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District 71 Newsletter

March 2018

Pathways has arrived in District 71!

Log in to www.toastmasters.org select “Pathways” select “Access my path through Base Camp”

select the blue tile on the left “Continue to Path Selection” and take the assessment. Pathways will benefit you as a member of Toastmasters International by giving you: • • • • •

Access to a choice of 10 unique learning paths or 5 if you opt for printed materials The opportunity to build skills that transfer to your career and beyond A self-paced learning experience Engaging videos and digital content Interactive quizzes and activities

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Feedback and recognition Recognition of educational achievements that will come earlier and more frequently New technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles Videos that model the skills you are learning

Remember: • • • •

Your club meetings have not changed and will not change You can continue to work in the traditional education program until in or around 30 June 2020 You can choose to work in both the traditional education program and Pathways You can choose to jump straight into Pathways

Be aware: •

While your progress towards awards in the traditional education program won’t be transferable to Pathways because the projects and structure of learning in the programs are different, all educational achievements will remain part of your record with Toastmasters International. Competent Communication (CC), Competent Leadership (CL) and other awards earned in the traditional education program will always be recognized by the organization. Any service you have completed as a club or district leader that has not been applied toward an award can be used to fulfil your next education award in the traditional education program or Pathways (including club leadership, district leadership, club sponsor, club mentor, club coach, Youth Leadership Program and Speechcraft).

Member viewpoint From now to the 31 May 2018, I would love to hear of your personal experience or club experience of Pathways. For example:What Path are you working in? Why that Path? Are you enjoying working through Level 1 of your chosen Path? Have you started Level 2? How does Pathways compare to the traditional education program? How is your club helping its members to transition to Pathways? How is your club supporting members who are not technology-savvy? Your top tips for how to encourage members to transition to Pathways? How is your club supporting new members as they embark on Pathways? Send your articles to me patriciaoreillytm@gmail.com and our wonderful PR Manager, Laura Bruce, might be persuaded to include some of them in the June newsletter.

Welcome from the editor Welcome to the March edition of the D71 newsletter. Our Toastmasters year is fairly flying in, and the District Conference – Safe Haven 2018 – is just around the corner. In this month's edition, you'll see contributions from across Division B as well as our lead story from our Program Quality Director

Patricia O’Reilly announcing Pathways’ launch one week ago on 20 March in District 71. As always, your contributions – and feedback! – are welcome. Please contact the D71 leadership team by clicking here. Thank you

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Greetings from Division B!

Warm greetings from Division B. We are based in the mid-south west of Ireland to include counties Clare, North Tipperary, North Cork, Limerick and Kerry .A great part of the Atlantic Way! There are four areas and 17 clubs. The Division has gained a new club in Fexco Killorglin yet had the resignation of the Galtees Mitchelstown club. The joy and painful loss therein for a Division Director. I have visited fifteen of the clubs and some of the struggling clubs a number of times. What a warm welcome I received and it was an honour to meet up with fellow community Toastmasters. There are two prospective clubs, Dell and Listowel, in a pre-charter position and all looks well for positive results prior to June 30th. What a great result it would be to gain

two clubs and approximately 110 new members! Celebrations in the Division Roscrea celebrated its 10th Anniversary and what an excellent occasion with special homemade Christmas Cake. 25th Anniversary Celebrations are due for two clubs: Speakeasy Mallow and Tralee. It has been a most energetic and stimulating period with a special THANK YOU to the Area Directors and their assistants and all members in the Division. Into the future preparations are afoot for the International Speech and Evaluation Contests. Also all look forward to SAFEHAVEN district conference in Cork on 11th-13 May . This team have left no stone unturned to create an excellent event.

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District 71 Newsletter Looking forward to golf with Daniel Rex, maybe getting tips on how to improve expenses for our community!

