the club
  • Running a Guest/Open Night to bring in new members
  • Navigating Pathways
  • Social events
  • Educational sessions
  • Increasing membership

The Japanese practice something they call Kaizen – change for the better, continuous improvement – and is a measure of both the leadership of their organisations and the engagement of their employees.

I believe we need to get better at challenging the status quo – in the same way that we encourage our members to improve, we need to apply the same improvement principles to our clubs.

Let’s strive to make our clubs better each year and I’m sure we will see that reflected in member retention, increases in membership and more members achieving their personal goals.

The second Club Visit Reports, to be completed by May, will be a good indicator of the improvements that have been made.

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft Programmes

I am still pushing for clubs to reach out into their communities with new Youth Leadership Programmes and Speechcraft. I have YLP and Speechcraft Kits, and promotional materials available so please get in touch.

[This edition contains a selection of Speechcraft case studies http://d71toastmasters.org/speechcraft-case-studies/ to help and inspire you]

Pathways

Please also look at who in your club has still to enrol on Pathways. This information is available on your Club Roster on the TI website.

Appoint a Pathways Champion to help those who may be struggling to get to grips with the programme. There are now materials around to help understand each of the 10 Paths and the associated Projects at each level: http://bit.ly/2BjKc3R.

All the Evaluation Forms can also be found online and downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2EkvaxS

It would be great to see which clubs manage to get 100% of their members enrolled on Pathways and all their newer members progressing through their various Levels.

I will be looking to reward those clubs who make the greatest progress.

2019 Norwich Conference – May 10-12

Don’t forget to book your place https://www.norwichconference2019.com for our only conference in 2019.

As well as all four contest semi-finals and finals, there will be educational workshops, the District Council meeting with the District Leader elections and some great speakers’ including Eldonna Lewis Fernandez and Marcus Hemsley.

The theme will be the 1940’s and we will be entertained by the D-Day Darlings and The Joe Ringer Band. The venue is the Holiday Inn Norwich North, right next to Norwich Airport. I’m sure it will be another great conference so Book Now!

I guess this will be the last newsletter before the Christmas break so can I please wish you a brilliant Christmas and New Year and hope that you get all you wish for in 2019.

#SafeHaven2018 All the photos online

Full photo-sets from District 71’s Conference in Cork, Ireland, May 2018 #WeAreToastmasters. These are published on the Conference’s Facebook page.

#SafeHaven2018

https://www.facebook.com/pg/safehaven2018/photos/?tab=albums
Depending on your browser you might see embedded iframe albums from Facebook below






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

District 71 Conference Early Bird deals

Join us at the Conference Norwich 10th – 12th May 2019 #Norwich2019

For the first time ever, we will have a District Conference that will feature 8 Semi-Finals and all 4 Speech Competitions: Humorous, International, Evaluation and Table Topics finals. It’s going to be quite an event!

WE’RE going BACK in time to the 1940’s!

It’s called the ‘Conference’ for good reason! So the theme this year is the fabulous 40’s! There will be a grand celebration on the Friday night, with a big band suited to the occasion. So pick your perfect period costume and join in on all of the fun!

Dancing to The Joe Ringer Band

Saturday: Keynote Speakers

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez

Marcus Hemsley

BOOK NOW

https://www.norwichconference2019.com/ Email: info@norwichconference2019.com

Friday – Sunday Early Bird Rate Only
Friday Only
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday Only
Sunday Only
Partner Saturday Only
Gala Dinner Night Only
£240
£120
£170
£140
£110
£110
£70

Accommodation details and costs are on the conference website

Stage Payments Available on Full Package Friday – Sunday Only

Special Guests the D-Day Darlings

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!

 

 

Evaluation Contest: 2018 District 71

Pat Sexton from Division B (centre) with Contest Chair Helen Tait and District Director Red Skelton

The winner of today’s 2018 Evaluation Contest is Pat Sexton from Division B.

In second place was Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C. Third place went to Richard Foster Fletcher, from Division H.

Eric Fitzpatrick from Division C came second in the Evaluation Contest.

 

Entitled “Why you must neglect the housework”, the Test Speech was given by the District 71 Public Relations Manager, Laura Bruce.

Winner of the 2018 District 71 International Speech Contest

With her speech entitled “DOB’s Army”, Deirdre Linehan is the winner of the 2018 International Speech Contest. She will go on to represent District 71 Toastmasters at the World Championship of Public Speaking in August in Chicago.

In second place was Anne Dooley with “Take that Chance”. Third place was John Duncan with “Dream the Possible Dream”.

From left: Anne Dooley, 2nd place; John Duncan, 3rd place, and winner of the International Speech Contest, Deirdre Linehan.

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.

 

 

7 sleeps to go! Second-last Safe Haven newsletter!

On behalf of the conference team, it’s my pleasure to share the 4th edition of the Safe Haven conference newsletter: SafeHaven2018 conference newsletter, No. 4 – click the highlighted text to open the PDF.

Happy reading, and I hope to see you there!

Laura Bruce

D71 Public Relations Manager