We will be gathering in just a few short days at the District 47 Toastmasters 2017 Spring Conference!
As customary every year in the Spring for District 47, voting delegates will be electing our officers for 2017-2018, approving the District Alignment for 2017-2018 and other items.
For your records, we will be gathering for the Business Meeting on: Saturday, 04/22/2017 starting at 2:30PM at
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
3900 NW 21st Street, Miami, FL 33142
Attendance to the Business Meeting is FREE. However, if you wish to partake in any other activity from the Spring Conference, please register in advance at: http://toastmastersd47.org/spring-conference
For those who may be new to Credentials and Voting, see below for the most frequently asked questions. As a voting delegate you have the privilege to be part of the process to ensure our District is effectively operating and providing all of our club members with the best experience possible.
Club Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education can assign your voting right by means of a Proxy. A proxy can be designated to any active individual member of your club in writing.
Proxies must be submitted in person to the Credentials Desk before 2:15 pm on Saturday.
If you are not the President or VPE of your club and are attending the conference, please check with them to see if they have are attending or have assigned the proxy to someone else.
PLEASE VISIT THE CREDENTIALS DESK BEFORE THE BUSINESS MEETING BEGINS TO RECEIVE YOUR VOTING BALLOTS! Proxies must be presented in person to receive Club Ballots for proxy holders.
Credentials Desk Hours:
Friday, 4/21/2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, 4/22/2017 7:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Frequently Asked Questions about Credentials and Voting
Who Can Vote?
Voting members of the district council are the club presidents, vice presidents education and the members of the district executive committee: district director, program quality director, club growth director, the immediate past district director, public relations manager, administrations manager, finance manager, division directors and area directors.
Who can be a proxy holder?
Either the club president or the vice president education may designate, in writing, any active individual members of the club to act as proxy at any district council meeting.
In the event one of those officers is not in attendance at the meeting and has not designated a proxy:
The officer or proxy holder in attendance must be deemed to hold the proxy of the other and may therefore cast two votes at the meeting.
This assures that every club will be represented by two votes.
No other proxies are valid at a district council meeting.
District leaders must be in attendance to cast a vote.
Who can vote?
- In order to be eligible to vote, both the individual Toastmaster and the club he or she belongs to must be in good standing (see Membership).
Who is entitled to one vote?
- Each member of the district council or club proxy for the club president or vice president education in attendance at the District Council meeting.
Who is entitled to two votes?
- Any active member who carries the proxies of both the club president and the vice president education from the club.
- A Toastmaster belonging to two or more clubs may cast one vote for each of two clubs, but is limited to a maximum of two votes.
- All other Toastmasters (except members of the district executive committee) are limited to a maximum of two votes, regardless of the number of clubs to which they belong.
Who is entitled to three votes?
- Any Toastmaster who is also a member of the district executive committee.
- The maximum number of votes that any Toastmaster may cast is three, regardless of the number of clubs to which that Toastmaster belongs.
What constitutes a quorum for all district council meetings?
- One-third of the club presidents and vice presidents of the district, or their proxies, must be present.
What if a quorum is not present?
- If any business is transacted at a meeting where a quorum is not present, the action taken is deemed valid, provided it is later expressly approved in writing by the affirmative vote of a majority of district clubs on the basis of two votes per club.
- Send a mailing to all clubs as soon as possible after the meeting so that affirmation can be obtained within a reasonable time.
Please contact me for questions. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Conference!
Francis Molina, DTM
2016-2017 Fall Conference Credentials Chair
Past District 47 Governor 2013 - 2014
The March-April issue of The Sunshiner is now online. Read about club and member accomplishments, celebrate the winners of several area speech contests and get ready for our Spring Conference. There's lotsmore going on — don't miss out!.
Read it on-line at: http://issuu.com/district47sunshiner/docs/2017_mar-apr-sunshiner
OR Download it from: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7HzU3KtKf9nQmRtd19UdTZURVk
The District Leadership Committee (formerly District Nominating Committee) met with candidates beginning February 4th and conducted interviews to nominate the 2017-2018 District Leadership Team.
This year, the District Leadership Committee is expected to provide a photo and biographical data on all nominated candidates. The Biography is linked next to each person's name, and if you click the Read More at the bottom of this article, you can read all of the Biographies.
The nominees are as follows:
Program Quality Director
Club Growth Director
Division A - Maurice Fuller
Division B - Shakira Taylor
Division C - Yulimar Quintero-Trumbo
Division D - Kathy Frazier
Division E - Sandra Jackson
Division F - Andre Kelly
Division I - Ivan Thompson
Interviews for appointed positions including Area Directors, Public Relations Manager, Finance Manager, Administration Manager, Logistics Manager, Audit Committee Chair and Webmaster will be conducted by the DLC over the next several weeks. A final report with recommendations will be presented to the incoming District Director after the Elections. If you are interested in serving in any of these roles, you may still submit an application for consideration by completing the paperwork found HERE.
Jeanine Kinsey, DTM, IPDD
District Leadership Committee Chair 2016-2017
District 47 Spring Conference
April 22-23, 2017
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Toastmasters - District 47 proudly presents the 2017 SPRING Conference from April 22nd to April 23rd at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel!