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Slan anois Gerard Mannix Division Director

Division B Director Gerard Mannix presents Johanna Hegarty with Fermoy Toastmasters Club District 71 “Membership Excellence Award, 2016-17�

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News from Area 13

Photo: Area 13 Club Officer Training Life is strange. Twelve years ago, when I first saw the light and joined Toastmasters, my club Ennis Toastmasters was part of Division F. Division F basically consisted of all the clubs along the west coast of Ireland from County Donegal to the River Shannon estuary (a large part of which would be known to visitors as the “Wild Atlantic Way”). After realignment, my Area 13 subsequently became part of an enlarged Division B which already included County Kerry, North Cork and West Limerick. Area 13 can’t be called the Clare Area. Why? Like many Areas and Divisions Area 13 has evolved from a single club to the present compliment of four. Three of which are in County Clare and one in County Limerick. Ironically the adjoining Area 24 has two clubs in County Limerick and three in County Tipperary although one club meets on the bank of the Shannon at the county border at Ballina and also serves the adjoining town on the opposite bank Killaloe in County Clare.

Let me introduce you to my clubs: Ennis Toastmasters meets at The Foyer of The Great Hall in the Temple Gate Hotel in the centre of Ennis the ancient county town of County Clare. Guests and newcomers alike praise the venue. Previously a convent, it is ideal for a Toastmasters event and its acoustics may be a challenge to a speaker yet provide clear sound for the listener. Ennis is the only District 71 club to have in its membership the only winner of the International Speech Contest, and the first woman outside the U.S. to win the International Speech Contest, Marie Pyne in 1985. Kilrush and District Toastmasters meet in the “Back Room” (my title; it suggests intrigue) of the Haven Arms in the centre of this historic sheltered port situated at the mouth of the mighty River Shannon where the river and the Atlantic Ocean become one. The venue has a cosy and friendly atmosphere where the

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District 71 Newsletter convivial members provide a comfortable ambience for both the speaker and listener. Raheen Toastmasters meet in the Southcourt Hotel in the suburbs of Limerick City. Its members are from both the city and the surrounding hinterland. The venue on the first floor Is removed from the hustle and bustle of the commercial life of the hotel downstairs. Here you have everything you need as a speaker and listener to make the evening enjoyable. Shannon Toastmaster originally founded by expatriate Americans earning their toast (bread) from Shannon International airport and the various multinational firms in the

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adjoining Shannon Freezone International business park. The locals have predominantly taken over the club since and meet at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on the airport campus. Here aeroplanes from all over, land and take off without any interference to the speakers or listeners at the meeting. Area 13 with its variety of clubs, venues and members is both a charm and a challenge for an Area Director; but it’s that variety that makes it enjoyable, exciting and a pleasure for me to have the honour. Area 13 Director John Moran is a retired Airline Official and lives in Ennis, County Clare

Excellence in Ennis Ennis Toastmasters continues to offer education and enjoyment to its members. While maintaining the customary and successful mixture of speeches, topics and evaluations, the club is reviewing its approaches to some programme elements. For example, the Committee is keen to derive maximum benefit from the fortnightly contributions of the Grammarian and the Ah

& Um Counter. Club President Monica Tiernan observes that, “Sometimes the special word of the night isn’t used by several speakers and the original idea of extending vocabulary isn’t always achieved.” Similarly, the club is looking at ways of eliminating hesitations more effectively and may soon incorporate a buzzer as a piece of reinforcement to deter sundry ‘ums’ and suchlike.

Club President Monica Tiernan (centre) with some winning members

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District 71 Newsletter The annual Irish Night, occurring as close to St Paddy’s Day as possible, enables our Celtic heritage to be reflected through language and local content. The possibility of a one-off Polish Night is currently being considered, in order to involve another strand of our Ennis community (some kind of linkage with a Krakow club has also been mooted). Plans are afoot to produce a short film of an upcoming meeting, using this for both training and publicity purposes. In addition, the forthcoming movement into Pathways is seen as offering opportunities for effective PR as

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well as upgrading the spoken communication learning system. “We are all excited about Pathways,” reports Monica. “Focussing upon competencies, it really brings Toastmasters into the Third Millennium.” Ennis Club’s own Newsletter (available on our website) was responded to by Daniel Rex, Toastmasters’ International Chief Executive Officer, who wrote: “Above all, everyone in your club seems to be happy, enjoying all your interesting activities”. That really sums up what we are about.

