C &L Award 201
Tom Hobbs, DTM District 26 Governor
Where have you shared your Personal Powerful Story?
Most Toastmasters have not found a safe place to share their Personal Powerful Story beyond the Toastmasters Club. Yet share it to 100’s of people live and 1000’s on the Internet!
You being in District 26 are more fortunate than most Toastmasters.
You can Tell & Hear Stories produced locally and shared globally at the Story Project in Colorado Springs. The Story Project is true personal live storytelling without a script. You can view into the lives of others through their own personal accounts. This opportunity is provided because of the vision and passion of Sharon Friedman who created the Story Project.
The Story Project is Friedman’s baby. She believes in the power of “building community one story at a time”. Many Toastmasters including Natalie Johnson have participated in The Story Project and have witnessed her encouragement of other Toastmasters in the region. She is, without a doubt, worthy of this year’s Communication and Leadership Award.
2014 Communication and Leadership Award is presented to a Non-Toastmaster who has set an amazing level & support for Communications and Leadership in our District. I am honored to announce Sharon Friedman as the recipient for 2014.
Sharon Friedman is the producer and host of The Story Project. By working with KRCC radio and the Pikes Peak Library District, she is able to coordinate, advertise, support and record stories from the Pikes Peak region. Friedman is passionate about her “true personal storytelling”. Every month, stories are told and heard at Manitou Bindu and Ivywild Event Centers. This year it was voted “Best Live Storytelling” by the Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper.
- The Story Project began in May of 2011 and an archive of her events can be viewed at http://thestoryprojectsoco.wordpress.com/
- Over 100 speakers have had the opportunity to share their stories. Those stories are recorded and saved by the Pikes Peak Library District. She is capturing the history of our community.
She had, has and will continue to have a huge impact on communication, leadership and community in District 26. I attended the April 11th event and am awed by what is happening because of Sharon. You should watch these many videos and also submit to present live on her stage. I take my hat off to Natalie Johnson of Pikes Peak Toastmasters who nominated and the C&L Committee Process that selected Sharon Friedman.
You can learn more and hear her story when you attend the Saturday Luncheon May 17th, 2014 during the District 26 Spring Conference in Loveland Colorado.
Tom Hobbs, The Man In The Hat
District governor 2013-14
Schedule of Events
May 1 –Beat the Clock Membership contest begins
May 1 –Club Toastmaster of the Year Nominations due to Area Governors
May 3 –Denver Division International Speech and Table Topics Contests
May 3 –Metro Division International Speech and Table Topics Contests
May 5 –43 Minute District Leadership Conference Call 1st Mondays
May 15 –April dues renewals due for Distinguished Area Program Credit
May 16-17 – District 26 Spring Conference, District Council Meeting, International Speech and Table Topics Contests
May 31 –Area Toastmaster of the Year Nominations due to Division Governors
District 26 Clubs Are Moving Towards Distinguished
Deborah Frauenfelder, DTM Lt. Governor Marketing
Toastmasters, as we head into the final months of the 2013-2014 year, your clubs are beginning to show up as Distinguished, Select Distinguished and Presidents Distinguished on the District Performance Reports. Anyone can access the District Performance reports using this link: http://dashboards.toastmasters.org/Club.aspx?id=26
Go ahead, check it out, and then start bragging to your club members and to other clubs. On 4/24/14, we had 39 clubs which have earned Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or Presidents Distinguished designations. The reports are updated regularly, so check back often to see the current status.
No doubt many other clubs are planning membership drives, speech-a-thons, and other special events to propel the clubs toward the coveted distinguished acknowledgement. If you need help, reach out to your area governor for ideas on what your club can do to achieve your goal.
Celebrating 10 years or more in May!
Early Risers Club, 784 – 63 yrs.
Scottsbluff Toastmasters Club, 944 – 63 yrs.
George Sutton Toastmasters Club, 3942 – 35 yrs.
Loveland Toastmasters Club, 4553 – 33 yrs.
Highlands Ranch Toastmasters Club, 601385 – 10 yrs.
Please see the D26 website for a complete list.
YOUR Vote Counts!
Linda Rhea, DTM Lt. Governor Education & Training
Did you know your club has 2 votes at the District Conference Business Meeting? The President and Vice President Education are the voting delegates to vote or give their Proxy to another one of your club members.
The Business Meeting is at 3 PM, May 17, 2014 at Embassy Suite Loveland. Delegate must register at the Credentials Desk by 2 PM. Areas and Divisions are aligned for next year at this meeting. This is always a very lively discussion.
