Toastmasters International

UK and Ireland, District 71

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United Kingdom and Ireland Toastmasters, District 71

Awards - Hall Of Fame

Many of our members show great dedication to their clubs and fellow club members. Some take on leadership roles beyond their clubs as Area and Division Director or District Leaders. There is formal recognition for some outstanding contributions which you’ll find here.

In addition many of our members stretch themselves by entering contests. As events occur, we’ll be adding more about individual successes and achievements both here and in News sections

Celebrate the District 71
Hall of Fame
2020-2021

Host

Gerard Mannix

DTM, IPDD

POSTPONED

Further details to follow

Toastmasters

District 71 – How did we do in the Toastmaster year ending 30 June 2021?

Toastmasters International’s Distinguished Club Program Dashboard has now been finalised for 2020/21.

Congratulations to you, our members, to our Club Officers, Area and Division Directors and all those who volunteered their time to helping District 71 in the year ending 30 June 2021.

Have a look at how you did and take a bow!

Club Performance

Distinguished Clubs

124 of District 71’s 213 clubs were Distinguished in 2020/21 – that’s 58% of our clubs and higher than the world average. Congratulations to all concerned!

Many clubs were almost distinguished – needing just one more member or one more point. We are aiming for 100% in this special 50th anniversary year! We know, with the help of our members, we can do this.

Special congratulations to the 85 clubs who achieved Presidents Distinguished and the 47 of these who earned the maximum 10 DCP (Distinguished Club Program) Points.

A shout out to the following 5 clubs which have achieved  the highest number of Presidents Distinguished awards since online records began in 2005.

Fingal Toastmasters deserves a special mention. It is the only club in the District to achieve President’s Distinguished every year since the DCP program was introduced in 1998. Now that’s impressive!

Distinguished Clubs

Club NumberClub NameDivisionAreaNo of years Presidents Distinguished since records began (in 2005)
6255Fingal Toastmasters ClubC1017
4028Powdermills ClubA4916
1753Swords ToastmastersC1015
1896Lucan ClubM2614
950862Maynooth ToastmastersD2814

And Heartiest congratulations to the clubs which achieved Presidents Distinguished status for the first time in 2020/21. Wow! Well done everyone.

First Presidents Distinguished Club Award

Club NumberClub NameDivisionAreaCharter Date
7845736Digital CommunicatorsN4818/02/21
3525Mid-Ulster Toastmasters ClubF431/12/02
2861732IBM Blue ToastmastersC1614/02/14
4830516Livingston SpeakersS3318/09/15
6643772Stirling SpeakersS3325/02/19
5563060Walsall SpeakersE3910/09/18
6935166Headingley SpeakersN1514/10/19
6973786Liverpool City ToastmastersN3107/01/19
7741127Microsoft OnevoiceM5414/02/20

Membership Growth

Every year members leave our clubs for many varied reasons and new members join. This results in vibrant, interesting and fun meetings. We should all be aiming to grow our membership each year especially if we have less than 30 members. Aim to finish on 30 or more. Clubs with 15 members or less should aim to grow by 5 to be eligible for Distinguished status. Clubs with 16 to 19 members should be aiming for a minimum of 20 members to be eligible for Distinguished status.

A shout out to the following clubs who had exceptional growth in 2020/21.

A special mention for Pegasus Speakers which achieved extraordinary growth from 29 to 68 members. Exceptional!

Membership Growth

Club NumberClub NameDivisionAreaMembership BaseActive MembersGrowth
7776718Pegasus Speakers AdvancedH44296839
5766676UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate BusinessM54163216
767063Viking Voices ToastmastersC22163014
770338Aberdeen Toastmasters ClubS43173013
1205233Cambridge Confident CommunicatorsG41112413
644057Kildare ToastmastersD28203111
7845736Digital CommunicatorsN48233310

Coached Clubs

Clubs with 12 or less members have the option of being assigned a coach to help them achieve Distinguished status. Congratulations to all the coaches in District 71 Clubs for the year 2020/21. Look at these results. Mid Ulster Toastmasters Club and Stirling Speakers achieved Presidents Distinguished for the first time! The Coach program definitely works! A massive shout out to Tony, Anne, Helen and Aidan.

Coached Clubs

Club NumberClub NameDivisionAreaCoachMembership BaseActive MembersClub Distinguished
1205233Cambridge Confident CommunicatorsG41Tony Fasulo, DTM1124S
3525Mid-Ulster Toastmasters ClubF4Anne MacFarland, DTM816P
6643772Stirling SpeakersS33Helen Kelly, DTM1015P
1153557Guardian ToastmastersA3Aidan P. Coakley, DTM1318D

Club Officer Training

Each year the District Team organises training for club officers. These training opportunities provide an ideal forum for Club Officers to gain an understanding of their role and how they can help the club to be successful. They are also important for building networks. Special recognition is due to the following three clubs which had 7 officers trained at Club Officer Training 1 and 2.

Club Officer Training

Club NumberClub NameDivisionArea
3087888El ToastmastersC22
1479472Cornerstone Communicators Advanced ToastmastersH32
6824Heart of England ClubE42

Area and Division Performance

Our Area and Division Directors have their own set of key performance indicators. One of the most challenging deliverables for our Area Directors in achieving Presidents Distinguished is to finish the year with one club more than the base. In 2020/21 District 71 had 6 Areas Presidents Distinguished out of a total of 47 Areas. Congratulations to Mark, Bradley, Rose-Marie, Saqib, Gerda and Alexandra.

Area Performance

AreaDivisionArea Director
19CMark Flynn
20HBradley Peters
32HRose-Marie Starkey-Calder
42ESaqib Moosa
48NGerda Parkja
49AAlexandra O'Sullivan

The challenge is similar for Division Directors. 4 of our 12 Divisions were Presidents Distinguished

Division Performance

DivisionDivision Director
CMarian Brennan
HVinette Hoffman-Jackson
JMichael May
NLiz Welch

Our challenge in this special year is to make that 47 out of 47 Areas and 12 out of 12 Divisions. We are working together as a team to make every effort to achieve this dream. This will need all members to get involved. We will celebrate in style in 2022! Good luck to everyone!

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.