District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of nearly 200 clubs and 4,400 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

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  • District 71's International Speech Contestant - Good Luck in Chicago, Deirdre Linehan

    District 71's International Speech Contestant - Good Luck in Chicago, Deirdre Linehan

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Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Calendar

Calendar

Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

Find a club

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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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Triple Crown Criteria 2018-19

Triple Crown

Triple Crowns

Have you heard of the Triple Crown?  Surprisingly, few members have.  It is an award made available to District’s (and their members) to recognize educational achievement.  Members who achieve three or more educational awards in a single program year are listed in the Triple Crown report in the Daily reports section of the Dashboard for our District (http://bit.ly/2PQQgu8).

Each district identifies the combination of educational awards and any other parameters that count toward the Triple Crown.  In District 71 we have recognised members achieving Triple Crown in our Hall of Fame each year by asking them to stand and be recognised.  Under 1% of members achieve a Triple Crown each year.  Purchase of the optional pin badge is left to the discretion of the member or their club.

With the advent of Pathways, we have agreed that District 71 will for this year recognise Triple Crown for members that achieve any combination of three education awards including Pathways Levels.  So, for example, a Pathways Level 1,2 and 3 will constitute a Triple Crown award.  Any mixture of three awards – Pathways Levels and a CC, CL, Advanced Communicator, or Leader, or DTM will also be recognised as a Triple Crown Award winner.

Current Triple Crown Standing in District 71 (7th November 2018).  Congratulations to everyone!

Member Count Award
Barad, Tanya Louise 6 PM3 , PM2 , PM1 , DTM , PM4 , ALS
Cowley, Martin 4 ALB , DTM , ALS , CL
O’Brien, Moira 4 DTM , LDREXC , ACG , ALS
Leeman, Lauren 4 ACS , ALS , CL , LDREXC
McFadzean, John 3 ALB , ACB , CL
Cronin, Beryl 3 CC , ALB , CL
00671898 – Name unavailable 3 ALS , LDREXC , DTM
Hammond, Carl 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
01371735 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG
01568270 – Name unavailable 3 LD5 , PWMENTORPGM , CL
Walton, Darren 3 VC4 , VC2 , VC3
Shaw, Gillian 3 DTM , ALS , LDREXC
Bruce, Lorna 3 ALS , LDREXC , ACG
03619993 – Name unavailable 3 ACS , DTM , ACG

“Name unavailable” means the member has not opted in to disclosing their information.  This can be changed under “Manage My Data and Consent” on your profile on the Toastmasters International website.

District Nominations 2019-2020

District Leadership Committee

Red SkeltonRed Skelton, DTM IPDD, District Leadership Committee Chair

So, you are thinking about running for a District Office?  Congratulations!  But, not sure what to do, no worries we will figure it out together.  Nominations will be held for the following positions; Division Directors, District Public Relations Manager, District Club Growth Director, District Program Quality Director and District Director.  Anyone that is qualified can apply for any position.  The first important date that you need to remember is 15 December.  This is the deadline to declare your intent to run for a position.  Once you have filled in and submitted the appropriate paperwork, just sit back, hold tight and enjoy Christmas.  You will be contacted by the District Leadership Committee (DLC) Chair with a couple of dates/times where you will have (2) interviews with individuals on the DLC.  These questions will determine your knowledge regarding the position you are applying and to ensure you have a good understanding of what the role involves.  Then all you can do is wait until April 2019, when the list of nominated candidates is announced.  If, unfortunately, you are unsuccessful in becoming a nominated candidate, you still can declare yourself as a floor candidate after the results are released.  You will be guided along the way so why not consider this opportunity to serve others?  Who knows, you might be the next Division Director or a member of the District Leadership Team.  One Two Three…. Declare!

[A formal call and related paperwork will be issued by email around 18th November]

An overview of District leadership roles can be found here: https://www.toastmasters.org/Leadership-Central/District-Leader-Tools/Leadership-Roles  http://bit.ly/2yWIMfp

16 Nov Evening Dan Rex at D71, Division M contests.

Dan Rex

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

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

Dan Rex

DAN REX’s ONLY WORKSHOP IN IRELAND THIS YEAR!