District Officers are elected at this meeting.
Nominated candidate articles are in this District Dialog. There is one race with 2 candidates and they each would love your vote! And others may run from the floor.
Attendance at the business meeting is FREE! Come see the inner working of your Toastmaster organization. Come early for the Communication and Leadership Luncheon. (Be sure to make a reservation – Registration forms are available on our D26Toastmasters.org website.)
YOUR vote counts!
“Conference? That’s not for me.”
Maura Thompson, CC, CL Public Relations Officer
When I was a new Toastmaster (almost 3 years ago) and first heard about the District 26 Conference I remember thinking, “That’s not for me.” Heck, I barely thought Toastmasters was for me, after all I had no intention of being a public speaker, I just needed some help with a lingering speaking at work fear. Lucky for me, I kept hearing I should go…and I did… and I continue to go because at each and every conference I take away at least one nugget that I use daily either in Toastmasters or in business.
A few of the nuggets I have learned at the past Conferences
- If you ask a thought provoking question, allow time for the silent answer
- When speaking to a group use the singular not the plural
- Physically map out time in your story
- Questions draw listeners in
- Done is better than perfect
There is more than just information at Toastmaster Conferences, here are some other benefits.
- Friendship There is also the camaraderie you gain from attending, especially if you volunteer. Meeting other Toastmasters – hearing their stories and learning about the cultures of their clubs – is an excellent way to grow as a Toastmaster. I am blessed by the number of friends I have made by attending and volunteering at Conferences.
- Leadership I learned about the hierarchy of Toastmasters by going to conferences. That is how I came to understand what the District Officer Roles were and how those Officers serve the District and its members and that really brought the “Where Leaders Are Made” motto home.
- Value At first the cost seemed high, but I quickly realized that the knowledge gained has been priceless. The value is indeed great, as I could never afford hearing the Keynote speakers out in the real world. Then there was the time when my cash flow was very tight, but I managed to attend by registering A La Carte. It is a wonderful way to attend while on a budget.
Conference and You
If you think Toastmasters Conferences are not for you give it a try, I am willing to bet there is something there for you, so go ahead and register now and when you are there, come find me to say hello!
We want YOU!
Linda Rhea, DTM Lt. Governor Education & Training
Spring conference will be an even greater event when you join close to 200 Toastmasters in Loveland, Colorado May 16 and 17, 2014
The events include:
International Speech Contest
Table topics Contest
D26 Got Talent Show
Keynotes and Education Sessions by
1995 World Champion Mark Brown
International Director Tom Jones
6 Educational Breakouts featuring experienced D26 members
Social Hours & time to get to know other great Toastmasters.
SAVE MONEY!! Register NOW!!The reasonably priced Early Bird Registration rate ends May 1: $130 including conference and 3 meals for First timer, Presidents and Vice Presidents Education and $145 for all others.
You can order videos of the District Contests for $30 directly through 01 Video and Media Services by cash or check. They do not accept Credit Cards. Contact them at 303-399-6006, email@example.com, 17003 E. Greenwood Circle, Aurora, CO 80013.
As Kathy Schneebeck Dulnoan says:
“I LOVE attending a District 26 Conference for the continuing opportunities to learn from my fellow Toastmasters! I am like a sponge and try to absorb as much as possible.”
Many come for 1 event and are amazed at how much else there is – it keeps them coming back year after year!
This is a semiannual favorite of many Toastmasters – we hope you join us for this great District 26 tradition.
All Conference Details & Registration forms are at D26toastmasters.org: Proxies, Silent Auction, Hotel & Conference Registration.
Note—Embassy Suites Loveland is sold out. We are attempting to block rooms in a nearby facility. Check the District 26 website for updates.
District 26 Marketing Activities
Deborah Frauenfelder, DTM Lt. Governor Marketing
Please welcome Speaking For Better, club #03815701, as our newest clubs in District 26, Denver Division, Area 5. Area Governor Pam Hertzog led the charge to charter this new club at Western Union on 4/14/14. Congratulations to the Charter Members of Speaking For Better! A special Thank You to Pam Hertzog for bringing the club to charter!
