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.
A warm welcome to our three newest clubs, Google UK Speakers (Division C, Area 5), Clapham Connectors (Division H, Area 35), and Wellington Management London Toastmasters Club (Division B, Area 6). That takes us to seven new clubs so far, with a further thirteen pre-charter clubs, and more than twenty leads in the pipeline.
If you have an idea for a new club, or would like to know more about how to start a club, then please get in touch with me.
It is nearly time for members to pat their fees for the 1st April renewal. Just a reminder that for a club to remain in good standing requires at least eight member payments by 31st March 2017. And to have at least 20 members, or a net growth of at least five new members, to qualify for the Distinguished Club Program.
Succession Planning – Already?!
Dear District 91 members and leaders,
I know it feels like a strange time to start thinking about the next group of leaders. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been through a bit of a shock at being elected to your role and you’ve experienced some awe when you’ve thought about the task ahead. However, you’ve built relationships with mentors and friends, you’ve had some training and you start to feel like you know what you’re doing. Surely it’s not time to hand over the baton just yet?
Well, no, it’s not quite time yet. You do have another few months to serve your members, see your vision come to fruition and develop your skills in leadership and communication. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about who you can ask to step up. Who can you nurture and encourage by suggesting they stand for election as a club officer or district leader? They may need some time to think about your suggestion, ask questions and seek advice from people they respect and admire.
Time to celebrate with the oldest club in the UK and Ireland, Aylesbury Speakers. Founded in 1956, it’s still going strong. At the recent District Conference Hall of Fame event, Aylesbury Speakers was one of eight clubs in our District to achieve the Highly Commended Club award based on education awards and retention of members.
With only days to go until Aylesbury Speakers 60th Anniversary Dinner on Friday 18 November, there are spaces available, come and celebrate with Aylesbury Speakers – 60-anniversary-invite