For those of you who attended the Autumn Conference at Gatwick, I hope you will agree that it was a wonderful showcase of all that is great in D91: superb Table Topics; very humorous speech contest and well run and received workshops. I am very much looking forward to our Spring conference on 5-6 May! Hope you will all join us there!
Farewell Autumn Conference
With the close of the Autumn Conference for the last time, we are in the process of setting up a committee, let by Area Director, Dee Alimi, to review how we will handle District business from 2018, with no Autumn Conference. Watch this space for updates over the coming months.
Our last Autumn Conference was held at Gatwick Airport. This one-day event was packed full of value to inform, educate and entertain members and guests from across the District and beyond. Next year, districts will only be required to hold one annual conference, the Spring one in May.
As the Conference was held at Gatwick Airport it had a flight theme and by the end of it we were flying high. The keynote speech was brought by Aletta Rochat who flew in from South Africa to join us. Aletta is the Region Advisor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Toastmasters International – and what an inspiring and affirming keynote it was! Aletta described and gave value to a range of essential service leadership qualities and then she invited District Director Pedro Casillas, to recognise members in the room who exemplified each one. There were also edifying Communications and Leadership workshops run by well-respected district leaders.
A brand new trophy was launched at the Gatwick Conference on 4th November – The D91 Explorers’ Cup! The idea was first suggested by Filip Balota, President of Gatwick Communicators and Conference Director, based on his experience of a similar initiative in the Netherlands. Andy Hammond, Program Quality Director, agreed that the District would sponsor the award as it supports the aims of encouraging members to broaden their knowledge and share their experiences by visiting other Toastmasters clubs.
The way it works is that the trophy can be claimed from the host club when at least three members of another club take on roles at the same meeting of the host club. They must ensure there is photographic evidence which is then posted on social media and the District 91 website. They then retain the D91 Explorers’ Cup until such time as another club claims it by the same process.
It’s November so surely we are allowed to mention Christmas now!
Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals, three of which are:
1. Create a strong, supportive club membership
2. Enhance members’ speaking skills
3. Prepare members for real life experiences
Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a working relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council. We have been Master of Ceremonies for several festivals including the Big Lunch and Day by the Canal. Once again, we have been invited to bring Christmas cheer and entertainment from 1st through the 3rd of December. The weekend includes the switching on of the Christmas lights, craft stalls, Santa’s Grotto, a funfair, street entertainers and the Santa Dash.
Why does Leighton Buzzard Speakers look forward to participating in these activities? As Toastmasters members, we seek to expand and practice our communication skills.
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