Colorado State University (CSU) is looking to launch a second club which they plan as a closed club for graduate students and employees. The prospective club held their kickoff meeting on 4/3/14. Margaret Saldana is the sponsor leading the creation of the second club. Several members of the existing CSU Toastmasters helped at the 4/3/14 kickoff meeting. Both clubs should reap the benefits of a raised awareness of Toastmasters on the CSU campus, especially, since Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, held his world’s largest book signing event a few weeks later in Ft Collins. Keep up the good work!
DNN Toastmasters sponsored by Westward College held their kickoff meeting on 4/10/14. Although, the prospective club is sponsored by Westward College, the club will be an open community club. The club meets on Thursdays at 12:30PM to 1:30PM at 7350 N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80221. Joshua Mason and Rich Hopkins are sponsoring the new club. If you are in the area some Thursday feel free to attend the open meeting – take your manuals, you might get lucky to catch an open role.
USB Tower Toastmasters and Rock The Dialog (RTD) both held their charter celebrations in April. Listening to the speakers at their club meetings the day of the respective celebrations was an honor. It was humbling to see and hear the progress the club members have made in just a few short months.
Send requests to sponsor or mentor the new clubs to Deborah Frauenfelder at LGM1314@D26Toastmasters.org.
Thank you District 26 Toastmasters for continuing to market Toastmasters within your communities!
What has Toastmasters done for you?
Maura Thompson, CC, CL Public Relations Officer
Stop and think … big or small, what has Toastmasters done for you?
Some of you know what Toastmasters has done for me …
I had been in an awful work environment where I had lost my voice, my judgment and my confidence. Being in the encouraging and supportive meetings at Toastmasters changed all of that. All that had been lost to me has been rebuilt through Toastmasters; I am even stronger in those areas than I was before.
I am sure you have either heard a story like this or have one of your own. Hearing those stories helps others to understand all the different possibilities that Toastmasters has to offer.
Many people reach out to Toastmasters wanting to learn more about what is offered but may not realize that their need can be met. How great would it be for them to read and hear all those stories on the website?
First hand experiences are worth their weight in gold when it comes to Marketing and a District Toastimonial page can be used by all clubs to help their guests see the value Toastmasters brings.
Good news, that page is in the works! This page is not possible without YOU and YOUR stories, so please take a moment and send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
BE at the PREMIERE Toastmaster Gathering:
District 26 2014 Spring Conference
May 16 & 17, 2014
Embassy Suites Loveland
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, CO 80538
Conference Early Bird Registration Due May 1
New District Leader Titles
At its February meeting the Board of Directors decided (corporate minutes) on new district leader titles that will take effect on July 1, 2015, when the incoming district leaders assume their new leadership roles. They will be the first generation of leaders to carry the new and contemporary district leader titles.
This decision to modernize the district leader titles was based on the findings of a Board of Directors committee studying the competencies required for district leaders to successfully fulfill their roles. As a result of this study, it became clear that titles needed to evolve to better reflect their responsibilities and real-world practice. The new titles:
- Are more modern.
- Accurately reflect the focus and responsibility of each role.
- Are more familiar to potential members.
- Create a parallel between district leadership and leadership in the corporate and volunteer sectors.
- Reflect the level of leadership required in each position.
Current Title New Title
District Governor District Director District #
Lieutenant Governor Education and Training Program Quality Director District #
Lieutenant Governor Marketing Club Growth Director District #
Secretary Administration Manager
Treasurer Finance Manager
Public Relations Officer Public Relations Manager
Sergeant at Arms Logistics Manager
Division Governor Division Director
Area Governor Area Director
The updated titles will apply to the elected and/or appointed district leader positions for the 2015-2016 program year. Leaders holding district roles prior to July 1, 2015, will retain their current titles.
Spring Conference 2014 Breakout Session Speakers
Below is a partial list of presenters for the Spring Conference.
David Dye Train the Trainer – How to train, facilitate and leave them wanting more
Pamela Hertzog Writing a Speech of Mythic Proportions – Using screenwriting tools to energize your storytelling
Chrys Withrow High Performance Leadership – A high value for us ALL!
Maura Thompson FaceBook – How to grow your club for free
Devorah Uriel Listening to Connect – How listening will make you a better speaker!
Joe Sabah & Deborah Johnson How to Speak Outside Your Club for Fun and Profit
Candidate for District 26 Governor
Linda Rhea, DTM (Current) Lt. Governor Education & Training
Your smiles, laughter and high fives at club meetings, TLIs (Toastmaster Leadership Institute), District Conferences and contests show you enjoy coming together to share, learn, stretch, grow and achieve beyond what may have seemed possible before joining Toastmasters. When members come together Magic Happens!
