What is CLCON2024?

CLCON2024 is a week long conference from April 27-May 4, 2024 around leadership and communication. We kick it off with the business meeting on April 27 with our keynote in the afternoon. Through out the week we will several education sessions by various presenters.

We round out our week long conference with the Tall Tales Speech Contest on Friday, May 3, 2024 and our in person part of the conference on May 4, 2024. In addition our International Speech Contests will take place in the afternoon on May 4.

In Person Conference Day

On the day of the in person conference, attendees will get to network and talk to other fellow Toastmasters. In addition there will be Toastmasters swag, good food and camaraderie!

For those attending the conference for the first time, there will be a first timers scavengers hunt, with some prizes for those who top finishers of completing the hunt.

In addition we will be bringing back the Parade of Banners, where clubs can bring their banners, show them off, along with any ribbons they may have.

Conference Team

Big kudos and shout out to our conference team that is putting CLCON2024 together.

Conference Chair – Jennifer McGhee, DTM

Public Relations Team – Christian Austin, Bethany Hashway, DTM

Co-Education Chairs – Audrey Chretien, IPDD, DTM, Wendy Dalwin

Education Team – Angel Nuss, DTM

Sponsorship Chair – Michele Chamberlain

Sponsorship Team –  Katie Kelly, Bruce Pyne, Evelyn Pierre-Mike

Facilities Chair – Dr. Sherri Raftery, DTM

Zoom Logistics Chair – Daniel Wallace, DTM

Contest Chair – Beri Recher

Parade of Banners Chair – Michael Brady

Registration Team – Michele Chamberlain, Daniel Wallace, DTM

A/V – Sean DaSilva, DTM

Advisor – Jennifer Tam, PQD, DTM

 

 

Key Note Speakers

Saturday, April 27, 2024 – Virtual

Stefano McGhee, DTM

Stefano McGhee – DTM

The District 31 CLCON planning team is thrilled to announce our Keynote speaker for our kick-off event on Saturday, April 27, 2024. This year’s virtual keynote will be delivered by Stefano McGhee, DTM, 2nd Vice President of Toastmasters International, Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, and District 31 Past District Director. During Stefano’s presentation, he will share valuable information on the “why” of leadership.  He’ll share some of his journey through District leadership, an explanation of why challenges are inherent in leadership, and seeing the real impact of the work a leader does. Stepping forward as a District 31 leader is a great way to experience the best of what leadership can do for you.  You won’t want to miss this educational, enlightening and entertaining talk. Have a listen and be sure to register for this exciting event!

Saturday, May 4, 2024 – In Person/Hybrid

Bo Bennett, PhD

The District 31 CLCON planning team is thrilled to announce our Keynote speaker for our in-person event on May 4, 2024. This year’s in-person keynote will be delivered by Bo Bennett, PhD, author, and former District 31 Toastmaster. Bo is going to help us, as communicatees, to identify tactics used in what he calls “The Dark Side of Communication”.  In the attached video, Bo peaks our interest as he explains how he will both teach and entertain us during his keynote presentation: The Lighter Side of the Dark Side of Communication. Have a listen and be sure to register for this exciting event!

Education Speakers

Monday, April 29, 2024 – Virtual – Laugh Out Loud

Steph Dalwin/Ammo Marfo – A Stand Up Guide for Public Speaking and Workshop

Image and information coming soon

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 – Virtual – Celebrate

Pat Johnson, DTM – Leadership From a Woman’s Perspective

Q3 Quarterly Awards

Image and information coming soon

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 – Virtual 

Image and information coming soon

Thursday, May 2, 2024 – Virtual – Texas Night

Yiting Liu- My Toastmasters Journey

John Schimanski Jr – Persuasive Presentation

Image and information coming soon

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Carl Foster

Image and information coming soon

 

Note Zoom link coming soon to all the online events that are free.

Saturday, 4/27/2024

Time DescriptionZoom Link
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMBusiness MeetingBusiness Meeting Link
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMStefano McGhee, DTM - LeadershipTBD

Monday, 4/29/2024

TimeDescription
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMSteph Dalwin / Ammo Marfo- A Stand Up Guide for Public Speaking
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMSteph Dalwin / Ammo Marfo- Workshop

Tuesday, 4/30/2024

TimeDescription
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMPat Johnson, DTM - Leadership From a Woman's Perspective
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMQ3 Awards

Wednesday, 5/1/2024

TimeDescription
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMAnne Crowe Kruger - The 3 Ps of Powerful Public Speaking - Power, Panache, Purpose
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMCarl Foster

Thursday, 5/2/2024

TimeDescription
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMYiting Liu- My Toastmasters Journey
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMJohn Schimanski Jr - Persuasive Presentation

Friday, 5/3/2024

TimeDescription
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMTall Tales Speech Contest
8:00 PM - 8:30 PMContestant Interviews
8:30 PM - 8:45 PMClosing Remarks

Saturday, 5/4/2024

TimeDescription
9:00 AM - 9:25 AMOpening and Parade of Banners
9:25 AM - 9:30 AMSpecial Guest
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMBo Benett, PhD
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMBreak
10:45 AM - 11:15 AMCarl Foster
11:15 AM - 11:45 AMSteph Dalwin
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM - 1:45 PMHOF/Thank You's and Contest Briefings
2:00 PM - 2:15 PMBreak
1:45 PM - 3:45 PMInternational Speech Contest
3:45 PM - 4:00 PMBreak
4:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnne K
4:45 PM - 5:00 PMClosing Remarks

 

Tickets

There is a tiered pricing for the conference. As we get closer to the conference, the more accommodations we will need to make for late registrants so register early to get a lower registration price. All in person tickets includes not only access to the conference, but a swag bag, all inclusive breakfast, buffet lunch, and snacks throughout the day. In addition, this pricing will include access to both contests, Tall Tales and International Speech Contests.

