Basket Raffle; 2024 Conference Fund Raiser

Fellow Toastmasters, we hope you or your club are able to provide a basket of any size and contents to help with the fundraising for our conference. We look forward to seeing your creative and thoughtful donations.

If you, your club, or an individual in your club, is interested in contributing a basket for the D62 Spring Conference 2024 Basket Raffle, below are the instructions. 

  1. Assemble a collection of items, services, activities, gift cards, or whatever you feel best represents your club or your city. Consider creating a focused basket such as one for cats, babies, a specific hobby, or food. It can be a large basket or a small basket. There are no value minimums. 
  2. Write up a detailed description of the contents of the basket. If so desired, include if it is being offered by a club or an individual.  If there are multiple items in the basket, please make sure that all items are clearly identified including the quantity. (i.e. 1 book – Title).  
  3. You may use any type of container; it does not have to be a basket.
  4. If donating a service, please create a coupon clearly describing the service(s) offered. 
  5. Please include a title for your donation with an approximate value.
  6. Finally, take a picture of the basket or coupon and send the photo, along with the detailed description, to Karen Gabrielse karen_k_gabrielse@att.net no later than April 15th at 6 pm.
  7. There are two ways to have your basket delivered to the conference. First, you can deliver it yourself if you are attending the conference or, second, plan for someone to bring it for you. Please let us know if you need assistance delivering your basket by contacting Karen Gabrielse her email listed below.
  8. All baskets are due to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo by 8:30 am on April 27th, 2024

Below are some examples of two baskets we are currently promoting, including their description and value. 

Speak, Lead, and Inspire

This basket donated by Amy Moored, DTM includes numerous speaking and leadership resources: 

  • Speak with confidence with:
    •  3 resources from World Champion of Public Speaking, Lance Miller.
    • Create Your Own Keynote from World Champion Public Speaking, Darren LaCroix
  • Lead and learn about building clubs from Past International President, Pat Johnson.
  • Inspire with signed copy of “Heart of a Toastmaster” by Sheryl L. Roush
  • Approximate Value: $150

Coffee Array!

Former District 10, Area 23 Director, Karen Gabrielse, still considers West Michigan home.  She invites you to try coffee from one of the finest coffee roasters in West Michigan – Ferris Coffee and Nut.

The winner of this basket will receive:    

  • Four (4) – 12 oz bags of coffee (see coffee types below)
  • One (1) – electric blade coffee grinder
  • Ferris Coffee and Nut – all coffee was roasted to order to ensure the freshest cup of coffee! 
  • Prize donated by:  Karen Gabrielse, former District 10 Area 23 Director
  • Approximate Value:  $100.00

Watch for the ONLINE site to purchase raffle tickets and Please be sure to check them out as you may find the perfect basket that you would like to win!

Thank you for your time and effort assembling a basket for contribution to the Spring Conference Basket Raffle. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Karen Gabrielse karen_k_gabrielse@att.net

Amy Moored amymoored@gmail.com

Lisa Howard legalisa1@charter.net

Author: Anna Donahue, DTM

I joined Toastmasters in February, 2016 because I wanted to learn how to feel comfortable speaking in public and talking about my new art business called ArtistEntrepreneurs.org. Since then I have given speeches to large and small groups, recorded webinars for online distribution and held workshops for artists who are interested in learning what I know about the "business of art." Toastmasters has helped me to become comfortable in any environment and to take on leadership positions with success. I had no idea how far Toastmasters would take me and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn and grow with the encouragment of fellow professionals. For the Toastmaster year of 2019-2020, I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year after taking on many leadership roles at the district level. 

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