Fellow Toastmasters in District 29,
Welcome to the 2021 district conference: Lift to Grow. As a result of the continuing global pandemic this conference may be unlike any you have experienced before. The Conference Team has worked tirelessly to ensure that have the best experience possible. Throughout this conference you will have the opportunity immerse yourself in the various activities that have been assembled for you. Take time, when possible, to network with your fellow Toastmasters, make new friends, and build lasting relationships. I challenge each one of you to meet someone new and learn something about them.
The educational sessions will provide you with the opportunity to learn from others. You will gain new skills that you can use both in and out of Toastmasters. In addition to the educational sessions, you will hear from keynote speakers who will inspire and entertain you. Share what you learn with others, remember, knowledge is only worth something when you share it with others.
During the conference you will get to witness the thrill of competition! The best speakers in the district will take the virtual stage competing in various speech contests vying for the title of District Champion. Who will represent your district in the Regional Quarterfinals of the International Speech contest?
Who will be the leaders responsible for leading your district towards continued success in the upcoming year? Who will develop the strategies and innovative programs to increase the reach of Toastmasters throughout the district and help members achieve their goals? During the annual business meeting the voting members will be responsible for electing these leaders, this is a tremendous responsibility. Meet with these leaders and get to know them prior to the business meeting and then select those who will best serve the members, the district, and Toastmasters International.
Use your conference experience to Lift to Grow because by lifting others we grow! Yours in Toastmasters,
Richard E. Peck, DTM
2020-2021 International President