2018 Spring Conference ~ Soaring to New Heights

April 28th, 2018 @ 7AM – 5PM

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Schedule (times are approximate)

Morning Session

7:00 AM Registration & Credentials Open
7:15 AM Leadership & Education Breakfast ~ Leslie Pogue, ACS, CL Professional Speaker
8:00 AM Call to Order
8:15 AM Keynote Address “Finding Your Why” ~ Michael Osur, MBA, DTM International Director 2016-2018
9:15 AM Business Meeting (Proxy form)
11:00 AM Evaluation Speech Contest


12:00 PM Hall of Fame Luncheon

Afternoon Session

1:45 PM Educational Session “Making Your Experience Meaningful” ~ Dana LaMon, DTM, WCPS, AS
3:00 PM International Speech Contest
4:15 PM Closing Ceremony
5:00 PM Adjourn


Leadership & Education Breakfast

Leslie PogueLeslie Pogue, ACS, CL Professional Speaker, and Serving District 1 for the past 5 years. As an award-winning Speaker, Author, and Trainer, Leslie has shared her interactive and transformative five-step process, uncovering a genuineness that allows individuals to become extraordinary, and leaders to become phenomenal! Through workshops and keynotes, Leslie has helped people speak honestly about their goals, by enhancing generational communications, improving communication by listening, and of course her signature program, The Habit of H.A.P.P.Y.! Leslie has trained individuals and organizations all across the United States, and is a contributing columnist for E Magazine, and is the author of 28 Days to Happy and the Positive Side of Bad Stuff. Leslie’s presentations promise to be both thought-provoking and fun. For more on Leslie, thehabitofhappy.com

Keynote Speaker

Michael Osur, DTM International Director 2016-2018, Region 10 covering SoCal, Arizona and Mexico. Hailing from Highland, California, Michael is the deputy director at the Department of Public Health in Riverside County, California, where he has worked since 1994. Osur leads the Special Services division, which includes HIV/AIDS programs, nutrition services, tobacco control, epidemiology, public health nursing, injury prevention services and healthy communities initiative. He oversees a staff of more than 300 with a combined budget of over $35 million. See more about Michael’s results hereHis speech for the conference is entitled “Finding Your Why”!

Communication and Leadership Award

Erin Gruwell, C & L Recipient is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. For over 22 years, she has fostered an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity. She currently uses her voice to guide teachers in implementing her innovative and engaging curriculum in classrooms all over the world, including Canada, Australia, South America, Israel and the US. Erin and her students captured their collective journey in the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Freedom Writers Diary”. Their journey inspired the acclaimed feature film “Freedom Writers”, in which two-time Academy Award winner, Hilary Swank portrays Erin. Toastmasters International named Erin Gruwell its 2017 Golden Gavel recipient for her commitment to helping those who have nowhere else to turn using the art of communication. She exemplifies the Toastmasters values through her integrity, her respect for the individual, her service to others and her focus on motivating individuals to achieve excellence and become their best selves. See more about Erin at toastmasters.org/events/golden-gavel-award

Educational Speaker

Dana LaMonDana LaMon, a 29-year veteran of Toastmasters, is a Distinguished Toastmaster, an Accredited Speaker, and the 1992 World Champion of Public Speaking. He is a member of two Toastmasters clubs in California (District 33). Having had experience speaking in churches and at schools, Dana joined Toastmasters with the goal to improve his ability to use humor and gestures in his public speaking. In 1991 he placed second in the World Championship and in 1992 earned the distinction of World Champion of Public Speaking. In 1993 he received the Accredited Speaker designation, an accolade given to a Toastmaster who demonstrates professionalism in speaking. Until 2016, Dana was the only Toastmaster who had become both World Champion of Public Speaking and Accredited Speaker. Dana’s mission is to make each moment meaningful for every person with whom he interacts. He offers a four-pillared structure in which one can establish a permanent place for making decisions toward meaningful actions. He does so with the belief that at some point in our lives we all will ask the question, “Have I made a difference in this world?” He is the author of several books including Making the Moment Meaningful: Creating a Path to Purpose and Fulfillment. He retired in 2010 from his position as Administrative Law Judge for the California Department of Social Services after twenty-nine years of service. For more on Dana go to danalamon.com.  His speech for the conference is entitled “Making Your Experience Meaningful”!

Promote Your Club, Business or Organization

Is your business, non-profit organization, or Toastmasters club “Soaring to New Heights” in 2018?  Communicate your message to hundreds in attendance at the conference and thousands of members in District One. There are multiple ways to get your message across to an audience of enthusiastic learners and high achievers.

Ad Placement in Conference Program Book

Be part of the buzz at the conference. Place an ad in the Conference Program Book to communicate your message to more than 3,000 members of District One.

Click here to reserve your spot now!

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your organization support training and development? Do you understand the importance of communications and leadership competency for your organization? You have the opportunity to partner with District One Toastmasters in an even more powerful way, which could impact your organization and its employees. Your support allows District One to continue providing outstanding communications and leadership programs for our members and potentially your employees.

Click here to learn more about the corporate sponsorship


  • Early Bird Registration until April 21st (at 11:59)~$75
  • Regular Registration after April 22nd (online until April 25th at 5pm and at the door)~$95
    Limited tickets based on availability
  • Half Day (Morning or Afternoon) ~$50
  • Hall of Fame Luncheon Only ~$55
  • Business Meeting Only ~ Free


How Can You Help Conference Planning and Execution?

Do you want to help but don’t know how to plug in? There are many ways to connect, whether you are a current Toastmasters member or not.

Join the Team

Do you enjoy working on a team? Would you like to learn real-world practical project management skills, such as team building, organization management, budgeting, time management, sales and marketing, that you can apply at your job every day? There are many areas that you can help with including logistics, contest planning, promotion, budgeting, and many other areas. We provide training and you can plug right in.

Click here to learn more about the volunteer opportunities

Donate Raffle Prizes

The Spring Conference will feature 100+ prizes each valued at $50 or more. Donating raffle prizes lets you participate in covering some of the costs for the conference. Raffle prizes are in various categories including gift baskets in a number of categories, educational materials, housewares, personal items, sporting goods, children items, etc. Gift cards are also part of the prizes and can be for gasoline, movies, big box stores, and for your favorite restaurants.
For More information, contact Diane Wachi, Raffle Chair.

Questions or want more information

Contact the conference co-chairs Keith Jackson, DTM and Larry Lee, DTM at District1TMConference@gmail.com