Schedule

Chorus 2019 is a 3-day conference. Please find the detailed schedule below. The location is – 

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Allen

777 Watters Creek Blvd, Allen, TX 75013

Day 1 – Thursday, April 25

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4:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

Registration/First Timers Desk Opens

 

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4:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

District 50 Bookstore Opens

 

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4:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

Silent Auction Begins

 

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5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Percolator

Area Director Reports

 

The 2018-19 Area Directors of District 50 will be presenting their Status Reports

The reports include the following

  • Membership Statistics
  • Education Awards
  • Achievements in the Area
  • Areas of Concern
  • Future Plans
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7:30pm - 9:00pm

Ballroom I & II

Tall Tales Contest

This is the District Finals of the Tall Tales Contest

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot. The Division Finals were conducted in Fall 2018 and the 7 winners now move to the stage of the District Finals.

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9:15pm - 10:30pm

Ballroom I & II

Candidates’ Showcase

Public Interview of the District Candidates

Each 2019-2020 District candidate is given an opportunity to be interviewed to assist eligible voters in voting consideration. The questions are framed by a group of Past District Leaders and the session is moderated in a time boxed manner, giving each candidate 3 minutes to field the questions.

Day 2 – Friday, April 26

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4:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

Registration Opens

 

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4:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

Silent Auction Begins

 

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

Credentials Desk

 

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

District 50 Bookstore

 

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4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Glassroom

First Timers Reception

 

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6:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Incubator

Banner Parade

 

By the Clubs of District 50

Banner Parade is a tradition that has been integral to Toastmasters Conferences. Clubs display their pride by bringing in their Club Banners, which are hung in the Main Hall throughout the entirety of the Conference

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7:00pm - 8:00pm

Ballroom I & II

Friday Night Keynote

By Ramona J. Smith, 2018 World Champion of Public Speaking

Title: Finding the champion in you both on and off stage

Be Empowered, Find the Champion in You! If you want to optimize your value, jump out from the mediocre crowd, start your speaking career or grow as a speaker, this is the session for you! World Champion of Public Speaking Ramona Smith shares her game changing tips.

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8:15pm - 10:00pm

Ballroom I & II

Humorous Speech Contest

This is the District Finals of the Humorous Speech Contest

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners). The Division Finals were conducted in Fall 2018 and the 7 winners now move to the stage of the District Finals.

 

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10:15pm - 11:00pm

Incubator

Open House – Leading Edge Toastmasters

Open Houses by our Advanced Clubs

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10:15pm - 11:00pm

Percolator

Open House – Politically Incorrect Toastmasters

Open Houses by our Advanced Clubs

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10:15pm - 11:00pm

Workshop

Open House – Prostmasters

Open Houses by our Advanced Clubs

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Day 3 – Saturday, April 27

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7:00 AM

Ballroom Hallway

Registration Opens

 

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7:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Ballroom Hallway

Credentials Desk

 

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7:30 AM

Ballroom Hallway

First Timers Desk Opens

 

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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Ballroom Hallway

District 50 Bookstore

 

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7:30pm - 8:30pm

Ballroom I & II

Breakfast

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8:15am - 9:15am

Ballroom I & II

Saturday Breakfast Keynote

By Pres Vasilev, 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking

Title: Journey to World Champion of Public Speaking

Imagine you are about to embark on a journey that can change your life.  In this motivational keynote, you will witness the twists and turns, the defeats and triumphs, the decisions and discoveries that shaped Pres Vasilev’s journey to World Champion of Public Speaking. 

You will pick up powerful public speaking tools, tactics and techniques, and you will discover the top secrets that helped Pres rise above 30,000 contestants from 122 countries.

 

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9:30 am - 11:30 am

Ballroom III

Annual Business Meeting

To vote for the next District Officers and resolutions

The business meeting has the following agenda

  • Vote for the 2019-20 District Leaders
  • Vote on things like District Alignment
  • Any new business/resolutions can also be tabled

 

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9:30 am - 11:30 am

Percolator

For Non-Credential Holders Only – Ho-Ho (Hop On – Hop Off)

Ho-Ho on Pathways BaseCamp by Anne Barab and DaWane Wanek

Learn from the Pathways experts how to navigate through Basecamp, the Toastmasters online education tool.  Bring your questions for 1-on-1 and small group discussion.

