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.

  • David Clinton is the 2017 Table Topics Champion!

    David Clinton is the 2017 Table Topics Champion!

  • Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion!

    Guy Doza is the 2017 Humourous Speech champion!

Latest News

Latest News

Find out the latest happenings in District 71
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Find out about all the important upcoming events
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Find a club

Find a club

Find a local club? Why not visit a club while on holidays?
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District Team

District Team

What does the D71 District Leadership team look like?
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D71 Toastmaster Steve Campion gets published in The Guardian!

Guardian newspaper story

Steve Campion’s article helps raise awareness of Toastmasters.

Delighted to report that an article by Steve Campion has been published in The Guardian newspaper!

Well done Steve! Here is a link.

Steve wrote the article to help raise awareness of Toastmasters, and it has been widely published. However the circulation of the Guardian means that many more people will find Steve’s advice after today!

Here’s a taste of what Steve wrote:

Want to win over an audience? How to improve your presentation skills

Whether the prospect of delivering a presentation fills you with excitement or dread, there are key steps to ensuring you make an impact

Presentations shouldn’t be just a set of bullet points on a screen. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore used presentation slides to provide a compelling argument to his audience. Your next business presentation may not win any awards, but there are things you can do to make an impact.

Remember, it’s not about you

There are many reasons why you would need to give a presentation: pitching for funding, building a business relationship or making a sale. However, the overall purpose of your presentation should always do one thing: provide something your audience needs. In his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes: “Begin with the end in mind”. Think about what you want the audience to do as a result of hearing your talk – whether it is to buy your product the next day or introduce you to their company’s senior decision-makers. . . . [continued at link]


Athlone is celebrating. . . and you’re invited!

Athlone Toastmasters is turning 30! All Toastmasters are invited to join the celebrations!

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Your invitation to the District 71 Steel City Conference

steel-logoYou are invited to the next District 71 Conference — the Steel City Conference — in Sheffield from 3rd to 5th November 2017.

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Calling all workshop presenters!

The “Dial-a-workshop” initiative is underway! 

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

Are you available to help clubs as a workshop presenter? Then get in touch!

As District 71 Program Quality Director, I am compiling a list of members who are ready, willing and able to deliver workshops on their specialist subjects at club, area, division and district level.

This list will be posted on the D71toastmasters.org website.  It will be emailed to all clubs and area and division directors and they will be encouraged to invite members from this list to deliver workshops at their clubs and events.

Remuneration:  none (we’re Toastmasters)

Expenses:  reasonable expenses will be reimbursed (petrol, train/bus fare, flight (cheap, no frills), overnight stay (if necessary)

Reward:  the satisfaction of bringing your workshop to members, especially those in remoter parts of the District.

If you are interested please send me your name, contact details and workshop title(s) and be a part of this new “Dial a Workshop” initiative.

For more information please contact me here.

–Patricia O’Reilly, Program Quality Director

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It’s dues renewal time!

Having been the President and Club Treasurer of several clubs more than once I understand the challenges of getting dues in on time. 
I also believe that Treasurers are often the “unsung heroes” of our clubs.  Particularly at this important time of the year.
Treasurers and all other officers have a key role to play in encouraging members to renew their membership, and demonstrating that toastmasters membership is great value for money.
Here are some tips:
1.  If the club can afford it offer a 10% discount for early payment.
2.  Send out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final reminder emails.
3.  Also remind members that they can only compete in contests if they are “a member in good standing” and that there is no grace period. 
4.  In your reminder emails name and thank those that have paid and you may also want to list those still to pay.
5.  Thank those that have paid for helping the club to achieve one of its DCP goals.
6.  It’s also all about membership retention, work with your VP Membership and other officers to encourage renewals from members that you have not seen for a while.
7.  Some clubs use monthly standing orders to help members to spread the cost.
Also take a look at Monzo – a free debit card preloaded from your club bank account to pay Toastmasters International dues.         
I’m offering a gift of TI shop items to any clubs who manage to get 80% or more of
their members to pay before the deadline.
Don’t forget that the dues deadline is the end of September so think about sending out reminders and paying TI dues now – please don’t leave it to the last minute.    
Please help your Club, your Area, your Division and District to achieve their membership payment goals.                                 
If you have any other great ideas please let me know.
— John Cox, Club Growth Director

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September is Smedley Award season


Only One Month Left to Achieve the Smedley Award and More!

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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.

Beat the Clock Winners


Congratulations to the following clubs who were successful in the Beat the Clock campaign by adding at least 5 new, dual or reinstated members to their clubs.

  • Div A Area 23 Guardian Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 13 Shannon Toastmasters
  • Div B Area 36 West Limerick Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 28 Athy Toastmasters
  • Div D Area 40 Kiltegan
  • Div E Area 6 East Midlands Speakers
  • Div E Area 15 Leeds City Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 15 York EbOrators Toastmasters
  • Div E Area 39 Bullring Speakers
  • Div G Area 20 Cornerstone Communicators
  • Div G Area 25 Norwich Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge Speakers
  • Div G Area 41 Cambridge City Communicators
  • Div M Area 18 Hellfire Club

5-starCongratulations to the following 27 clubs who won the “5 Star Member Excellence” campaign by finishing on the 30th June 2017 with a NET GROWTH of at least 5 members.

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Welcome to D71’s twelve new clubs in 2016-17

  • Saffron Walden Speakers – Division G – Area 14
  • The Digital Hub Toastmasters Club – Division C – Area 16
  • Lincolnshire Speakers – Division E – Area 6
  • Deutsche Bank Toastmasters Birmingham – Division E – Area 39
  •  Allianz Toastmasters – Division M – Area 5
  • Castlebar – Division F – Area 12
  • Chester Corporate Speakers – Division E – Area 48
  • G-Toast UK – Division G – Area 41
  • Amazon Toastmasters – Division M – Area 26
  • Accentuators – Division M – Area 2
  • Google Phonic – Division M – Area 18
  • Anglian Advanced Speakers – Division G – Area 25

World Championship of Public Speaking prep

If you can get to London on Saturday 15 July, you will be treated to a day-long spectacular known as the “Road to Vancouver”. You’ll be supporting our D71 International Speech Contest champion Vinette Hoffman-Jackson, as she prepares for the world’s biggest stage! Vinette will be representing us at the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver in August! Come along Saturday as she delivers her speech alongside the other European champions.

Besides hearing Vinette and the other champs, there will be a World Championship panel moderated by Iain Hawkins featuring former WCOPS finalist Olivia Schofield.

There will also be an evaluation masterclass by Taz Miah, and Antonio Meza’s world-class keynote. The organisers promise another surprise, for a truly spectacular Saturday.

Networking reception and option to go to dinner afterwards — what’s not to like? Click here to get more information and buy your tickets!  Hope to see you there!

— Laura

Show your support for our champion Saturday at the Road to Vancouver event in London!

Show your support for our champion Saturday at the Road to Vancouver event in London!