Join us for a weekend of Education & Training, featuring:
- District Level - Table Topics Contest & International Speech Contest
- Communication & Leadership Workshop Sessions
- District Council Meeting and Elections
- Recognition of Achievements in the Toastmasters Education Program!
- Our Keynote Speaker Ed Tate
Mix 'n Mingle with Members from over 160+ Clubs in South Florida & The Bahamas
Come Friday evening, April 21st, for early registration and an evening of mingling with fellow Toastmasters and fun activities at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel bar and restaurant! Get the special Toastmaster discount nightly rate of $135 plus tax for Friday and Saturday! Stay Friday and wake up fresh and ready to start the conference Saturday morning! No line because you'll have already registered! Join us for the breakfast buffet before your first workshop.
Members who have recently earned a DTM AND who have registered to attend the Conference by March 31st may participate in the DTM Walk and receive a Medallion. If you have earned your DTM within the last year and have not already participated, be sure to let us know on the registration form.
CLICK HERE for details!
|A||Table Topics: 1st Place-Adrienne Williams, 2nd Place-Willasue Susskind
International Speech: 1st Place-David Channer, 2nd Place-Paul Camilo
|A10||Table Topics: 1st Place-Derek Bley, 2nd Place-Robert Buhl
International Speech: 1st Place-Paul Camilo, 2nd Place-Rudy Jean-Bart
|A11||Table Topics: 1st Place-Jason Clarke-Laidlaw, 2nd Place-Tracey Shearer
International Speech: 1st Place-Jason Clarke-Laidlaw, 2nd Place-Eva Francis
|A12||Table Topics: 1st Place-Willasue Susskind, 2nd Place-John Drissel
International Speech: 1st Place-David Channer, 2nd Place-Norman Gaslowitz
|A13||Table Topics: 1st Place-Adrienne Williams, 2nd Place-Waynd Dawson
International Speech: 1st Place-Jonathan Spikes, 2nd Place-Wayne Dawson
|A14||Table Topics: 1st Place-Carolyn Stein, 2nd Place-Demi Jordan
International Speech: 1st Place-Denni Jordan, 2nd Place-Yamilet Ramirez
|B||Table Topics: 1st Place-Christian Lassalle, 2nd Place-Michael Dill
International Speech: 1st Place-Keith Herring, 2nd Place-Steven Harwood
|B20||Table Topics: 1st Place-Bernaurd Mauricette, 2nd Place-JC Carrion
International Speech: 1st Place-Keith Herring, 2nd Place-Johnny Segara
|B21||Table Topics: 1st Place-Suzette Hyde, 2nd Place-Brian Wolf
International Speech: 1st Place-Steven Harwood, 2nd Place-Kristina Kihlberg
|B22||Table Topics: 1st Place-Christian Lasalle, 2nd Place-Marcelo Gadia
International Speech: 1st Place-Sackville Currie, 2nd Place-Cliff Townsend
|B23||Table Topics: 1st Place-Franklin Fletcher, 2nd Place-Kathie Moon
International Speech: 1st Place-Jim Barber, 2nd Place-Jeffly Jean
|B24||Table Topics: 1st Place-Michael Dill, 2nd Place-Debra White
International Speech: 1st Place-Brian Mikosz , 2nd Place-Daniel Dominguez
|C||Table Topics: 1st Place-Godfrey McAllister, 2nd Place-David Eltringham
International Speech: 1st Place-Godfrey McAllister, 2nd Place-John Schneyer
|C30||Table Topics: 1st Place-Tim Morell, 2nd Place-John Johnson
International Speech: 1st Place-Oris Martin, 2nd Place-Nicole Edwards
|C31||Table Topics: 1st Place-John Schneyer, 2nd Place-Gary Sharp
International Speech: 1st Place-John Schneyer, 2nd Place-Sheree Thomas
|C32||Table Topics: 1st Place-David Eltringhan, 2nd Place-Elizabeth George
International Speech: 1st Place-Elizabeth George, 2nd Place-Denise Brown
|C33||Table Topics: 1st Place-Matthew Perlas, 2nd Place-Jean Broida
International Speech: 1st Place-Mikhail Guseynov, 2nd Place-Gary Sharp
|C34||Table Topics: 1st Place- , 2nd Place-
International Speech: 1st Place- , 2nd Place-
|D||REGISTER HERE||04/01/17||8:00 AM||12:00 PM||South Florida Water Mgmt District||3301 Gun Club Road||West Palm Beach||FL|
|D40||Table Topics: 1st Place-Kathleen Smith, 2nd Place-Ellen Gillette
International Speech: 1st Place-Tom Zaimes, 2nd Place-Kathleen Smith
|D41||Table Topics: 1st Place-Jeffrey Otten, 2nd Place-Linda Childress
International Speech: 1st Place-Jill Lebofsky, 2nd Place-George Kleine
|D42||Table Topics: 1st Place-Daniel Ekerold, 2nd Place-Patricia Antolik
International Speech: 1st Place-Aimee Lucas, 2nd Place-Patricia Stevenson
|D43||Table Topics: 1st Place-Coretta Talbot, 2nd Place-Pat Maher
International Speech: 1st Place-Lawrence Paustian , 2nd Place-Maritza Coscarelli
|D44||Table Topics: 1st Place-Orlando Zuniga, 2nd Place-Hopoe Barton
International Speech: 1st Place-Curt Rapp, 2nd Place-Manohardeep (MD) Josan
|E||Table Topics: 1st Place-Tony Noisom, 2nd Place-David Dye
International Speech: 1st Place-Tony Noisom, 2nd Place-Danilo Vargas
|E50||Table Topics: 1st Place-Robert McMullen, 2nd Place-Ivonne Fernandez
International Speech: 1st Place-Brenda Ellis, 2nd Place-Robert mcMullen
|E51||Table Topics: 1st Place-Adriana Lopez, 2nd Place-Ian Tacher
International Speech: 1st Place-Walfredo Ignacio Sabria, 2nd Place-Brajesh Singh
