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Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)

2019-2020 Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)

Over the weekend 23-24th June District officers gathered for the first round of training. We currently have 210 active clubs arranged into 12 Division and 47 Areas. First to go were the Irish Divisions at the Carlton Airport Hotel on the Saturday followed by the Northern British Divisions at Manchester Hilton Airport Hotel on the Sunday

Divisions A, B, C, D, F, M, and J (blue in heart of Dublin)

Divisions E, G, H, N, and S from Northern Britain

Division and Area Director Training (DOT#1)A few take-outs

  • Remember the member -when members and guests flourish everything else follows
  • Excellence is build from the foundations up
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and convivially
  • It is a hobby -keep it fun
  • Excellence is the next five minutes…the next conversation…the next email… or it is nothing at all (Tom Peters)

Diverse Community Outreach case studies

Diverse Community Outreach Activities

Outreach is an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach is that the groups providing it are not stationary, but mobile; in other words they are meeting those in need of outreach services at the locations where those in need are. In addition to delivering services, outreach has an educational role, raising the awareness of existing services

Community outreach extends beyond the Youth Leadership Program and Speechcraft. This is an embryonic section at present, but so far includes:

  1. Sam organizing two training days for the public based on the Better Speaker and Leadership Excellence series of educational speeches,
  2. Daniel describing how Area H44 have worked with redundancy re skill charity Careers Action to lay on educational demonstration meetings and a workshop, and
  3. Pat describes how Speakeasy Toastmasters Club (Mallow) spearheads an annual schools speaking competition.
  4. Unipart Rail threw down the challenge of organizing a Toastmasters Taster Session and Andy tells us how Doncaster Speakers took it up.
  5. Hertfordshire Speakers’ Elizabeth Jordan describes how Toastmasters’ members teamed up to help deliver a recent Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.

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Speechcraft case studies



If you are an experienced member, Speechcraft is a great opportunity for you to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. It can be offered as an integral part of your club meeting or as a seminar-style program presented outside of your club. The content can be delivered in four, six or eight sessions.

In this section we have assembled a diverse range of examples of Speechcraft programs from District 71 and even drawn in an example from New Zealand! The hard won experience behind these case studies will be invaluable to those planning Speechcraft and very fascinating reading for us all. We have so far:

  • Patricia describes the program at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and provides a clear guide for the mechanics of the course and her passion for it
  • Danny uses experience from Leicester Leaders to provide much of the strategic thinking needed for planning Speechcraft
  • Sandra reports from the ‘coal face’ as her Speechcraft within the company of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Ireland completes to rave reviews from the participants. They were left wanting more!
  • Pat and Teresa describe the Speechcraft in Clondalkin Toastmasters that used an innovative WhatsApp group to keep participants in the loop and engaged – many remained members and two did very well in the contests.
  • Billy describes the Speechcraft inspired Boot Camps he organized to help coach Plain Speakers back to health by opportunistically utilizing the very scarce manpower and financial resources. Three participants became members going on to become committee members.
  • Daniel, Sultan and Luc describe how Cambridge Speakers opened the door to Cambridge University with a Speechcraft for six masters law students which lead to a further inquiry which lead to the application to organized a new corporate club
  • Bob reflects strategically on Speechcraft Camulodunum Speakers run with the University of Essex Public Speaking Society revealing the mechanisms, constraints and opportunities of Toastmastering within Academia.
  • Daniel, Alistair, and Mike  provide a very insightful description of the innovative New Zealand concept of community based Speechcraft Clubs to be found in most major population centres

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#TICON2018 87th Toastmasters International Convention Photos


87th Toastmasters International Convention Photos

It’s hard to believe, as I write this, that two weeks ago I was finishing my second day of district leader training in Chicago ahead of the International Convention. District leader training is where the trios (District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director) from every District are put through their paces. It also affords an opportunity for the trio to bond, to discover that other Districts face similar challenges to ours and to hear how other Districts overcome these challenges.

After training it was time to attend the opening ceremony for the convention. I was proud to be a part of the “Parade of Flags” and to carry the Irish flag. But who knew that it takes 2½ hours to be trained in how to carry a flag. The opening keynote speaker was Steve Gilliland who was slick and very humorous but who also gave us food for thought.

Deirdre Linehan performed very well in her semi-final and for the first time in Toastmasters history the winner of the World Championship of Public Speaking and the two runners-up were females!

Over the four nights, Past International President Ted Corcoran, hosted the “sing-along”. On the Saturday night newly installed International President, Lark Doley, donned her Texan outfit and serenaded us with some lip-syncing. The “sing-along” finished with everyone standing up holding hands and singing Danny Boy conducted by Ted.

I loved Chicago. Highlights were: – standing on the shore of Lake Michigan looking across at the Chicago skyline, visiting Navy Pier, the river architecture cruise learning about the history of the impressive skyscrapers and the large areas of parkland which gave the city an “open” feel.

What didn’t I like? – that the District didn’t make it onto the stage at the Hall of Fame. So it’s onwards and upwards to Denver, Colorado in August 2019 and if we all pull together standing on the stage at the Hall of Fame as a distinguished district.

Patricia O’Reilly, DTM

District Director 2018-19

Patricia O’ Reilley rehearses the flag ceremony

District 71 Members at the Chicago Convention

Patricia O’ Reilley receiving the Award of Excellence in Program Quality from International President Balraj Arunasalam

Patricia O’ Reilley presents a gift of thanks to outgoing Regional Advisor Aletta Rochat

Deidre Linehan, our International Speech semi-final contestant, put in a tremendous performance, but alas didn’t make it to the finals.

World Champion of Public Speaking Ramona J Smith and new International President Lark Doley

Our newly elected Region 10 International Director Tuire Vualasvirta

International Board of Director 2018-19