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United Kingdom and Ireland Toastmasters, District 71

Candidates Corner 2022/23

On Saturday May 21st during the District Council Business Meeting, the District Council along with the District Executive Committee will be electing next term’s District Leadership Team.

The following officers will be elected by the clubs and district leadership team:

  • District Director
  • Program Quality Director
  • Club Growth Director
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Division Directors (one per division)

Nominated Candidates 2022-2023

The District Leadership Committee met regularly throughout the months of February and March in 2022 to interview, evaluate, and nominate candidates for District leadership for the 2022-2023 term.

After deliberation, the Committee nominated the following candidates for each office, listed by office they are nominated for and then alphabetically by last name.1st

District Director

Name: Brenda Lannon

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Program Quality Director

Name: Elizabeth Jordan

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Club Growth Director

Name: Danny Banks

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Club Growth Director

Name: Nikita Parks

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PR Manager

Name: Ernold Van Bueren

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Division A Director

Aidan Coakley

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Division B Director

Maura Meaney

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Division C Director

No candidate

Division D Director

No candidate

Division E Director

Sanat Shelat

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Division F Director

No candidate

Division G Director

Paul Graham

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Division H Director

Sue Burnett

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Division J Director

No candidate

Division M Director

Mairead Dillon

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Pat Rooney

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Division N Director

Howard Balkind

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Maria Orlovic

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Matthew Rizzo

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Division S Director

No candidate

Division A Director

Aidan Coakley

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Division B Director

Maura Meaney

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Division C Director

No candidate

Division D Director

No candidate

Division E Director

Sanat Shelat

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Division F Director

No candidate

Division G Director

Paul Graham

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Division H Director

Sue Burnett

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Division J Director

No candidate

Division M Director

Mairead Dillon

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Pat Rooney

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Division N Director

Howard Balkind

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Maria Orlovic

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Matthew Rizzo

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Division S Director

No candidate

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.