District 71 Northern UK & Ireland

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District Officer Resources

This page contains a wide range of useful resources for District leaders in District 71. 



Important news

  1. Toastmasters International World Headquarters has issued a letter regarding compliance with UK VAT regulations. From 1 October 2023, any tangible products shipped to the UK or digital items, including the New Member Fee and digital products sold in the Toastmasters Online Store, will be subject to VAT at a rate of 20%. Membership dues and educational products, such as Pathways, are exempt and 0% VAT applies.
  2. Following votes by the DEC and District Council, all Area, Division and District-level speech contests must be held in-person

Planning for success

District Leadership Handbook
Describes District leader roles and the responsibilities of the District Council, District Executive Committee, Division Councils and Area Councils

Serving clubs through visits
A useful guide to successful Area Director visits. The Club Visit Report template provides further details. Please remember to record the details of your planned club visits and your reports in District Central.

Consult the Toastmasters International dashboard for information about club DCP achievements and District success. The “Daily Reports” shows educational awards and the status of club membership payments and officer lists

Division Success Plan and Area Success Plan 
The success plan documents provide useful guidance on how to work with your Division Council and Area Council in order to support our clubs

Financial support

Each Division and Area is allocated a budget that can be used to help support the District mission. Expenses incurred in line with the expense guidelines (link to be provided) can must be claimed through the Concur expenses system. If you have any questions about eligible expenditure, please contact Anthony Phelan, Finance Manager before any expense is incurred.


Support for District officers

All members of the District Executive Committee are expected to participate in District Officer Training.  The first round of District Officer Training was held online, and recordings from the 25th June 2023 and 29th July 2023 session are available.

The second round of District Officer Training will be held in-person. These will be in Birmingham on 2nd December 2023 and Dublin on 3rd December 2023.  District officers are able to attend either session. Further details will be announced.

All Division Directors are part of the Extended District Leadership Team and are invited to a monthly meeting.

Toastmasters International also provides a wide range of resources for Division Director and Area Director Training.

If you have any questions about Toastmasters procedures or requirements, please contact Steve Campion, Administration Manager.

Brenda Lannon

Brenda Lannon, Program Quality Director

It is important for all committee members in a club to understand what it is the other members are trying to achieve, why they are doing it and how they can support each other.

This incentive supports the Club’s Success Plan by providing clubs with a better chance of achieving their goals under the Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

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.