News from Area 24 Welcome to News from Area 24. There are five clubs in our Area: Thomond, Killaloe/Ballina, Limerick, Roscrea and Nenagh and it has been a real pleasure visiting each and every one of them. I have enjoyed the warmth and friendship and thanks to each club for this. Thank you also to Jim McGuire, my Assistant Area Director who has been such a great support. Continued success to all fellow clubs – wishing you fun and laughter and lots of articulation! Helen Spillane Area 24 Director …Over to the Clubs! Thomond Toastmasters Club 7729, Area 24 – President Joe Coleman

The club now in its 28th year meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the

Castletroy Park Hotel. The year 2017-18 is proving to be a very exciting year for the club with a very vibrant, hard-working and enthusiast committee. This year’s committee members are President Joe Coleman, VP Education Noreen Mortell, VP Membership Joachim Seibt, VP Public Relations John Quilligan, Secretary

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District 71 Newsletter Fergus O’Neill, Treasurer Robert Greaney, Sergeant of Arms John Ryan, and Immediate Past President Aimee Stapleton. Several special committee meetings were held in recent months to finalise plans for the 'open night' on January 25th, which was to become the biggest event at the club in many years. As a large attendance was expected a second room was also provided by the hotel to facilitate an overflow which would have involved the meeting being split between both rooms with topics and speeches rotating, with both top tables changing rooms after the break. Additional seating was provided in the regular meeting room the Pery Suite, which proved adequate in the end. We were most grateful

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to three clubs in the area who provided assistance on the night, Limerick, Raheen and Nenagh and among those present was Area Director; Helen Spillane, who has been most supportive throughout the year. A total of fourteen guests were present with many becoming “first-timers” after the President invited guests to speak before the meeting ended. The next scheduled meeting on February 8th proved to be as exciting when six of the visitors became members! There is no doubt that our new members will generate new energy within the club going forward. Very many thanks to everyone involved for the help and support, which is much appreciated.

Killaloe-Ballina Toastmasters Club – President Jim Hegarty his well-polished and humorous speech on the day.

We at the Killaloe-Ballina Toastmasters club are enjoying a lively and varied year. We started the year preparing a very nervous groom for his wedding speech. And were delighted to hear of his ease when delivering

Recently we enjoyed a visit to our club by a sizable group from Nenagh Toastmasters. It was a most enjoyable event and it was both entertaining and informative to see the visitors fill several of the roles on the night. At our last meeting we had a presentation on the new Pathways programme. It was well received and we look forward to its roll-out in the near future.

Pictured above: President of Killaloe/Ballina Jim Hegarty (left) along with Joe Ryan (centre) from Nenagh Club and Robert Greaney from Thomond Club.

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Limerick Toastmasters Club – President Patricia O’Connell

Photo: President Patricia O’Connell and Vice President Education Tom O’Keeffe Limerick Toastmasters’ focus is on helping all members build self-confidence by learning and practising the public speaking skills required to effectively express themselves at interviews, meetings, presentations, negotiations and social occasions, in a unique friendly, supportive, positive learning environment. Congratulations to Patricia O’Connell and Tom O’Keeffe who both recently achieved their Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Together with Mary Murtagh that makes three DTMs in the Limerick Club! Go Limerick Toastmasters Club! Congratulations also to Patricia

O’Connell on being presented with a District Award for achieving “Select Distinguished Division” in 2016-17. The members in Limerick Toastmasters are very excited about reaching out and working with community organisations delivering Speechcraft programs. This is a very worthwhile initiative bringing Toastmasters into the community. Good luck to Patricia O’Connell and Tom O’Keeffe in their role as Pathways Ambassador and Pathways Guide, respectively.

