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You are a leader in your own life! As a leader you are continually faced with surprises that lead you willingly,or not so willingly, into adventure. Come and experience a weekend with a focus on honing your ability to treat your experiences as an adventure, and meet surprises with composure.

Spring Conference 2015

Gail and Frank Co Chairs

Thank you from the Conference Chairs

Have you ever had the good fortune to be a part of a team that plans together, pulls together and performs together? We have! Our fabulous team of volunteers did a remarkable job of preparing everything, ensuring every challenge was met, and ensuring that every wrinkle was swiftly smoothed out. Co-Chairing the Spring'15 Conference was indeed A Surprising Adventure. It was a big job, but a wonderful leadership opportunity, and a chance to make some great friends!

Frank and Gail Gustin
Spring 2015 Co-Conference Chairs

Spring Conference 2015 - A SURPRISING ADVENTURE!

A Surprising Adventure program for  Friday April 24 to Sunday April 26 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites

Friday | April 24th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Registration: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)
Credentials: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm) 
Authors Corner: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)

Hospitality: (3:00 pm - 6:45 pm)

Time Event / Location
3:30pm Network Break - Coffee/Tea served
5:00pm Workshops #1 - see speakers and rooms >> 
5:45pm Comfort Break
  ** Wine reception (Outside Grand York A, upper level)
6:00pm First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet (Thornhill, upper level)
6:30pm Comfort Break
  Line up for Banner Parade (Hallway beside Grand York B & C, upper level)
7:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Grand York A, upper level)
  Parade of Banners (parade in from hallway beside Grand York B & C, upper level)
7:30pm DTM Recognition Dinner (Grand York A, upper level)
  DTM medal presentations (Grand York A, upper level)
9:00pm Dance - Let's Go Fly A Kite! (Grand York A, upper level)

 

Saturday | April 25th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Registration: (7:00 am - 2:15 pm & 5:30 pm  - 7:00 pm)
Credentials: (7:00 am - 7:50 am & 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm)
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm)
Early Bird Sign Up Fall Conference: (1:00 pm)

Authors Corner: (7:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm - 9:30pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00am Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag  (Grand York A, upper level)
8:00am District Keynote - Merri Macartney, DTM PDG  (Grand York A, upper level)
 

"Get Out of Jail Free"

8:45am Comfort Break
9:00am Workshops #2 - see speakers and rooms >> 
9:55am Network Break -  Coffee, tea served 
10:15am Workshops #3 - see speakers and rooms >> 
11:10am Comfort Break 
11:30am Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon  (Grand York A, upper)  
12:30pm M.M.A.D. award presentations (Member Making A Difference)
1:00pm Comfort Break
1:15pm Educational Workshop - Craig Valentine, MBA 1999 WCPS (Grand York A, upper level)
 

"Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease"

1:55pm Comfort Break 
2:10pm International Speech Contest  (Grand York A, upper level)
4:10pm 5 minute break - Coffee, tea served 
4:15pm Business Meeting (Grand York B & C, upper level)
6:30pm  **  Wine reception (Foyer near Grand York A, upper level)
7:15pm Governors Banquet (Grand York A, upper level)
  Swearing in of District Officers, Presentations, DG's Keynote
8:50pm Governors Ball (Grand York A, upper level)

 

Sunday | April 26th

Information & Help
located in the Foyer near Grand York A, upper level...
Hospitality: (7:00 am to 8:00 am)
Registration (8:00 am to 10:00 am) 
Early Bird Sign Up Fall '15 Conference (All day)

Authors Corner: (8:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00am Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag (Grand York A, upper level)
8:00am Presentation - Revitalized Education Program - Justin O'Donnell DTM (Grand York A, upper level)
8:30am Education Workshop - Uri Galimidi (Grand York A, upper level) 
 

"The Neuroscience of Willpower"

9:30am Network Break - Coffee, tea served 
9:45am Evaluation Contest (Grand York A, upper level)
11:15am Comfort Break
11:35am Champion Luncheon (Grand York A, upper level)
12:45pm Douglas Barclay Award Presentation
1:25pm Keynote - Craig Valentine, MBA 1999 WCPS (Grand York A, upper level)
 

"The Surprising Secrets to Getting Remarkable Results in Leadership and Life"

 2:15pm Wrap - up

GoFlyAKite

Our theme for the Friday night dance at A Surprising Adventure is "Let's Go Fly a Kite" which means to move through the air on wings. YOU are the kite, and Toastmasters offers you the opportunities and teaches you the skills that allow you to learn to soar to your highest heights.

As a leadership metaphor, think of a kite flying in a strong wind. If the kite flyer takes no action, the kite will be caught up in the wind and may go into a tailspin and crash.  If the kite flyer pulls too hard on the string it may snap and again, the kite will crash and break.

A good kite flyer has learned to give the kite a gentle tug, reel in some slack to stabilize the kite as it is buffeted in the wind and will repeat as necessary. Once the kite has stabilized, the experienced kite flyer lets out more string and allows the kite to fly high once again.  They don't reel the kite in and then start running.  They don't yell at the kite, "You had your chance. I'm doing the flying now!"

The good kite flyer gives the help needed, lets the string back out, and flies the kite high once again. This is helpful intervention. This is empowerment. This is the type of useful leadership you can learn in Toastmasters and is augmented by attending District Conference.

At Friday night's "Let's Go Fly a Kite" dance, you are the kite. We invite you to devise and wear a costume appropriate to this theme. Come join in the fun and soar to your highest heights!

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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