District 71 - UK & Ireland

Welcome to the official District 71 website. District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of over 200 clubs and 4,500 members. It spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England. Find out where our clubs are, about the big events that go on throughout the year, who makes up your district leadership team and the diary of events for the year.

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District Team

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The D71 two contestant ruling for Spring 2021 Contests

Daniel Sandars, District 71 Program Quality Director2020-2021 Click to email

This spring District 71 runs International speech and Evaluation contests through to Division finals concluding on or before the 30th April 2021, followed by District semi-finals and finals in May

According to rule 3B (see bottom) of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook JULY 1, 2020 TO JUNE 30, 2021 (item 1171 rev 02/2020) the following two contestant rulings apply.

1) The following Area are required to accept the two highest place available contestants in each contest from each of their clubs



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Compared to the Autumn, Area A49 no longer takes two contestants per club, due to a new chartered club

2) The following Divisions are required to accept the two highest placed available contestants in each contest from each of their Areas


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The highest placed available contestant proceeds to District final at the Solihull 2021 conference in May 2021.

Division Directors, please ensure that your notification of winners form (https://www.toastmasters.org/Resources/Notification-of-Contest-Winner ) contains all the information for all contestants in rank order who have not been disqualified as we may need to call on the runners up if the winners availability changes. Email to me at your earliest convenience.



3. Selection Sequence

B Eight (8) weeks prior to the Area contest, if an Area has four (4) assigned clubs or

fewer in good standing, Districts have the option to allow two (2) contestants from each club to compete in the Area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the Area contest, two (2) contestants from

each club are permitted to compete.

2. In those Divisions with four (4) assigned Areas or fewer, Districts have the option to

allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Area to compete.

3. In Districts with four (4) assigned Divisions or fewer, Districts have the option

to allow the two (2) highest-placed available contestants from each Division to participate in the District contest.

4. The decision whether or not to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club

to Area, from Area to Division, and/or from Division to District must be made and

communicated throughout the District prior to the commencement of the contest cycle, i.e., prior to any club contests being held.

a) Once the decision is made, it must be implemented consistently throughout

the District in all clubs, Areas, and Divisions affected.

b) If a District decides to allow two (2) contestants to advance from club to Area, its

decisions regarding the number to advance from Area to Division and/or from Division to District need not be the same.


2020-2021 District 71 Conference

District 2021 Conference COVID19 Update

District Conference Replaced with Online Conference #WeAreToastmasters

Dear fellow Toastmasters.

Sadly, due to Covid-19, Toastmasters International have stated that all contests this year must be held online. The decision has been made to cancel the Solihull Conference 2021 and instead do an online Virtual Conference 2021.

The Solihull Conference Team want to thank everyone for the support they have given, both in meetings, social media and at events and espeically those who had already purchased tickets and Friday night costumes. But this is the end of our journey for the Solihull Conference team on the Solihull Conference.

The Virtual Conference will be held in May 2021, final dates and agenda coming soon. This will hold the District Contests and usual District business meetings online, similiar to May 2020. Look out for District updates on registering for the Virtual Conference 2021!

Many thanks,

Solihull Conference team

Tanya Barad, Mish Barad, Asma Riaz and Stuart Doyly

D71 Trainers Bureau Brochure

District 71 Trainers Bureau #WeAreToastmasters

The Trainers of the D71 Trainers Bureau
cover the following topics
If you would like to book a trainer please email


Winter Education Summit 5-6 Dec 2020

Winter Education Summit Xmas Party District 71 5-6 December 2020 #WeAreToastmasters

Re-capture the allure of the popular Toastmasters Autumn Conference!


Winter Education Summit

Inspirational Keynotes

Motivational Masterclasses

Making the most of Zoom

Presentation insights

Ted Corcoran’s Singalong Session*

District Christmas Party

Sat 5th and Sun 6th December

Featuring a star-studded cast including:

Simon Bucknall

Phillip Khan-Panni

Dave Henson

Ros Elwira

Oluwatosin Adedipe


Mark the dates in your diary now!