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12:00pm - 2:30pm

Ballroom I & II

Hall of Fame

District 50's celebration of its members and clubs

If you or your club has achieved a personal success in the Toastmasters Education Program or has been a winner of the District promotions since Nov 1, 2018, you would be recognized at the Hall of Fame. Also the Spring 2019 Class of DTMs would walk the stage and receive their medals for achieving the highest recognition in Toastmasters – Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM)

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2:45pm - 4:00pm

Ballroom I & II

Evaluation Contest

This is the District Finals of the Evaluation Contest

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech. The Division Finalists from Spring 2019 now move to the stage of the District Finals.

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4:30pm - 5:30pm

Percolator

Education Session I – Are You Dabbling Or Committed ?

By Lauren Midgley, DTM

There are areas of our lives where we are “all in” and are fully committed.  Yet, there are other areas we are just not sure and still working through the details.  Lauren Midgley calls this “dabbling to discover”.  She believes that if you work toward having clarity and a plan, it is much easier to take action.   Dabbling is not a negative term.  Instead, the power of dabbling to discover is just what we need to find that clarity or the clear path.    Lauren will use the Toastmaster Journey as the example of “dabbling” vs. “commitment”.  From her session, you will have a clear idea of areas that need your attention to AMP up your commitment.

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4:30pm - 5:30pm

Workshop

Education Session II – Leading with Courage and Heart

By Mohamad Qayoom, DTM

Mohamad started his Toastmasters district leadership journey during tumultuous times when his district was on the brink of dissolution. He was fortunate to belong to a team that turned the district around and it didn’t only survive, but it thrived and became one of the most successful districts in the United States. During this session, Mohamad will share some of the lessons that he has learned from various leadership positions which include: the importance of developing other people; the need for taking calculated risks; the value of consistency and persistence as well as trust; the significance of learning from one’s failures; how to lead by example and manage priorities; and the importance of demonstrating empathy during difficult times.

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4:30pm - 5:30pm

Spark

Education Session III – Born to Lead

By Dave Lynch

Do you know The 14 Traits of Effective Leadership! and great leaders that embody these traits?  You’ll hear about each briefly and learn more on the three main traits that have had the biggest impact on Dave Lynch’s 40 year leadership journey through the Marines and Homeland Security!

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5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Workshop

Ho-Ho Session #2 – Extreme Speech Makeover

Presenter: East Texas Extreme Evaluation Team<br />

Experience a huge amount of improvement in a short amount of time.  This session features live on the spot coaching for a speaker.  Discover and share techniques to revamp your speeches.

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5:30 PM - 6:25 PM

The Spark

Ho-Ho Session #3 – Take Care Of Your Club And Coaching

Presenter: Ayo Fernando and Club Coach Team<br />

Learn how to take care of your club. Discuss how coaching can help you and the club.

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5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Workshop

Ho-Ho Session #4 – Corporate Club Challenges

Presenter: Stonebridge Toastmasters<br />

Share your corporate club challenges and approaches with other Toastmasters.  Discuss common topics like gaining and retaining members, internal advertising, budgets and more.

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6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Glass Room

Ho-Ho Session #5 – Online Meetings

Presenter: Roger Fung, Jennifer Wolford, Kristy Pedersen

Have you tried Online meetings yet?  Come and see a demonstration of how Toastmasters at remote locations can join regular meetings via online meeting tools.

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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Ballroom I & II

Dignitary Parade

 

District 50's Diginitaries parade into the Main Ballroom for the Finale of the Conference
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7:15pm - 9:00pm

Ballroom I & II

International Speech Contest

This is the District Finals of the International Speech Contest

Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest. The Division Finalists from Spring 2019 now move to the stage of the District Finals. The Winner from here moves to the Quarter Finals of the 2019 World Championship of Public Speaking, the finals for which will be held during the Toastmasters International Convention in Denver, Colorado.

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9:00pm - 9:30pm

Ballroom I & II

District Officers’ Installation

This is the Installation of the newly-elected District Leaders

The newly elected Senior Three and the Division Directors would be sworn into their offices that they shall assume on July 1, 2019

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9:30pm - 10:00pm

Ballroom I & II

Closing Remarks

Final Remarks by The Conference Committee
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10:15pm - 11:15pm

Percolator

Open House – Prospeak Toastmasters

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10:15pm - 11:15pm

Workshop

Open House – The Evaluators

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10:15pm - 11:15pm

Incubator

Open House – Improv Masters

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10:45 pm - 12:00 Am

Ballroom I & II

After Party and Conference Wrap-Up

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