fall conference chair Brianca HardyI want to take a moment to thank each and every member that took the time to visit Montgomery, Alabama, and join us for Toastmasters District 77 Fall Conference, The Spotlight Is On You. Thank you for taking advantage of everything we had to offer, discovering better ways to spotlight the skills and abilities you’ve developed as a Toastmaster, and embracing this occasions to be inspired by fellow Toastmasters and communicators.

Speaking of the Spotlight, many thanks to our special guest and keynote speaker, International Director Matt Kinsey, who encouraged us to own up to our mistakes, follow the platinum rule, and to lead with a purpose. Toastmasters Kinsey came to us all the way from Coral Springs, Florida, and is an accomplished speaker, leader, and businessman.

I would also like to Spotlight our fantastic 2016 Fall Conference Planning Committee. I would name names, but I am afraid I would forget someone. But, thank you to the many Toastmasters who spent countless hours planning the small details, participating in conference calls, and creating a fantastic program. It is because of members like you that our conferences are a success.

I want to encourage you to make plans to attend the Spring Conference, May 5-6, 2017, at The Westin in Huntsville, Alabama. Monica Tucker, the Spring Conference chair, is already working hard to develop a great program.

There’s one more spotlight I need to shine before my duties as Fall Conference Coordinator end. Each of the 1,304 Toastmasters in District 77 is a huge part of this organization, and the speech coaching, leadership skills training, and other professional development Toastmasters provides would not be possible without your support.

-Brianca Hardy