Saturday Morning Workshop: Rick Ley, DTM

Toastmasters Initiatives for Youth
… The Youth Leadership Program, Gavel Clubs, & Other Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for Toastmasters clubs and members to support youngsters in their area. The most notable is the Youth Leadership Program (YLP), a formal, eight-week effort to introduce youth to the basics of communication and leadership. Beyond the YLP, Gavel Clubs provide ongoing support for students under 18 years of age. These and other initiatives are the subject of discussion in this workshop with the goal of helping young people to gain self-confidence, communication and leadership skills while extending the Toastmasters brand out into our communities.

About Rick

Rick Ley, DTM is a proud member of the North Hills Toastmasters Club since 2007 and earned his DTM award in 2013. He has served in a number of roles both within his club and within District 13. Rick has taken an interest in helping youngsters by organizing a number of Youth Leadership Programs, supported by members of his club, and establishing and mentoring the FINS Gavel Club with over 20 student members or Junior Toastmasters. Rick is CEO of Economedix, LLC, a medical practice management consulting firm, a published author, and in his “spare” time, a youth golf coach for The First Tee of Pittsburgh.

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Saturday Morning Workshop
District 10’s Kim Krajci, DTM, Jenilee Taylor, DTM, & Todd Taylor, DTM 

Speechcraft in One Day? We’re Not Kidding!

Speechcraft was designed to introduce the classic Toastmasters program to people who want a short-term speech training program. Many clubs have used it to help build up their membership and increase the awareness of Toastmasters in their communities. With the advent of Pathways, many clubs have questions about the program.

District 10 has seen some interesting developments with the program, including:
• a one-day presentation
• adapting to Pathways

Join District 10 DTMs, Jenilee Taylor, PDD, Todd Taylor, and Kim Krajci as they introduce you to the Speechcraft in One Day!

About the Presenters

Kim Krajci, DTM is a social media marketer, public speaker, and writer in the Akron, Ohio, area. She hosts two podcasts sponsored by District 10: On the Table – Topics for Toastmasters for advancing Toastmasters and Toastmasters 101, an intro to Toastmasters. When not at Toastmasters, she… Wait, there’s life outside of Toastmasters?


Jenilee Taylor, DTM is the owner of Core Engagement, a corporate training and development company. She also serves on the board of Broadview Heights Spotlights Theatre. For fun, she raises unicorns and sneezes glitter.

Todd Taylor, DTM is a civil engineering consultant who specializes in water and wastewater improvements to local municipalities in the northeast Ohio area. He also is an executive committee member of NESOWEA, an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of water quality and protecting our environment. In his spare time, he writes self-deprecating and witty bio profiles to be shared with the world. This is not his best.

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Saturday Afternoon Workshop: Paul Artale

Signing All-Start Prospects: How to Recruit High-Performing Members to Your Toastmasters Club Using College Recruiting Strategies

Recruitment is the lifeblood of any Toastmaster club. Who we bring in (and retain) determines whether our club is fun and lively or an uncomfortable experience. From tracking prospects to assessing your clubs’ strengths, Paul Artale will show you the tools and techniques he uses to recruit highly qualified, highly motivated members to his Toastmaster club. These techniques were learned by spending over 15 years in higher education recruiting for college football teams and college fraternities. Paul used these techniques to take his club from nearly extinct (at four members) to Presidents Distinguished in just one year!

In this session participants will:

  • Learn two key strategies that can be used to attract prospective members
  • Identify two simple club-assessment methods
  • Understand how to create a dynamic, organization wide recruitment culture.


Saturday Afternoon Workshop: Bob Johnson and Brett Aristegui

Pathways Live, Guiding District 13 Through Pathways, Enhancing Your Pathways Journey

Our District 13 Pathways Guides will be leading our members through a live support session on Pathways. Topics covered will include Getting Started, Base Camp Basics, Evaluations, Base Camp Manager, Pathways to DTM, Distinguished Club Program, and Live Q&A. Members are encouraged to bring their laptops to work along with our guides during this live support session.

About the Presenters

Bob Johnson, ACB, ALB, joined Toastmasters 3½ years ago. During that time, he has held various leadership roles including his current role as President of the Cranberry High Noon Club. Bob won the 2106 District 13 Table Topics Championship.

He joined Toastmasters to help sharpen his communication and leadership skills for his role as an Account Executive at Qorpak, a Division of Berlin Packaging. Bob attributes his success at work to the new skills he developed at Toastmasters, which has allowed him to earn such awards as Account Manager of the Year, Chairman’s Club, and Hunt Club on a consistent basis. In his spare time, Bob is very involved in sports and coaching.

Brett Aristegui, CC, is a project manager specializing in sustainable transportation technologies. He is the president of Bruceton Toastmasters Club, and a Pathways Guide. His hobbies include music, math, and Toastmasters.

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