Over this and last weekend, the divisional International Speech and Evaluation contests have been taking place. We will post below the results and reports as they come in. The winners, of course, will be going through to the District 91 Spring Conference on 5-6 May. Well done to al those taking part and congratulations to our winners.
Its a busy time for Andy O’Sullivan. As District 91’s Chief Judge, Andy is spending his time travelling to division contests and preparing his judges for the Spring Conference on 5-6 May. As well as finding Andy on our Contest & Judging page, you will also find him in the Hall of Fame as last year’s Toastmaster of the Year.
Tell me a little about your background and home life.
Born and raised in Sidcup, Kent, I spent most of my career working in banking. As someone who struggled with the confidence to speak up in meetings or give presentations, I knew that I’d have to develop my public speaking skills … one day!
Where do you live and which club(s) are you a member of?
Living close to the Elephant & Castle, I’m President of London Toastmasters, a recently Chartered club at London Bridge. This is a club I started last November, due to the massive demand for membership at my other clubs, London Public Speakers and Central London Toastmasters.
Toastmasters International CEO, Dan Rex, is flying over to visit District 91. He will be visiting a number of our clubs to present his inspirational speeches before presenting his keynote address and workshop at the Spring Conference.
Dan has worked for Toastmasters for 27 years. As Chief Executive Officer, he leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources and support to 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.
There is now a dedicated website, with additional information about the conference, posted by the conference team, check out the new website.
- The conference programme has been published. The full list of workshops over the two days, along with contest and other information, is now available here. There may be some final tweaks on the timing of events over the weekend, we’ll update the conference programme here when we do.
- There are a handful (at the time of writing this newsletter) of full weekend including gala dinner tickets left at the early bird rate of £150. Once they have gone the rate raises to £170. Be quick to book here.
- Gala Dinner – if you are unable to attend during the day but planning to join us for dinner on the Saturday evening, there are limited gala dinner tickets left, book now here.
- Social Media – follow us, like and share our posts! All updates and useful information about the conference, is regularly posted on the Toastmasters D91 Spring Conference Facebook page and Twitter on @D91SpringConf18.
Last month, District Finance Manager Beauty Zindi rolled out a shiny, brand-new expenses management system called Concur. Goodbye to cheques – with all the writing (amount in figures and in words!), signing and postage that go with it.
Now, if you want to claim expenses from the District all you need to do is request for a Concur username to be created (by e-mailing email@example.com) – a process which takes a matter of days. A clear step-by-step guide, which one member described as “short-sharp” training is in place. Once set up, you can submit your expense claim via the Concur website. It will be authorised online and the money will appear, as though by magic, directly into your bank account.
No more time-wasting trips to the bank, no more rims and rims of paper to print claim forms and receipts. Pure bliss for Beauty your Finance Manager and about time too!