Congratulations to the D91 PR & Comms Awards winners:
- Paul Branley-Jones & Arun Speakers – An effective use of social media which increase their visibility externally to attract new members. They have great engagement, across clubs, on Facebook and also use MeetUp, consolidate accounts wit other clubs bringing about substantial cost savings. A highlight of Arun’s external PR activities is their work with the Prince’s Trust at Highbury College. This support has received wonderful testimonials from those involved and attracted good press coverage.
- Ula Howlett & Microsoft Speakers Club – The club’s has grown from 5 to 20+ members driven by a creative use of LinkedIn. Meetings photos are added to this social network, commented on and participants tagged in order to gain more exposure. The club has already offered to shared its PR techniques and how these could be replicated for struggling clubs.
- Rose Marie Calder & Leighton Buzzard Better Speakers – Since 2015, Roase Marie and the club has developed a working relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council. They have been Master of Ceremonies for several festivals including the Big Lunch, Day by the Canal and the Christmas Lights Festival. Community events, such as the above, spread the word of Toastmasters to a wider audience. Rose Marie also hosts a hospital radio show and regularly invites Toastmasters to speak on the show.
Barry O’Connell has set D91 up with a new series of monthly free webinars providing masterclasses in marketing. Follow the links to sign-up:
The monthly Club Strengthening & Rebuilding Forum will run on the first Sunday of every month. Follow this single registration link to access the webinar each month.
We’re now in the final 2 months of the Toastmasters year. To encourage all of your clubs to finish it with a bang, the ‘Beat the Clock’ membership building contest is now taking place.
Every club that add 5 new, dual or reinstated members between 1st May 2018 and 30th Jun 2018 will receive this prestigious award. You’ll be able to display this ribbon on your club banner with pride to show that you were one of the few clubs that finished the 2017/18 Toastmasters year with a bang.
To celebrate the launch of the Pathways learning experience in District 91, we have created a special membership building challenge to show that with Pathways all paths to become a confident speaker and more capable leader; now leads to Toastmasters and to your superb clubs!
Clubs adding 5 members during April will receive the ‘Paths to Toastmasters’ award from the District, be showcased at the May Spring Conference in Bracknell and will be able to claim £30 off their supply order. Additionally, we will send a FREE pack of Pathways ribbons to any club that gets the award too!
Membership renewals season is starting earlier than usual this year and we are inviting you to take part in it as early as you can. In order to create a bit of competitive spirit, District 91 has created the 20 to 20 challenge for membership renewals.
The first 20 clubs to renew a minimum of 20 members by March 15th will be able to claim back £50 from District 91 coffers to organise a pizza party celebration for their members and guests. Just imagine your usual vibrant club meetings with high calibre speakers, analytical evaluators, fun table topics and FREE pizza and refreshments on the top. Amazing eh?