District 71 is pleased to announce that

DAN REX,

Chief Executive Officer, Toastmasters International

will be visiting Dublin

on Saturday 17th November 2018.

He will be presenting a workshop on

QUALITY CLUBS

At 2pm in the CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT, OLD AIRPORT ROAD, CLOGHRAN, CO. DUBLIN

If you would like to attend, please email d71amblannon@gmail.com by Wednesday 14th November 2018

(Nominal charge for Tea/Coffee)

(Parking free)


Richard Foster-Fletcher #ChantalCookePR

Richard Foster Fletcher published by Chantal Cooke PR Agent

Author Richard Foster-Fletcher (Eldergate Toastmasters)

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

9th November

How to give feedback to difficult employees

Company Bug: Set-up and grow your business fast, Readership: 12k

Key Steps for Feedback When Someone Has Done a Dreadful Job

Indezine: Make better Presentation Fast, Readership: 10k

1st November 2018

How to give feedback when a team member has let you down

Network She, Readership 18 thousand

30th October 2018

What to say to a staff member who’s done a terrible job

SME: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Readership 84 thousand

26th October 2018

https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees/

The Startup Donut, Readership 143 thousand

https://www.sectorsdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/how-to-deliver-bad-feedback-to-employees

The Sectors Donut, Readership 265 thousand

https://www.recruiter.co.uk/advice/2018/10/how-give-feedback-bad-bit-work

The Recruiter, Readership 53 thousand

Sudha Mani #ChantalCookePR

Sudha Mani

Sudha ManiAuthor Sudha Mani (Dunfermline Toastmasters)

Chantal Cooke (#ChantalCookePR) of Panpathic Communications is a Public Relations agent retained by Districts 71 and 91 to help us obtain national press coverage. See here to read the article writing brief and you might win tickets to the next district conference.

9th November

How to Turn Around Your Presentation When Something Has Gone Wrong

Bytestart: The Small Business portal Readership: 71.5k

23rd October

https://lidradio.com/what-to-do-when-your-business-presentation-goes-horribly-wrong/

Readership: 26k

12th October 2018

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/work-presentation-going-pear-shaped-here-s-what-to-do-1.3657482

Readership: 427,000 daily Irish readers (print/online) and 44.5m page impressions on the website per month

9th October 2018

Practical Steps to take if you feel your presentation is going horribly wrong

Readership: 18k

8th October 2018

https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/blog/18/10/help-what-to-do-when-a-presentation-goes-wrong

Readership: 142.5k

3rd October 2018

https://www.startupbusinessuk.net/start-a-business/imperfect-pitch

Readership: 33k

Club Banner presented at DELL EMC Limerick

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner
Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Gemma Hickey accepts the club banner from Gerard Mannix Club Growth Director

Dell EMC Limerick Toastmasters
Club Number: 06786940, District 71, Area B36
Charter Date: Jun. 21, 2018

A great warm welcome to the new club at Dell EMC Toastmasters Limerick. The club currently meets for one hour every Friday at 11am. They had a very lively meeting on Friday 5th October 2018. Excellent speeches from Elaine Tynan and Lorraine Brennan plus superb Topics from Tom Moriarty. Present at the meeting were Michael Collins Past District Director, Bridget Elliott Past Division B Director and Gerard Mannix Cub Growth Director 2018/19.

Gerard presented Gemma Hickey on behalf of Dell Toastmasters with the club banner. Gemma has been the leader in the company to spearhead the foundation of the club.Her energy with the excellent support of Bridget Elliott had the club achieve charter in June.

Wishing all at Dell many years of  Toastmasters’  benefits, enjoyment and comradeship

 

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Dell Toastmasters proudly sporting their new banner

Kindest regards.

