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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
5:00 pm Registration and Networking
Event from 5:30 pm-9 pm
Farm Bureau, 7373 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing MI 48917
Contact Faith Cooper at email@example.com
Due to changes in the Toastmasters International policy and the roll-out of Pathways, there will not be a fall conference for 2017 and, therefore, no fall speech contests.
Each spring we conduct 2 contests; the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest. The International Speech contest involves a 5-7 minute speech and is open to members who have completed at least 6 speeches within the Toastmasters program. The contest starts at the club, winner(s) proceed to the Area contest, then Division, then District, then Semi-finals, and finally the Finals. The District contest is held during the Spring Conference. The semi-finals and finals are held at the Toastmasters International Convention.
We also hold an Evaluation contest during the spring season. The Evaluation contest is open to all current members. In this contest, a Target Speaker delivers a 5-7 minute speech, the contestants are then sequestered for 5 minutes to prepare their evaluation notes, and then the contestants are brought back into the room one at a time to provide their evaluation. The winning evaluator(s) move on from their club to the Area contest, then Division and finally the District contest. The District contest is held during the Spring Conference.
Additional resources for conducting the contests are further down on the page.
Note that there are projects within the Competent Leader manual pertaining to both chairing a club contest, and with helping out with a club contest. Please take advantage of the opportunity to develop your skills and gain educational credit for it.
Most Vice Presidents of Education will also support gaining credit in your Competent Leader manual for chairing or helping with an Area, Division, or District contest.
Anyone chairing an Area, Division, or District contest should consider wrapping a High Performance Leadership Project (HPLP) around those efforts. You can obtain an HPLP packet from the Toastmasters International online store. Note that doing so requires some additional lead time to begin the re-assessment and vision portions of the HPLP prior to pushing on the actual contest efforts.
Our district holds 2 conferences each year. One in the fall, and another in the spring. Conferences are packed with educational sessions, networking, and member recognition. They are also a key opporutinity to have your voice heard at our business meeting. In the Toastmasters International spirit of learn by doing, they also offer great opportunity to improve and demonstrate your skills in the dozens of volunteer opportunities available.
Due to changes in the Toastmasters International policy and the roll-out of Pathways, there will not be a fall conference this year.
The core purpose of the Spring Conference to elect your incoming district directors. Your participation helps ensure we have quarem and to help energize your incoming directors for their term starting on July 1st. Elected positions include your District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and each Division Director. The remaining district executive committee members (such as Administration Manager, Public Relations Manager, and Area Directors) are then appointed by the incoming District Director.
More information on the Spring 2018 conference will be coming soon.
Advanced Toastmasters clubs offer you significant benefits to develop your speaking, listening, evaluation, and leadership skills. The focus of an advanced club is to enable the Toastmaster to further develop his or her skills within a longer format (e.g., longer speeches), in-depth evaluations, and/or additional skills development (e.g., television production, improv/comedy or magic). If you are looking for guidance and mentoring, many members of these clubs are district leaders and Distinguished Toastmasters.
A list of advanced clubs is shown below. To become a member of an advanced club, there are prerequisites. These prerequisites are usually tied to your Toastmasters education awards. For more information, contact the club directly.
Meeting time: 9:30 to 11:45am, 3rd Saturday in Lansing area
Meeting time: 6:45pm to 8:45 pm, 2nd Thursday in Flint area
Meeting time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm, 2nd Monday in Grand Rapids area