Club Presidents and Secretaries you will have received an email from Toastmasters International regarding assigning your proxy.
Your club has an important vote to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention. Clubs will vote to elect the international officers and directors to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors as well as vote on Proposals for the amendment to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. Read More
I can hardly believe it, but the 30th of June 2017 is finally here and it’s time to celebrate all that we’ve achieved.
Our figures are not yet final, but at the time of writing we welcomed the following:
New clubs to the District
Infineum Milton Hill Speakers, Hungerford Speakers, Tottenham Speakers Club, Bristol Central Speakers, Google UK Speakers, Clapham Connectors, Wellington Management London Toastmasters Club, Central London Toastmasters, Horsham Toastmasters, Yahoo UK, db Toastmasters – Canary Wharf and Master Speakers.
We hope to also to welcome Blue Fin at Telstra to our D91 family, and we have a further 15 clubs in the pre-charter stages. Our clubs welcomed over 2000 new members during the year, 45 members registered 3 or more educational awards this year, and more than 750 educational achievements logged with Toastmasters International.
After attending the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) Finals in Las Vegas, in 2015, I discovered something new, something I did not quite understand at the time, but something that left me wanting more. To paraphrase Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (WCPS, 2014), I saw something, but I did not know what it was … So I decided to attend the Convention in Washington, DC in 2016. I wanted to experience the event from start to finish whilst visiting a city I had never been to before – this is always a bonus!
We are looking forward to welcoming fellow Toastmasters to this year’s Spring Conference in Southampton.
Conference preparations are entering the final phase. Behind the scenes tasks have been carried out to make sure the stage is truly set for your arrival at the conference. The functionaries have been appointed, all looking forward to the weekend. The conference brochures are already printed.
In the latest Pathways webinar, which I and your local Pathways Ambassadors joined, it was announced that the roll out schedule has been extended.
How does this impact on our District? What does this mean?
This means our Region (we are in Region 11), based on the revised schedule we will not now be getting Pathways until 2018.
Similarities exist between fishing and speech-making? Surely not! Bear with me as I remember how, as a boy, I caught my largest pike…
Know Your Audience
It was a wily old fish that lurked amongst gnarled tree roots at the bend of an oozing river. Others had failed to catch this mighty pike and I’d have failed too if I hadn’t taken the trouble to understand its habits: how it responded to the weather, to river conditions, and what it fed on. Many years later when fully grown, I realised I needed the same understanding of audiences’ traits and habits when making presentations.
During the conference a Media Room will be set up. The purpose is to allow members to come along and film a short promotion clip for their club. This will be a piece to camera, which will be edited to a 3-5 minute media file for use by your club and the District, to promote your club on websites and social media. Interested?
Congratulations are due to all the clubs that were nominated for PR Awards this year. Thank you to all that took the time to nominate the clubs for the PR Awards. Reading and reviewing the reasons for nominations gave a small insight into the range of activity, the hard work and fun that you are all having. From charter dinners, annual dinners and anniversary dinners, a definite foodie theme over in Division J!
I was not able to attend all the Division Contests to present the awards, I’d like to thank the members of the District Leadership Team that did so on my behalf.
The plans for a London Club Growth Committee (LCGC) are coming together and my High Performance Leadership Committee is now in place. I am now keen to find people to join the LCGC itself who I can empower to take the vision forward.
Some things are difficult for the formal setup to offer and my vision is for a less formal committee to support and supplement D91’s offering, acting as a one-stop-shop for new and struggling London clubs. For instance, a possible activity for the committee is to compile a master list of London venues that are accommodating to TMI clubs, rather than the current situation of prospective clubs having to start the search from scratch.
See here for details of our division contests.