If one wants to watch the Tall Tales and International Speech Contests from home without attending the in person contest, there is a separate virtual ticket for the price of $9 if one wishes to purchase. This ticket is also for those who wish to just attend the contests in person and not the full conference.

Note if you attend the in person conference you do not need to purchase the ticket for the speech contests.

Tiered Pricing

PricingDates
$55First five signups
$65Open-February 29, 2024
$75March 1, 2024-April 14, 2024
$85April 15, 2024-May 3, 2024
$95May 4, 2024
$9 May 3 and May 4, 2024 Contests

Want to come join in on the fun and join us for either the In Person Conference Day or Speech contests register at the link below. If you have questions for attending, please reach out at pqd@district31.org.

Conference Registration Link

 

Logistics

The in person part of the conference takes place at The Conference Center at Waltham Woods on May 4, 2024, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Their address is 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

Conference Center Website

For those wishing to stay at a nearby hotel before and/or after the conference the District secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday night for $159 + tax at The Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham. Their address is 70 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451, which is nearby the the conference center. You can secure your room with the link below.

Hotel Reservation Link

The Tall Tales Contest will also be occurring at the The Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham on Friday, May 3, 2024, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM in the Cambridge Room. There will be no meal provided, however for those that want to eat dinner during the contest, you are allowed to purchase food through the restaurant located within the hotel.  

 

Speech Contests

Since the beginning of January speech competitions have been going on all throughout the District, from Club to Area to Division, we have our final 18 remaining speech competitors set to compete at the Tall Tales Speech Contest and International Speech Contests. Come join us, Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Westin in Waltham for our Districts Tall Tales Speech Contest and Saturday May, 4, 2024 at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods for the International Speech Contests. Which of our competitors will come out on top as victors of the Tall Tales Speech Contest and International Speech Contest.

Our final speech competitors are as following for each Division.

Tall Tales Contest

DivisionContestant
ACecily Szadry
BJagdish Bakshi
CGina Salcedo Lannin
DDaniel Strick
EPeter Swan
FMaryann Murphy
GTodd Adams
HEva Strauss

International Speech Contest

DivisionContestant
AFaye LaCasse
BDave McCarthy
CLiz Gerrish
DSutikshna Veeravalli
ESara Gladu
FDan Kupferman
GStephen McGrath
HKunal Vaishnav

Note: If the first place winner of the Division Contest is unable to make the conference, the second place winner is to take their place at the District Contest.

 

COMING SOON – All items will be posted once we get closer to the business meeting

Business Meeting Items – April 27, 2024 – 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

District Leadership Nominations

Alignment 

Audit Committee


Sponsorship

The following organizations are helping to make CLCON possible at a reasonable rate for our members.
 

 

Gold Tiered Sponsors

 

 

Silver Tiered Sponsors

 

 

Bronze Tiered Sponsors

We are still looking for sponsors to help offset the costs of the conference. If you think your company could be interested in sponsoring, please pass the word along to your company. There is a sponsorship letter you can use to send to person of interest.

Sponsorship Letter

 

Videos and Other Media Items

Keynote Speakers

Education Speakers

Logo Contest

We held a logo contest for members to design a logo to be used for this years conference. We got several submissions and would like to share all submissions with everyone. Voting by the Fab Four and the CLCON2024 team.

 

A – 1st Place – Submitted by Barbara Lardner

 

B – 3rd Place

C

D

E

F

 

G – 2nd Place

H

 

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Where is the in person conference being held?

The in person part of the conference takes place at The Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Their address is 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

Conference Center Website


What if I want to stay overnight, any hotel accommodations?

The District secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday night for $159 + tax. You can secure your room with the link below. The block of rooms is 

Hotel Reservation


I am a contestant, do I need to pay for admission?

You do not if you are only attending the contest. For the in person conference you will still need to purchase a ticket.


When is the deadline to purchase a ticket?

For the in person event, you may pay up until the event starts. Just beware that the cost goes up the closer we get to the conference. 

For the CONTEST ONLY, the cutoff will be at noon on May 3. With all the conference activities going on it will be difficult to get a Zoom link out to late registrants and we do not want to charge members for an event that we may not be able to get them access to. 


I have earned a free ticket, do I still need to register for the conference?

Yes you will still need to register. This is a separate registration link. The PQD will email you that link separately. Note it will not be the standard link, rather one through Zeffy.


I need a ride to the conference, can you help with that?

We will try to help you arrange a ride with a fellow Toastmaster that has offered to provide a ride to another conference goer.

 

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