Recap of Day One – Toastmasters 2012 International Convention


  • Board Briefing began promptly at 1 P.M.
  • Michael Notaro – International President employed and skillfully executed a novel acknowledgment tactic in his opening remarks
  • A moment of silence was observed for Toastmasters who passed away in the last 12 months
  • Notaro reaffirmed the four core values of Toastmasters during the delivery of his President’s Report
  • Noteworthy: 1,272 new clubs were formed in 2011 – 2012 term 
  • Toastmasters Unique Selling Proposition is Experiential Learning – ” Learning by Doing” – Michael Notaro 
  • Immediate Past President, Pat Johnson, spoke of Toastmasters founder Ralph Smedley Read her comments here
  • Daniel Rex delivered the Executive Director’s Report Read more here
  • First Vice President George Yen disclosed his insights on why the 2012 – 2013 term will be a special one. The numbers add up to one awesome year…Here’s why.
  • A Panel Discussion on the Accredited Speaker Designation was held. See the comments of panelist  Dilip Abayasekara via Toastmasters Twitter account @Toastmasters
  • The Flag Ceremony spotlighted the cultures of the 116 countries in which Toastmasters clubs operate. Photos from this segment of the proceedings are available via Twitter as well.
  • Keynote speaker Joel Manby inspired the audience to “Lead with Love” What’s Love got to do with it? Visit @Toastmasters on Twitter to learn more.

Also, remember you can purchase coverage of Day One

Day Two sees the excitement of the International Speech Contest and more…

What was the highlight of Day One for you? Join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #TIConv12

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