Wendy Durfee is the 2022 Spring Conference chair and in this episode, she shares the many exciting reasons to attend this year's Spring Conference May 20-21, 2022. The venue is Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and information about the conference can be found at https://aztoastmasters.org/district-conference.

Barbara Chandler Schumacher was invited to speak on radio station KRIM in Payson, Arizona. Listen in as radio host Randy Roberson and Barbara talk about Toastmasters opportunities in the Payson area. (Recorded January 3, 2022)

Meet Angel Larena, a relatively new member who has quickly learned many ways the Toastmasters program can help her. She’s a member of multiple clubs, an active participant in the District 3 Speakers Bureau, and currently serves as an Area Director. Angel learns something from each of her clubs and from each new volunteer role. More importantly, however, she is rapidly discovering her potential to lead and influence people. (Recorded December 28, 2021)

The podcast caught up to Sara Mayer, the District 3 Chief Judge for 2021-2022. In addition to explaining the process, roles, and responsibilities of judging a contest, Sara discusses the ways judges can garner valuable leadership experience. The next time you are given the chance to go beyond your club and be a judge, say “Yes.” (Recorded January 6, 2022)

If you have ever wondered whether to say ‘yes’ when it’s time for contest season, this podcast is for you. A twenty-year Toastmasters veteran who’s competed in over eighty speech contests, Michael Desiderio knows what it takes to win. Indeed, he’s taken home many trophies, but more importantly, Michael understands the long-lasting benefits and advantages of being a Toastmasters competitor. (Recorded January 12, 2022)

Lisa Raymond joined Toastmasters seven years ago and has been actively involved in District 3 leadership service for six of those years! Lisa’s first district activity was attending Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) and she’s now come full circle in her present role as this year’s TLI chair. Listen as Lisa talks about learning, leadership, and personal development in Toastmasters and offers some great advice to new members. (Recorded October 16, 2021)

Speakers Bureau: speakers@aztoastmasters.org

Toastmasters Leadership institute: tli@aztoastmasters.org

Sara Mayer is a charter member of Junior League of Phoenix Toastmasters and a goal setting and time management expert. Active in Toastmasters leadership, Sara is the 2021-2022 Contest Chair and member of the District 3 Speakers Bureau. In this episode Sara shares her passion for Junior League, Toastmasters, and helping people and organizations become more productive. To contact Sara, visit saramayer.com (Recorded October 7, 2021)

Our guest is Distinguished Toastmaster and Past District Director, Peter Salazar. During his stint in the United States Marine Corps, Peter learned that his communications skills needed work and was told he should join Toastmasters. Years later, Peter acted on that advice and joined Tempe Toastmasters. Listen as Peter outlines his Toastmasters journey and his enthusiastic involvement in district leadership, contests, and the Speakers Bureau. (Recorded October 5, 2021)

Originally from Korea, Su Fong is an experienced educator who joined Airpark Toastmasters to improve her adopted second language - English. In just a few years at Airpark, Su has became a confident speaker and inspiring leader within her club and a member of the District 3 Speakers Bureau. She wants everyone to know that Toastmasters is the best professional development she's ever had! (Recorded September 24, 2021)

Serban Mare joined Toastmasters because he was afraid to speak in public. However, after just one speech, he quit, unable to conquer his fear. Fortunately for all of us, Serban gave Toastmasters another chance, this time with a new attitude and a determination to succeed. And succeed he did! (Recorded September 18, 2021)

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