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100 Days to Go

There are 100 days left to go in the Toastmasters year and I am a Deadline Girl. In fact, I am sure that is one of the reasons that I love being part of this organisation – each year I get a new mission and each year comes with a deadline, the end of June.

small shutterstock_309774686This time, I found myself thinking about what I wanted for the district in this last quarter of the year. We’ve made great progress so far and the team is really committed and hard working. If we stay the course, we will achieve our goals of growing the district and supporting our clubs in being excellent. So I wondered, beyond continuing to stay focused on achieving our goals, what else could we do?

To explore the question more, I reached out to our current and past international leaders to get their tips on what we could focus on – Regional Advisors, Morag Matheson and Vicky Ferrer, as well as our international Director, Teresa Dukes. Their tips were so useful, I decided to share them in this month’s update. Read More

New Expense Claim Form

Following feedback from our recent (successful) audit, we have redesigned the District 91 expenses claim form.  This form should be used for all future claims.

Voucher for Reimbursement

This form can also be found on the district’s finance page – http://d91toastmasters.org.uk/district-finances/

PR Publications Service – Call for Quotations

PR Publications Service – Update

Following discussion at the District Executive Committee in September and November, this February we published a call for quotations for the PR publications service on behalf of both Districts 91 and 71.  By the closing date of the 25th of March we had received four proposals from prospective suppliers.  Having reviewed those proposals, the leaders of both districts agreed to re-appoint Panpathic Communications for the period 2016-19, subject to annual renewal.


Toastmasters UK and Ireland (Districts 71 and 91) are seeking a supplier to deliver a public relations publication service for the period beginning July 2016 for three years, subject to annual renewal.

The following document; UK and Ireland D91 and D71 PR Publication Service Requirement, describes the requirements for the service and provides information about Toastmasters International. It also provides the questions we would like to have answered in any quotation for the service.

The closing date for quotations is the 25th March, 2016.

International Director Teresa Dukes to visit D91!

International Director Teresa Dukes to visit District 91 between 5-9 November 2015!
Teresa Dukes, International Director, Region 11

Teresa Dukes, International Director, Region 11


District 91 is delighted to be hosting Teresa Dukes for the first of her official international visits following her election in August 2015 to the Toastmasters Board of Directors as International Director for Region 11. Teresa is a Past District 71 Governor when D71 covered the whole of the UK and Ireland.

International Directors
Toastmasters International Board of Directors 2015

Toastmasters International Board of Directors 2015

International directors are members of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, each representing one of the fourteen Toastmasters regions. International directors are elected to two-year terms. They support Toastmasters both in the boardroom as organizational fiduciaries and out of the boardroom as representatives of the Board. You can read more about the role here: http://www.toastmasters.org/About/Board-of-Directors/International-Leadership-Roles


A Region is a grouping of Districts. There are 14 Regions spanning the world. District 91 (UK South) and District 71 (Britain and Ireland) are in Region 11 together with District 59, District 95 (Continental Europe), District 74 (Southern Africa) and District 20, District 79 (Middle East).

TM Regions July 2015

D91 Great Western Conference

Great Western Conference Toastmasters UK SouthWe are delighted to announce that Teresa will be the Sunday Keynote Speaker at the D91 Great Western Conference in Swindon 7-8 November. Teresa will also visit clubs and potential corporates throughout her official visit to explore various club building and recognition opportunities.

Click here to book on the D91 Great Western Conference.

Teresa Dukes elected as International Director, Region 11

Toastmasters members elect Teresa Dukes as International Director, Region 11 on the Toastmasters Board of Directors
Teresa Dukes, International Director, Region 11

Teresa Dukes, International Director, Region 11

Teresa Dukes, of Speak Easy at Martlesham in Martlesham, Suffolk, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to teaching skills in communication and leadership. Dukes was elected to the 2015-2017 two-year term at the organization’s 84th annual International Convention, held August 12-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Dukes is a “working ambassador” for the 300,000 member global organization. She works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.


Further information about Teresa

Teresa Dukes, DTM, of Ipswich, Suffolk, is a speaker, trainer and coach at Dukes Consultancy, a company she founded in May 2009. Certified as a World Class Speech Coach, she helps individuals achieve their personal objectives and reach their full potential. Her clients include CEOs, apprentices, high school students and small to medium size enterprises. Teresa also works as an associate trainer for Speakers Trust, a charitable pubic speaking organization that specializes in training and educating the not-for-profit and community sectors.

While studying at Kings College in Charlotte, North Carolina, Teresa earned a diploma in secretarial science. She continued her education to study marketing, geographical analysis and project management. She worked as a corporate director before becoming an entrepreneur.

A Toastmaster for 16 years, Teresa has been a member of her home club, Speak Easy at Martlesham in Martlesham, England, since 2004. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Teresa says, “Toastmasters means courage, opportunity and challenge: the courage to share ideas where they are heard, the opportunity to develop skills at your own pace, and the challenge to help others grow.” “Together,” she says, “Toastmasters not only grow personally and professionally, but are ready and able to grow their communities and businesses as well.”

Toastmasters Where Leaders Are Made