november, 2023

sat11nov9:00 am10:00 amFeaturedVirtual EventOnline Leadership Elective (OLE) - How to Navigate the District WebsiteRegister now to attend.9:00 am - 10:00 am Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director

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Navigating the District 56 Website

Did you know that the District 56 website offers a wealth of tools and resources for Toastmasters Members and Leaders?

Join us for a one-hour guided tour of the website frame work where you will learn not only about these invaluable assets, but also where to find them!



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(Saturday) 9:00 am - 10:00 am


Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality DirectorHonored to serve as your Program Quality Director (PQD)! The Program Quality Team will leave no Toastmaster behind. For example, we have planned new member orientations, club officer information sessions for aspiring club leaders to help all clubs have 7 club officers at all times, Pathways training and enrollment for Toastmasters who are not enrolled, speech contest and functionary training well before the season begins to help all clubs plan, prepare and lead a successful and fun club contest, and form a full pipeline of trained speech contest functionaries. The Program Quality Team will include all Toastmasters in recognitions earned; no Toastmaster will be left behind. As the PQD, I am responsible for all aspects of education and training within the District. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program, and planning and executing the District conference. Education Goals: I promote all members in achieving education awards and recognizing those achievements. I oversee and promote training for club, area, and division officers. Training Programs: I plan, organize, and direct the district's training programs. District Conference: I am responsible for all aspects of the district conference. I plan, organize and direct the event. Speech Contests: I coordinate and supervise the International Speech Contest at the district level and facilitate a smooth flow of information at speech contests. This is the year to elevate a strong foundation of quality clubs! The PQD Team will help every club meet its educational goals and become a Distinguished quality club. Ready for some FUN? Register now on the District calendar for our fun and exciting events and training in the 2023-2024 year.

Speakers for this event

  • Andrea Tantillo, DTM, PRM

    Andrea Tantillo, DTM, PRM

    Public Relations Manager

    Andrea Tantillo grew up in South Arkansas and so many of us got to Texas as fast as she could. She has worked at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) for almost 14.5 years. She is a Principal Communications Coordinator in the Community and Environmental Planning Department, where she helps plan and implement the department’s communications strategies, facilitates two quarterly roundtables, and directs the agency’s annual parks awards and recognition program. She is also a charter member and president of Timmons Talkers Toastmasters, a community club composed mostly of H-GAC employees. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Entertainment and Media Arts Department at South Arkansas College and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and PRSA-Houston. She started her Toastmasters journey in 2016 and earned a DTM in October 2018. She has served as a club officer, Pathways Ambassador, Spring Conference Co-Chair, Program Quality Director Team Member, Club and Area Speech Contest Winner, and is currently serving District 56 as the Public Relations Manager. Andrea has more than 30 years of communications experience, including print and broadcast media, higher education, nonprofit fundraising, residential real estate marketing, and governmental sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mass Communication from Southern Arkansas University and a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Purdue University. In her spare time she manages her cat's Instagram account.

    Public Relations Manager


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