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Nenagh Toastmasters -- President: Eibhlin Maher

The Nenagh Toastmasters Club is a vibrant group with approximately 30 members. We are from different corners of not only Ireland but the world like England and Latvia. Over the autumn and winter seasons our meetings varied from ‘a poetry and tall tales’ night, an evening entirely chaired in reverse order (evaluations before speeches, add-ons before topics – very entertaining), a night with the title ‘who we are’ and more recently we had a ‘mic’ night.

A wonderful social side to our club is our evening walks in the summer organized by our member Willie Grace and these have proved a huge success and keeps members in touch during the summer months. Our Christmas dinner in January was very enjoyable with a lot of banter and fun. Thanks to our PRO Madeline Cleary for doing photographer on the night and capturing some great photos.

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Roscrea Toastmasters -- President: Brian McLoughlin Roscrea Toastmasters President Brian McLoughlin making a presentation to Sean Dwan, founder of Roscrea Toastmasters.

Roscrea Toastmasters met on Thursday 1st February, to celebrate a very special milestone of being 10 years old. President Brian McLoughlin welcomed all current members, past members and guests. It was great to see a very large attendance to help with the celebrations. Sean Dwan spoke about how he founded the club, as part of a project he undertook when he was an Area Governor. He outlined the difficulties, challenges and successes he encountered along the way. Edward Healy and Matt Burke both gave talks about their own journey that led them to join Toastmasters and how much personal and professional benefits each has received since joining. There was an inspiring speech from Larry Lyons about how he came to join Toastmasters. Sheila Shanahan gave a prepared speech on the works of Irish stained-glass artist, Harry Clarke which was evaluated by Tony Hoctor. The meeting also heard about the benefits of Toastmaster from Alan Coffey, while Liam Coffey acted as Topicsmaster for the evening with some very entertaining topics which brought much laughter. Roscrea Speakers Club also paid tribute to member Paul Ryan who passed away in November 2017 by hearing some of his poetry recited by John Browne. The club was delighted that so many of Paul’s family honoured us by being with us. Sean Tuohy presented a bouquet of flowers to Paul Ryan’s sister, Maura Phelan. The Area Director, Helen Spillane and the Divisional Director, Gerard Mannix both addressed the meeting and congratulated the club on reaching the milestone and gave great words of encouragement for the future. President Brian McLoughlin made a special presentation on behalf of the club to Sean Dwan, in huge appreciation of his dedication to the club and Toastmasters in general and especially for persevering with getting the club started ten years ago. The meeting finished with everyone enjoying some refreshments and a delicious birthday cake that was made by Bernie Teehan. Toastmasters International District 71 Newsletter March 2018 www.d71toastmasters.org


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What Area 36 has been up to so far this year! By Debby Looney, Killarney Toastmasters, Area 36 Director Area 36 is made up of 4 clubs, Tralee Toastmasters, Killarney Toastmasters, West Limerick Toastmasters and since November, our first corporate club, FEXCO Payments & FX. There are also two prospective clubs, Listowel Toastmasters and Dell Toastmasters Limerick. Geographically, Area 36 is in the Southwest of Ireland, taking in County Kerry and parts of County Limerick.

Our year started off with in July, with Killarney Toastmasters’ annual Summer Dinner. This year we were joined by guests from across the Division, even our Immediate Past District Director Michael Collins. It was a memorable, and very enjoyable, night. What better way to start the new Toastmaster year than with good food, good company, and, naturally, good conversation?! An auspicious start to the year for the new Killarney president, Alan Ryan.

