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 over 200 clubs and 4,500 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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Latest News

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

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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Seven of Seven Officers Training -2nd call

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Clubs with all seven officers trained go into a prize draw to win either officer badge sets (first 5 prizes) or table topics chat packs (next 15 prizes)

Training has never been more important. The current times are different with COVID uncertainty impacting all club functions and the quality of experience we give our members. This is a year of challenges and of original new thinking and gaining every edge in new situations.

The current Club Officer Training round finishes in 9 days on the 31st of August.

Very many thanks to all the officers that have trained this round. Your passion and pro-activity to invest to lead will stand your members in good stead. You will go far.

I am still being asked by untrained club officers if there are more COT sessions. There are if you look around the world and are flexible!

Reach out to the hosts and also tell me if you are training is a sister District (Click to email PQD Daniel) so that I can validate your training. Here are some of the offers I have found.

  • District 91 (UK South) have COTs This Sunday and next Thursday, Click HERE
  • District 6 (Minnesota) have COTs next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following Monday Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • District 8 (Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois) have a COT on next Sunday 30th for officers experienced in the role and want more Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • Sunday, August 23 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–6:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Info and Registration Click HERE
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 48 (Florida) 6:00–7:00 PM (Eastern Time)   VP Membership — Click HERE Info and Registration: VP Membership 7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern Time) Treasurer — Click HERE Info and Registration: Treasurer
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Wednesday, August 26 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Saturday, August 29 — District 25 (Texas) 8:30 AM–2:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Sunday, August 30 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–5:30 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration

As a reminder, please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars Click to Email

Very many thanks

Seven of seven incentive

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Thank you for standing up to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021.

Very many thanks if you have already attended your Club Officer Training. Here is a little something to inspire your club to have all seven officers trained at a District sponsored Cub Officer Training (COT) event by the end of August. I am aware that three clubs have achieved this already and more are in the pipeline.  Congratulations.

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Why bother? What’s in it for me? I found my first COT to be very counter intuitive as I went in the door reluctantly and came away thrilling in the networking, the brainstorming and for the first-time seeing Toastmasters not about me, but about ‘we’.  There is also direct relationship between club quality and member satisfaction and retention. You, as a Club officer, are the front line in delivering the Club Mission:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Thus, well trained your time will result in more exciting meetings, more satisfied members, more new members, and a more distinguished club. That is something to be proud of.

Where to get training? Whilst we are online the world is your oyster! District 71 have two Divisions offering Training see here. We are researching a corporate club training offer to improve engagement. Other Districts are also offering training, these are indicative of offers remaining out there:

District 36 (Washington DC) August 16th 6:30pm (BST) or 22nd 1:30pm (BST) Click Here for details

Please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars dan.dtm@sandars.org.uk

Very many thanks

Club Officer Training Incentive

By random draw

First 5 clubs $60 Officer pin set

Next 15 Table Topic Chat Packs

7 club officers trained by 31 August 2020*

The D71 two contestant ruling for Autumn 2020 Contests

District 71 Contests 2020-2021

Daniel Sandars, District 71 Program Quality Director2020-2021 Click to email

This autumn District 71 runs humorous speech and table topics contests through to Division finals concluding on or before the 30th November

According to rule 3B (see bottom) of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021 (item 1171 rev 02/2020) the following two contestant rulings apply.

1) The following Divisions are required to accept the two highest placed available contestants in each contest from each of their Areas

The highest placed available contestant proceeds to District final at the Solihull 2021 conference in May 2021.

Division Directors, please ensure that your notification of winners form (https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Notification-of-Contest-Winner ) contains all the information for all contestants in rank order who have not been disqualified as we may need to call on the runners up if the winners availability changes. Email to me at your earliest convenience.

2) The following Area are required to accept the two highest place available contestants in each contest from each of their clubs

SPEECH CONTEST RULEBOOK JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021

https://www.toastmasters.org/-/media/df5b90486396457dade944becca89cf0.ashx

3. Selection Sequence

B Eight (8) weeks prior to the Area contest, if an Area has four (4) assigned clubs or

fewer in good standing, Districts have the option to allow two (2) contestants from each club to compete in the Area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the Area contest, two (2) contestants from

each club are permitted to compete.

2. In those Divisions with four (4) assigned Areas or fewer, Districts have the option to

allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Area to compete.

3. In Districts with four (4) assigned Divisions or fewer, Districts have the option

to allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Division to participate in the District contest.

