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Author: Kyle Word

Jonathan Gardner is Vancouver Bound

For Distinguished Toastmaster and District 23 International Speech Contest winner Jonathan Gardner, Toastmasters has been a serendipitous experience. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. And the right place and right time is coming up quickly when he will represent District 23 in the International Speech contest semi-finals in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada later this month. Fate led him to membership in both the Valencia Voices in Los Lunas and the Midday Madness Toastmasters in Albuquerque. Jonathan originally joined Toastmasters in the summer of 2009. Shortly thereafter, career opportunities led him to Nebraska,...

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Jef Conn Stays Busy

Lubbock Distinguished Toastmaster Jef Conn is living proof of the old adage “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” A Toastmaster since 2009, Jef has accomplished quite a bit both in and outside of Toastmasters. He’s currently District 23’s District Finance Manager. He’s a member of Lubbock’s Llano Estacado Toastmasters, the Treasurer for the Lubbock Realtors Toastmasters Club, and the Vice President Education for the Lubbock Pro Club. Jef is also the President Elect of the Lubbock Association of Realtors and President of the board for Lubbock’s Family Guidance and Outreach Center. When...

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Tim Hairston – From Sack Boy to Sergeant Major

Tim Hairston learned early on the importance of being a good communicator. From the time in his youth when he was a sack boy at a grocery store, to his current career as a Career Counselor to soldiers who are exiting the Army, effective communication has been a vital part of his work. Tim was first introduced to Toastmasters in Memphis, Tennessee, in the early 90s. In 2013 when the military moved him to Fort Bliss in El Paso, he found a Toastmasters club – the Northeast Toastmasters – that met just a few hundred yards from where he...

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Carolyn Peeler – Mentoring a Legacy

To paraphrase an old TV commercial – when DTM Carolyn Peeler talks, people listen. As a management consultant at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, Carolyn dispenses advice that the senior levels do well to listen to. Of course, it’s not just the words she says that demand respect. Her credibility is also due to many years of military service, before retiring and embarking on a career in civil service. Carolyn says she was introduced to Toastmasters in 1980, at a meeting for the Federally Employed Women’s program. She was impressed by how good the speaker was, and “Toastmasters”...

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Merv Jersak – In Front of the Room

Distinguished Toastmaster Merv Jersak loves to travel. He’s seen a lot of the world, including most of the United States and Canada, as well as his favorite countries, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He’s also traveled a long way as a Toastmaster, from joining the Taku Toastmasters in Juneau, Alaska more than thirty years ago, to being an active member in his current club, the Albuquerque Challenge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Merv became interested in public speaking when he heard a presentation by legendary speaker Zig Ziglar.  After having given some presentations at work that he was less than...

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Fall 2017 Conference

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Aug
1
Tue
all-day Smedley Award (Membership Buildi...
Smedley Award (Membership Buildi...
Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day
All Toastmasters clubs need new members. Even though your club may currently enjoy a healthy membership, a few months from now that could change as members move, change jobs or reach their objectives. By adding[...]
Aug
29
Tue
6:00 pm Lubbock Last Chance TLI @ Tyler Technologies
Lubbock Last Chance TLI @ Tyler Technologies
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm
All times Central Agenda Registration begins at 5:30 pm TLI begins at 6:00 pm
Sep
23
Sat
all-day Area 42,43, and 44 Fall Contests
Area 42,43, and 44 Fall Contests
Sep 23 all-day
All times Mountain Time and Location TBA  
8:00 am Area 31, 32, 33, 34, & 35 (Div C... @ Presbyterian Hospital - Savage Auditorium
Area 31, 32, 33, 34, & 35 (Div C... @ Presbyterian Hospital - Savage Auditorium
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am
All times Mountain Registration begins at 7:30 am Contests begin at 8:00 am
9:00 am Area 51, 52, & 53 Fall Contests
Area 51, 52, & 53 Fall Contests
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am
All times Central Location TBA Contests are Evaluation and Humorous
Oct
7
Sat
all-day Division F Contests
Division F Contests
Oct 7 all-day
Time and Location TBA.
8:00 am Division B & C Fall Contests @ Presbyterian Hospital - Savage Auditorium
Division B & C Fall Contests @ Presbyterian Hospital - Savage Auditorium
Oct 7 @ 8:00 am
All times Mountain Registration begins at 7:30 am Contests begin at 8:00 am