The Summer Dinner hosted by Killarney Toastmasters

On the 30th of October, or Hallowe’en, Tralee Toastmasters, under the fun and dynamic presidency of Derry Butler, aka ‘Count Dracula’, hosted an ‘Out Of This World’ meeting in the beautiful Ballyseede Castle. This castle is an ancient landmark in Tralee and we were treated to a tour of the old castle… ghosts, wolfhounds and swords were

the order of the day. I will always remember this occasion – not least because of the exceptionally well-researched speech given by Tralee member, Ania Dukorno - the witch’s broom is incontrovertibly the safest means of travel! Thank you Tralee for hosting such an unforgettable night!

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On the 30th of November our newest club, FEXCO Payments and FX, chartered. This club was the brainchild of its current President, Siobhan Colborn, who put her idea into a suggestion box. Under a year later, they have chartered with 36 enthusiastic members. Already we can learn a thing or two from our new friends – excellent planning, timing and organisation being just a few. This club is a corporate one, but the meetings feel anything but corporate. The atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, and WORK is the topic avoided, as opposed to the usual sex, politics and religion!

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Listowel Toastmasters is a prospective club at this point in time, though I see this changing. A wonderful group of people make up this club, who hold their meetings in the historic Listowel Arms Hotel. Their meeting room, the Castle room (left), is a beautiful one, with timber panelling and wrought iron chandeliers. It is inspiring and cosy, but as always it is the Toastmasters who make the meeting! There has been some great innovation on the part of its sponsor, Gerard Mannix. The club holds special meetings in the famous John B. Keane pub – where better to find new members?

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The meetings run as normal, with the patrons being the guests/audience. Hats off to those Toastmasters who are willing to step outside of the comfort of the four meeting-room walls, and be a Toastmaster in public – I mean, in a Pub! The 20th of January saw our second round of COT, very professionally hosted by West Limerick Toastmasters under the presidency of Helen Dagnall. It was a well-attended session, but then, this club is renowned for its excellent catering! West Limerick Toastmasters are a fantastic group of people, their numbers may not be the greatest in the District, but I challenge anyone to find more committed, hardworking and dedicated Toastmasters than those who meet in the Desmond Complex, Newcastlewest! As a Toastmaster, my year would not be a successful one if I could not conduct at least one Youth Leadership Program. Imagine how happy I am to be able to take part in two?! Killarney Toastmasters have been the sponsors of YLP in one of the local schools for six years now, and this year there were 60 students taking part. Thanks to the

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inexhaustible work of Toastmasters Miriam McFarlane and Paul Corcoran, we ensured that these young ladies got the most out of their sessions. Just two weeks ago I was approached by a school nearer the Tralee club, and thanks to the enthusiasm and innovative Round Robins of Toastmaster Vicky McCarthy (Tralee) we are managing to keep 17 young men engaged. The speeches so far have been fantastic, and anyone who is involved in YLP will know that the first speech is the hardest for kids. Anyone who is not involved in YLP yet, create an opportunity for yourself. It is the most rewarding thing you will ever do!!!

Finally, as Area Director, I would like to thank all the Toastmasters in Area 36 for being Toastmasters! Without the help of members of all clubs attempting to start new clubs would be impossible. Without the participation of club officers training would not happen. Without vibrant volunteers, Youth leadership would be inconceivable. They are speakers, listeners and evaluators. They are mentors, coaches, eager learners. But above all, they are friends, cheerleaders and family!

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Helene Brunicardi RIP “People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”

facing panoramic view of green fields and mountains and the cherry tree that Tom had planted in the front garden. To our delight Helene bought the house. She covered the walls with her beautiful paintings and family photographs. She loved her new home and lived happily there for the rest of her life. A beautiful painting by Helene, of the cherry tree hangs on my sitting room wall, a poignant reminder now of the planter and the painter, two fine Toastmasters.

This quotation, attributed to Elizabeth Kubler Ross, is taken from one of Helene’s “Irish Get up and go” diaries. This particular diary was the diary favoured by Helene each year because of its content and because of her love of beautiful quotations and poetry. She was a collector of quotations that resonated with her soul and she loved to share them.

