Tuesday, May 5, 2009

District 31 Spring Conference - Sat May 9, 2009!!

District 31 Spring Conference - Sat May 9, 2009!!

Communication & Leadership Awardee Paula Lyons, M. Ed.

Keynote Speaker, 2001 WCPS, Darren LaCroix

Promo Video from Darren LaCroix

As the D31 Lt. Governor of Education & Training it is my responsibility to plan both the fall and spring conferences for the 2008-2009 Toastmaster Year. On Saturday May 9, 2009 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center - 181 Boston Post Road WestMarlborough, MA 01752 (508) 460-0700 District 31 Toastmasters is hosting our Spring 2009 Conference!

I am so thrilled that we have our 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, Darren LaCroix as our Keynote Speaker who will speak in the morning about Mentoring in the Ball Room! And Paula Lyons, M. Ed. as our Communication & Leadership Awardee - who will speak about leadership during lunch in the bright Atrium.

We are also offering Roundtables Sessions and our Hall of Fame Ceremony - where we will award five members with their Distinguished Toastmasters Medal, thirteen members with a Triple Crown Award - Crystal Glass Globe and reconginze many members who have earned educational and leadership awards as well as many volunteers who continue to contribute to District 31's success.

After Lunch we will have our Business meeting and vote on District 31 new realignment, Audit Report, Treasurer's Report, Vote on the Top Three and Seven Division Governors. This is probably the most important part of the entire D31 Spring Conference for me as I am running for the District 31 Governor's seat.
I will either be crying tears of complete happiness, or tears of unbelievable sadness. I have written out two speeches - one if anyone runs from the floor for District Governor against me and two my acceptance speech if I do win.

D31 Nomination Committee Report

D31 2009 International Speech Contest!
We have seven members from each of our seven divisions competing for the D31 2009 Interntational Speech Contest only one will advance to the Region Vii Conference and compete June 6, 2009 against contestants from eight other Districts.

The winner from the Rgional Contest will advance for the chance to "Take Center Stage" on the BIG STAGE at the 2009 International Convention Speech in Foxwoods!.

Of course I will post the winner of the D31 Contest and Region Vii Contest. http://www.r7tm.org/

STAY TUNED - I will post updates from my District 31 Conference!!

If you can attend - please join us!

D31 Online Registration


Keynote Speaker, Darren LaCroix - 2001 World Champion of Public SpeakingKeynote Speaker • Author • Comedian

In 2001, Darren LaCroix, The World Champion of Public Speaking, outspoke 25,000 contes-tants from 14 countries to win that title. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from first-rate chump to first-class champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it. Darren may have been “born without a funny bone in my body,” but he possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail necessary to achieve his dream. The self-proclaimed “student of comedy” is living proof that humor is a skill that can be learned.


Communication & Leadership Awardee - Paula Lyons, M.Ed, Principal - Bates Communications, Inc.

Paula Lyons is an executive coach and senior communications consultant. Prior to joining Bates Communications in 2004, Paula earned respect and accolades as a top-rated consumer reporter and familiar face on ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as two major market television stations in Boston, WBZ TV (CBS) and WCVB-TV (ABC).

Paula is a sought-after speaker, writer, coach and media expert, who provides clients with the advice of a veteran who has experienced both sides of the podium and platform. Her background in television, radio, public speaking and performance helps the executives she coaches develop the skills to deliver powerful messages with an effective communication style.

This came to me in my inbox today on my google alerts - looks like someone was searching for me on the web!
Talking Toastmasters Episode # 44 - with Bo Bennett and Ryan Leveque

What does it take to plan a district conference? What are some of the things that go on at district conferences? Be prepared to be educated and entertained.

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