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Toastmasters to hold Conference in St Charles on April 12 & 13

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Dick Poirier

"Oh, the Places You'll Go" is the theme for the District 54 Toastmasters Spring Conference to be held April 12 & 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center in St. Charles. The public is especially invited to join in the festivities on Friday evening when the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking will be there to host a Comedy Boot Camp, in which attendees get to hear how to incorporate humor and fun in their presentations. Participating in impromptu/off the cuff speaking, witnessing of a Toastmasters Club demonstration meeting, watching some of the best speakers in Northern Illinois participate in a Speech Contest are just a few of the many other fun places you can go, and they will all be right there at the conference.

St. Charles mayor Charles DeWitte will provide the official welcome at the opening ceremonies on Saturday morning. During the noontime luncheon, Toastmasters will recognize Liz Eakins, Director of Lazurus House, with a Communication and Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership in the community. Saturday afternoon will be filled with various educational sessions on communication and leadership. The festivities will close on Saturday evening with a banquet and the District level of the International Speech Contest. The winner of that contest will move on to participate in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest to be held in Cincinnati this summer, when the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking will be crowned.

A detailed agenda for the Conference is available at

Oh, the Places You'll Go when participating in Toastmasters! Opportunities abound for individuals to grow in speaking and leadership skills, by simply joining and actively participating in a local club.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500-plus clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters International on Twitter.