Distinguished Club Program

Final results for the Toastmasters Year

Dear Members and Friends of District 91

It is my pleasure and honour to let you know I have received a call from International President Jim Kokocki in CCongratulations!anada. He congratulated all of us in District 91 on our achievement in coming fourth in the world out of almost 100 Districts, a President’s Distinguished District. So well done all!

It is a testament to our leaders and members all across our clubs, areas and divisions. We have used our heads, our hearts and our efforts to grow and be strong.

I would like to highlight just a few examples of the achievements from 15 16.

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How to do a Club Success Plan..

With Post-It Notes!

Goals Goals Goals.. yes I know the Euros are on but those aren’t the sort of goals I’m talking about…

I’m talking about your educational awards, your progress in the Toastmasters Program.

Now, not everyone wants to set goals and I’m completely fine with that. One of the many wonderful things about the Toastmasters program is the fact that it is entirely self-paced. It’s up to you when you what to do something and there are lots of people who are quite happy attending meetings and just having a good time not concerning themselves with goals and progress and recognition (oh my!)

CSP Poster 2This idea is for members and club committees who do want to set themselves goals and do so in a fun way.

I spotted this idea on the The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on Facebook.  Many thanks to incoming VP Education Kathy Shine, DTM of Cream City Communicators, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Her club completed Moments of Truth two weeks ago. They have already implemented several suggestions from our members and have begun to develop plans for further action that will be included in their 2016-2017 Club Success Plan.

One suggestion was to find a way to display member goals and progress in a non-threatening and non-embarrassing way for all members, and to encourage others who are taking a slower pace as they focus on building self confidence.

Their solution: they invited their members to sign their name and indicate their goal on a super-sticky post-it note, then placed them all on a large poster board marked simply as “2016-2017 GOALS.” They plan to have a second poster labelled “2016-2017 GOALS COMPLETED” and members can move their post-its from one board to the other in a simple recognition ceremony during a club meeting. What a great photo opportunity!

CSP PosterThey have several fun, colorful shapes:

  • crown shaped post-it notes for members who want to work toward their Triple Crown award
  • red apple post-its are for members who want to serve as mentors – they will be paired up with a green apple / mentee
  • dialogue post-its for people who want to attend their first conference or convention
  • other post-its for goals specific to their club, for example Club Ambassador, being part of their traveling “Cream Team” (a Capture the Banner program, which sounds a lot like Thomas the Travelling Gavel in Area 55)
  • stars for Competent Leader and Communicator awards
  • clouds for Advanced Leader and Communicator awards

It’s a Club Success Plan on a poster board! Why not try it in your club? If you do, send photos to dltdistrict91@gmail.com.

The Toastmasters Promise

web_res_vk_086Why did you join Toastmasters? Why have you stayed?

We all have very different answers to those questions. Maybe a boss told you you really had to improve your presentations or you wouldn’t be able to advance your career. Maybe you had to make a best man’s speech and you didn’t want to let your friend down. Perhaps, like me, you wanted to meet new people with different experiences.

I suspect that, no matter the range of answers to the first question, the answer to the second is pretty much the same for all of us.

Toastmasters has changed our lives.

We discovered capabilities in ourselves we didn’t know we possessed. We felt good about supporting a fellow member. We laughed, cried and developed long-lasting friendships with fellow members, and sometimes more, as I did.

It’s a pretty great place to be, isn’t it!

Wouldn’t you love to share that feeling with others?

When you joined Toastmasters, you made an agreement with your club – The Toastmasters Promise. You might not remember, but it’s there, on the back of the membership form you signed, and in the front cover of your Competent Leader and Competent Communicator manuals. There are ten promises and I’d like to focus on just two of them:

  • To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow
  • To bring guests to club meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers

If you look around your club though, is there anyone you haven’t seen for a while? Perhaps a friend, maybe an acquaintance. Do you ever wonder how they are doing? Why not give them a call, just to say hi and let them know you’re thinking of them and ask them to come back to the club for a visit.

I encourage you to invite a friend to your next club meeting. Share with them how Toastmasters has affected you. They’ll probably recognise the changes you’ve made but be unaware of the reasons why. Invite them to your club so they can experience the Toastmasters program.

Grow and be strong!

Best wishes,
Vanessa King, incoming District Director 2016-17


Monthly Mentions – DCP Progress

District 91 DCP Progress

72% of our clubs within District 91 have achieved Distinguished, with 12 of those being Presidents Distinguished.

Congratulations to the following clubs:

Division B

  • London Victorians
  • Berkeley Square Speakers Toastmasters Club
  • City Limits Speakers
  • Grosvenor Square Club

Division H

  • Wokingham Speakers
  • County Communicators

Division J

  • Thamesdown Speakers Club
  • Malvern Speakers

Division K

  • Bromley Speakers
  • 1st London Toastmasters

Division L

  • Holborn Speakers
  • WIBF Speakers-City Club

If a Toastmasters year is a marathon, it’s time for the sprint finish.

