Welcome To District 99 2018-02-02T19:49:44+00:00

Coaches Corner with Don Z

Edmonton, AB – Jan 11th, 2018

Coaches Corner - Edmonton on Jan 11th, 2018

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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.

The 2017-2018 Trio: Chris Pederson, Club Growth Director-Elect, Donald Zurakowski, District Director-Elect and Glenn Walker, Program Quality Director-Elect.

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.

June Cline checking out the Harley on display Friday night at the convention.

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.

Presenting Linda White her DTM at the Spring 2017 Convention with District Director Lorraine Wheatley DTM, Club Growth Director Glenn Walker DTM and Past International President Neil Wilkinson DTM.

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.

Evaluation Contest winner Amanda O’Leary receiving her trophy from the District 99 Trio.

Colin Greene receives his first place trophy in the International Speech Contest from the District 99 Trio


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 […]

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