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UK and Ireland, District 71

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United Kingdom and Ireland Toastmasters, District 71

Contest finalists announced

On May 8th & 9th, speech contest winners from all of our Divisions competed to find out who would be our finalists at the District Conference. The standard of competition was extremely high, and sadly only the top three from each semi-final can go through to the final.

Well done to all the participants and congratulations to our finalists (in alphabetical order):

Humorous Speech

  • Aaron Day
  • Graham Dunne
  • Ita Finnerty
  • Mike Keenan
  • Chris O’Byrne
  • Vandana Sharma

International Speech

  • Pat Caslin
  • Eileen Hopkins
  • Phillip Khan-Panni
  • Kyle Murtagh
  • Pat Power
  • Imaan Tamimi

Evaluation

  • Mathilde Fischer
  • Julian Hammond
  • Mairéad Murphy
  • Kyle Murtagh
  • Ryan Parke
  • Kate Trafford

Table Topics

  • Aaron Day
  • Siobhan Fitzgerald
  • Sarina Mann
  • Colm McGlade
  • Prasanth Nair
  • Elizabeth Newman Earl

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Elizabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan, DTM, Club Growth Director

Elizabeth Jordan, Club Growth Director

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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.

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James Finnegan, Public Relations Manager

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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. Recruiting in the early months helps to maintain the membership based upon the number of members at 30 June.

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