Dear District Leaders,

With 30 days to go to the end of the Toastmasters year, we are one of only seven districts around the world who are distinguished.  Third highest number of distinguished clubs, second highest number of clubs that have 20+ members. And overall, doing better than we did this last year.

We have still a lot to do to get to President’s Distinguished District – 2 more clubs to either charter or get to good standing and 351 renewals or new members.  Our analysis is that these goals are achievable –  it will take a lot of focus to get there.

If a Toastmasters year is a marathon, it’s time for the sprint finish.

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Distinguished District

Well done Toastmasters District 91 – we’re a Distinguished District now. Let’s enjoy today and redouble our efforts for the rest of the year. Last year we got one club more than the requirement for Presidents Distinguished and 85% of our clubs were distinguished. This year, let’s do even better and build momentum for next year too.

Can you reach out to members who haven’t renewed and welcome them back? Is there more you can do to invite in new clubs and new members? Can your club do better than last year in the DCP programme? If your club is new, what can you do to maximise your chances of being distinguished, if not this year, then next year? Let’s grow and be strong.

Jean Gamester

District 91 Director


Educational Achievement – How Do We Perform?

You’ve heard it mentioned that District 91 was ranked 3rd in the world in the 2014-15 Toastmasters year, but what does that really mean? Well, here’s a chart for you….

D91 Compared to the World

Pretty good, huh!

And just so you know, the district in top spot last year achieved 87.85% distinguished. All we needed was three more distinguished clubs…

But it’s more than graphs and tables and being number one.

All these numbers reflect the most important thing – the achievements of our members. Every DCP point is a member achieving an educational award, a club committee that knows how best to serve its members, member dues paid on time and a club that is growing and sharing the Toastmasters program with more and more people across the south of England and Wales.

Now that’s something to be proud of, don’t you think?

District 91 – building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence.

July Educational Achievements – Congratulations!

The following members have achieved educational awards in July 2015:

Alan McMahon, LDREXC, Watford Speakers
Ana Herranz, CC, London Business School Public Speaking Club
Angela Lillycrop, CC, Thamesdown Speakers Club
Anna Marczyk, CL, Chaseside Speakers Toastmasters Club
Anthony Winyard, ACB, HOD Speakers Club
Anthony Winyard, ALB, HOD Speakers Club
Arnaud Sartre, CC, Toasted Sandwich Toastmasters Club
Arnaud Sartre, CL, Toasted Sandwich Toastmasters Club
Bibi Chutoo, CL, Chiltern Speakers Club

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Every Club Distinguished

This year we have a challenging goal for our district – Every Club Distinguished.

It’s a stretch, but it is achievable and you play an important part in making it happen. Not only that, you grow and develop your communication and leadership skills, and who knows where that will take you!

What is your educational goal for this year?

Perhaps you’re a new member and you’ve only just done your Icebreaker. You have time to achieve your Competent Communicator award this year. Just ask your Vice President Education to schedule you for a speech. Don’t wait until you’re scheduled to do a speech – write one now and have it ready, so if someone drops out at the last minute you can step up and deliver yours.

Achieving your Competent Leader award is a cinch – just volunteer to fulfill roles in your club meetings and make sure you fill out your CL manual.

Maybe you’re only a few speeches away from achieving your Competent Communicator. Did you know that the first two advanced manuals are complementary from Toastmasters International? Have a think about what you’d like to focus on next. The Entertaining Speaker and Storytelling is a great place to start and your first Advanced Communicator award is within reach.

If you’re serving as a club officer this year, your Advanced Leader Bronze award is easily achievable. All you have to do is make sure you get credit for your work this year and deliver two presentations from the Successful Club and/or Better Speaker programs. In fact, any club member can present these programs, and they will count towards your leadership award. There’s also the Leadership Excellence series. Each presentation offers excellent ideas and techniques for improving your speaking, your club experience and your leadership. To find out more, click here.

Which educational award will you aim for this year?


Club award for Berkeley Square Speakers

From Daniel Broadhead, President Berkeley Square Speakers

Strong congratulations to the membership of our club for making Berkeley Square Speakers the first club in the UK to earn president’s distinguished status in the Distinguished Club Program for 2014/15. The preparation that each member puts into their speech projects is testimony to the respect each member has for the club and the belief that you get out what you put in, and no where is this truer than at our club.

The commitment of the membership is driven by the commitment of the committee. As in the words of Aretha Franklin “we are climbing higher mountains” and to make the next six months we are all determined to up our game. It is the committees’ example as toastmasters first and foremost that sets the tone at our ‘breakthrough company’ and the dedication of the committee ‘off the pitch’, that makes breakthroughs for our members a reality.

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