When: May 14th and 15th, 2021

Where: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139

What is coming to District 3 Spring Conference?

  • Learn new skills or fine tune existing skills through multiple Education Sessions
  • Listen to or compete in Humorous and International Contests
  • Celebrate individual and club accomplishments at the annual Awards Ceremony
  • Network with other members in District 3
  • Get to know the Candidates running for District Office
  • Participate in the District Council meeting

Conference News 2021 Episode 1:

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Hotel Procedures

New non smoking policy:

“As you may know, our Health and Safety protocols continue to evolve as we strive to maintain a safe environment for both our customers and our employees.  With that stated, we have evaluated our mask policy and discovered an opportunity to limit exposure by implementing a non-smoking policy in the casino except in designated areas. For our customers who wish to continue to smoke and game, we have designated specific areas for your enjoyment.  The indoor smoking area is in the old poker room and near Laurel Lounge.  We will have signage displayed for the designated smoking area. We will also have designated specific locations outside of the casino for smoking. These areas are: Casino Main Entrance, Patio near Agave’s, and the Fire Pit area on the north side of the pool. We continue to appreciate your business and support.”

More information:

Heath and Safety

Heath and Safety PDF

District 3 Procedures

District 3 will provide a Toastmasters International Face Mask with Ticket Purchase (excluding virtual tickets; while supplies last, otherwise a standard mask will be provided). Mask requirements and social distancing will be enforced at all times during all physical in-person conference activities. No admittance allowed without a mask.

Seating at round tables will be limited to 4 people per table; this places the person directly across from you 6′ away and the person next to you at least 3.5′ away (See below). Seating in educational sessions will allow for optimized social distancing (See below).

What Do I Have Access To?

Debbie Nez-Manuel

– AZ Democratic National Committee Woman at Arizona Democratic Party
– Board Member at First Things First
– Board Member at Arizona Humanities

”By honoring the strength of our ancestors, their sacrifices, the responsibility to improve the world for generations all begins with me.”

A Tsenjikini clan member and member of the Navajo Nation, Debbie Nez-Manuel is founder of Morning Star Leaders, an Arizona nonprofit that teaches native youth the core values of indigenous life through cultural programs and leadership opportunities. A recipient of the 2016 Arizona Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award, Debbie is recognized for committing her life to serving urban and rural youth throughout Arizona.

Debbie was born in Gallup, New Mexico and has lived in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community for 16 years with her husband and daughters. Her early years in the small community among hardworking ranchers, weavers, mill workers, teachers, attorneys, silversmiths, and veterans instilled not only a strong work ethic and identity but also the responsibility to be a leader wherever she is. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in 2001 and a master’s degree from Arizona State University in 2003. She worked for the tribal government as a social worker for 12 years. She is a popular speaker for the AZ Speaks program of the Arizona Humanities Council.

In 2013, Debbie and several colleagues realized that many young tribal people living in urban areas had become disconnected from their home cultures and languages. Many struggled with getting jobs, more education, and finding their own pathways to adulthood. She helped start Morning Star Leaders to address those issues. Today, Morning Star is well established and a premier source of initiatives for Native youth development and support in education, employment and other areas. The Arizona Humanities Council honored Morning Star with its Community Partner Award in 2019.

Second, during the 2019 legislative session, Debbie helped lead a grassroots effort to enact House Bill 2570. Her own story about losing her mother at the age of three encouraged others to tell their stories from around Arizona of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The bill, which passed the House unanimously, was adopted by the Senate, and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey, set up a legislative study committee to look closely at the prevalence and cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIW). Data have pointed to significant problems throughout Arizona for some time but a comprehensive study with recommendations has not been done. Debbie now sits on the task force with other tribal leaders, law enforcement professionals, state legislators, and others.

Most recently, Debbie became the first indigenous woman elected as a national committee person for the Democratic Party.

Debbie enjoys connecting with her colleagues as a fellow through EmergeAZ, Flinn Brown Leadership Academy and ASU’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy

Virtual Educational Presenters

Speaker Bio:

In 2014, Lobato was ready for leadership. He became area governor (later renamed area director) and two years later, was elected division director. In 2017, he started the first of two consecutive terms as the District 23 finance manager. Last year, he served as club growth director, his first year as part of the “district leadership trio.” His proudest accomplishment as club growth director was keeping the district intact when declining membership threatened its existence. (A district must maintain 60 clubs, and District 23 ended the year with 71 clubs.) As program quality director, Lobato’s focus is on club-officer training.

Session Information:


Speaker Bio:

Conor Cunneen is a professional speaker from Naperville, Illinois. His subject area expertise includes: improving people, improving performance, and improving productivity.

Cunneen delivers keynotes, workshops, seminars, webinars, and serves as an emcee or master of ceremonies for various organizations and special events. In the past, he has worked as the vice president of marketing for Unilever. Cunneen is the author of five books and a two-time cancer survivor. He also works as a radio host. An Accredited Speaker since 2011, Cunneen graduated from the National University of Ireland with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Cunneen earned the President’s Gold Medal for Volunteer Service. He is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Session Information: Adden Humur Two You’re Presentashun!

