Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Regional Conference Info

For immediate release to all Toastmasters

The International Speech contests have been completed at the Division level and will proceed to District 53 Conference on May 13th in Wallingford, CT. Next month, the International contest climbs a level higher to the Region 7 Conference on June 16-17th in East Rutherford, NJ. Region 7 information is included in this email message.

The International Speech competition culminates at the Toastmasters International Convention. The convention will be held in August 2006 in Washington, DC and at that convention, 10 speakers representing 8 Regions and 2 "overseas" contestants will vie for the title of
"World Champion of Public Speaking."

2006 Region VII Conference
Hosted By: District 46
The Date: June 16-17, 2006
Website for the Region VII Conference:
The Place: Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center
2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, New Jersey
The Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located eight miles from Midtown Manhattan (NYC). Nestled in the heart of the Meadowlands area, we are also only 15 minutes from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR).
Call the Sheraton Meadowlands Room Reservations by 5:00pm, May 26, 2006 for the Special Toastmasters Room Rate of $129.00 plus tax per night single/double occupancy (subject to availability). Call directly 1-800-325-3535 (Must mention Toastmasters International to guarantee the quoted rate). For more on-line information about the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel, visit their web site at and to book a room on-line go to the Hotel web link for the 2006 Region VII Toastmaster Intl.

Conference Registration: Discounts apply if your Registration form is complete and postmarked by May 22, 2006. The Conference Registration Form is online at

Preliminary Conference Agenda:
Meet and greet Immediate Past President of Toastmasters International, Jon Greiner, DTM

Friday: Educational Workshops, Social Hour, Fun Night and Dinner; Humorous Showcase (See the top Humorous Speakers from Region VII)

Saturday: Past District Governors (PDG) Breakfast, Educational Seminars and Workshops, Communication and Leadership Awards Luncheon, Region VII Business Meeting, Banquet & International Speech Contest (semi-finals) Area & Division Governor Training and District Treasurer & PRO Training Candidates Corner (Greet the candidates for International Director)

Educational Programs:

  • "Energize, Educate, and Entertain Your Audience" by Ed Tate, ATMB, Toastmasters International 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • "Evaluate with Excellence" by Jim Heeren, DTM, PDG-45
  • "Developing Your Leadership Skills in Toastmasters" by Jim Kokocki, DTM - Past International Director 2002-2004
  • "YOU Can Make A Difference - The Power Of The Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program" by Heike Estey, DTM
  • "What Every Trainer Should Know-"A Train The Trainer" Workshop" by Sandy Schussel, CTM
  • "Goal Setting: Finding the Direct Line from Point A to point B" by Catina Payne, ATM-S/CL
  • "Leadership and You" by Fran Gedra Greene, DTM Past International Director
  • “Using Improv Techniques to Help You Become a Better Speaker” by The World Class Indifference Improv Comedy Team
Region VII Conference Chairs:
Conference Chair: International Director, Rodger D. Baker, DTM
Co-Conference Chair: Rose Martino-Gerhard, DTM, PDG46
Educational Chair: Neal Gerhard, DTM, PDG46

Look for updates on the Region VII Conference Web Site -

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