Fall Conference Highlights!

On Saturday, November 4, over 171 Toastmasters and guests went All In for a day of Toastmasters education and training sessions, networking opportunities, food, and fun.

Keynote speaker Kelly Swanson with District Director Dave Wiley

Keynote speaker Kelly Swanson
with District Director Dave Wiley

“Attendance was the best in several years,” said District Director Dave Wiley. He attributed the high turnout to the quality roster of speakers, including lunchtime award-winning keynote Kelly Swanson, who encouraged us to connect and engage through the power of story.

Kitty Brandal, Education Chairperson, organized nine exciting, informative, and fun education sessions. We had a star-studded roster of speakers including:

  • Ed Haller
  • Dr. John Betterson
  • Larry Szczepanski
  • Terry Begue
  • Joyce Fiodembo
  • Maureen Zapalla
  • Mary Anne Burrows
  • Deonna Taylor

Our keynote speaker, Kelly Swanson also gave wonderful education session. The sessions concentrated on club growth, leadership skills, and taking your speeches to the next level.

Congratulations and Awards

Immediate Past District Director Jenilee Taylor recognized several Toastmasters for their exemplary leadership and service during the 2015-2016 Toastmaster year. They included:

  • Toastmaster of the Year Kim Krajci,
  • Division Director of the Year Deonna Taylor, and
  • Area Director of the Year Kathy Hammond.

District Director Award recipients were Christina McNutt and Susan Woods.

Kim Krajci Toastmaster of the Year
Kim Krajci
Toastmaster
of the Year
Deonna Taylor Division Director of the Year
Deonna Taylor
Division Director
of the Year
Kathy Hammond Area Director of the Year
Kathy Hammond
Area Director
of the Year

 

District Director Award Christina McNutt
District Director Award
Christina McNutt
District Director Award Sue Woods
District Director Award
Sue Woods

Table Decoration Contest Winners

New this year was a Table Decoration Contest. The top 4 winners were:

  1. West Side Advanced  won a voucher ½ page ad in Spring Conference Program
  2. Progressive Messengers won a voucher for ½ day admission to Spring Conference
    for one club member
  3. Career Management Club won a dinner with District Director Dave Wiley
  4. Hall of Fame Advanced Speakers – full set of Advanced Manuals.

Youth Leadership Program Contest Winner

Jacob Rizert Youth Leadership Program Speech Contest WinnerAlso new this year was a speech by our Youth Leadership Program contest winner Jacob Rizert. What an outstanding young man. At only 12 years old, Jacob would like to be a motivational speaker when he grows up. He certainly is well on his way already!

 

Newly Minted DTMs

2016 Fall Conference DTMs MintedEight Distinguished Toastmasters were minted by Deonna Taylor.

  • Mary Anne Burrows
  • Dennis James Deegan
  • John T. FitzGerald
  • Jake Houser
  • Gene R. May
  • Greg Scruggs
  • William C. Simpson
  • Alicia Smith-Kirk

 

Congratulations Contest Winners!

The conference wrapped up with the District 10 Fall Speech contest. Congratulations to Humorous Speech Contest winner Robert Telecky (Case Western Reserve University Toastmasters) and Table Topics Contest winner Juel Leonard (Chardon Toastmasters).

Robert Telecky Humorous Speech Contest Winner
Robert Telecky
Humorous Speech
Contest Winner
Juel Leonard Table Topics Contest Winner
Juel Leonard
Table Topics
Contest Winner

“Thanks to the dozens of volunteers, this contest was a success,” said District Director Dave Wiley. “Our conference chairs, Deonna Taylor and Robbie Milledge, did a wonderful job organizing the event,” added Program Quality Director Tim Juda. Deonna Taylor reported, “I have been flooded with positive feedback from members all over the district.  The conference was a huge success.”

“Our conference chairs, Deonna Taylor and Robbie Milledge, did a wonderful job organizing the event,” added Program Quality Director Tim Juda. Deonna Taylor reported, “I have been flooded with positive feedback from members all over the district.  The conference was a huge success.”

Deonna Taylor reported, “I have been flooded with positive feedback from members all over the district.  The conference was a huge success.”

Put It on Your Calendar Now!

The Toastmasters spring conference will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Heights. Our special guest will be Toastmasters International First Vice President Balraj Arunasalam. Conference Chairs are Tony Green and Lenard Taylor.

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