District 22 Spring Conference 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
All Systems Go!
We invite you to join us for a day of fun, learning, networking, competition and inspiration.
Bring family. Bring friends. Register by April 1 for the early bird rate, or by April 22 for full registration with meals at the regular rate. Walk-in registration will be available with cash or checks ONLY and will not include meals.
Please send a picture of your banner for the banner parade to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COUNCIL MEETING Make sure your club is represented at the District Council business meeting by the club President, VP Education or another club member carrying their proxy form, which can be found HERE on the Toastmasters website. Members may attend the council meeting without registering for the conference. Upon arrival, sign in at the credentials desk prior to the meeting.
HOTEL The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport. Make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (316) 945-5272 and asking for in-house reservations. Be sure to specify that you are with Toastmasters District 22 Spring Conference when making your reservation to receive the discounted room rate of $114 per night before taxes.
BREAKFAST If you select a registration that includes meals, you will receive a $15 voucher to use for breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
LUNCH Three meal options are available for lunch. Please indicate your selection when purchasing your ticket. All entree options are gluten-free. The eggplant parmesan is vegetarian.
- Southwest Chicken Salad (Marinated chicken breast on mixed greens with black bean tomato relish, grape tomatoes, cheese, scallions and tequila lime dressing)
- Grilled Chicken (Lemon valoute over leeks and spinach, pesto potatoes, vegetable medley)
- Eggplant Parmesan (Marinana sauce, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella)
DINNER Four meal options are available for dinner. Please indicate your selection when purchasing your ticket. All entree options except the pasta primavera are gluten-free. The pasta primavera is vegetarian.
- Mahi Mahi (With pesto new potatoes, vegetable medley)
- Chicken Forrestiere (Sauteed mushrooms with hunter sauce, pesto new potatoes, vegetable medley)
- Porterhouse Pork Chop (With apple chutney and apple brandy cream, pesto new potatoes, vegetable medley)
- Pasta Primavera (Sauteed vegetables, garlic and white wine sauce)
FRIDAY FUN NIGHT Heavy snacks will be available in the hospitality room, plus a cash bar and fun activites for both first-timers and experienced conference attendees.
CANDIDATE SHOWCASE For presentations by all district officer candidates. Opposed officer and all director officer candidates are limited to a six-minute interview. Unopposed officer candidates are limited to a three-minute interview. District leaders submit questions to be asked. The presentation schedule, with the names of all nominated and known floor candidates for district office, is prepared by the district. There is no census or poll taken of the delegates at a Candidates’ Showcase. Members may attend the showcase without registering for the conference.
Schedule - Friday
Time End Event
5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Registration table open
6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Friday fun night with cash bar
7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Candidate showcase
7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. DEC meeting
Schedule - Saturday
7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Registration and credentials table open*
8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies
8:30 a.m. 9:25 a.m. Keynote with Past International President Ed Bick, DTM
9:25 a.m. 9:45 a.m. Break, Table Topics contest briefings
9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Table Topics contest
11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Education sessions
12:00 p.m. 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Communication & Leadership Award Luncheon
with keynote by recipient Joe Kirmser
1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Education session with Past International President Ed Bick, DTM
2:30 p.m. 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. 4:10 p.m. District council meeting
4:10 p.m. 4:40 p.m. Break, International speech contest briefings
4:40 p.m. 6:00 p.m. International speech contest
6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Break with cash bar
6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Dinner, officer induction, DTM ceremony
* Registration and Credentials tables will be open before and between sessions when they are not in progress.
Keynote speaker - Toastmasters Past International President Ed Bick, DTM - "You Can Go Anywhere from Here" and Education speaker - "Making It Work for Me"
Ed began his Toastmaster experience in Charleston, South Carolina while serving in the United States Air Force. Since then, Business and Personal moves have taken him to 6 different Districts in 5 Regions. During those travels, he served as District Governor (now Director) from 1979-1980 and International Director from 1981-1983 while living in South Dakota. He began his service on the Executive Committee in 1987 and served as International President from 1990-1991 while residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Professionally, Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and a commission in the US Air Force from South Dakota State University. Following his 4 year commitment to the Air Force, he returned to South Dakota and entered the food industry. Initially working as an Industrial Engineer for John Morrell he was recruited to Swift and Company where he served in a number of different roles, retiring in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Pork Operations.
Ed has since returned to work for Swift as a consultant because, in his words: “I didn’t get the retirement thing correct the first time around so they are making me do it over”.
Ed and his wife, Jennifer, will celebrate 46 years together this spring and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their daughter, son-in-law and two lively grandsons.
Communication and Leadership Award Recipient - Joe Kirmser, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Solutions Inc.
Joe Kirmser is the Chief Executive Officer of Quality Solutions Inc., a national facilities management firm speicializing in both preventive and reactive facility management, retrofits, remodels and national rollouts. QSI leverages a network of over forty-eight thousand vendors in North America covering more than seventy five trades, utilizing extensive experience and technical knowledge within the trades - especially in HVAC, Handyman, Electrical and Plumbing, focusing on data-driven and technology-enhanced solutions that help customers realize their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and committing to world class talent development.
Prior to becoming CEO of QSI Joe served as President of Lenel Systems, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) Lenel is the world’s largest integrated enterprise video and access control company serving over 90% of the Fortune 500 and a large majority of major global education, government, industrial and other institutions. Joe spent six years before UTC with General Electric working in several divisions including GE Plastics, Electrical Distribution, Corporate Marketing and Finance. He also received his Six Sigma Black-Belt certification while working at GE. From 2006 to 2009 Joe opened up an operation in Italy for GE’s former Electrical Supply business just after its acquisition by French-based Rexel SA, the largest electrical distributor in the world. Joe has an extensive, diverse background in sales, marketing, operations and general management in multinational organizations, including United Technologies, General Electric, Rexel SA, Fidelity Investments and Gallo Wine.
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University where he was a four year starter on the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team. During his time at Duke he was a two-time All-American selection as well as an Academic All-American. He received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Babson College where he graduated cum laude.
Education Speaker - Whitney Shayo, ACB ALB - "Your Words Have Power - A Journey through the Toastmasters Education Program"
Whitney Shayo, a member of Toastmasters for nearly two years, cherishes the volunteer time she spends each week alongside her husband in servant leadership. When she's not busy going for walks in the park with her husband, Pesa, and their four daughters, she works as an Internet Marketing Director for the web design firm WP Site Support.
Education Speaker - Mike Edwards, ACB ALB - "Leadership Systems: Easy as Pie"
Toastmaster Mike Edwards is a lifelong learner and someone who enjoys helping other people develop their skills. He currently works as a trainer with the Department of Homeland Security where he teaches leadership development and soft skills. Prior to that he spent three years as a Department of the Army civilian instructor and curriculum developer with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Mike began his professional career with the U.S. Army. Mike has served in far flung locales such as Amberg, Germany; Munson, Korea; Kuwait City, Kuwait, Luanda, Angola; and Quyarrah, Iraq. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the Florida State University. Mike’s academic background includes a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy University as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Education Speaker - Julie Hartig, CC - "10 Things to Create Outstanding Membership Experiences"
Julie Hartig is a respected engineering Project Management Professional who has successfully delivered projects for large Fortune 500 companies like DuPont, Ford, and ITT.
She is a sought after board member and leader for community non-profits. Her experience includes running successful political campaigns, and being elected to school boards in the US and Europe.
Educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and graduating with an MBA Summa Cum Laude from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands. Her master’s thesis focused on development and retention of employees.
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District 22 of Toastmasters International includes Toastmasters clubs located in Kansas and western Missouri.
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