- 2017 Spring Convention News
The elections at the business meeting had a very close race for Club Growth Director – the final count was 86 for Chris Pederson, 85 for Dave Cartledge.
The new Trio for 2017/2018 are Chris Pederson, CC, ALB – Club Growth Director, Glenn Walker, DTM, Program Quality Director and Donald Zurakowski, DTM, District Director. Lorraine Wheatley, DTM will assist as Immediate Past District Director.
Our 2017 Spring Convention is in the books and was a great success. During the weekend a number of great things happened. Recognition events included the morning recognition of club sponsors, mentors and coaches. Our district has a number of dedicated individuals that are contributing to the growth and vitality of the clubs in our district.
Our keynote speaker gave us a great over view of how to identify our personal humor styles. June Cline is the motorcycle riding humorist that gave us some great insights and helped us to have a lot of fun.
At the luncheon, we recognized a number of individuals that achieved educational awards. At the district level the focus was on those members who achieved the triple crown award and the distinguished toastmaster awards. The district had great success this year with over a dozen members achieving their DTM award.
Elections were held for district level positions. Elected to serve as District Director for the 2017-18 year was Donald Zurakowski DTM. Donald is joined by our 2017-2018 Program Quality Director, Glenn Walker DTM and 2017-2018 Club Growth Director, Chris Pederson CC ALB. This will be your district trio charged with leading District 99.
Speech Contests were also held and the results are in. Representing District 99 in the International Speech Contest will be Colin Greene of the Forward Thinkers Toastmasters Club. The winner of the Evaluation Contest Amanda O’Leary of the Evolution Toastmasters Club.
Colin will advance to the International Convention being held in Vancouver this year. Give Colin all your support as he represents District 99 and his club at the World Championship of Public Speaking.
Sunday capped off with some goodbyes and entertainment. Our keynote speaker finished off the weekend with an entertaining ending address that had everyone rolling in the aisles. June definitely helped everyone in attendance to see the funny side of things.
Our next big event will be the fall conference being held in Prince Albert. We look forward to seeing everyone there in November. For more information, check out the conference information.
- Communications and Leadership Award to be presented to Don Neufeld
Don Neufeld will be presented with the Communication and Leadership Award by District 99 Director Lorraine Wheatley at the Spring Convention. The presentation will take place at the Saturday evening banquet, April 29, 2017.
The Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award (informally referred to as the “C&L Award”) “was established to honour a leading citizen in the district for his or her communication and leadership skills.” The C&L Award recognizes that citizen who specifically demonstrates these skills in the field of their expertise and in the community.”
Don Neufeld devoted his working career to the Province of Alberta, working in the Office of the Auditor General and he retired as the Assistant Auditor General. Don became involved with Habitat for Humanity in Edmonton when it was formed in 1991. Over the years he has contributed thousands and thousands of volunteer hours. In 2014, Habitat for Humanity honoured Don with the recognition of Volunteer of the Year in Canada. In 2016, Habitat awarded Don for his 20 Years of Volunteer Service.
We are proud to present the Communication and Leadership Award to a man who has made so many contributions to our community in both communication and leadership. Don exemplifies the passion and commitment that an individual came bring to their community, an example of what we, as toastmasters, can also do. Come out to meet Don Neufeld and hear more about this great volunteer who is making a difference.
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