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District 3 Toastmasters will host Jim Key, the 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking, during their final District 3 Fall Conference “Thanks for the Memories” on Nov. 3-5. Key will deliver the keynote address, “Hitting the Mark: The Quest for Excellence”. Key will also share the lessons about excellence he learned on his journey to the championship. During the education session titled, “Maximum Value: Getting the Most from Your Toastmasters Membership”, Key will share methods and materials to help the club maintain vitality while helping members move forward in personal development and growth.

The Communication and Leadership (C + L) award is the highest honor District 3 Toastmasters can bestow upon a non-Toastmaster. It recognizes individuals within the community who have demonstrated outstanding communication and leadership skills. The Fall 2017 honoree, Gerard T. van Belle, is a teacher and an educator who has been with the Lowell Observatory since 2011. He is also an astronomer and the new Director of the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer Telescope Array at Lowell Observatory. His research delves into the fundamental properties of stars—masses, linear radii and temperatures. van Belle will share the wonders found in the stars through his presentation, “The Art of Science Communication in Astronomy”.

Nancy Starr-Cassidy, DTM, will provide an education session on Pathways, coming to District 3 this December. Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom, ACS, ALB, will head the Leadership Breakfast on Sunday morning. Registration will continue until Oct. 29 and is $165, at www.aztoastmasters.org. The final Fall Conference will be held at Little America Hotel, 2515 E. Butler Ave.

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

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