District 45 Toastmasters Fall Conference – November 4-6, 2016

I attended the 2016 District 45 Toastmasters Fall Conference on November 4-6.

District 45 includes all of
Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine in the USA, and all of
New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, & Nova Scotia in Canada.

The weekend conference was hosted at the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews By the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada.

As always, it was great to hang out with District Director, Tom Goodwin.

I always have to check in with long-time friend, Malinda Regimbal, Product Quality Director.

Driving up to the conference together, of course I was going to be hanging out with Jeff Hebert, Club Growth Director.

Good friend and International Director for Region 9, Steve Chen, presented a comprehensive workshop on leadership.

There’s nothing like running into long-time friends like Alexandra Barbehenn (who ran the gauntlet at the Awards Banquet for earning her DTM this year!).

Another long-time friend, Ron Corkery, always has some fun and interesting things to share!

The icing on the cake for me is being able to spend time with my mentor, Joe Grondin. Joe is a 6-time District 45 Winner who made it to the SemiFinals as well made it twice up to the Top10 of the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS)! He is amazing, and I am sooooo fortunate to receive his mentorship!

Thomas is a good friend who earned his DTM in two years, also running the gauntlet at this event.

After hearing my keynote on Sunday morning, this new Competent Communicator, Andrea LeBlanc, said she was inspired by that keynote to overcome her nervousness as the Target Speaker for the Evaluation contest before so large an audience. Andrea truly did fantastically – and she is an awesome person as well!

At the Awards Banquet, I earned the Allen E. Seavey award (for the second time). This is for recruiting/sponsoring the most new new members in all of District 45. The second award was for sponsoring 5 or more – I had sponsored 16 last year.

I presented an original 45-minute keynote on Sunday morning.

This keynote was titled, “I Can Do This! – Pass It On.” I had a blast sharing it, the feedback was awesome, and the audience was truly great!

As expected, this was a fun and productive time at the District 45 Toastmasters Conference in St. Andrews By The Sea, New Brunswick, Canada, on November 4-6, 2016.

District 45 Toastmasters Spring Conference – May 20-22, 2016

I attended the 2016 District 45 Toastmasters Spring Conference on May 20-22.

District 45 includes all of
Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine in the USA, and all of
New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, & Nova Scotia in Canada.

The weekend conference was entirely held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center in Bar Harbor, Maine.


The building for the Hospitality Suites was gorgeous.


And the view from my balcony room was spectacular.


During the Saturday Awards Luncheon, I received the 2016 Triple Crown (Repeat Achiever) award.


It is always fun crossing the stage for this particular award. Here I am following after my mentor, Joe Grondin, on the stage. In front of the stage, other Triple Crown Repeaters (from left to right) are Past District Governors Wendy Harding, Heather, Perkins, and Candace Buell.


While this was my sixth official Triple Crown, my collection of the new-last-year award, “Triple Crown Repeater” Coffee Cups, expanded. I now have two of these coffee cups!


Here are all the Triple Crown Repeaters for this past year. To the right of me is Joe Grondin and Tom Dowd respectively. Outstanding company to be among.


For me, personally and professionally, one of the best aspects of these District 45 Conferences is spending time with my mentor, Joe Grondin. Here he is with his beloved wife Gwen while we enjoyed the Awards Banquet Dinner. (Note the “1st Place” for his winning the speech contest.)


Throughout the weekend, I was able to network with new friends as well as meet up with old friends. Pictured here is new awesome friend, Danielle Hardre, next to great old friends, Bob Bechtold and Jeff Hebert.


The keynote speaker for this weekend was Toastmasters International’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Sally Newell Cohen. She and I had already been connected via LinkedIN for over a year and a half beforehand. But it was wonderful meeting her in person. As she grew up in Massachusetts (as I did too), she picked up on the “Mass-accent” of my Maine speaking. I teased back how we both knew the Massachusetts term, “Wicked Pissa!”


A District 45 Conference just isn’t complete without the fun of fantastic friends, Dan Bell and Malinda Regimbal. Of course, Malinda had to interrupt the series of nice pictures by starting to photobomb. She’s like that – lots of fun!


Naturally, Malinda’s photobombing led to Dan Bell joining in on the game, while I had a great laugh. But Heather Perkins had the last laugh without us even knowing it! In these last 4 pics, she can be seen moving closer into the picture to photobomb these pics even more! Ah such fun! Haha


Absolutely, this was an enjoyable, fun, and productive time at the District 45 Toastmasters Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, on May 20-22, 2016.


2016 off to a great start

The new year 2016 has been off to a great start.

I presented workshops at two different venues as well as an entertaining speech just for fun (and fun it was!)

I am also gearing up for competing in this year’s World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS). My speech for this is now fully developed and is being rehearsed several times a day. (Both showers and car-drives are perfect free-time opportunities for verbal-rehearsals! LOL)

This process does so improve my skills for all the other speech work I , which is why I value and enjoy it so intensely!

Oh, and one more thing… I DO also enjoy that this has been an above-average warm and below-average snowfall winter this year in Maine!

Yup: I like how 2016 is turning out to be indeed.

Stay tuned – and Be well.