Conference

“Explore Your Possibilities” at Our Spring 2015 Conference!

If you haven’t heard already, the Spring 2015 Conference is just around the corner!

Come participate in fun, interactive educational sessions led by seasoned toastmasters!

Learn public speaking and leadership skills from our region’s international director, and this year’s key-note speaker, Ross McKay! Ross is one of a handful of accredited speakers in the country and may be available to provide one-on-one coaching as well!

Ross McKay will also take us through the new Toastmasters International revitalized education program! How exciting!

We’ll also have plenty of opportunities for great food, fun and networking during Friday Fun Night and Saturday’s breakfast, luncheon and dinner banquet!

As always, we’ll have wonderful, unique items and packages to bid on at this year’s Silent Auction! Perhaps a warm vacation get-away or trip in a small plane?

Our trusty D28 bookstore won’t be far either! Needing an advanced speech or leadership manual? Drop by the store at the conference to pick yours up!

Conference Details

Date:
Friday, May 1st from 6pm-11pm with the Distinguished Club Program Reception from 5pm-6pm in Portage Auditorium
Saturday, May 2nd from 7:30am to Midnight

Location:
The Westin-Southfield
1500 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

Program & Agenda

Friday, May 1st, 2015:
  • Leadership Afternoon*: 12-3pm
  • Distinguished Club Reception: 5-6pm
  • Evaluation Contest: 6:30-7:45pm
  • Buffet Dinner: 7:45pm-8:30pm
  • Friday Fun Night: 8:30pm-10pm

*to be determined based on room availability

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015:
  • Breakfast Buffet: 7am-9am
  • First Timers Orientation: 8am-8:30am
  • Activators Briefing: 8am-8:30am
  • Opening Session Keynote Speech by Ross McKay: 8:30-9am
  • Educational Sessions: 9:45am-11:30am
  • Luncheon: 11:45am-1:05pm
  • District 28 Executive Council Meeting: 1:30pm-2:45pm
  • Revitalized Education Program Session: 3:00pm-3:45pm
  • International Speech Contest: 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Pre-Dinner Reception*: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Dinner Banquet: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Silent Auction & D28 Bookstore: all day (the Silent Auction will be located in Windover AB, across from the Charlevoix Ballroom, and the Bookstore will be located upstairs in Nicolet)

*to be determined based on room availability

Menu

If participating in the full conference, a dinner buffet on Friday will be included as well as a breakfast buffet, luncheon and dinner banquet on Saturday.

Vegan and gluten free options are available. Please see the conference menu for a detailed list of dishes included on the conference meal plan.

Attire

Business and/or business casual

Conference Registration

Members can register online or via mail. Credit card, check and PayPal payments accepted. To register online, please go to our registration page. If registering online and paying by check, your registration will be pending until we receive your check in the mail (see check payment directions below).

Please note that payments processed online will include a $1.00 convenience fee.

To mail your registration in, please complete a mail-in registration form and return with a check made payable to “District 28 Toastmasters.” Completed form and check should be sent to:
Ray Metz
997 Glenhill Drive
Northville, MI 48167

A La Carte Registration

A la carte registration is available for the conference. Please note that some a la carte options have limited tickets available due to conference participant limits.

Registration for a la carte options are available online and by mail. Register online or mail in a copy of the mail-in registration form along with your check.

All registrants will receive a registration confirmation from the conference committee once his/her information and payment is received.

Conference Check-In & Registration

Conference check-in will be conveniently located near the Westin Hotel lobby bar from Friday, May 1st 5:00-6:30pm to Saturday morning of May 2nd 7:00am-11:30am.

If checking-in Saturday afternoon of May 1st, check-in and registration will be located in the hallway outside of Portage Auditorium. Saturday afternoon check-in will be from 3:00-4:30pm and 5:30-6:30pm in the hallway outside of Portage Auditorium.

Walk-in registration may or may not be available if we are sold out. Please check with the Spring Conference Committee in advance of the conference to see if walk-in registration is available at the event.

Contestants & Judges

For members who are competing or judging in the district level international speech and evaluation contest, please refer to the conference schedule for the times and locations of the Credentials Check and the Judges & Contestant Briefings.

Volunteering

We still need volunteers to help at the conference as well as donations or sponsors for the Silent Auction. If you are interested in volunteering or donating a silent auction gift, please contact Connie Loh, the Spring 2015 Conference Chair, for more information.

Hotel Room Reservations

Special Toastmasters Room Rates available for the Spring Conference! Rates are as follows:

  • One Room with Double Beds: $96
  • One Room with King Size Bed: $92
Please call the Westin Southfield Reservation line at 888.627.8558 to book your room!

Cancellation Policy

Your reservation can be cancelled up until two weeks prior to the conference. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be given for this event. Any payment made can be applied to a future D28 conference of your choice.

For more information regarding the conference or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Loh, Spring Conference Chair, at spring2015conference@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!