Helene was very close to her family and every chance she got she spoke lovingly about them. She was very proud of all their achievements. Her Dad, Neil, was her inspiration. He founded Fermoy Toastmasters in 1970 and in 2003 his daughter was a founder member of Killarney Toastmasters.

I first met Helene in 1970 when I started work in Killarney. Helene had begun her career as an art teacher in the Technical School on New Street but I didn’t get to know her well until later. In 1982 when my husband Tom and I put our first home on the market Helene was house-hunting. She fell in love with the south-

The quiet reserved Helene blossomed in the Toastmaster environment. She observed the Toastmaster promise to the letter, rarely missing a meeting and taking on challenging roles throughout the years. She was in her element when art was the subject of her speech. Always gracious and dignified, Helene was a diligent Club President and Area 36

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District 71 Newsletter Director. She was supportive and affirming and never afraid to seek advice when she needed it. She always opened club meetings with an inspirational quotation and never failed to show gratitude to those who had made the meeting a success. The meeting was closed with another apt quotation from her collection. Her nephew, Colm Breen, carries on the family connection with Toastmasters and is a committee member of the Killaloe club. Outside of Toastmasters too, Helene had an attitude of gratitude which helped her cope with adversity. Her faith was important to her and she was a very spiritual person. She made friends easily and retained them. In her own quiet way she nourished and valued friendship. If, however, any of her friends offered unasked for advice or said something she thought insensitive she would let them know she did not like it and that was the end of the matter. When Helene got a diagnosis of a serious illness her friends lined up to

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support her and her family. She amazed everyone with her hidden strength and acceptance. She was disappointed when the treatment was not successful but bravely faced more aggressive treatment in October. Unfortunately this was too severe for her weakening body and Helene gave up her battle for life and died peacefully on 11th February. Helene was like a stained glass window. In the bright days she shone with her family, through her painting, in the classroom, in Toastmasters and with her friends. It was in the darkness of her illness that her true beauty was revealed from the light within her. She is greatly missed by all who knew her. Killarney Toastmasters Club and the wider Toastmaster community have lost a treasured member. Ar dheis DĂŠ go raibh a h-anam uasail. Bernadette Noonan

Toastmasters Schools Programme. It has been my great joy to share the wonderful communications skill and speech writing learned in Toastmasters with Transition Year students in our three local secondary schools in Fermoy. This is usually done with the help of the Transition Year Head Teacher or English teacher and I thank the schools and individual teachers for their help and encouragement in giving Toastmasters access to their classes. The Programme lasts five or six weeks and usually fit in with a particular half-term slot for example before or after mid-term in the October or February. The first two weeks introduces the students to the various roles at a Toastmasters meeting

with the teacher or myself as President and explaining the roles to the students. Once these weeks have been completed the students take turns to act as Toastmaster, Topics masters, Timekeeper, and give Evaluations to their fellow students. It is wonderful to see how the students learn to express themselves, and listen and evaluate the speeches of the other students. Leadership skills are also learned by acting as Timekeeper or Toastmaster. The school gives each student a Certificate of Participation at the end of the Programme and this is added to the student’s file at the end of Transition Year.

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Destination: No 1 Fire Authority Road Its 6:15 pm at my daughter’s house in the city of Santa Ana, south of Los Angeles, C.A. The UBER driver arrives to transport me to a destination I could only have dreamed about a few years ago. Feeling both nervous and as excited as a young lad going on a first date, here I was aged 61, heading for the fortnightly meeting of “Smedley Chapter One” – the original Toastmasters Club founded by Dr Ralph C Smedley Oct 22, 1924. If the meeting was being held in the original YMCA building in Santa Ana my journey would have been about 3 miles from my daughter’s house but because the YMCA building in which Toastmasters was founded was recently condemned as “not earthquake proof”, meetings are now held in the Fire Authority building at Ervine about 17 miles away. Drive on! Arriving at my destination about 6.45 for a 7:00 pm start my first impression was WOW! To say security was tight would be a lie, it was ultra-tight. When I had cleared the lobby area, I was escorted to the boardroom. It certainly wasn’t like any meeting room for Toastmasters in Ireland or the UK. I had the feeling we would not have too many drifting in off the street! I was first, and by 6:55 was joined by 7 others. Is this it? It was. With such small numbers, after introductions I was appointed timekeeper and general evaluator for the night. No pressure! The agenda for the night was distributed, 2 speeches and 2 evaluations, Topics, General evaluation etc. The meeting was timed from 7:00 to 8:45 pm and the building was to be vacated by 9:00 pm sharp. No time allowed for a tea break.