4. The decision whether or not to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club

to Area, from Area to Division, and/or from Division to District must be made and

communicated throughout the District prior to the commencement of the contest cycle, i.e., prior to any club contests being held.

a) Once the decision is made, it must be implemented consistently throughout

the District in all clubs, Areas, and Divisions affected.

b) If a District decides to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club to Area, its

decisions regarding the number to advance from Area to Division and/or from Division to District need not be the same.

2020-2021 District 71 Conference


Go to www.solihullconference2021.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets.
Please also follow us on social media for updates and put your input into the conference!
Twitter/Instagram: @solihull2021

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Solihull2021

YouTube clip: https://youtu.be/mqKk9yhfFRc

District Officer Results 2020-2021

Toast Master Magazine

https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine

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D71 Sunday Seminar series #1 Pathways, Mark Snow 16 August

Please use following link to Join the zoom meeting

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtcu6trTkpH9WXP93Q6GwDpo_NpYNwx5TA

Smedley Award 2020-2021

MEMBERSHIP BUILDING PROGRAMS FOR CLUBS

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.

Beat the Clock 2020 – The final week

#WeAreToastmasters Beat The Clock

The 30th of June is fast approaching.

How have we got on with the challenge of recruiting five or more new, dual or reinstated members between 1st of May 2020 and 30th of June 2020?

We’ve seen an amazing performance from coached clubs with three beating the clock and a further five doing enough for recognition from District 71. Well done all involved

Of the non coached clubs One has so far beaten the clock – Newbridge (Plain speakers of old) with 7 new, dual or reinstated members. Seven clubs are so close with four! Fantastic efforts – thank you

The Top 10 Areas supporting membership growth in May and June- smashing effort all

The Top 5 Divisions supporting membership growth in May and June – Very well done with your leadership

Click here to see the prizes that are offer to winners:

Club Growth Incentives

Enhanced Club Officer Training Summer 2020

Club Officer Training Word Art

Promote the Toastmasters promise

Congratulations on your election to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021! We are thrilled to be working together.

Club Officer Training Word ArtEffective training for club officers is one of the most critical parts of delivering our mission to our members. Without properly trained officers, clubs cannot meet members’ needs or introduce the benefits of Toastmasters to others. Club officer training is also vital means to leadership development.

This year how District 71 delivers training has changed as we prevail over the challenges of the novel Coronavirus. This year we are offered for, the first time, a District wide Club Officer Training (COT) on the 4th of July and then to provide flexibility and choice a set of officer training sessions will be held that are coordinated by our twelve Division Directors and their Areas.

Upcoming Club Officer Training

  • 09:15-13:00 Thursday August 13th, led by Paul O’Mahony, Division A Director and Sean Dwan, Division B Director; Email Paul
  • Saturday August 15th, led by Rob Partridge, Division F Director, Email Rob

What to expect

Club Officers deliver the Toastmasters International Club Mission: “We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth”

We will help you deliver that by addressing three key questions:

  1. What is my role?
  2. Why is my role important?
  3. How can I do my role well -what are the best practices?

We are including generous facilitation activities and brainstorming because in the year ahead members, officers, and their clubs face uncertainty around roles and functions and need innovative thinking and idea.

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Good reason to renew! #WeAreToastmasters

On the 30th of June the Pathways extension expires for those members yet to renew. 6th of May Announcement  #WeAreToastmasters

  1. The dues split over 26 meeting a year are equivalent to a snack of a couple of 400g punnets of strawberries or raspberries
  2. In contrast a one-day professional workshop would start in the hundreds and be forgotten faster than the strawberries.
  3. Historically, Toastmasters International’s membership has grown faster in times of economic down turn as more of us invest in skills to get us ahead in the job market or to compete to hold on to our job.
  4. The dues are invested to fulfill Toastmasters International Mission “We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders” which is to help you and I
  5. As the saying goes for a rising star if you want to see a change you need to put in ‘some change’
  6. This is an unprecedented time to enjoy global fellowship afforded by 70% of all clubs and events now being online. I had a great time attending a passionate bilingual meeting of 8 Colombian clubs involving 80-90 members. I came away with 3-4 great ideas to try at my home club

2.75 million Toastmasters got stuck straight into online meetings. If your club isn’t online and you can’t find a club to renew at then find one online and ask to transfer in until September. Use Toastmasters International Find-A-Club, filter for those online and reach out to a few clubs that look right. https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club

Here is Hadir’s Why – What’s yours?

https://youtu.be/a0ilrDBFyEU