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District News - January February 2022

District 59 Members, 
Here we are already at the six-month mark of our District 59 year.
Some clubs are meeting live again, some only online and some hybrid! What a diverse district we are! Full of creativity to attract new members, retain our members and grow strong.
Incentives, Speech Contests, Membership Building, Club Anniversaries, your learning opportunities, etc. make up this first issue for 2022.
In 2022, challenge yourself to new adventures, new members and new roles.
Our District 59 2021-2022 motto: Dream, Dare, Do!
Happy New Year 2022, District 59! (District Director Message)
Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson, DTM
District 59 Director 2021-2022
and the Core Team PQD Dermot Murphy, DTM; CGD Virginia Anderson, DTM; PRM Pascal Vilarem; FM Faisal Irzal, DTM; AM Virginia Mercouri; PARL/Logistics Andy Baker, DTM

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Important Club Dates
February 1 - March 31 Dues Renewal
February 1 - Start: Talk Up Toastmasters! membership-building
February 28 - End of Club Officer Training (COT) 
February 28 - End: Talk Up Toastmasters! membership-building

March 31 - Send in Dues for DCP credit

Club Officer Training (COT) - Round 2
January 12 (EN) Zoom Division A
January 15 (NL) Zoom Division G 
January 19 (FR) Zoom Division A
January 22  Zoom Division C
January 22 (EN+FR)Zoom (EN/FR) Division D
January 22 physical Division F                 
January 28 physical Division E
February physical Division B TLI
February 6 Zoom DEC (District Executive Committee)

Talk Up Toastmasters
February 1-March 31

January 15 and 29 ETN Training Practice
January 22 ETN Expert Panel Training Today Where Is It Heading?
January 23 Zoom Parliamentary Procedure
February 12 ETN Linked In Masterclass morning
February 12 How to Add Humor to Your Speeches D59
February 27  Persuasive-Leader-How to Sell Your Ideas D59

District 59 Speech Contest Dates
Schedule for the online District Contests: 
April 25: SPEECH (FR) - evening
April 26: SPEECH (NL) - evening
April 27: Table Topics (FR) - evening
April 28: Table Topics (NL) - evening
April 30: Table Topics & SPEECH (EN) - morning and afternoon

Beat the Clock
May 1 – June 30

District 59 Spring Conference
Sun, Sand & Toastmasters
May 20-22 Montpellier, France

Useful links
D59 LinkedIn Public Page
D59 LinkedIn Members Only Page
D59 Facebook Members Only Page
D59  Twitter
Congratulations and Awards!
Pathways Advanced Mentoring Program
Martin Kabos, Almere Toastmasters

Level 5 Achievers
DL5 Keyla Lumeka, Atomium Toastmasters of Brussel, Brussels
DL5 Dirk Stockmans, Bossuet Gaveliers Toastmasters Club, Luxembourg
DL5 Thijs van der Linde, Deventer Toastmasters, Deventer
DL5  Name unavailable, Green Heart Club
EC5  Prashant Kadam, The Brussels Toastmasters Club, Brussels
EC5  Marion Krynzuck, Club des Orateurs Messins, Metz
EH5  Nguyen Minh Thuy Huynh,  Black Forest Toastmasters of Brussels, Brussels
LD5  Jack V. Gilbey,  Black Forest Toastmasters of Brussels, Brussels
PI5   Ronald Creemers, NOA Toastmasters Club, Elst
PM5 Astrid Teunissen-Bloch, Deventer Toastmasters, Deventer
VC5  Shelley Mulon,  La Defense Toastmasters, Courbevoie

Triple Crown achievers July 1 to January 1, 2022 

Useful links
D59 LinkedIn Public Page
D59 LinkedIn Members Only Page
D59 Facebook Members Only Page
D59  Twitter
Happy Club Anniversary to:
Toastmasters Eindhoven 12/06/2006
Almere Toastmasters 12/02/2013
U-Speak! 12/19/2013
Toastmasters Gemalto  12/08/2016
Deventer Toastmasters 12/13/2016
Toastmasters Brest Club 12/03/2019
Shell Toastmasters Club Rotterdam 12/10/2019
Pitch Craft For Entrepreneurs Toastmasters 12/21/2019
Agora 75 Club 12/01/1998
Toastmasters of The Hague 12/09/2003
Eiffelturm Toastmasters  01/05/2004
EIB Toastmasters Club 01/01/2012
Lyon Toastmasters Unlimited 01/31/2012
Club Des Orateurs De Strasbourg 01/15/2020
Taste and Toastmasters Club 02/17/2005
Casemates Communicators Luxembourg 02/15/2006
Utrecht Toastmasters Club 02/22/2006
Rotterdam Toastmasters 02/11/2009
Leiden Toastmasters 02/14/2011
Toastmasters Grand Lyon 02/15/2011

