Members of District 23 followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Spring 2017 Conference in Amarillo, Texas, and had an over the rainbow good time on May 5th through 7th, 2017.

From the costume contest to the speaking contests and the educational sessions to the officers elections, the conference was a blast!

Speech Contests

2017 International Speech Contest winner Jonathan Gardner (center) with Jenny Zappone (left) and Natalie Waters (right)

International Speech

  • 1st Place: Jonathan Gardner of Albuquerque
  • 2nd Place: Eva Fanari of Albuquerque
  • 3rd Place: Brian Stover of Clovis

Jonathan Gardner won the contest with his speech “One More Chance.”

He will move on to compete in the semi-finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Toastmasters International Convention in August 2017. The winners of the semi-finals matches will go on to compete in the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Eva delivered the speech “Four Magic Words” and Brian delivered “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

2017 Table Topics Contest winner Natasha Lockhart (center) with Jenny Zappone (left) and Natalie Waters (right)

Table Topics

  • 1st Place: Natasha Lockhart of Amarilo
  • 2nd Place: Jonathan Gardner of Albuquerque
  • 3rd Place: Doug Johnson of Midland


Your newly elected 2017-2018 district officers are:

  • District Director: Jenny Zappone
  • Program Quality Director: Danni Andrew
  • Club Growth Director: Cliff Colvin
  • Division A Director: Gary King
  • Division B Director: Marianne Bjelke
  • Division C Director: David Gardner
  • Division D Director: Darrell Henderson
  • Division E Director: Shalom Agalaba
  • Division F Director: Kim Davis

Patti Douglass (3rd Place); Diana Rodney (2nd); Molly & Rusty Rodke (1st)

Costume Contest

  • 1st Place: Rusty and Molly Rodke as the Tin Man and the Scarecrow
  • 2nd Place: Diana Rodney as Dorothy
  • 3rd Place: Patti Douglass as the tornado