*Singalong Session: Call for singers (limited places)

(To apply, Click to Email Evelyn Khan-Panni)

D71 Winter Summit Chair: Evelyn Khan-Panni DTM, Division Director of the Year, 2019-20

PQD’s Pathways Incentives (20-21)

PQD’s Pathways Incentives (20-21) #WeAreToastmasters
Incentives #WeAreToastmasters District 71 Toastmasters international 2020-2021

Welcome to the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience, an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. These District 71 incentives will add some fun and recognition to your journeys


Due to COVID lock down most incentives are offered, or can be offered, as qualified expenses that can be claimed, by prior approval, from the District Finance Manager via the Concur Expenses System.

Pathways Club Achievement

Money gold bullion Incentives #WeAreToastmasters District 71 Toastmasters international 2020-2021
  • Draw for 265 Eur qualified club expenses split across all clubs with 100% members adoption by 31st March 2020
  • Draw for 300 Eur qualified club expenses split across all clubs with 100% members adoption AND all officers with a Pathways Educational Award by 31st March 2020

Pathways Triple Crown

Triple Crown Pin Badge Incentives #WeAreToastmasters District 71 Toastmasters international 2020-2021
  • Draw for 50 Triple Crown pin badges split into three award periods

Pathways Mentoring Program

Pathways T-Shirt Incentives #WeAreToastmasters District 71 Toastmasters international 2020-2021
  • Draw for 20 Pathways T-shirts split into three award periods
Pathways T-Shirt Incentives #WeAreToastmasters District 71 Toastmasters international 2020-2021

Training Support

District 71’s Trainers Bureau presents Liz Welch “Basecamp manager for VPE’s”

Other Pathways Resources on this Website

PQD Incentives for Club Quality/ Distinguished Club Program (20-21)

Club Quality and Distinguished Club Program Incentives #WeAreToastmasters
Incentives #WeAreToastmasters

Club Quality is always a win-win for any club. A virtuous circle of members needs being met leading to a dynamic and more engaged club leading a club that can be a pleasure to lead to thrive. I am offering some additional incentives from District 71 this year

The Distinguished Club Program is a 10-goal metric that uses indicators of club quality.

Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Prizes

  • 7 DCP goals by 30 Nov, 20 lots $25 prizes
  • 10 DCP goals by 30 April, 20 lots of $25 prizes
  • Distinguished if undistinguished in last 2 years, 10 lots of EUR 41 prizes
  • In the event of under subscription the eligible clubs have Winners take all!

Club Excellence Prize

  • Highest members with new awards/ base members by 31st May
    25 lots EUR 25 prizes

The data are monitored through the District dashboard and the prizes will be distributed by random draw to clubs meeting the criteria. The prizes will be in to form of Concur expense allowances for eligible expenses, such as Toastmasters store items for end of session recognition and celebration

Training Support

Incentives for Outreach programs (20-21)

Outreach incentives #WeAreToastmasters
Incentives #WeAreToastmasters

Outreach! The #1 membership building tool.

Outreach allows you to open doors and bring a sample of the benefits of Toastmasters educational programs into the heart of your community in their environment. The Rotary Alliance can help get doors open.

1.A free kit for clubs doing a program for the first time
2.A mask and ribbon set for socially distanced programs
3.Free planning kits of specimen manuals
4.Planning support from District 71’s outreach steering group

James Hurford’s training on running Speechcraft and Youth Leadership Programs

Outreach case studies

PQD Incentive: Moments of Truth (20-21)

#WeAreToastmasters Moments of Truth Incentive

We live in challenging times that require innovative adaptation for our members and clubs to thrive! Is your club motivated to improve the quality of experience members and guests receive? Quality is the difference between wow, ouch, and ho-hum in your members eyes. Clubs need to hear more “Wow! Fantastic! I am going to tell all my friends” to attract new members! Does your club want to challenge itself to set key improvement goals this autumn and show success next spring? If so there are two related incentives for that this year. The incentive runs in conjunction with the Moments of Truth (MOT) activity which is a proven tool to underpin a cycle of continuous quality improvement.


