See here for details of our division contests.
District Conference- Southampton 5-7 May 17
Richard Blackman and team are doing a fantastic job in preparing for the D91 Spring Conference in Southampton. If you haven’t already seen it, check out their fabulous promotional video:
Sneak preview: Yoga Laughter; Plotting your Pathways; keynotes and workshops given by International President, Mike Storkey; special guest, World Champion of Public speaking 1995, Mark Brown….and much more! See you there! Read More
We’re now three quarters of the way through this Toastmasters Year. It’s been wonderful working with so many members from across our district. I’m sure the next three months will continue to delight, surprise and have plenty of wows! Read More
Your D91 Spring Conference Team from Area A1 have been beavering away furiously, on what is going o be a fantastic weekend of Laughter, Learning and Lightbulb Moments. Date for your diary 5-7 May. Read More
District leader elections are held at District Councils’ annual meetings at District Conferences worldwide between March 15 and June 1. Rules exist within Toastmasters International (TMI) to ensure that these elections are conducted fairly, and without prejudice. Read More
Fellow leaders and members,
In 2009 I heard an interview on local radio. Some people were talking about a speaking club in Mole Valley and I wondered whether there was anything similar in my area. I couldn’t remember the name of the club, so I just did a search for “speakers club Woking” and discovered the wonderful people at Woking Speakers Club. I checked their website and found out when their next meeting was. At that time they met in a village hall and, having no idea what to expect, went along for a visit. I was warmly welcomed, invited to sit with a member who explained how the meeting worked and what to expect. They applauded when I spoke at the warm-up and invited me to join them at the pub after the meeting. I decided to join that night! That incredible group of people played an important part in helping me to become the person I am today (whether they like it or not!) and I will be forever grateful to them.
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.
Nominations for PR Awards
From radio interviews, local TV, promotional videos, Facebook, Twitter, articles in newspapers and magazines, club newsletters, through to speech on the beach, club anniversary parties, new club charters events and annual club dinners, there’s been plenty of activity to keep your club VPPRs occupied. Read More
The inauguration of a new Toastmasters Club requires commitment, leadership and public relations to help it become a successful club. Gloucester Speakers launched 14th October 2014 and chartered 1st March 2015. Public relations made a significant impact, letting people know about the club existence and accepting new members, all to facilitate development of their public speaking skills.
To spread the word, traditional PR was employed such as press releases, posters, business and networking. Then as now, we make full use of social media, Facebook and Twitter. We found that Meetup has helped move us forward.
Local radio love to have notice of local events and are supportive in developing awareness of how Toastmasters helps with public speaking. Our PR coup, air time on BBC local radio. Read More
Harrovian Speakers Club recently celebrated 13 years since its inception and continued the trend of achieving President’s Distinguished Club status last Toastmasters year. This was made possible only due to the teamwork of the Cabinet (as we endearingly referred to the officers committee) and combined efforts of each member of the club.