June 6, 2023

  • Register Now for Club Officer Training and Hall of Fame
  • Forge Your Own Path
  • Genesee Event is Tomorrow!
  • Club Website Breakdown

Sign Up Now for The COT and Hall of Fame!

Mark your calendars for June 24! Club Officer Training is happening and we are scheduling both online and onsite attendance. Sign up now to attend at the Grand Valley Seidman College of Business, 50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 or sign up online.

For the big day, credentialing will kick off at 8:30am, followed by an action-packed program starting at 9:00am. We’ll break for lunch around 12:30-1 PM, with the event expected to wrap up by 4:00 PM.

The Theme,”United We Succeed,” with the stunning “Unity” logo from the Spring Conference takes center stage. Our focus this year is on building and supporting new district clubs while empowering our existing core clubs.

The Hall of Fame will credit Toastmasters who have achieved greatness during the recent Toastmasters year, 2022-23. Sign up to attend and celebrate with the winners!

COT Schedule

Keynote by Dr. Fred Johnson

Developing Successful Teams

Educational Sessions

Enhancing Club Quality / KPIs: Bruce Frandsen, DTM

Establishing and Supporting New Clubs: Lisa Waalkes, DTM

Intro to The New Incoming Trio: District Director (DD) Laura St. Louis, Program Quality Director (PQD) John Cameron, and Club Growth Director (CGD) Vicki Harwood

Elective Workshops

A. Branding and Promoting Your Club with Anna Donahue, DTM

B. Introduction to Club Coaching: Vicki Harwood and Spencer Van Roekel, DTM

Choose Your Breakout Session:

President: Bruce Racalla

VP Education: Nadia Roumanos

VP Membership: Lisa Howard

VP Public Relations: TBD

Sergeant at Arms: Sara Fortino

Treasurer: Julie Townsend

Secretary: TBD

Announcing the highly anticipated Hall of Fame Ceremony, spearheaded by the talented PQD Kim Lynn.

Spread the word and let the excitement build! 

Friendly reminder: for our In-person registration we kindly request that participants select their lunch preference by June 16th. The choices are Roast beef, Turkey or a Boxed Salad. Beverage refreshments will be served all day.

Lesson #3: Learn From Your Pain

In her poem, “The Uses of Sorrow,” Mary Oliver wrote “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” As humans we learn from our pain. We also learn to get back up and try again. We learn to stretch ourselves beyond what we ever thought we were capable of achieving.

When I went to my first Toastmasters Conference in the fall of 2015, I remember thinking to myself that I wasn’t interested in District leadership. Less than a year later, that was exactly where I found myself. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, but it was exciting!

After six years of service to the district, I have experienced joy, amazement, frustration, wonder, accomplishments, and sorrow. I am now entering my 7th year of District service and am looking forward to a year of the same. 

Are you looking for something beyond yourself? We need Area Directors for our Toastmasters District 62. If you want to have all kinds of new and different experiences, please contact me at majaplus5@gmail.com. It will be totally worth it!

Calling for Movers and Shakers!

That Means You Could Step UP and Make a Difference! Be the power person who makes decisions and leads others to success. There are many opportunities to learn new skills and earn recognition and Pathways credits. Contact Laura at majaplus5@gmail.com and put your name on the list. Are you interested in learning about one of the following positions?

  • Bookstore Manager
  • Content Manager for the Newsletter
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Graphics Designer
  • Writer for the Website Blog and/or Newsletter
  • Sponsorships and Advertising

Attention Toastmasters, Please Join Us Tomorrow at Genesee’s Online Event!

How many times have you thought of the perfect response long AFTER you gave a subpar answer you would rather forget?

Probably more often that you would like to remember.

Being able to craft cool, confident and coherent responses to impromptu questions is a skill we can all use.

Our upcoming Open House is designed to show participants how to develop this skill.

Please invite your friends, family and associates to our Open House on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 7:30 AM.

For more information about our club see our website.

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