Toastmasters District 39 Newsletter

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May 17-18 Spring Conference Registration is OPEN! First 39 tickets at $139 or until November 30, whichever comes first!!  Get your tickets TODAY!!!  Where will it be held, you ask? Wackford Center in Elk Grove!


Register today for club officer training on Tuesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 30, both at noon.  (Must attend both for credit.) More opportunities HERE.


Reminder – clubs with six-month officer terms need to complete elections and attend training!  Semiannual terms end December 31 – new terms begin January 1. Please hold your elections ASAP; get incoming officers trained and hit the ground running!


Please welcome Kevin Hayes as our new Club Growth Director!  Kevin served as Division I Director last year and is probably best known for serving as the 2023 Spring Conference emcee and our maître d’ at An Attitude of Gratitude on Saturday, November 11.


If you missed An Attitude of Gratitude with maître d’ Kevin Hayes and a cast of thousands, you missed laughs, inspiration, food, and fun! Over 75 District 39 Toastmasters broke bread together and attended myriad training sessions.

After enjoying a tasty continental breakfast, attendees enjoyed the informative Club Officer training appetizers provided by Aria Salehpour, Andrew Simpson, Rose Cooke, Guleenna Bakshi, Lynda Mendez, John Fox, Minda Fernish, Lauren Carly, Melanee Cottrill, Deborah Littleton, Francisco Carrillo, and Dennis Andrade.

Chefs Barbara Brackett and Joey Waldrop whipped up excitement for the Youth Leadership Program (YLP), causing many to rise up and purchase their own Youth Leadership Program Packet from Shop 39 at a serious discount!

After lunch, all enjoyed keynote speaker Donny Crandell’s inspirational speech reminding us to be the hummingbird, rather than the vulture, and always find reasons to be grateful!

Chef Louise Houdelette divulged her secret recipe for hosting open houses and gaining new members!

Chef Angie Rodriguez provided information on how we could revisit savory selections with Pathways and complete a successful journey.

Top Chef Lance McMahan challenged everyone to test their knowledge of the new club sponsor and club coach recipes.

Immediate Past District Director Denise Alder Gutherz honored numerous clubs and people from 2022/2023, and District Director Lance McMahan recognized member and club accomplishments since July 1, 2023!

Sponsored 5+ Members Barbara Wickman; Clare Steppat; Deborah Littleton; Desi Menendez; George Jarosik; Jake Tuschinski; Louise Houdelette; Scott Nutter
Distinguished Clubs Reno Storytellers; Capitol Captivators; Pestmasters; Roseville Communicators; Foothill Toastmasters
Select Distinguished Clubs University Club; Truckee Meadows; 20/20 Visionaries; Sacramento Downtowners; Manteca Smooth Talkers; Level Up
Presidents Distinguished Clubs Washoe Express; Sierra Sunrise; Kit Carson; Capital Nevada; Roseville Rappers; Roseville Toasters; Old Town Talkers; Statement Makers; Mather Toastmasters; The Articulators; Greater North Stockton Club 64; Lodi Toastmasters; The Original Articulators; Sigma Kappa Pi – Sigma Delta Pi Toastmasters; Speaking Machine; Bits ‘N Speeches
Distinguished Areas Nancy Wold, Area 61; Chibwe Chungu, Area 63; Shannon Chi, Area 92
Select Distinguished Areas Brady Janes, Area 11; John Fox, Area 94
Club Sponsors Shannon Chi; Ela Jamosmos; Noralee Cole; Kevin Hayes
Club Coaches Melanie Stark; Karen Daly; Dennis Andrade
Triple Crown Melanie Stark; Ela Jamosmos; Ida Ruffin
Sustained Service Award David Betowski, DTM
Sponsored 5+ Members Stephen Kent
Club Mentors Noralee Cole; Kevin Hayes
5 or more Distinguished Club Program Awards The Articulators; Statement Makers; Redding Evening Club; Greater North Stockton Club 64; Speaking Machine; Level Up; River City Toastmasters.

An Attitude of Gratitude concluded with a delicious dinner and a ROAST of our Immediate Past District Director, Denise Alder Gutherz!  Roasters George Jarosik, Minda Fernish, Brian Hatano, Rick Sydor, Laura Gregory, and Lance McMahan gave no quarter as they sliced up Denise’s year as District Director (or did they?).  Regardless, everyone had a great time!

Register today for Training and the Spring Conference.


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