Gerard 

Gerard Mannix
Club Growth Director,
Toastmasters International District 71

 

Public Relations 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Public Relations Incentives

Public Relations Incentives

Daniel Sandars, Public Relations Manager

Public Relations makes a difference. Our Goal as a District is to return to the International Hall of Fame at the next convention in Denver. To do that we need more members and more clubs and it all begins with attracting more guests.

The budget is structured to mirror and support the three remaining membership contests, Fall into Winter (November-December), Talk Up Toastmasters (February-March), and Beat the Clock (May-June). Claims can be backdated to 1st September

Below is a summary of this year PR incentives with links to full details at bottom

 

The flag ship incentive is the Open House/Open Night

This is designed to be incrementally progressive. Holding an open night is not the challenge, doing the public relations that makes it successful is. Points are awarded for the Public Relations effort in terms of the number of channels used e.g. event stall, radio interview, press release, Facebook event, email shot, flyer distribution campaign, etc. Additional points are awarded for the number of guests attending and the number of those guests converted to members. Clubs that started out the year with less than 20 members get more generous points. Official prospect clubs can apply. There is a limit, but two strong claims or three weaker claims per club are possible

Points mean prizes and in this case Pathways ribbons and pins or by arrangement a contribution to branded club promotional materials.

Additional synergistic Incentives

Club PR Firsts

Is your club planning to start, for the first time, a website, get a press release published, produce a club newsletter, or any other novel public relations endeavour? Yes, then claim a club ribbon pack

Club Promotional Videos

Have you noticed how powerful YouTube is become with its addictively appealing visual media? The first twenty new club promotional videos will earn the club two pathways pins and feature on the District PR channels.

External Event Grants

Have you got the opportunity to set up a stall at a public event? There are grants of 125 euro towards promotional materials and or venue costs. The grants are competitive and will be based on the likely foot fall, how well you know your target audience and your plans to attract them as guests to your club

Distinguished Club Website

Your website is often your first impression you give potential customers. Does you Club Website look good? Club ribbon pack for the best.

Write an article for Chantal

Chantal Cooke is a Public Relations agent who helps members publish educational articles to the national press. Last year we gained the editorial value of over half a million euro. This year authors will go into a prize draw for a £240 conference ticket

Travelling Toastie

It is great fun to visit other clubs to strengthen fellowship and gain ideas. Do three things 1) capture photo or testimonial video that includes the brand and your hosts, 2) distribute that out to social media where it can be seen, and 3) bring it to the District’s attention by hash tagging and or tagging us. Prize for each District’s best Travelling Toastie


 Full details on the website

  1. Open Nights
  2. Club PR Firsts (email me to claim)
  3. Club Promotion Video
  4. External Event Grants
  5. Distinguished Club Websites
  6. Write an Article for Chantal
  7. Travelling Toasties

Program Quality 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Program Quality Incentives

Education, Education, Education

By John Cox, District 71 Program Quality Director

Program Quality Incentives

What Will Your Club and Your Members Achieve in 2018-19?

I don’t know about you, but I have often been confused by the variety of terms we use – training, education, development, learning, coaching, mentoring, knowledge, skills, etc.

It is also recognised that a lot of education and training is wasted and doesn’t necessarily get applied in the workplace or in life.

I still wonder what the value of algebra is and why at school they didn’t teach me how to hang wallpaper!

For several years I was a National Training Awards Judge (and my business was a National Training Award winner). Organisations were recognised not for the training they carried out but how that training had been applied and the results achieved. We looked at soft results – greater confidence, teamwork, communications, innovation etc. but importantly, hard results – customer and employee satisfaction, more sales, better product/service quality, greater profitability, etc.

So, what has this got to do with Toastmasters?

Can we see the impact of member achievement reflected in the growth, performance and quality of our clubs?

We run education and training programmes, leading to various awards which are recognised by certificates, ribbons, pins/badges. Less than 10% of our members achieve their CC (Competent Communicator) award but I’m sure that many, many more of our members have gained other benefits – greater confidence and learning – that has impacted on our clubs and their lives in many ways.

We don’t easily recognise or record how that confidence and learning has been applied.

So, I’m keen this year to find ways to encourage and support clubs to put some of that learning into practice and to help recognise some of the other 90% of our members.