Your joy in participating in the program inspires me to run to serve as your District Governor. The job description of District Governor is “oversee the day-to-day operations, finances and human resources in the district and help leadership teams work together to fulfill the district mission while supporting officer development.”
Over many years you have shared with me what you want to see in the district programs. Your suggestions have prompted enhancements in the strong District 26 programs. It is my goal to support a team working together to develop more enhancements. Some areas I will concentrate on include
Incentives for existing & new Club Growth
Incentives for Distinguished Club Success
District leadership development
Town Hall Meetings in each Division
Leader visits to all parts of the District
Innovative ways to share information
Budget training and reporting
I am committed to listening to and serving you, the Heart of Toastmasters, for your success next year. Please share how you would like to see the programs evolve and what talents you would like to contribute. I would appreciate your vote on May 17, 2014 at the District Conference. Let’s have fun as we work together to increase our skills and THRIVE!
Candidate for Lt. Gov. Education & Training
Deborah Frauenfelder, DTM (Current) Lt. Governor Marketing
Are fun filled, energized, quality club meetings aligned to your club’s goals? Do your club members want to compete in fair, well executed contests? Do you network at leadership training, and district conferences? Does your club earn Distinguished Club designations? Those are core responsibilities for the Lieutenant Governor Education and Training. As mentioned last year, success manifests when we work together to achieve common goals. This past year, I have seen our District membership grow as people achieved personal goals while working to achieve group goals.
Over the last 3 years while I served as Lt Gov Marketing (2013-2014), Denver Division Governor (2012-2013), and D-6 Area Governor (2011-2012), we have accomplished much together. On the horizon we have new members, new club officers, and new district officers stepping forward to practice leadership and communication skills. All these people need support from our world class membership body and, of course, our incoming District 26 leadership team.
In 2008, I joined the fun at my home club Simply Speaking Toastmasters. I have served as President, and Secretary at Orbiting Toasters. A charter member in Professional Presenters Toastmasters, a club mentor for Thrivemasters, & leadership training coordinator in past years; and builder of new clubs & rejuvenator of existing clubs in the current year have primed my skills for serving you as the District 26 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training.
May I continue to serve you? Vote Deborah Frauenfelder to serve as the next Lieutenant Governor Education and Training for District 26. Together we will ensure quality club meetings, effective training, awesome contests, and rocking conferences.
Candidate for Lt. Gov. Marketing
Darryle Brown, DTM
Darryle Brown is running for Lt. Governor of Marketing for District 26 for the 2014-2015 term.
Here are some of Darryle’s qualifications:
- Built and developed an award-winning public affairs/marketing office from the ground up as the first Public Affairs Officer in the history of the Denver Sheriff’s Dept., serving in the position for seven years. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
- 25 years of leadership experience in the military, law enforcement, government and as CEO of his own communications firm. Served as D6 Area governor and as president of multiple clubs, Darryle led all of his clubs to President’s Distinguished during all of his terms.
- Developed an innovative mentoring program unique to District 26, which has successfully empowered clubs throughout the district for the past five years.
- Darryle plans to cultivate the strengths of the District’s expansion efforts in fulfilling its mission by not only supporting areas and divisions in starting new clubs, but maintaining and saving existing clubs through the mentoring program for stabilized growth. Also, accessing his active marketing and public affairs expertise will enable the district to establish strategic plans using his vast mass media network, resulting in unprecedented and increased visibility district-wide.
Darryle is running for office because he loves and believes in what Toastmasters stands for and served the district in various roles for ten years. His proven leadership, experience, and enthusiasm for the District will have an immediate impact upon election to serve with a high degree of success.
Candidate for Lt. Gov. Marketing
Keith Horowitz (Current) Southern Division Governor
My name is Keith Horowitz and I’m a candidate for D26 Lieutenant Governor of Marketing. I’m currently the Southern Division Governor, responsible for six Area Governors and 19 clubs.
I joined Toastmasters in 2011 to improve myself. Since then, my communication skills have surpassed my expectations. This fact, combined with the leadership opportunities offered to me, have given me an exceptional boost of confidence in all aspects of life.
Toastmasters’ skills have applications in every facet of life. I’m a computer programmer by trade, but I have been able to apply the benefits of Toastmasters to my other interests include hiking, digital photography, Geocaching and hobby robotics. I’m driven to have a positive effect on lives and organizations; therefore, I’ve implemented positive changes at every opportunity.