Accredited Speaker, award winning humorist Conor Cunneen DTM provides Tips, Tricks and Techniques to add humor to your presentation, enhance your message and make you irresistible to the Humorous Contest judges!! You will see why Mark Twain said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” HEALTH WARNING: Adding humor is a serious business but please note this program may result in convulsive and side-splitting laughter that may reduce oxygen intake (in severe cases, causing the wannabe DTM to fall over.) This generally is not an optimal situation at a TM club meeting especially during International Speech Competition. On the other hand, laughter is known to reduce stress and we all need that today.

Speaker Bio:

Donny Crandell is a professional speaker from Reno, Nevada. His subject matter expertise includes: Audience connection, becoming a five-star organization, excellence versus perfection, focus, marriage resiliency, positivity and suicide resiliency.

Crandell’s presentations are inspiring, entertaining, and interactive. His audiences include colleges, churches, businesses, service clubs, and five-star companies and service groups. He served as a chaplain major in the Air Force. Crandell has been a semifinalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking® three times, including placing in the top 10 in 2016. An Accredited Speaker since 2017, Crandell earned a doctor of ministry in cultural engagement from the Multnomah Bible Seminary. He was awarded the Roosevelt Award for leadership.

Session Information: Toastmaster Resiliency, In the Age of COVID-19


Speaker Bio:

Ellie Kay is an award-winning podcaster of a show called The Money Millhouse. She’s the best-selling author of fifteen books including Lean Body, Fat Wallet; Living Rich for Less as well as Heroes at Home (all with Waterbrook/Random House). She is a popular international speaker, presenting at arena events with 8,000 people. As a media veteran, she has appeared on over 2600 radio/tv stations including CNBC, CNN and Fox News. Ellie has been a regular on ABC NEWS NOW as one of their experts. She is an international radio commentator for Money Matters and Focus on the Family.

As a popular columnist, she’s written regularly for six national magazines. She has been the subject matter expert or writer for hundreds of national periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Redbook, and Consumer Reports. Ellie and her team have taken the “Heroes at Home World Tour” from coast to coast in the United States and to China, Germany, France, Italy and England. In all these venues, they are helping families with key issues including finances.

Ellie Kay graduated from CCU with an MA in HR and is married to Bob, a current test pilot and retired USAF fighter pilot. They have seven children. To read Ellie’s blog or to sign up for a free newsletter, go to www.elliekay.com. The Kays live in Los Angeles County.

Session Information: Media Mania

What makes for great media that earns repeat appearances?

Ellie Kay made her first national TV appearance on the Price is Right and now has 2800+ media appearances under her belt. Furthermore, she trains seven figure brand ambassadors on how to do media well, earning as much as 40K for 5 hours of television work. But it all starts somewhere and Ellie teaches the audience the ABC’s of great media (accurate, brief, clear.)

After this session, Toastmasters will be more confident in appearing on podcasts, radio & television interviews or in creating their own video content on social media. There’s a right way to do media and a wrong way—Ellie discusses both approaches with engaging humor and valid expertise.
And that’s a wrap!

Speaker Bio:

Johnny Campbell is a professional speaker from Orlando, Florida. His subject matter expertise includes: LinkedIn marketing, managing change, motivation, presentation skills, and sales training.

Campbell delivers keynotes, workshops, trainings, live seminars, and online webinars for insurance industry professionals, human resource professionals, promotional product professionals, sales professionals, project managers, small business owners, and more.

He is the founder of Rise-Up and Win International, an organization focused on helping individuals develop mental readiness for success. Campbell authored the book, “The Agent of Change,” which helps people embrace change. His work provides groups with programs that will help improve performance and provide a higher level of service to their teams, clients, customers, or community.

An Accredited Speaker since 2006, Campbell earned a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development. During his 20-plus year career as a professional speaker, he has delivered TEDx talks and appeared on various television programs. On top of being an Accredited Speaker, Campbell is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Session Information:


Speaker Bio:

DTM Kathy Moore is the current PQD of District 55 in south and central Texas. She has been presenting workshops and speaking professionally for 20 years.

Session Information: 5 Steps to Confident Speaking

For many, the thought of talking coherently in front of a group is nerve-racking, be it accepting an award, giving a toast, or presenting to your team at work. And with a litany of “how to” tips from experts available everywhere, narrowing down best practices can be just as difficult. Lucky for you, Kathy has done the legwork to provide five foolproof tips for wowing a crowd.

Speaker Bio:

I am so excited to be a part of Toastmasters and the leadership team in District 16. I joined Toastmasters when I realized all the potential that is available through the support of the members and the monthly meetings. I have learned so much from fellow Toastmasters and continue to learn with each encounter. So many have jumped in to help me as I set goals and strive to become a stronger leader and better communicator.

