Fall 2015 Conference

The Leader Within
Changing Lives, Changing the World

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

What you'll experience...

  • The best speakers in each Division vying for District Champion in Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests
  • Two past World Champions of Public Speaking: Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (2014) delivering a powerful Keynote in the morning and Dana LaMon (1992) inspiring you in the afternoon
  • Business Meeting
  • The Hall of Fame Luncheon with an elegant candlelight DTM ceremony, celebrating your educational achievements and recognizing C&L Award winner Rick Chambers
  • A delightful awards ceremony

Open to Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike.

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi


Bring out the Champ in You

Keynote, Morning

Based on Dananjaya's 10 year journey towards the World Championship of Public Speaking, this inspirational keynote will help you bring out the champ in you. Learn five self leadership lessons that enabled Dananjaya to reach the pinnacle of his speaking journey in Toastmasters (World Champion, 2014). Listen to great insights and perspectives on Change, Self-development, Envisioning and Mentoring that gave him a distinct advantage on the international stage. Learn how to use the very same strategies to enhance your position as a speaker and as a leader. Dananjaya will share on-stage and off-stage experiences that will provide a different perspective and understanding of what it takes to reach and continuously sustain your peak performance.

Click to find out more about Dananjaya's extra presentation on November 19, sponsored by Professional Women Toastmasters.

Click to hear Rodger Cota interviewing Dana Lamon and Dananjaya Hettiarachchi on District One Radio.

Dana LaMon

Dana LaMon

E Is for Excellence

Educational Presentation, Afternoon

The Leader Within emerges through excellence—not the drive to perfection, but the dedication to improvement. Dana LaMon will present five principles that manifest themselves in the Toastmaster who is dedicated to leadership excellence. (The five principles are drawn from The Excellence Book: 104 Principles for Living and Working, written and published by Dana LaMon.)

Author and motivational speaker Dana LaMon, a retired judge who has been blind since childhood, is the 1992 World Champion of Public Speaking and one of District One’s favorite presenters.

Schedule of Events

(Times are subject to change)
7:00 a.m. Registration and Credentials open
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:35 a.m. Credentials closes
8:45 a.m. Call to Order and Business Meeting
10:15 a.m. Keynote: Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, "Bring out the Champ in You"
11:00 a.m. Evaluation Contest
12:15 p.m. Hall of Fame Luncheon with New DTM Ceremony
C & L Award to Rick Chambers
1:30 p.m. Educational Presentation: Dana LaMon, "E is for Excellence"
2:15 p.m. Humorous Speech Contest
3:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

How Do I Register?

Online: Click here.
Select the ticket that best meets your needs, then pay through our secure online payment system - PayPal. Online registration requires full payment to complete registration, and does not have check or cash payment options.
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U.S. mail: Download, print and complete this registration form. Send in the form and check payment to Kamran Paydar, DTM, 2729 S. Canfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Mke checks payable to District One Toastmasters.

Registration Pricing Options

Full Day Registration:

Early Bird: Paid on or before November 13 $75
Regular Rate: Paid after November 13 $85

Full Day includes Breakfast, Business Meeting, Keynote, Evaluation Contest, Hall of Fame Luncheon, Educational Presentation, Humorous Speech Contest, Closing Ceremony

Half Day Registration – Morning or Afternoon

Early Bird: Paid on or before November 13 $45
Regular Rate: Paid after November 13 $55

Morning includes: Breakfast, Business Meeting, Keynote, Evaluation Contest.
Afternoon Includes: Educational Presentation, Humorous Speech Contest, Closing Ceremony.

Business Meeting Only--Free. (Note: Business Meeting does not include breakfast.)
Refund Policy: Refunds will be available until November 18. 

Parking is $12 valet, $10 self-park.


All full-day, Early-Bird paid attendees will be entered into a special drawing to win a private, one-on-one coaching session with Dananjaya Hettiarchchi on Friday, November 20.

The Grand Long Beach Event Center


Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hall of Fame Luncheon

Educational Award Recognition
This is your time to shine as all who received an educational award since the previous Conference are publicly saluted.

DTM Ceremony
A beautiful candlelight ceremony will honor District One's newest DTMs (Distinguished Toastmasters) as past achievers recognize this very significant accomplishment.

Rick ChambersCommunication & Leadership Award
This signal honor goes to Rick Chambers, co-anchor of the KTLA Weekend News and Sunday Edition. Rick is a front line, Emmy Award winning reporter covering southern California’s biggest stories for more than 20 years.

Rick has anchored political conventions and interviewed presidential hopefuls, rubbed shoulders with celebrities and talked with the news makers of the day.

A Chicago boy who graduated from Southern Illinois University, Rick has been involved with scores of charitable organizations and hosted fund raisers and award ceremonies for many of them…including the Santa Clarita Valley where he calls home.

When not chasing stories Rick is an avid reader and lover of puzzles. Snow skiing and trap shooting are his sports of choice. He is married and the father of three children, which is why his hair turned gray years ago.

Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests

Listen and learn great techniques for evaluating, in Toastmasters, business and life, as the best evaluators from the six Divisions in District One compete for the title of District One Evaluation Champion.

Laugh and applaud the six Division Humorous Speech Champs as they vie to be the funniest Toastmaster in District One.

Conference Support


The raffle will be one-of-a-kind this year! How about a Kindle Fire? Or a Southwest Airlines gift card? Perhaps a luxurious night at the Hyatt Regency with breakfast too? Win these and more!

Donate an item for the Raffle. Electronics, sporting goods, gift baskets and restaurant gift cards are especially welcome. Please no coaching services. To donate a raffle item, please contact Christina Le or Diane Wachi.

Come ready to buy your lucky raffle tickets!

Buy an Ad

Is your business, non-profit or Toastmasters club committed to developing The Leader Within? Advertise your business or club in the Fall Conference Program Book.

Business Card Size $30.00
Quarter Page $60.00
Half Page (horizonal or vertical) $90.00
Full Page $150.00

Click here for convenient online reservation and payment. Act now — deadline for ad reservation is October 30, 2015. For more information contact Elissa Rosenberg - elissa.rosenberg@cshs.com

Club Challenges

The club with the greatest number of paid, full day attendees at the conference will receive a $25.00 Toastmasters International gift certificate.
The club with the highest percentage of paid, full day attendees at the conference will receive a $25.00 Toastmasters International gift certificate.
The club with the greatest number of first-time, paid, full day FIRST-TIME attendees will receive a $25.00 Toastmasters International gift certificate.


Encourage the Leader Within you!  Volunteer for the Fall 2015 Conference Committee. Contact the Conference Co-Chairs or Program Quality Director Jessica Allen, DTM, below.


Fall Conference Co-Chairs

Rodger Michelle Brad
Rodger Cota, DTM, PDG
(562) 619-0076
Michelle Darlington
Brad Stauffer
(310) 869-5542

Program Quality Director


Jessica Allen, DTM


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