  1. Working with your Area Director* use the Moments of Truth activity to set the club key improvement goals before the end of 2020*** Extended to 28th February 2021. On 1st February March 2021 there will be a prize draw for 420Eur to successful claims ( maximum of 50 clubs to receive $10 equivalent contribution to club expenses**).
  2. Invite the Area Director back in the spring to prove that the improvement goals have been met. On the 1st of May 2021 there will be a prize draw for 525Eur (maximum of 25 clubs to receive $25 equivalent contribution to club expenses**)

*Area Director or other District officer such as Division Director or member of the District Leadership Team

**If fewer clubs claim the incentive budget will be divided between those that have made successful claims.

*** To claim the Area Director or Club President should write to me (click to email Daniel Sandars PQD) telling me a)The club, the SMART goals that have been set, and the meeting Agenda where the MOT was conducted.

Training Support

Moments of Truth Resources

As a club, you want every new and prospective member’s initial interaction with the club to be a positive one. These decisive times when initial impressions are formed are known as Moments of Truth. Part of The Successful Club Series, Moments of Truth outlines how to create a positive first impression of your club and recognize and deal with situations critical to club success in English.

Download handout
Download slides
Download chart

Download Manual


To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

  1. Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  2. Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  3. Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  4. Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  5. Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Seven of Seven Officers Training -2nd call

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Clubs with all seven officers trained go into a prize draw to win either officer badge sets (first 5 prizes) or table topics chat packs (next 15 prizes)

Training has never been more important. The current times are different with COVID uncertainty impacting all club functions and the quality of experience we give our members. This is a year of challenges and of original new thinking and gaining every edge in new situations.

The current Club Officer Training round finishes in 9 days on the 31st of August.

Very many thanks to all the officers that have trained this round. Your passion and pro-activity to invest to lead will stand your members in good stead. You will go far.

I am still being asked by untrained club officers if there are more COT sessions. There are if you look around the world and are flexible!

Reach out to the hosts and also tell me if you are training is a sister District (Click to email PQD Daniel) so that I can validate your training. Here are some of the offers I have found.

  • District 91 (UK South) have COTs This Sunday and next Thursday, Click HERE
  • District 6 (Minnesota) have COTs next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and the following Monday Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • District 8 (Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois) have a COT on next Sunday 30th for officers experienced in the role and want more Click HERE nb we are 6 hours ahead so one for the night owls
  • Sunday, August 23 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–6:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Info and Registration Click HERE
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 48 (Florida) 6:00–7:00 PM (Eastern Time)   VP Membership — Click HERE Info and Registration: VP Membership 7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern Time) Treasurer — Click HERE Info and Registration: Treasurer
  • Tuesday, August 25 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Wednesday, August 26 — District 57 (California) 6:00–8:30 PM (Pacific Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Saturday, August 29 — District 25 (Texas) 8:30 AM–2:00 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration
  • Sunday, August 30 — District 25 (Texas) 1:00–5:30 PM (Central Time) All Offices — Click HERE Info and Registration

As a reminder, please drop me a line if you are training in other Districts and I will chase up validation info. Daniel Sandars Click to Email

Very many thanks

Seven of seven incentive

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Thank you for standing up to serve as a club officer for 2020-2021.

Very many thanks if you have already attended your Club Officer Training. Here is a little something to inspire your club to have all seven officers trained at a District sponsored Cub Officer Training (COT) event by the end of August. I am aware that three clubs have achieved this already and more are in the pipeline.  Congratulations.

#WeAreToastmasters Training

Why bother? What’s in it for me? I found my first COT to be very counter intuitive as I went in the door reluctantly and came away thrilling in the networking, the brainstorming and for the first-time seeing Toastmasters not about me, but about ‘we’.  There is also direct relationship between club quality and member satisfaction and retention. You, as a Club officer, are the front line in delivering the Club Mission:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Thus, well trained your time will result in more exciting meetings, more satisfied members, more new members, and a more distinguished club. That is something to be proud of.

Very many thanks

Club Officer Training Incentive

By random draw

First 5 clubs $60 Officer pin set

Next 15 Table Topic Chat Packs

7 club officers trained by 31 August 2020*