District 30 Toastmasters Spring Conference 2016–Day One

For those who are in Toastmasters in the Chicagoland area, there is an event happening today and tomorrow which I personally call “Disneyland for Toastmasters” called the Spring Conference.

The Spring Conference takes place on Friday  evening and all day Saturday evening, 4/29 and 4/30, respectively.

The reason why we are doing the conference in one and a half days is because there is too much going on to have it in a single day.

Here’s what’s on the menu for the conference program tonight (Friday).

  • Table Topics Speech Contest
  • Explanation of the new Revitalized Education Program
  • Comedy Tonight with Dobie Maxwell
  • Talent Show

I helped at registration so I missed some of the events tonight, but tomorrow I plan to be on early registration (up to 7 AM) so I can enjoy the rest of tomorrow’s program, which plans to have the following

  • Opening Ceremony/Parade of Banners
  • Area Director Recruiting Station
  • Workshop by Past International President Jana Barnhill (Keynote Speaker)
  • New Member Orientation
  • Business Meeting/District Leader Elections
  • Club Awards Ceremony
  • International Speech Contest
  • Dinner keynote speech:   Soar for Your Success by Jana Barnhill
  • Distinguished Toastmaster installation ceremony

I will probably have a lot more to report on tomorrow–tonight I’m going back down to the hotel main floor to watch the rest of the Table Topics and have some drinks with fellow Toastmasters afterwards.   That’s why this time I got a hotel room at the conference, so I could socialize without having to leave early for the hour drive home.

It’s a Toastmaster holiday and I want to enjoy every moment that I can!



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