2018 Spring Conference

2018 Spring Conference: Learn, Lead & Prosper!

Join us at our upcoming spring conference on April 20th & 21st. This will be the only D28 conference this year—you don’t want to miss it!


The Westin Southfield Detroit
1500 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

Registration is Open!

Register today at our Eventzilla page, or download a copy of the printable registration form (PDF).

Event Schedule

Download the Schedule at a Glance (PDF) and start planning your weekend!

Friday Fun Night

Friday evening will begin with fellowship, fun and feedback. Come observe and support the Evaluation Contestants. You are sure to be enlightened.

You don’t want to miss the Friday Fun Night Group Karaoke & Costume Contest. Everyone is invited to be a part of this friendly, group competition. Professional singers are not required. Good singers are not required. Bad singers are welcome! Wear your favorite costume. If you don’t have a costume, we’ll provide you with one! Would you like to join us for our opening song I Gotta Feeling by The Black-Eyed Peas? To participate, reserve your favorite song and for more information, contact Colette Hughes, our Friday Fun Night Chair.


  • “Base Camp for Administrator Managers” – Richard Durling, ACS, ALB
  • “Pathways for Everyone” – David Trottier, EC1
  • “Mission Accomplished: Communicating Across the Generations” – Lisa Roach, PMP, ACB, CL
  • “Lessons in Listening” – Dolores Harris, DTM
  • “Essential Writing Strategies & Professionally Speaking” – Alecia Goodlow-Young, MPS, ACS, ALB, PRM
  • “Strong Leaders Make Strong Clubs: Online Leadership Resources” – Annie Wolock, ALB, ACS
  • “Gaining and Retaining Members: Creating Magnetic Club Culture Guests Will Flock To” – Kristie Stocker, DTM, CGD

Both Pathways workshops are free to all Toastmasters, regardless of whether or not you’re attending the rest of the conference. Bring your fellow club members and learn more about Pathways! Download the workshop presenters summary (PDF) for more information on the presenters and their topics.

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is our fellow District 28 Toastmaster and Region 6 International Director, Vera Johnson, DTM, PDG. Vera saved the best for last! This will be her final official conference visit as International Director.

Communication & Leadership Award

Each year, District 28 recognizes a member of our community with the district’s Communication & Leadership Award. This year’s Communication & Leadership Award will be presented to Margaret Thorpe Williamson, Executive Director & CEO of Pro-Literacy Detroit.

Download Margaret Thorpe Williamson’s C&L Award Recipient Bio (PDF)

Business Meeting

The District 28 semi-annual Business Meeting is always informative. It’s an opportunity to hear district reports and participate in the election of the 2018–2019 district elected positions (Division Directors, Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director and District Director).

The Famous District 28 Cookie Break


International Speech Contest

You will be enthralled as you observe these very proficient speakers. They have advanced through many levels and are now presenting at the district level. Which contestant will go on to compete during the International Convention in Chicago?

DCP Reception

All Toastmasters belonging to clubs that have reached distinguished status by 4/17/2018 are invited. There will be refreshments and one special gift per club.

The District Director’s Banquet

Let’s eat, drink, and be merry as we celebrate the accomplishments and growth of our district. District Director Mike Carter, DTM will deliver his outgoing speech and the new Trio members will take the oath of office. Afterwards, we’ll dance the night away!

Silent Auction

The silent auction is a District 28 conference tradition, and now is the time to start thinking about getting involved! See the silent auction flyer (PDF) for donation ideas and details, or contact Silent Auction Chair Claudia Winston-Cooper.

Vista Maria

Vista Maria is recognized for providing best-in-class residential and community-based treatment and therapy for girls, young women, and their families. District 28 is partnering with Vista Maria to provide simple everyday items for the young women they serve. Please see the donation flyer (PDF) for a list of needed items, and visit the Vista Maria website to find out more about the organization. Donations will be accepted at the Spring Conference registration desk. If you won’t be at the conference, please contact Gerry Gordon for arrangements to pick up your donation.

Sunday Morning Table Talk

Sunday morning, from 8:30 AM until 10:30 AM in the Hamlin Room. Chat with your fellow Toastmasters, share ideas, ask questions, talk Pathways. Order breakfast from the hotel restaurant and bring it to the room. Ordering in advance is suggested. If you order from room service, ask them to deliver your breakfast to the Hamlin Room. All Toastmasters are invited to join in this opportunity to meet and talk to other club members.

Didn’t Make It To The Previous Conference?

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