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UK and Ireland, District 71

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United Kingdom and Ireland Toastmasters, District 71

Division N Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 13/11/2021
9:30 am - 12:45 pm

Online event:  tiny.cc/D71Ncontest


Join us and be inspired to see how our brilliant club and area contest winners level up their performances through each round of contests. Our Division N contests are the penultimate level contests with our winners going through to the District 71 contest finals next May. This year, as we have only 4 areas in Division N, we’re delighted that both the winner and the runner-up from each area contest can compete in our division contests.

Virtual doors open at 9:00 am for contestants and contest officials, at 9:30 am for general admission. The contests will begin promptly at 10:00 am, re-admission on Zoom will be subject to contest rules, only when no contestant is speaking.

Guest of honour: Gerard Mannix, Immediate Past District 71 Director
Contest Chair, Humorous Speech contest: Jan Antons, Area N21 Director
Contest Chair, Table Topics contest: Howard Balkind, Area N48 Director
Chief Judge: Daniel Massarano, Area N15 Director

Approximate agenda, to be confirmed:

10:00 – 11:20 Welcome and Humorous Speech contest (8 contestants x 10 minutes per contestant)
11:20 – 11:40 Contestant interviews and Certificates of participation
11:40 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:20 Table Topics contest (8 contestants x 4 minutes per contestant)
12:20 – 12:40 Contestant interviews and Certificates of participation
12:40 – 12:45 Announcement of contest winners
12:45 Thanks and close

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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

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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.

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.