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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

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The Audit Committee Report

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Summary of the 2016-17 Budget

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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.

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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.

Starter

Salmon and Asparagus Tart topped with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce

Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot Salas with Dressed Endive

Main

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

Dessert

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Lemon Tart with Creme Fraiche

Freshly-Brewed Tea and Coffee

Wine

Vita Merlot-Cabernet del Veneto – Italy

Casillero del Diablo Sauvingnon Blanc, Central Valley – Chile