For the meeting, the room was laid out ‘boardroom-style’, with one side vacant and a table-top fold-up lectern laid on it. With our six members, 3 U.S.A, 1 Hungary, 1 Korea, 1 Japanese, myself and the other guest an engineering student who came with a workmate from Korea, we held over meeting. It was great fun to be part of it and I could not have felt more welcomed. I won the ribbon for the best topic “What makes you buzz?”. At the end I asked about payment for the night and was told that the Fire Authority gives the room and all the facilities for free. The club charges members $1 for paper and printing per month. I would encourage anyone travelling abroad to visit a Toastmasters club in the place you visit. You won’t regret it. My next ambition is to visit Club No 2 at Anaheim, about 22 miles from my daughter’s house. It’s great being a Travelling Toastie! Liam Flynn

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Twenty Fifth Anniversary Celebrations for Speakeasy Speakeasy Toastmasters 25th Anniversary Celebration Night will take place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Saturday 14th April at 8pm. We have decided to mark the occasion in the manner we know best - through speeches! It will be a night of "Reeling in the Years"as we take a journey through some of the best speeches delivered at our Club Meetings down through the two and a half decades of our existence. There will be an Omnibus Collection of speeches that still resonate. Some will be speeches that won acclaim in Contests in both Ireland and the UK, others that won popular acclaim within our Club. Members, both past and present will come together for a night of reflection, inspiration and humour. We encourage the public to join us on that night for what promises to be another Speakeasy Toastmasters Special Occasion. In October1992, a demonstration meeting took place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow to lay the groundwork to establish a Toastmasters Club in North Cork. By March the following year, Speakeasy Toastmasters was formed. Its first President was Joe O'Connor of Boherbue. Members hailed from all over the North Cork area - from Bweing, Buttevant, Liscarroll, Doneraile and Mallow. Indeed, the large geographical spread of our membership base has been a huge strength down through the decades. In the ensuing years, Speakeasy has achieved enormous success, both within the Toastmasters organisation and in greater community. Club members have won District 71 (Ireland and the UK) speech contests on five occasions, including Matt Lawlee and Michael Cronin in the Humorous Speech Contest. Several other members have also qualified for District Finals. But, above all else Club Members have learned the art of confident communication and leadership skills.

Members of Speakeasy have also assumed leadership positions within the organisation, including Jeremiah Ronayne who served as District 71 Governor in 2003-2004. Speakeasy's involvement in establishing other Toastmasters Clubs in the Munster area is also significant. In November 2001, the Club hosted the Speakeasy Blackwater Conference in Springfort Hall, Mallow. Several hundred Toastmasters from all over Ireland and Britain came together for a spectacular weekend of speech contests and entertainment. In Toastmasters circles, this Conference was hailed as one of the greatest ever. Speakeasy members have also featured prominently in the Mallow Sports and Leisure Awards. Five members have won top awards, including Matt Lawlee, Jeremiah Ronayne, Michael Cronin and Mary Buckley. Involvement in the community has always featured prominently in our activities. Jerry Mulcahy introduced a Toastmasters programme to the Cope Foundation in Mallow. Members provide public speaking classes in various schools in North Cork. Each year, we host a Schools Public Speaking Competition, which provides a wonderful opportunity to participating students to acquire communication skills. It has been a richly rewarding 25 years which we hope to celebrate in style on Friday, 2nd March. For those readers who have never attended our meetings, this is a great night to come along and join the celebrations. In the meantime, meetings continue as usual in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. You are more than welcome to come along and sample the entertainment. As always, guests will be able to enjoy the meeting without any obligation to speak, unless you wish to do so. For more information about our Club, please visit our website, speakeasytoastmasters.com or on Facebook. Alternatively, you can contact President Helsa Giles on 083-8858848.

