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UK and Ireland, District 71

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United Kingdom and Ireland Toastmasters, District 71

Launch of new website for District 71

Today is a day to celebrate! We are launching the new D71 website – Phase 1.

The decision to build a new website was a strategic move, approved by the DLT, to meet the needs expressed by members.

The team that delivered the project:
Joan McGuire – External Consultant
Ged Byrne
Steve Campion
Elizabeth Jordan

With input from the District Director (Gerard Mannix), Daniel Sandars, other DLT members and Randika Dissanayake.

The feature that was most requested by members was a District wide calendar to post members’ events. We look forward to you making great use of this and other features to enhance communications across the District and beyond.

Planning for the future

Within hours (and in some cases minutes!) of the launch, the project team was delighted to see so many people using the new site, In true Toastmasters spirit, many of our members took the time to provide kind and helpful feedback. The previous District website was several years old, difficult to use and extremely unreliable, so the project team wanted to launch the first version of the new site as quickly as possible.

Just like our club speeches and projects, we always find areas for improvement once we have helpful feedback and support from our fellow Toastmasters. This project is no exception.

The team is looking forward to receiving further observations from our members via the feedback option on the site. We plan to review all the feedback and come up with a plan for how we can further develop the site to best serve our members. Most of our attention is focused on the upcoming District conference, so expect to hear more news after that.

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Elizabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, Club Growth Director

Elizabeth Jordan, Club Growth Director

Many clubs experience a loss in membership at September renewals as existing members leave the club for lots of different reasons. This incentive rewards clubs which renew 80% or more of their membership base at 30th June 2021. Having a good base of experienced members is important to offer mentoring to new members and stability to the club. 

It’s a good idea to follow up with members who do not renew to help club officers to understand the reason for not renewing and to extend an invite to rejoin at a future stage. They may be happy to stay on the club’s email list with this in mind.

James Finnegan

James Finnegan, Public Relations Manager

Good PR attracts new guests, invites discussion and improves the reputation of the Club and Toastmasters generally.

Elizabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, Club Growth Director

Elizabeth Jordan, Club Growth Director

Many clubs experience a loss in membership at September renewals as existing members leave the club for lots of different reasons. Recruiting in the early months helps to maintain the membership based upon the number of members at 30 June.

Maintaining a healthy membership number (25+) gives the club a much better opportunity to hold quality meetings with enough members to avoid double roles. Quality club meetings attract new members. Healthy club growth is an important part of Club Success.