Anyone can be a Leader!

Twice a year, our Area hosts Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI), an opportunity for new and returning officers to network with their peers in other clubs as well as learn more about their roles.
(This officer attendance is also a required step to achieve Distinguished Club status.)

But TLI is more than that. First: it’s free! Secondly, there are many general-topic speeches that inspire and inform.

Check out the website and sign up! (It’ll be June 24, 2017 from 8 AM – noon at the Boise Bible College venue, 8695 W. Marigold St. in Boise … just a bit west of Hawk Stadium, off of Glenwood.

2017 International Convention … is in Vancouver!

The 86th annual International Convention will be in August — practically next door — in Vancouver, British Columbia!

This may be your only opportunity to attend and participate at this level! Previous conventions have been in Washington DC and Malaysia.

Read more about it on the Toastmasters page for the 2017 international convention.

Why attend…?

Park City Conference (District 15) nearly here!

Calling all District 15 Toastmasters…

It’s less than 4 weeks until the Spring Conference in Park City Utah! Are you ready to Mine Your Story?

To register for the conference, click…  http://district15conference.org/… $99 through April 30th.
To book your room, call Park City Marriott… (435) 649-2900… $99 if you mention Toastmasters.

Three meals are included with your conference registration…

  • Friday, buffet dinner at OP Rockwells with story slam and live music
  • Saturday box lunch in the Marriott, or outside if weather permits
  • Saturday buffet dinner at the Grub Steak Restaurant with Keynote Margaret Watts Romney and Awards ceremony

If you have an unregistered guest joining you in Park City, we will have a LIMITED NUMBER OF GUEST MEAL PACKAGES AVAILABLE. To request a guest meal package, email the organizers ASAP (moc.l1542463127iamg@1542463127su.ei1542463127oval.1542463127etten1542463127na1542463127 – early responders will have first priority). If we are able to accommodate your guest, you will be asked to pay a flat rate of $50 by check when you arrive at the conference. The total number of guest spots available will depend on the total number of conference participants and cannot be guaranteed beforehand.

Spring District 15 Conference – 2017

From our colleagues in the Park City, Utah, club: “It’s less than 2 months until the District 15 Spring Conference, and we’re getting excited to host you in Park City, Utah! The theme of the conference is “Mine Your Story”.  Please pass our info and enthusiasm on to your club members.”

DETAILS:

Dates:                    May 5-6th
Location:                Park City, Utah
Venue:                   Park City Marriott 1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, Utah  84060
Phone:        (435) 649-2900
Lodging Cost:        $99/night if you mention “TOASTMASTERS”
Registration Cost:  $119 after May 1st

EVENTS:

Story Slam:              With host Jesse Parent
Scavenger Hunt:      Follow the clues on historic Main Street Park City
Keynotes:                Craig Valentine and Margaret Watts Romney
Workshops:             Stacy Dymalski, Jill Martin & Brandon Ruiz

And on to Division…!!!

Hearty congratulations to our River Speakers members who won last Saturday’s Area Contest!

Next step: the DIVISION level contest!

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 (9 AM [speakers should arrive early])
  • Foothills Christian Church (West Atrium Room), 9655 W. State St., Garden City ID

Hope to see you there!

Area-level Speakers Contest!

Congratulations to our first and second place contest winners — Sherry, Pam, Slay, and Andrew! 

They — as well as winners from other A3 clubs (plus A2 clubs) — will be competing at the next level. If you can, attend and support your fellow Toastmasters!

You can track it on this page on the District 15 website.

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 (9 AM [speakers should arrive early])
  • Foothills Christian Church (West Atrium Room), 9655 W. State St., Garden City ID

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #3)

This is the third in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster Pam Bostic: 

River Speakers Toastmasters Club has been an amazing networking opportunity for both my professional and personal life. I’ve had the honor to attend a Professional Development seminar with a focus on Interviewing at a fellow Toastmaster’s place of work. I’ve also learned of a recurring group meditation event with the potential to calm the mind and strengthen character.

Toastmasters has taught me to find the positivity in every topic. This will be an invaluable skill for interviewing and relationship/network building.

River Speakers Toastmasters has made Thursday my favorite day of the week (move over Friday!)

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #2)

This is the second in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster James Pendergrass CC: 

Listening:  I’m a better listener now than I was before joining Toastmasters, which I didn’t expect. I find that I’m more approachable, better understand how to ask the pertinent questions, and know how to give important feedback to people when asked.

Confidence to communicate effectively: It’s also helped me grow confidence as a person and being able to convey my thoughts so much better than before. Suffering from anxiety has always made it challenging to communicate my thoughts and feelings. However, Toastmasters has given me the ability to channel my thoughts and feelings into concise words in ways that weren’t possible before.