Conference

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

 

Latest news from SafeHaven 2018: April newsletter

SH2018 – NewsLetter No3 – click here to read the pdf

Greetings from a very stormy SafeHaven HQ, where some of us are about to slip into chocolate comas.   We’ve been busy little bunnies since our last newsletter; things are definitely hotting up, despite the woefully wintry weather conditions that have battered us recently and are closing in again today.   I’m very egg-cited to share our latest newsletter, bursting with Breaking News, the Usual Suspects and the Gentle Reminders – like an Easter Egg full of delicious surprises!  No, this is no April Fool’s joke!

  • Breaking News : the major news is that we are down to the last few rooms in the conference hotel.   As contest season picks up, so are the bookings; we’re advising people to book their accommodation ASAP before the opportunity to stay in the conference venue is lost to them completely.   We’re also delighted to announce that the weekend’s programme has been finalised, including the details of all the speakers and workshops; it’s being uploaded to our website with the speaker bios and workshop info.   We’re adding a unique leadership event too – more details on that to follow.   Also, we’re starting to put together options for low-cost transport to the hotel when people arrive – we’re asking delegates to let us know their arrival details so that we can make it as accessible as possible.
  • Usual Suspects : there’s audio from two more of our conference team, Pat and Lisa, as they answer the five questions about conference.  Our District Programme Quality Director has also given us her answers to those questions in a little article.   Our featured Cork attraction this month is the wonderful English Market – for any Toastmaster arriving on Thursday or before, we recommend scheduling your Friday morning to explore this gem in the heart of the city, a short bus-trip from the hotel with the bus stop just across the road.   There’s also a bonus link in this newsletter that showcases some of the amazing things Cork offers as a destination.
  • Gentle Reminders : these are the usual key pieces of information that delegates need to know about #SafeHaven2018 – booking conference packages and accommodation, the Anglo-Irish meeting on the Thursday, the Friday and Saturday night style suggestions, our twist on the banner parade, the SafeHaven Souvenir Songbook, the theme tune competition and the opportunity to volunteer.

Warm regards,

Sharon O’Neill 
Conference Director
SafeHaven Conference Team
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News from SafeHaven 2018 Conference team

Hot off the press, it’s the debut edition of the Safehaven Conference Newsletter.

The SafeHaven team in Cork have news!

Volume 1 of the SafeHaven newsletter includes everything you need to book a place at the D71 Spring Conference. This includes details of how you must book the conference first before you can book accommodation.

But that’s not all. . .

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The December newsletter is here!

We’ve just published the December 2017 newsletter from Toastmasters District 71. Highlights include news from Division D, an update on club growth tools, and news from the Alignment Committee.

There’s also a round-up of PR incentives, including details on how your club can access up to €200 toward the cost of hosting a “PR-intensive” public event.

Read it now!

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.

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

D71 Hall of Fame awards: Sharon O’Neill DTM named ‘Toastmaster of the Year’

Michael Collins with Sharon O'Neill

Toastmaster of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from Division A, and Safe Haven 2018 Conference Chair.

 

The D71 Steel City Conference announced the Hall of Fame recipients. Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins announced the Toastmaster of the Year – Sharon O’Neill of Blarney Toastmasters, Cork.

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