David Jones, District 91 Table Topics Champion, 2015 Interview

David Jones, District 91 Table Topics Champion, 2015 Interview

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DEC Meeting and Training Day Agenda

Fellow leaders,

The District Executive Committee will be meeting on the 26th of February 2017 to hold their third formal meeting to conduct business for the good of Toastmasters International in District 91. In addition to the meeting in the morning and to make the most of having the district leadership all together, it is our practice to hold training for our district leaders in the afternoon.

An outline of the agenda for the day can be viewed below. All Area and Division Directors are expected to attend as part of their obligations to our members. If you are not able to attend, you are asked to send an assistant in your place.

As a matter of note, all pertinent dates for District events are available on the District Calendar on this website and have been since the beginning of July 2016. All district leaders are expected to make themselves aware of these dates. If you have any questions please contact District Administration Manager Paul Rhys-Taylor.

Best wishes,

Vanessa King DTM
District 91 Director 2016-17


District 91 District Executive Committee Day

26th February 2017 09:30 – 16:00
Woking DoubleTree Hotel, Victoria Way, Woking GU21 8EW

09:30 Arrive

10:00 District Executive Meeting, including the following:

  • Approval of minutes from prior meeting (4 November 2016)
  • Audit Committee Report
  • Mid Year Report for 2016-17
  • Leadership Committee update
  • Alignment Committee update
  • Pathways Chief Ambassador update
  • Report on the District Success Plan and Distinguished Plan progress
  • Update from Toastmasters International

12:00 Alignment Planning (TBC)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Future Council and Conferences Preparation and Updates

14:10 Division and Area Success Planning

15:30 Area Elections and Recognition

16:00 Close of the Day

News from District Director, Vanessa King

Succession Planning – Already?!

Dear District 91 members and leaders,

Vanessa King
District Director

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.

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It Takes a Village

“And first place and the District 91 Humorous Speech Champion for 2015…Selina Jones”. I gasped and jumped out of my seat as the room applauded. I couldn’t believe I had won!

But actually, I hadn’t won at all. Or rather, I certainly hadn’t won on my own – this was a real team effort, as I think all Toastmaster’s contests are. Read More

I owe this to Toastmasters

A little bit over one year ago, I arrived in the UK. After a life time of being conditioned what I should and should not be doing, I came to the UK to pursue a new job and to build a new life.

Moving from Vodafone Egypt to Vodafone Group in the UK I was appointed to be a service manager, a role where I will have a team to lead, presentations to make, and studies to prepare, I needed to take my personality and my confidence to a whole new level.

I joined Toastmasters back in March 2016, and I was hooked, I originally joined Newbury Speakers club, and soon after I decided to join Ascot Speakers as well. Read More

How to create a great environment in a new club

Creating a new Toastmaster Club is not without its challenges, but executed correctly, can be an incredibly rewarding endeavour.

I would like to share with you my experience of starting a new Club, what I learnt and what I believe are the three key ingredients to success.

wokinghamWokingham Speakers chartered 3 years ago. It is now a thriving Club with 34 Members, having recently obtained 10 DCPs for the first time in its history. However, its ability to enjoy this kind of success is a tribute to its early days and the firm plan put in place by its founders, which leads me aptly onto my first piece of advice; Read More

November Council Meeting: Additional Information

Please find below supporting information relevant to the District Council Meeting held on 5th November 2016.

The Credentials Report


The Audit Committee Report


Summary of the 2016-17 Budget


This is a link to the budget spreadsheet sent to Toastmasters International. It shows the narratives that were shared with the Council on the 5th of November. If you would like to know further information, please contact District Director Vanessa King

Finance Manager’s Report

This is the state of the finances, showing expenditure for the year since July 1st compared with budget. We are currently within budget in all areas.


Conference Dinner Menu

If you’re joining us for dinner on Saturday night, here is the delectable menu that awaits your taste buds. No need to choose in advance, each table will have both choices.


Salmon and Asparagus Tart topped with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce

Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot Salas with Dressed Endive


Braised Beef Cheeks, on a bed of Roasted Garlic Mash , Roasted Shallots and Red Wine Sauce

Herb-Crusted Baked Cod, Braised Fennel, Chive Crushed Potatoes and Sauce Vierge


Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Lemon Tart with Creme Fraiche

Freshly-Brewed Tea and Coffee


Vita Merlot-Cabernet del Veneto – Italy

Casillero del Diablo Sauvingnon Blanc, Central Valley – Chile

Speaker to Trainer Workshop

Saturday 29 October 10.00 to 4.00

Speaker to Trainer Workshop in the South West

Do you want to develop you ability to use your speaking skills to train others?

Is training a skill you’d like to develop for yourself? Would you like more opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with those less experienced?  Then, your Toastmasters club and Toastmasters more widely needs you! Read More

News from Club Growth Director – Andy Hammond

Andy Hammond

First let me start with a thank you to Porthcawl Speakers for inviting me to their fantastic charter dinner evening.  A great event to celebrate their club chartering. Already there are photos on Facebook on the night.

This month launches the club growth initiative and join me in welcoming four new clubs to our district.

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