Having a plan and the ability to articulate it to others is a critical leadership skill, but a true leader must inspire others to participate in that plan. As your Lieutenant Governor of Marketing, I’ll be part of a district officer team ready and willing to serve all of District 26. I’ve had the privilege to work alongside the 2013-2014 Trio and collaborated on a large variety of projects throughout the year.
My vision for the future is to bring us even greater success through tools and techniques I’ve learned at the many clubs I’ve had the pleasure of attending. My goal is spreading the positive influence of Toastmasters to current and future members. Together we will grow our members, clubs and district.
Candidate for Denver Division Governor
I am Eric Dunham, candidate for the 2014/2015 Denver Division Governor. I joined Toastmasters in 2010 to sharpen my presentation skills and develop greater self-confidence. What I didn’t realize was the amazing journey I had unknowingly embarked on: The Toastmaster Journey.
As a program manager, I am frequently called upon to give presentations to senior management to influence their decision and persuade a course of action. Through Toastmasters, my presentation skills improved, I influenced decisions and became a recognized leader at my company, in my community and as a member of Toastmasters. Now, it is time for me to give back and to “pay it forward” to others.
I bring to District 26 the leadership experience as a club VP of Education, club President (Two clubs) and as an Area Governor. In 2013, I sponsored Rock The Dialogue (RTD) Toastmasters program at the Regional Transportation District and built the membership to forty in only four short months. I have helped struggling clubs reorganize and develop a plan to achieve the Distinguished Club recognition and drive membership.
I believe a key pillar of success at Toastmasters is a strong mentor program. Mentoring new members and future club and District leaders maintains energy, interest and participation. Mentoring will be a central focus of my term. When we set up members for success, we set future members and programs up for success.
As Denver Division Governor, I will fully support our membership and clubs through mentoring and inspiring others to achieve big dreams.
Candidate for Eastern Division Governor
Stacey Williams (Current) E-1 Area Governor
I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills more than to develop myself as a leader. Since joining three years ago, I have not only improved my speaking skills, I have gained confidence in myself as a leader. I learned to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. There were development opportunities and learning curves with each new challenge I accepted whether in Toastmasters or within in my job. I was successful with each challenge because of the skills and knowledge I gained from being in Toastmasters.
I have had the pleasure and honor of working with some great Toastmasters who have served the District in one capacity or another. Paula Cowen, for one, continues to help me stretch beyond my club and my comfort zone. Outside of my club officer roles, I have served as Area and Division Contest Chief Judge, Division and District Contest Chair, TLI Trainer and Organizer, District Co-Conference Chair, and currently serve as an Area Governor.
I will serve District 26 Toastmasters as an example of the success and growth you can achieve by stepping outside and beyond your comfort zone. I will support each Toastmaster who would like to challenge themselves by stepping outside and beyond what is comfortable for them. I will work with my Area Governors to not only empower them but to help them empower the members within their clubs as well. Thank you for this opportunity; I look forward to this next step outside.
Candidate for Foothills Division Governor
Rhea Thompson, ACB, ALB, (Current) Area F4 Governor
My vision is to empower members to step out of their comfort zone by offering encouragement, patience and trust. Standing shoulder to shoulder WITH them until they’re able to stand alone!
I joined Westminster Communicators in 2007. After only a few months, I began to experience the true joy of taking leadership positions in my club, watching others as their confidence grew and knowing I helped in that process.
I’ve held many leadership positions (some of them multiple times) at Westminster Communicators; President, VP of Education, VP of Membership and Treasurer. I also created a Mentorship Program within our club, where I serve as Mentor Master. I’m currently serving as an Area Governor and D26 Spring Conference Co-Chair.
No one achieves anything of great importance without the help of others. I’ve been blessed to have mentors, both inside and outside of Toastmasters, guide and direct my path. What I’ve learned from them, I pass on to others. The value of integrity, respect, service and excellence; all core values of Toastmasters.
To develop strong leaders with an attitude of service, one must set the example. My pledge is to help members become more confident communicators and leaders; assist the Area Governors in helping their clubs earn DCP status; and help the Foothills Area establish new clubs. By doing this, District 26 will complete their mission to build new clubs and support clubs in achieving excellence!
