District 66 Spring Conference a Smashing Success
Here's what people are sayingThe Conference was great! I think it was so well organized and everyone seemed to like it and be learning lots of good stuff.
---- Camellia Wroniewicz
District 66 Conference was indeed a great success. The education and breakout sessions were highly informative and energetic. I greatly enjoyed the weekend as did my wife and she is not even a toastmaster. I look forward to many more conferences and hope to continue seeing everybody there. The group that put together the conference did a supreme job which just added to the pleasure of attending, and the setting - WOW!! Thank you to everybody involved.
-------- Joe Scott
Pete and District 66, Thank for the opportunity to speak at your spring conference. The hospitality was amazing. I would speak at any future District 66 conference in a heartbeat. I would also encourage any of my fellow World Champions to do the same. It was awesome!
------- Ed Tate
and from incoming District Governor, Pete MoyerWow! What a District 66 Conference Toastmasters,
It started out Friday night with NPRs monthly appearing expert of Social Media, Ed Sykes and ended with the most amazing Table Topics Competition I have ever seen in District 66. Congratulations to Michael Claude Jr. (1st Place), Marlon Haskell (2nd Place), Steve Fulton (3rd Place). Saturday morning was like the Olympics where we paraded in banners from our oldest clubs to our most Distinguished Clubs and guess what, we were on time so that the Educational Sessions kicked off with a bang. Viki Kinsman gave a powerful keynote over lunch followed by our District Council Meeting which was completed in record time. Saturday evening was full of festivities:
International Speech Contest - 1st Place Patrick Peason, 2nd Place Craig Stevens, 3rd Place Jeff Seibert Distinguished Toastmaster Awards - Michelle Lewis and Linda Charlton District Officer Installation performed by our International Director for Region 7, Viki Kinsman We ended the evening with our own Chie Tamaki, Conference Chair leading us in a chant, "When I say DISTRICT 66, you say SUCCESS!" This led us all to a standing ovation Saturday evening. I think Chie has a job as our next District 66 cheer leader and motivational speaker.
Chie Tamaki - Madame Chair you made our weekend with your hard work and constant smiling face. Success to all you do. Linda Charlton and Mary White for offering wisdom and experience to our Conference. You both are amazing and I am glad to know you. Rhiannon Liker - what an effort of being Division Governor this year and taking on the big job of Program Chair for the Conference. Congratulations Madame Treasurer.
Regie Ford - I am impressed. You put together the best group of Sergeant at Arms I have ever seen at any Conference. Nice job and congratulations Division B Governor.
Curel Sundar - Great job running our contests ethically, efficiently and effortlessly. I heard many compliments on your behalf.
Ian Henry - Registration was very smooth and managed well from our District Treasurer. Nice job Ian. You are my Viking!
Viki Kinsman - It was a pleasure to have you at our Conference. Your keynote and help in the District Council Meeting was fantastic. Please come again.
Ed Sykes - My sponsor, my friend and mentor. Thank you so much for sharing your tips and tricks on Social Media and Boosting our Membership.
Ed Tate - our guest speaker all the way from Las Vegas (2000 World Champion of Public Speaking) gave us inspiration and phenomenal training techniques that will last a life time. Go Eddy! Go Eddy!
Mary White, Terri Smith and Doug Stamper - I heard so many compliments on your program but more importantly I heard a great deal of interest in Toastmasters wanting to do a Speech Craft. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.
Jennifer Asante - The open house Queen or should I say Princess. Great session on educating us on some great ways to do an Open House to gain new members.
David Myers- Thank you for putting a program together to meet the lost and forgotten DTMs in District 66. I heard it was very engaging and I thank you for coming up with the idea and program to keep us moving forward even after we reach DTM.
J Andree Brooks - Thank you for being our Parliamentarian. You are very good at keeping us in order, especially Al Tuten. We appreciate your guidance.
Joe Scott - Joe "Warren Miller" Scott. Yes it is an inside joke. I knew Joe was a great speaker but he was awesome as a Contest Master. Your Table Topic question led us to one of the most memorable Table Topics Contests ever. Thank you for the great show.
Michael Behm - You have a way of popping up everywhere. Every time I turned around you were helping with a role. Many thanks also for printing our Conference View Booklet especially after the day you had on Friday. Best of luck with your car.
Sal Asad - awesome job entertaining us and being an awesome Contest Ring Master. As PID and PDG I love how you stay engaged and are so supportive of the District.
Robert Turcotte - Thank you for being an outstanding Chief Judge for the International Speech Contest. Great job!
Joshua Larson - For me you were the biggest surprise of the Conference. Mr. Emcee and the awesome Voice heard throughout the weekend. Iron man Josh showed his endurance and made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and always had a helping hand without asking. Thank you Josh.
Al Tuten - Al thank you for all the email notes and guidance you gave the whole conference team. We appreciate all your hard work this year.
Alice Blake and her helper Chris Al-Amin - Thanks for running the credentials desk flawlessly once again. Yes you are the two amazing sisters. Thank you Past District Governors.
Congratulations Joann Seymour, our next Lt. Governor Education and Training
Congratulations Andrea Morgan, our next Lt. Governor Marketing
Congratulations Rhiannon Liker, our next District Treasurer
Congratulations Joanne Jones, our next Division A Governor
Congratulations Regie Ford, our next Division B Governor
Congratulations Warren Hall, our next Division C Governor
Congratulations John Steinbach, our next Division D Governor
Congratulations Linda Charlton, our next Division E Governor
Helpers - to all of you who supported many roles to help our Chairs put on a great conference we thank you.
Congratulations to all our contestants and Toastmasters who ran for office. Remember we are all winners because we are all learners. "Turn on your talent" Attendees - We would not have a conference without you. Thank you!
Invocations - Linda Kennedy, Michael Behm and Anna Mooney. Job well done!
Bookstore - Nancy Johnson stepped up to run our book store all weekend. Thank you again for your service. Also, we look forward to seeing you on YouTube for the entertainment you gave us at Ed Tate¡¯s Train the Trainer Session.
Trainers - Thank you all for participating in the Train the Trainer session on Sunday. The session was a great foundation for our trainers. Dexter Godfrey and Wade Randolph will be taking on the role of training our trainers. Linda Charlton will be helping us with scheduling as she is the TLI (Training Leadership Institute) Chair. I deeply apologize for not handing out the certificates of participation. Can you believe I had them sitting by the door. Thank you Camellia, our District Secretary, for printing all the certificates. I will get them to you at our first TLI on June 23rd.
Best Club Support and Participation - Harrisonburg Club you are a great example to us all
Al Tuten - District Governor
Chie Tamaki - Conference Chair
Joshua Larson - SAA and EMCEE
Patrick Peason - First Place International Speech Contest
Howie Jeffries - Timer
Tom Richardson - 50/50 Raffle
Patrick Keefe (Club President) - I saw you helping everyone everywhere this weekend
Please share your experiences with your clubs and other clubs!
Stay tuned to the New District 66 You Tube Channel managed by Vincent Lieu: http://www.youtube.com/district66tm
Many thanks to all and we look forward to seeing you all soon!