You will see that my job title embraces Club Quality, so I’d like to add a final reminder about utilising Moments of Truth to take a snapshot of how your club is performing and to also take a long hard look at member retention. Dues renewal time is another of those moments of truth when we are reminded of members we have not seen for a while and those who are at risk of not renewing their membership. Give them a call and invite them back. Remember that 69% of non-renewing members said that something could have been done to convince them to renew.

Below you will find details of the Program Quality incentives on offer. I wish you a wonderful year.

Program Quality Incentives Program Quality Incentives

Outreach Programmes

Youth Leadership and Speechcraft programmes are a wonderful way to put all that Toastmasters experience into practice, helping youngsters and other members of our communities to gain the benefits of our Toastmasters programmes. It will also help to raise the profile of Toastmasters and gain new members and clubs. District can support clubs running brand new outreach programmes through the provision of advice and guidance, marketing and promotional materials, and Programme Kits worth over $30. Contact me for more information.

Pathways and Competent Communicator (CC) Growth

We want to encourage more members to achieve their CC and Pathways Levels so for the first 30 clubs that achieve all four CC’s or four Pathways Level 1’s and two Level 2’s we’ll present them with $20 worth of TI shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve President’s Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve President’s Distinguished status in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Presidents Distinguished status, that were not President’s Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI (Toastmasters International) shop items.

First Clubs to Achieve Distinguished

We want to encourage more clubs to achieve Distinguished status in the DCP. So, the first 20 clubs to achieve Distinguished status, that were not Distinguished last year, will receive $30 value of TI shop items.

Corporate Clubs Incentive

We want to encourage more of our Corporate clubs to participate in our officer training programme and club contests. We will award a $30 gift voucher to the corporate clubs that get 5 or more of their officers to the next (2019) club officer training and 2 or more contestants in the 2019 Area contests.


Program Quality News

By Daniel Sandars

We have completed the first quarter of the year so how are we doing?

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)

Program QualityProgram Quality

Distinguished Club Goals 30th September

Program Quality

Clubs with 4 or more Officers Trained

Program Quality

District Officers Trained

 

Program Quality

Congratulations to all involved.

Club Growth 2018-19 Incentives Announced

Club Growth PIZZA Incentive

Club Growth Incentive

MEMBERSHIP AND CLUB GROWTH

By Gerard Mannix DTM, District 71 Club Growth Director

Incentives: District 71    2018/19

  1. FALL INTO WINTER
  2. TALK UP TOASTMASTERS
  3. APRIL RENEWALS
  4. BEAT THE CLOCK
  5. Clubs that charter:
  6. Room hire for demo meetings:
  7. Club coaching:
  8. Club coach:
NOVEMBER 1- DECEMBER 31
FEBRUARY 1-MARCH 31
MARCH 31
MAY1-JUNE 30
Free club banner
€50 per occasion
€100 assistance
Award for success

Incentives: Fall into Winter

1st November-31st December

Add 4 new, dual or reinstated members prior to December 31st

Club Growth Pizza

PIZZA
VOUCHERS
AVAILABLE

Club Growth News

Club Growth MapThe thrilling news is that on the 10th of September Walsall Speakers club received its charter, becoming the District’s 203rd club and our first new club this Toastmaster’s year. Walsall is located just North of Birmingham (see map) in Division E in Area 39. It has taken nearly two years to reach charter status from the initial demonstration meeting. That journey has been navigated by the Club’s Sponsors Tanya and Michele (Mish) Barad. They are now assisted by Club Mentor Asma Riaz to help develop strong foundations for the Club.

At a recent club meeting of Fexco, Killorglin, County Kerry (see Map), Club Growth Director Gerard Mannix presented the club banner to Siobhan Colborne, President of Fexco Payments Toastmasters Club.

 

Sincere congratulations to Siobhan as she has been the brainchild and founder of this club. She was assisted by Toastmasters Debby Looney and Rachel Pinckheard. The club is thriving with regular very proactive and well attended meetings