#TICON2018 87th Toastmasters International Convention Photos

#TICON2018

87th Toastmasters International Convention Photos

It’s hard to believe, as I write this, that two weeks ago I was finishing my second day of district leader training in Chicago ahead of the International Convention. District leader training is where the trios (District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director) from every District are put through their paces. It also affords an opportunity for the trio to bond, to discover that other Districts face similar challenges to ours and to hear how other Districts overcome these challenges.

After training it was time to attend the opening ceremony for the convention. I was proud to be a part of the “Parade of Flags” and to carry the Irish flag. But who knew that it takes 2½ hours to be trained in how to carry a flag. The opening keynote speaker was Steve Gilliland who was slick and very humorous but who also gave us food for thought.

Deirdre Linehan performed very well in her semi-final and for the first time in Toastmasters history the winner of the World Championship of Public Speaking and the two runners-up were females!

Over the four nights, Past International President Ted Corcoran, hosted the “sing-along”. On the Saturday night newly installed International President, Lark Doley, donned her Texan outfit and serenaded us with some lip-syncing. The “sing-along” finished with everyone standing up holding hands and singing Danny Boy conducted by Ted.

I loved Chicago. Highlights were: – standing on the shore of Lake Michigan looking across at the Chicago skyline, visiting Navy Pier, the river architecture cruise learning about the history of the impressive skyscrapers and the large areas of parkland which gave the city an “open” feel.

What didn’t I like? – that the District didn’t make it onto the stage at the Hall of Fame. So it’s onwards and upwards to Denver, Colorado in August 2019 and if we all pull together standing on the stage at the Hall of Fame as a distinguished district.

Patricia O’Reilly, DTM

District Director 2018-19


Patricia O’ Reilley rehearses the flag ceremony


District 71 Members at the Chicago Convention


Patricia O’ Reilley receiving the Award of Excellence in Program Quality from International President Balraj Arunasalam

Patricia O’ Reilley presents a gift of thanks to outgoing Regional Advisor Aletta Rochat


Deidre Linehan, our International Speech semi-final contestant, put in a tremendous performance, but alas didn’t make it to the finals.

World Champion of Public Speaking Ramona J Smith and new International President Lark Doley

Our newly elected Region 10 International Director Tuire Vualasvirta

International Board of Director 2018-19

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