2019 Spring Conference Highlights

This past weekend was our “New Direction” District Conference – and what a weekend it was! Excellent speakers and breakout sessions, lots of networking and interaction, and two district-level contests. Here are the results:

In Friday night’s Table Topics Contest:

1st Place
Lori Champagne (Division D) Birmingham Toastmasters
2nd Place
Chris Riley (Division C) Michigan Toastmasters Club
3rd Place
Ian Chalmers (Division I) Toastmasters Lasalle Club

In Saturday’s International Speech Contest:

1st Place
Jivitha Siddharthan (Division E) Optimistic Orators
2nd Place
Raj Brahmandhabheri (Division G) Novi Toastmasters
3rd Place
Krisi Vadnais (Division A) Advanced Articulators

District 28 is one of nine districts in Region 6. The videos of the nine district winners will be reviewed and judged by a regional panel. The panel will choose one person to represent Region 6 in the World Champion of Public Speaking event at the International Convention in Denver later this year. We’re all hoping it is Jivitha!

We were also proud to present three awards to several very deserving individuals, and one club. The winners were:

Toastmaster of the Year Award
Chris Watson & Angela Tennaro
Unsung Hero Award
Cathy Trudeau
Best Newsletter Award
Washtenaw Toastmasters Club

During the business meeting on Saturday, district officers for the 2019-2020 year were elected. The following people will take office on July 1, 2019:

The Trio

District Director
Kim Purohit, DTM
Program Quality Director
William Moylan, DTM
Club Growth Director
Rennette Gordon, DTM

Division Directors

Division A
Tammy Revesz, DTM
Division C
Judy Julie, IP5
Division D
Marvin Pitts, CC/CL
Division E
Ray Rivero, DTM
Division F
Veronica Obianwu, ACG/ALB
Division G
Vera Johnson, DTM, PID
Division H
Brian Kubacki, ACS/ALB
Division I
John Salalila, DTM