Program Dates: August 1 – September 30
Can your club add five new, dual, or reinstated members with a join date between August 1 and September 30? Accomplish this goal and you’ll qualify to receive a Smedley Award ribbon, named in honor of Ralph Smedley, which you can display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. (The discount code expires six months from the date of issue and is not valid with any other offer.)
Applications and payments for members with a join date between August 1 and September 30 must be received at World Headquarters or online no later than September 30. The addition of transfer and charter members does not count toward Smedley Award credit.
The winning clubs will be revealed online within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Winning clubs should allow up to 10 business days to receive their award if they are located in the United States, and up to 21 business days if they are outside of the United States.
DISTRICT LEADERSHIP TEAM
DISTRICT DIRECTOR: GERARD MANNIX
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR: DANIEL SANDARS
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR: BRENDA LANNON
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: ELIZABETH JORDAN
DIVISION A: PAUL O’MAHONY
DIVISION B: SEAN DWAN
DIVISION C: MARIAN BRENNAN
DIVISION D: SUMESH KUMAR
DIVISION E: JAMES HURFORD
DIVISION F: ROB PARTRIDGE
DIVISION G: PAIGE SKELTON
DIVISION H: VINETTE HOFFMAN-JACKSON
DIVISION J: MICHAEL MAY
DIVISION M: PHILIP O’CALLAGHAN
DIVISION N: LIZ WELCH
DIVISON S: WILL FEEK
As members, club officers and district leaders of Toastmasters, do we practise excellence, enthusiasm and encouragement in everything we do?
Excellence is one of the four core values of Toastmasters. The other three are Integrity, Respect and Service to the member. What is excellence? Jim Kokocki, a past international president of Toastmasters International, says that “for club members excellence means performing assigned duties to the best of our ability every time. Sometimes we have bad days, and sometimes we have less time to prepare than we might like. Regardless, excellence means performing to the best of our ability every time for the benefit of the club and all the members”. For club officers it means providing an atmosphere of club excellence that enables member achievement and for district leaders it means serving the members and supporting the clubs to the best of our ability.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. Enthusiasm is infectious. If we perform our toastmaster’s roles with enthusiasm and chase our toastmaster’s goals with enthusiasm we will have a positive effect on our fellow club members as well as guests and new members.
There’s an old Irish saying “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí” which translates roughly as “praise the young and they will flourish”. It’s easy to criticise, but it’s much more rewarding and more productive to praise. Roy T. Bennett said, “Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavours. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always”. Why do you stay in Toastmasters? There are probably many reasons why you stay in Toastmasters. One of the reasons I have remained in Toastmasters for 16 years is the encouragement I get from fellow members.
I wish all our members, club officers and district leaders a successful and distinguished toastmasters year 2018-2019. I urge you to perform your roles with excellence and enthusiasm and to always give encouragement to fellow members.
At the 30th June 2019, I hope you will have achieved your goals, I hope our clubs will be distinguished and I hope District 71 will be recognised on the world stage in Denver, Colorado in August 2019 as a distinguished district.
Patricia O’Reilly, DTM, District Director, District 71
Here it is folks, the final newsletter of our Toastmaster year.
There are lots of interviews, Travelling Toastie winners (some pictured above), and news from across the District and Division G, our guest editors.
–Laura Bruce, PR Manager
PS As I and a number of District Officers are completing our terms today, just a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the newsletters this year. Your contributions have been very much appreciated by me!
Can you believe it?? Just hours to go before it starts!
This is the final Safe Haven 2018 Conference Newsletter — and I nearly missed it in my email!
Safe travels everyone!
With extensive coverage of activities in Division F, this is a bumper edition of the newsletter. There’s a great story about the SafeHaven 2018 conference, including a linguistic guide to the city, and 5 reasons you must attend the conference.
But don’t take my word for it, read it yourself!
Download the newsletter here. District 71 2018 April newsletter
Distinguished Club Incentives Update at 27th April 2018
To date 16 clubs have already achieved President’s Distinguished:-
West Cork Toastmasters
Saffron Walden Speakers
East Herts Speakers
Elder Gate Toastmasters
Dun Laoghaire Club
Dublin 18 Toastmasters
The first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year will receive a ribbon pack, guest book or its monetary equivalent.
To date 8 clubs have already achieved Distinguished that weren’t distinguished last year:-
Talking Heads Club
Lagan Valley Toastmasters
Talk On The Wilde Side
Dereham Articulate Speakers