  • Log in to TI
  • Choose Leadership Central
  • Choose Club Central
  • Choose Club Anniversary


Tips to Build Your Club Membership 
Be the Brand 
  • Always be a beacon of the best Toastmasters has to offer.
Engage Your Guests 
  • Make sure guests are welcomed and understand the structure of meetings.
Reach Out to Your Community 
  • It’s also important to increase public awareness of your club.
Be Active on Social Media 
  • Set up a social media page for your club as an informal way of interacting with members between meetings.
Get Creative 
  • Making your club meetings interesting and enriching is essential—both for retaining your current members and adding new ones.
Excerpt from Toastmaster magazine September 2021. Author: Clifton James, DTM, is a member and Past Club President of the Nee Soon East Toastmasters Club in Singapore and a member of SPOT ON Advanced Online Toastmasters Club.

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Membership Building
What’s in it for You!?
Toastmasters has a Membership Building program for individuals. Growth is important to ensure your club's success. When you sponsor five or more new members within one program year, you can receive one of three pins and credit as a sponsor. Find out more for the Individual Membership Building Program.
It’s time to Talk Up Toastmasters
Between February 1 and March 31 add five new, dual or reinstated members with a join date between February 1 and March 31, and you’ll receive a special Talk up Toastmasters ribbon to display on your club’s banner. Qualifying clubs can also earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order. Read more about the Membership Building Programs


Are you aware of District 59’s incentives for 2021—2022?
Find out more about financial and other rewards for Dues Renewals, Club Marketing, Training and Pathways.


District Leadership Committee (DLC) – Call for Candidates
DLC Chair Erik Hesselink and Co-Chair Lucy Sennef, DTM have sent out the announcement  for your new opportunities in leadership at the District level for Area, Division and District roles.
Step out of your comfort zone at the Club level and step into a new challenge!
Contact Erik and Lucy at 
Read all the detail on the District 59 website page District Leadership Committee (DLC) – Call for Candidates


Speech Contests have moved online
Due to current health conditions, Area, Division and District contests have been moved online for 2021-2022. Read the details in Andy Baker, DTM’s latest blog post. 
District 59 Speech Contest Dates
Schedule for the online District Contests: 
Monday, April 25: SPEECH (FR) - evening
Tuesday, April 26: SPEECH (NL) - evening
Wednesday, April 27: Table Topics (FR) - evening
Thursday, April 28: Table Topics (NL) - evening
Saturday, April 30: Table Topics & SPEECH (EN) - morning and afternoon


District Spring Conference Dates and Location
The District 59 Spring Conference will be live on May 20, 21 and 22 in Montpellier, France.
You will soon receive more information about the content and venue. 
We will be holding a DTM party, a Friday dinner; workshops; awards; new District leaders get acquainted; GALA!!! Stay tuned…..


Come and get your dose of Sea, Sand and Toastmasters and yes!  
We welcome you to our beautiful Montpellier for our SPRING DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2022 on May 20-22.
We are sending out this call for Workshop leaders in English, French, and Dutch.
Please send your Workshop  (50 minutes) Description and a working title with your bio and TM experience BEFORE FEBRUARY 28 to the Education Chair: Carol Bausor, DTM
See you in Monthpellier in May!


Parliamentary Procedures
This is the second webinar equipping with the basics - like how to make a motion, how to address the chairperson to get their attention, how a motion needs to be seconded, how discussion proceeds, subsidiary motions and more.
A short focus on what it takes to make a motion at a DCM (District Council Members) meeting (Presidents and Vice Presidents Education and District Executive Committee (Area, Division Directors, Core Team)
"Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief" is and easy-to read and recommended book.
Sunday January 23, 2022 4pm GMT, 5 pm CET, 11am EST. Duration: 1.5 hours
District 59 Workshop Series and European Trainers Network
Two sources for learning tools and knowledge, District 59 and European Trainers Network.
Keep up with all events on the District 59 Events Calendar.
District 59 Twitter
District 59 Members Group Toastmasters International
District 59 Website Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands
District 59 LinkedIn Members Group
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