District 101 Spring 2017 Conference

Saturday, May 20th

Last weekend, District 101 held its very first Spring Conference featuring award-winning storyteller Kelly Swanson. Kelly gave a humorous yet inspiring keynote entitled, “You, Your Story, Make an Impact”. We also benefited from educational breakout sessions on: techniques to be more persuasive, how to be a better leader, and the new Pathways learning experience that is coming to our District soon.

During the Business Meeting, we elected District Leaders for 2017-2018, and discussed the re-alignment of clubs with District 101.

Finally, we crowned our very first District 101 Table Topics and International Speech champions: Sanjana Das, and Barbara Busch. Barbara will go on to represent District 101 in the Semifinals at the Toastmasters International Convention in Vancouver, BC in August

Everyone had a great time discovering their own stories and left looking forward to the next conference in November!

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Kelly SwansonKelly Swanson

Featured Speaker at the 2016 Toastmasters International Convention

Keynote Address: You, Your Story. Make an Impact

Master the Art of Connection and Engagement through the Power of Story

Breakout Session: Six Secrets to Be The Leader They WANT to Follow

Evening Reception with Kelly Swanson: Finding Confidence to Dream Bigger and Achieve More

Table Topics at 8:45am; International Speech Contest at 4:30pm


Who will be District 101’s very first Table Topics and International Speech Contest Champion?

Join us as 6 contestants from our District take to the stage to compete for the District title! This Spring, we will hold our Table Topics and International Speech Contest finale. The winner of the International Speech Contest will move on to represent our District at the Semifinals at Toastmasters International Convention in August.

Breakout Sessions

Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson

Six Secrets to Be The Leader they WANT to Follow

Telling people what to do is one thing, getting them to WANT to do it is another. Learn from Kelly Swanson how to go from manipulating to motivating in leadership.

Bina Mehta

Pathways Learning Experience

Join Bina Mehta, Past District Governor to learn about the Pathways Learning Experience that will be rolled out soon to replace the current Toastmasters Educational Program.

Chris Lipp

Chris Lipp

Powerful Persuasion: Proven Techniques to Influence Others

Join author and coach Chris Lipp to learn research-driven techniques and strategies to persuasively influence others. These practical skills will enhance your influence both personally and professionally.

District 101 Business Meeting

Every club has a voice! Club Presidents and VPEs and District Officers learn about District 101’s progress and vote on measures. If you hold a vote but are unable to attend the Business Meeting, please assign a proxy using this form. Attending the Business Meeting is free.

Not going to the Business Meeting?

Join Elaine Lung for Success with Speechcraft: Use a Basic Course in Public Speaking to Attract and Retain New Members

Use the Toastmasters International Speechcraft program to market your Toastmasters club. Pick up tools so that you can show your club how to run a Speechcraft program, customize it, and successfully convert prospects to members.

The presenters will use their club’s “Storytelling Speechcraft” program as case study for discussion.

Complete Schedule

Sunday, May 21

Breakfast with Kelly Swanson

Sunday, 8:30 am – 11 am

Kelly will lead a storytelling workshop, including opportunities for attendees to be coached by Kelly.

District 101 Gratefully Acknowledges Our Conference Sponsors

Etched Media Corporation
Vasona Printing

Is your company interested in sponsoring our District Conference? Contact Faye Yang, pr@d101tm.org.

About District Conferences

District 101 sponsors two conferences each year: one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

They include the culmination of the district-wide speech contests, educational workshops and presentations, and a keynote address by a professional speaker. An important element of the district conference is the semi-annual District Council Meeting.

The Spring Contest includes the District 101 Table Topics (or Tall Tales) and the International Speech Contests. The winner of the International Speech Contest goes on to represent District 101 at the semi-finals of the International Speech Contest at the Toastmasters International Convention in August, and if successful will compete on the World Stage for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

The Fall Contest includes the District 101 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests. Competitors in each contest start at the club level, where the winners go on to compete at the Area and Division Contests. The winners from each Division Contest meet at the District Contests to compete for the title of District 101 Champion.

The Conferences also include the semi-annual District Council Meetings, which includes district leaders, Club Presidents, and Club Vice Presidents Education. The meeting serves as the administrative governing body of the district. Any member can attend the meeting but only voting members of the council or their proxies participate in council deliberations. Each club president and vice president education in attendance is entitled to one vote. However, if either or both officers cannot attend, they may designate, in writing, any other active member of their club to act as a proxy or proxies for their club. (Use the District proxy form or other document with the required components.)