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Area 1 is growing and through our incredibly supportive, friendly clubs and fantastic Toastmasters International communication and leadership programme.  

Strategically sited along the beautiful coastal and inland belts of Hampshire, our four public Clubs are Wessex Speakers - Winchester, Hamwic Speakers - Southampton, Spinnaker Speakers - Southsea and Solent Speakers - Fareham and corporate club Tech Data in Basingstoke.            

Our community clubs are on track to achieve2017-18 Area goals of:

  1. Reaching their highest possible levels of performance;
  2. Strengthening individual club mentoring programmes;
  3. Developing at least one new club in the area (we are helping Area 42's Salisbury Club so have diverted slightly on this goal);
  4. Encourage inter-club communications and events to share great practice and continually improve overall quality.
Key events in this year's diary have included
  • Club Officer Training - Saturday 5th August 2017 
  • Area 1 Humourous Speech and Table Topics Autumn Contest - Saturday 7th October 2017
  • Club Officer Training - Saturday Jan 13th 2018
  • Area 1 International Speech and Evaluation Contest - Saturday 7th April 2018

If you live in Hampshire and would like to overcome nerves when presenter, become an effective campaigner or just want to communicate more effectively on a day to day basis, you will be warmly welcomed at your nearest Toastmaster club by people who once felt the same as you and are now fulfilling their dreams.  The first three visits are free and there is no obligation to join.  Guests almost always tell us they enjoy the friendly feel and sense of fun they find at our clubs. 

We are a non-profit organisation and income from fees goes to HQ with any extra being used for educational events and venue hire. Joining the organisation gives you unprecedented access to exceptional communication/leadership mentors, professional feedback on your speeches and a diverse network of interesting people. 


Barbara Saph
Area 1 Director (Hampshire) 2017-18


Home club: Hamwic Speakers :       


Every Toastmasters year offers huge potential for each of us. In each year, we have the opportunity to gain from the skills we develop and the friendships we make and to give back through a combination of the evaluations we give, the mentoring we provide and the leadership roles, formal and informal, that we take on. We have so much to celebrate in our District.

In June 2016 we achieved President’s Distinguished District for the second year running, which is a reflection of the achievement of all our clubs, something we can all be proud of.

Celebration Our tiny district, geographically the smallest in the world, is a vibrant, exciting place. Thousands of people gather in village halls, hotels, pubs and homes nearly every day of the week, from Torquay to Biscester, from Bath to Sandwich, all the way along the south coast and of course cosmopolitan and buzzing London.

Those meetings take place purely by the efforts of energetic volunteers who love their clubs and strive to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. They support their members as they try to improve themselves and their communities.

Appreciation There’s also great deal to appreciate. Perhaps you appreciate the feedback that you’ve received in your club, because it’s helped you improve your speaking and leadership. Perhaps you’ve been served by another member who stepped in when you needed help.
Perhaps you’ve been inspired to continue your journey of learning and development through a few simple conversations at the bar after a meeting. I know I’ve experienced all these and more in the course of 2015-16 and I’m looking forward to even more of them. I encourage you to find a way to show your appreciation, because sometimes the opportunity doesn’t come again.

Looking Forward What do you look forward to this year?
Is there something you’ve been thinking of doing but not really felt you’re ready for it? Let me tell you something. You’re not ready until you start doing it. Once you start, everything you need to do it will be there for you. I didn’t feel ready for any of the roles I’ve taken on in my Toastmasters journey, but people have helped me, and they will help you too. Don’t wait to be asked to do something, stick your hand up and offer, and if someone comes to you and says “I believe you’re the right person to do this,” then believe them, because the chances are very good that they see something in you that you don’t see in yourself.

What are your Goals? So, I encourage you to think about these two questions: What are your personal goals for 2016/17?
What are your club’s goals? Spend time with a friend or mentor and consider what you could do to really stretch yourself this year. After all, growth occurs outside our comfort zones, in the stretch zone.
Achieving Our Mission For the District, we will be aiming for President’s Distinguished District and we have some exciting and ambitious targets. We will also be working towards maintaining the excellence that has become our habit, serving the district mission of building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence.

Living Our Values Let’s be a district that really lives our values of Integrity, Service, Respect and Excellence.
Let’s go beyond the minimum required to achieve our goals. In your clubs, instead of aiming for four Competent Communicator awards, why not aim for 8 or 10? Instead of two advanced awards, why not four? Instead of 8 new members, what about 20? Then you can start another club that is continuing the fantastic things you’re doing in your club! Club Leaders
If you’re a club leader, please use these first few weeks to set your club up for success.
It’s vital that your club officers are trained and equipped to perform their roles. Even if they’ve done the roles before they will benefit from sharing their experience and with so much growth and new things happening they’re bound to learn something new.

We have a fantastic team of area and division directors, supported by our Trainers Bureau, who have been putting in lots of hard work to ensure that your training is useful, compelling and up to date. It is also key that you build a success plan to support your club in becoming distinguished – we are one of the top performing districts in the world when it comes to distinguished clubs, because we believe that success in the programme is a sign that a club is well run – our members are achieving their educational goals, new blood is flowing in, our officers are trained and the administration is sorted out. I wish you every success this year as you celebrate, appreciate and achieve! Grow and be strong!

Vanessa King, District Director 2016-17



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