|E52||Table Topics: 1st Place-David Dye, 2nd Place-Gabriel Rhenals
International Speech: 1st Place-Jason Smith, 2nd Place-Eric Hernandez
|E53||Table Topics: 1st Place-Tony Noisom, 2nd Place-Rex Lehmann
International Speech: 1st Place-Tony Noisom, 2nd Place-Aracely Santos
|E54||Table Topics: 1st Place-Derek Auguste, 2nd Place-Ilja Chapman
International Speech: 1st Place-Danilo Vargas, 2nd Place-Douglas Brewer
|E55||Table Topics: 1st Place-Jordan Vichot, 2nd Place-Jacqueline Cabrera
International Speech: 1st Place-Mike Molina, 2nd Place-Gregory Diaz
|F||REGISTER HERE||3/30/17||Paul Farquharson Centre||East Street||Nassau|
|F60||Table Topics: 1st Place-Douglas Fawkes, 2nd Place-Rossemarie Josey
International Speech: 1st Place-Carlton Duvalier
|F61||Table Topics: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
International Speech: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
|F62||Table Topics: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
International Speech: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
|F63||Table Topics: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
International Speech: 1st Place-, 2nd Place-
|I||REGISTER HERE||3/31/17||7:00 PM||9:00 PM||Paul Farquharson Centre||East Street||Nassau|
|I90||Table Topics: 1st Place-Osbourne Moxey , 2nd Place-Coline Reckley
International Speech: 1st Place-Troy Strachan, 2nd Place-Vilda Chipman
|I91||Table Topics: 1st Place-Duran McKinney, 2nd Place-Carl Culmer
International Speech: 1st Place-Carl Culmer, 2nd Place-Vincent Rahming
|I92||Table Topics: 1st Place-Alexis Tuerner, 2nd Place-Carol McIntosh
International Speech: 1st Place-Bennique Brown, 2nd Place-Shakira Knowles
|I93||Table Topics: 1st Place-Meltheo Wells, 2nd Place-Roston Moss
International Speech: 1st Place-Deborah Pratt, 2nd Place-Lashanda Wildgoose
Applies to: District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director and Division Director Candidates
At area and division speech contests, all candidates may distribute campaign materials. They may also display campaign materials in a candidates' corner at these events if space is available for the candidates' corner and if all candidates have equal access to it. Campaign materials may not be placed on walls, chairs or tables outside of the candidates’ corner.
At the district conference, all candidates may distribute campaign materials, and they're allowed to display campaign materials in the candidates' corner at a district conference. Campaign materials may not be placed on walls, chairs or tables, or handed out at educational sessions, meal functions or the district hospitality suite.
Speeches and Speaking Guidelines
Campaign speeches are not permitted at any area speech contest, division speech contest or other district non-election meeting except the district conference. At the discretion of the area or division director responsible for the speech contest, candidates present at the contest may be introduced to the audience if all candidates present are introduced.
All candidates in contested races for district office, including floor candidates, may be allowed to speak at the district conference at a time other than during the district's annual business meeting. These campaign speeches must be given at an appropriate time and place, and be of an appropriate length, as identified by the district director, provided that all candidates are given an equal opportunity and are properly notified.
All candidates are allowed to give educational presentations at district conferences, provided the presentations conform to the needs of the district, and provided that all candidates for the same office are given an equal opportunity.
Please note that the District Director has determined that the only campaign speeches permitted shall be during the Annual Business Meeting and that no candidates for District Office shall be permitted to present an Educational Session.
The only hospitality suite permitted at a district conference is the one provided and operated by the district, with no contribution from any candidate. The provision of a hospitality suite is, however, at the discretion of the district director.
Advertisements by or on behalf of candidates for district office are not permitted in district publications.
Endorsements by current District Officers are NOT permitted per Toastmaster's Policies.
This includes Area Directors, Division Directors, Finance Manager, Administration Manager, Public Relations Manager, Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director, District Director and International Officers.
Violation of any of the above rules may result in disciplinary action against a candidate, which could include disqualification for office.
Candidates for Elected Positions will be interviewed starting February 4th and the Nomination Report will be published by the District Director 6 weeks prior to the Spring District Council Business Meeting.