News and Events - D91 Toastmasters UK South

PR Report, from District PR Manager, Helena Brewer

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

Getting the Word Out! By Pauline Masters, Gloucester Speakers

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

Long Service Awards at Harrovian Speakers Club

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.

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25th Anniversary for Northavon Speakers

On the 1 March 1992 a few intrepid Toastmasters decided to setup the Northavon Speakers Club – 25 years later it is still going strong.

To help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary we cordially invite you to:

 Northavon Speakers Club 25th Anniversary Dinner

at

The Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

Friday 24 March 2017

7pm for 7.30pm

3-course menu with a drink on arrival

£30 per head

Black tie, lounge suits and party frocks and partners welcome.

To book your place now, please send details to:

NASCToastmasters25@Outlook.com

Payment needs to be received by 7 March 2017 to ensure your place

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

Contest Preparation Workshops

Contest Season Fast Approaching

For many, entering contests is a must, commenting it’s ‘fun‘, ‘challenging‘, ‘takes you further‘ and ‘what comfort zone?‘. For the many other members, they run a mile. However, there’s more to contests than being a contestant.

If your club is hosting the contest, at club, area or division level, they’ll be looking to you to assist, calling out for volunteers and there are plenty of roles to fill. Of course, let’s not forget there’s a need for the all important judges too.

The District Chief Judge, Andy O’Sullivan is holding two events: –

7 FebruaryOrganising a Contest

28 FebruaryJudging workshop

These workshops are open to all members. Find out more about running fantastic contests which showcase both speech and leadership skills. 

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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Report from PR Manager, Helena Brewer

Busy, Busy, Busy.

There’s already been a flurry of activity across the District in 2017.  From the mouths of members, it’s ‘are you entering the contests?’.  There’s a definite buzz as clubs set contest dates and members prepare to enter. The articles from members this month reflect experiences of entering contests, even though they’d not been a member of Toastmasters all that long. Remember that you can support by offering to take a role at contests too. Articles on this will follow over the next couple of months. Keep your stories coming, share your experiences with fellow members. Read More

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