World-caliber speakers…

In just 2 months, Toastmasters will assemble from around the world in Vancouver, British Columbia. What would it be like to hear the contestants for the World Champion of Public Speaking award?

Here are the semifinalists, including a contestant from District 15 (our district, encompassing southern Idaho, northern Utah, and eastern Oregon).

Will you be going?

UPDATE: Early-bird prices end soon. July 3 … and booking of hotel by July 24 to receive the group rate. More info here.

Celebrating growth and effort

Robin (left) and Sherry

One of the most exciting benchmarks a club can experience is recognizing a member’s achievement. At our June 22, 2017 meeting, we were proudly of one mind in congratulating Robin O’Neill as she received her Advanced Communicator Silver certificate.

As Sherry Briscoe, our VP of Education noted, this means that Robin has presented a minimum of 30 speeches. Thank you, Robin, for all you’ve contributed in sharing and growing with us.


PATHWAYS is coming

Pathways is the entirely new program — updating, in some cases, tracks that have been in place since the 1970s. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL!

Learn more about what’s right around the corner for you in your Toastmasters experience.

Visit the Pathways page on the Toastmasters website — complete with videos and tons of information. This will effect YOU!

(And bring your questions to the next River Speakers meeting. Melanie is our liaison for all Pathways questions.)

River Speakers member honored with Area A3 Director role!

Melanie Palmer CC CL

It’s just been announced that our current President, Melanie Palmer CC CL, has been appointed Area A3 Director for 2017-2018 by incoming Division A Director, Patty Johnson!

Melanie will be responsible for supporting and guiding these four clubs (which constitute Area A3):

Congratulations to Melanie! And what a great opportunity for our club to learn more about other clubs through her work.


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…… $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 ( – 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.”


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


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!