My first district leadership opportunity came in July 2017 when I became Area A3 Director. That year was an incredible time of growth. After reading through the handbook for Area Directors, I decided I would pursue President’s Distinguished for my area. In the process of accomplishing this goal, I was awarded Area Director of the Year 2017-2018.

I followed that exciting year as Division A Director. My goal was for the four Area A Director’s to reach their goals. In pursuing that goal, Division A made President’s Distinguished. I experienced the value of working toward the success of others.

Now, as Club Growth Director, I am excited to encourage and promote all that Toastmasters has to offer to our community through helping others who want to be challenged and desire to learn and grow in their ability to communicate and lead well.

Session Information:


Speaker Bio:

Ronald Chapman, founder and principal of Leading Public Health and Magnetic North LLC, is a facilitator, strategist, trainer, and coach and consultant specializing in leadership and organization development. In addition, he is the author of five books and producer of three audio sets while maintaining two content websites, all focused on different aspects of personal and organizational transformation.

He received his Accredited Speaker designation in 2005, and his Distinguished Toastmaster in 2006. Ron has won five different District Championships, but is mostly known in his home district for designing and leading half day developmental workshops on professional speaking and leadership. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Welfare from the University at Albany (New York).

Session Overviews

Becoming the Leader: A Framework for Transformational Leadership

Leadership may be more important in our world than ever before. How we succeed as a leader is largely determined by our inner development, which is the foundation for our outer demonstration. If you want to transform the world, first be transformed yourself. Here is an approach for that inner work.

The Elephant in the Room: How to Lead a Transformation

The nature of reality is one of change, even as human egos resist it. No wonder leading change is one of the more daunting challenges any leader faces. Fortunately there are tried and true practices which we can learn. Here is a primer to begin your learning.

Speaker Bio:

Thomas Iland is a professional speaker from Los Angeles, California. His subject area expertise includes: autism, human potential, presentation delivery, and self-empowerment.

Iland delivers keynote presentations on realizing your true potential and becoming your best self, based on the lessons learned from his life with autism. He speaks to decisionmakers, ranging from entrepreneurs looking to invent or reinvent themselves, to executives of large organizations searching for new and exciting ideas.

An Accredited Speaker since 2019, Iland holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accountancy from the California State University, Northridge. In the past, Iland worked as a certified public accountant. Since leaving his accounting career, he now specializes in personal coaching, specifically maximizing human potential as a certified human potential coach. On top of being an Accredited Speaker, Iland is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Session Information: From Accounting to Ah Counting


Speaker Bio:

Tracy Thomason is a speaker, author, software developer (rarely, though, these days,) agile coach, team leader, manager, real estate investor, entrepreneur, Toastmaster, and craft beer drinker (sometimes brewer, though rarely.) He likes red wine, too.

As a raging introvert, for the first 15 years of my career, he mostly kept my mouth shut and my eyes glued on the screen of my computer. Around 2005, he discovered a “little” organization called Toastmasters which pushed him in new directions. He became a tech lead, team lead, Certified Scrum Master, scrum coach, development manager, and eventually discovered that he was more passionate about leadership theory and business processes as he had ever been about programming.

Now that’s what he does – lead teams and help others lead their teams, too.

Session Information: The Illusion of Control


Speaker Bio:

Violetta Rios, DTM, serves as the current Region 3 Advisor. Since joining Toastmasters in 2005, she served District 113 in all three Trio positions and guided the district to success. The key strengths Rios brings to district leaders are focus, creativity, empathy, commitment, and passion. She constantly encourages district leaders to focus on the district mission and the activities that will help them achieve their goals. Her creativity shines through providing a different perspective to current issues. Rios also enjoys exploring new ways of getting tasks done. Building close relationships with leaders shows empathy, and they are encouraged to continue building stronger relationships with their own teams and peers. Her commitment and passion show that she is on this journey with them, and gently pushes them to exceed their own expectations.

Passing on all she has learned and her desire to show the path to others are her main motivators to serving as Region Advisor. Rios is passionate about sharing her skills and experience with all leaders by helping them understand their role and responsibilities and working together to achieve excellence.

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Buy Tickets Now

Full Conference Price – $150 ($199 value) so take advantage of our early bird discounts before they are gone!

Twosome Discount – $119/person (minimum 2-ticket purchase, offer available through Feb 14th, 2021)

Early Bird Price – $139/person (discount available through Feb 14th, 2021, ticket prices go up after offer deadline)

** Early Bird $45 Deposit Deadline ** If you paid the non-refundable deposit to reserve your early bird rate, your remaining balance must be paid by April 1st; if balance is not paid, deposit will be converted to a virtual conference package ticket (deposit offer expired Dec 31st, 2020)

Purchase tickets here: http://d3-toastmasters.ticketleap.com/2021-d3-conference

À la carte and virtual ticket sales will open on Feb 15th, 2021

Hotel Information

15406 N Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139

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Volunteer Now

There are many great volunteer opportunities; if you need an HPL or DTM project, we can help. Email conference@aztoastmasters.org