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Vicky McCarthy awarded the “Spirit of Triathlon” Vicky McCarthy of Tralee Toastmasters has been awarded the “Spirit of Triathlon” Award. This was presented by Irish Prime Minister-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in November 2017. The award is presented to those who truly embody the spirit of triathlon and indeed in Vicky’s case she has overcome the odds to be in triathlon. Vicky has presented to Toastmasters an excellent speech describing her journey as a young girl having had multiple brain surgeries. Vicky is a member of Tralee Toastmasters Club with a very effective role as Mentor Co-ordinator. She has been President of the Club, and Area 36 Director. She is currently Assistant Director for Division B. Vicky is very helpful, resourceful and supportive expressing the true Spirit of Toastmasters.

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District 71 Newsletter

March 2018

Perfectly perplexed about Pathways I’m not a Pathways Guide, or Ambassador, or one of the enthusiastic people that joined online clubs months ago to get early access. I’m simply a curious and occasionally perplexed Toastmaster trying to do his best to understand it and help his Fellow Toastmasters. When date for our rollout was confirmed I thought I would finally get my act together to learn something about it. I consulted Ambassadors, who dutifully spoke of The Magic Of The Ten Paths and the Five Levels Of Enlightenment. OK, so maybe they weren’t quite so dramatic and I’m grateful for their advice, but it all felt rather theoretical. I wanted to know more from someone who had “been there, done that, got the T-Shirt”. When Sudha Mani (Division S Area 33 Director) said that she was organising a series of webinars featuring a panel of experts, it seemed like the perfect answer. I was impressed by how she got people from around the world to participate – some of them at 3am! These were the people that were amongst the first people to rollout the system, and they were happy to share their stories. Here are a few nuggets of insight: •

The structure makes much more sense when you focus on the “assess your skills after” piece. It reinforces the need to focus on improvement. If you’re no better than you were before you started the project, then I guess the point has been missed somewhere For all that we hear about printed and offline options being available, it really is much more limited than the online version. The best advice for those who want to (or need to) use paper is to find a buddy that can log

into the online system for you and print the materials. That process is faster, cheaper and more materials are available Some Toastmasters and districts have created extremely useful resources to help plan. This catalogue describes every Path and every project: http://d57tm.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/11/PathwaysPaths-and-Projects-Catalog-V2.1.pdf I’ve used it to decide on my first Path (Dynamic Leadership)

I heard the phrase “learning together is at the heart of Toastmasters”, and that really made me think. Although substantial change is always hard, it made me realise that this IS an opportunity for learning – and that we can all get through this together. Since that first webinar I’ve learned a lot more about Pathways, which I plan to share in future articles. It even inspired me to do my first Pathways speech! Steve Campion, Division H Area 20 Director LAST CALL It’s deadline time for a number of District 71 PR initiatives! 1. Travelling Toastie: eligible visits close 1st April. Please submit forms online by 14 April. 2. PR event grants: there are funds remaining in this budget so please submit your application ASAP for a grant of up to €125 for an event geared to generating local media coverage. 3. Distinguished Club Website scheme: submit your club website by email with the subject line DCW + your club name by 14 April. Any questions? Contact me ASAP. --Laura Bruce, D71 PR Manager

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March 2018 Newsletter - District 71, Toastmasters International  

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March 2018 Newsletter - District 71, Toastmasters International  

Highlights: Pathways, our new Educational program has arrived; Toastmastering in Guest Division B ( mid south-west Ireland); Helene Brunicar...