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Candidate for Metro Division Governor
Lori High (Current) Are F-2 Governor
As a Toastmaster for the past four years I’ve executed the Club Officer roles I’ve held with passion, even though I’m “just a volunteer”. I accept and seek out Leadership Roles and take my “service” seriously. My work ethic demands it. I apply my communication skills to enhance the Leadership Skills I work on here at Toastmasters. My commitment level to the Toastmaster Program is what I have to contribute to District 26.
I am running for Metro Division Governor to continue to grow and be enriched by the Toastmasters I have come to know through District Service. I enjoy learning the different ways Clubs are run, and I’m inspired by the quality meetings that I experience. But mostly I’m inspired by the people… hearing the stories, witnessing the encouragement through struggles and celebration of the victories. I have a long way to Grow myself… Serving in my second Area Governor Role has shown me that the Leadership Track is what motivates me!
To District 26 and Metro Division I offer my energy, dedication and commitment to learn and grow alongside of you. I give my promise to meet you where you are, experience your traditions and learn from you. My purpose will be to help Metro Area Clubs maintain engagement with the Toastmaster’s Program. I will promise only what I can deliver, then deliver what I promised.
I look forward to making many new Toastmaster friends and acquaintances and continuing my District Leadership path if elected to this position.
Candidate for Northern Division Governor
Stephanie Jensen (Current) Area N-1 Governor
I am running for Northern Division Governor because someone saw what I could contribute.
I have been the area governor in N-3 this current year. I created a very professional TLI in February. I enjoy being involved in Toastmasters. I have been pushing myself, and I have enjoyed the growth. I have the 703 gallons of enthusiasm.
I am able to work with an area as large as the Northern Division. I have helped plan a national conference in my work place through conference call and e-mail. Because of this, I can use these skills in working with clubs and area governors in the Northern Division.
I plan to contribute the enthusiasm and organization to move the Northern Division forward.
Candidate for Southern Division Governor
Michelle Mras, ACB, ALB (Current) Area S-3 Governor
I’d be honored to be the 2014-2015 Southern Division Governor.
I’ve brought my full energy and enthusiasm to every event and club meeting I’ve attended since I signed up with Pikes Peak Toastmasters, #3055, on February 1, 2010. Since then, I have also joined UCCS Toastmasters, #4829.
In my four years as a Toastmaster, I’ve held a leadership role: VP of Education 2010-11; President 2011-12; VP of Education 2012-13 and D26 Southern Area 3 Governor 2013–present.
My background is in Marketing Management and I have my Master’s degree in Quality Systems Management. I enjoy promoting worthy causes, and I’m ridiculously organized, efficient and timely. My job as a political campaign advisor requires me to have strong written and verbal communication skills and to be a gifted mediator. My combined talents, along with my positive personality, are strong assets to District 26.
I’m on track for Distinguished Toastmaster and plan to achieve this milestone in the next 6 months. I’ve competed in an International Speech contest and have recently spoken on National Public Radio as part of the Story Project.
I organized two D26 Conference Silent Auctions and taught a D26 Conference education session with our current Southern Division Governor, Keith Horowitz. Along with the amazing Southern Division team, I’ve helped effectively run several area contest, two Southern Division contests and club officer training sessions.
My goal is to join forces with the upcoming leadership to spark growth in all Division clubs!
Musings from the Editor
Communication and Leadership Award
Our lead off article this month provided me with two possible subjects. I took a look at http://thestoryprojectsoco.wordpress.com and decided it would be better for you to check it out yourselves. It looks like a great opportunity. Don’t let it get away without serious consideration.
That left me with the Communication and Leadership (C&L) Award. Each year the district presents the C&L Award to a deserving individual who is not a Toastmaster. You’ve probably seen the qualifications, and if you’ve been to any of the spring conferences, you seen and heard some of the recipients. Whether they are educational leaders or sports figures or business owners or any number of other professions, they have all contributed to the community in some way or other. And they all have something to say that is worth hearing.
Since you’re going to be in Loveland for the business meeting (Your club is going to be represented, isn’t it?) anyway, you might as well sign up for the Hall of Fame Luncheon (I know, a la carte it costs $45. Why didn’t you sign up for the whole conference? We always have great conferences). Besides the C&L award we’ll be recognizing member accomplishments such as DTM awards. And the C&L winner will have an opportunity to speak for about twenty minutes. In the past these speeches alone have been worth the price of admission.
So it’s settled. You don’t want to miss this event. Get on the Internet to download the registration form or to sign up directly, and register. See you there.
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
~ Emil Zola