july, 2023

sat15jul8:00 am10:15 amFeaturedVirtual EventRound 1 Club Officer Training (COT) #2 of 7For Incoming and Aspiring Club Leaders8:00 am - 10:15 am Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director Event TagsClub Officer Training,Club Success Plan,COT,Education,Program Quality,training

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Welcome Club Officers and Aspiring Club Leaders!

Did you know a trained club officer can result in more satisfied members, exciting club meetings, and new members? 

The Program Quality Training TEAM is excited to provide incoming and aspiring club leaders with convenient, quality club officer training that provides value to members. 

  • Open to all members!
  • 100% Online
  • Join us and learn leadership skills and more…

Register here

Club officers and aspiring leaders, before joining us for training, we are giving you the tools to begin the year with confidence and competence! The following items should be reviewed before attending Club Officer Training.


8:00 AM 8:05 AM Main Room Check-In
8:10 AM 9:10 AM Main Room Club Success Plan
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Club President Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPE Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPM Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room VPPR Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Treasurer Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room Secretary Training
9:10 AM 10:10 AM Breakout Room SAA Training
10:10 AM 10:15 AM Main Room Survey and Checkout for Credit
Note: For Club Officers to earn credit for their club DCP goal or DTM award, log in no later than 8:05 AM, and log out no earlier than 10:15 AM

Thank you for registering. We are looking forward to seeing you. -The Program Quality TRAINING TEAM!


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(Saturday) 8:00 am - 10:15 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

  • Angela Tornes, DTM, PDD, COT Team

    Angela Tornes, DTM, PDD, COT Team

    Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Trainer

    Angela C. Tornes is a 2015-2016 Past District 43 Director serving Arkansas, Western Tennessee, and Central Mississippi within Toastmasters International.  As an inspirational speaker, Angela has more than 15 years of public speaking skills and a heart of servant leadership within her community.   Angela earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Leadership from Belhaven University. She joined Toastmasters in 2006 and has been recognized by Toastmasters International as Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), third awarded.  Tornes enjoys volunteering with Dress for Success Metro Jackson and Dress for Success Houston, the American Cancer Society, and Mary Kay in her spare time. Angela is passionate about helping others through involvement in the community.  Angela is the mother of Kerria and Demarcus and proud Nana to McKenzie, her granddaughter.

    Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Trainer

  • Fatimar Jones, DTM

    Fatimar Jones, DTM

    2023 District Fall Education Summit Co-Chair

    Fatimar Jones is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Division P Director for the 2022-2023 term, and Chairperson of the 2023 District 56 Speech Contests. She is honored to serve as the District 56 Program Quality Training Chair. Fatimar's commitment to Toastmasters is further evident through her active membership in six clubs, where she has held all club officer roles. Fatimar worked in the oil and gas industry for 40 years and retired as a project advisor in 2020. Her expertise in this field shaped her leadership style and ability to inspire others. Family holds a special place in Fatimar's life. She is happily married to Adrian Jones and is the proud mother of four adult sons. With seven grandchildren, she cherishes the joys of family life and the opportunity to pass on her wisdom and values to the next generation. Fatimar indulges in her love for reading in her spare time and stays active in her community through volunteering. Her commitment to personal growth and making a positive impact on society is truly commendable. Please join me in welcoming Fatimar Jones, an individual who embodies the spirit of leadership, communication, and service.

    2023 District Fall Education Summit Co-Chair

  • Gail E. Lover, DTM, PDG, COT Team

    Gail E. Lover, DTM, PDG, COT Team

    Secretary Trainer

    Gail E. Lover, DTM PDDG, has been a Toastmaster for 25 years. She serves in two Districts, 5 and 56. Currently, Gail serves as District 56 Parliamentarian and President of a President's Distinguished Toastmaster Club, the Great Communicators of San Diego, her home Club. She is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and Genealogy Researcher, a retired public and private educator, and a retired jeweler and gemologist jeweler.

    Secretary Trainer

  • Jocelyn Williams, DTM, CGD, Club Officer Training Team

    Jocelyn Williams, DTM, CGD, Club Officer Training Team

    VPM Trainer

    Jocelyn V. Williams, DTM Jocelyn is honored to serve as the 2023-2024 Club Growth Director and is excited to join others in “Engaging the CORE of Toastmasters in District 56!” When Jocelyn joined Toastmasters in 2003, her focus was on her skills development. She quickly expanded her focus to helping others achieve their communication and leadership goals. Jocelyn has served in multiple club officer roles: President, VPE, VPM, VPPR, Secretary, Treasurer, and SAA. At the District-level, Jocelyn has also served as an Area and Division leader. In Club Growth, she has served as a Club Coach, Club Sponsor, Club Mentor, Retention Co-Chair - Community Clubs, and Club Mentor Facilitator. She enjoys helping training participants experience “aha moments” and preparing them to serve in their roles confidently. Jocelyn was Select Distinguished Area N20 Governor 2004-2005, President's Distinguished Division N Governor 2005-2006, and Division Governor of the Year 2005-2006.

    VPM Trainer

  • Louis Cioletti, DTM, COT Team

    Louis Cioletti, DTM, COT Team

    VPPR Trainer

    Lou joined Toastmasters in 1999, served as P3 Area Director during 2005, and achieved his DTM in June 2006.   He was a member of several clubs before becoming a charter member of Spaced-out Toastmasters (SpOT). He serves as its VP-Education.

    VPPR Trainer

  • Mark Vine, COT Team

    Mark Vine, COT Team

    VPE Trainer

    I joined Deerwood Toastmasters in 2021 and I have not looked back since. During my short time with the club, I have served as SSA, VPE and I am now the President elect for this coming year for which I very excited. I cannot believe the progress in have made during this time, Toastmasters has provided me with a safe space not only in terms of structuring and making speeches, but also improved my listening and feedback skills; all of which are very important to becoming an effective leader and communicator. TM has also been a fantastic opportunity to broaden my network outside of my usual circle of personal/professional friends/colleagues and make a bunch of new ‘mates’ through the club and getting involved with other district activities - everyone's super friendly and welcoming!

    VPE Trainer

  • PQD Team Club Success Plan

    PQD Team Club Success Plan



  • Roop Roy, DTM, Club Retention Chair, and COT Tech Team

    Roop Roy, DTM, Club Retention Chair, and COT Tech Team

    Tall Tales Speech Contest Chair

    Roop Roy, DTM, has been a Toastmaster for ten years and considers himself a Toastmaster for life. He has served in every club officer position and has been Area and Division Director. He is serving as the District 56 Club Retention Chair this year.

    Tall Tales Speech Contest Chair

  • Steve Jones, DTM, COT Team

    Steve Jones, DTM, COT Team

    Club President Trainer

    Steve Jones, DTM, is a Dining Out Toastmasters (DOT) member and has served as a DOT officer since 2016. He recently completed a term of service to District 56 as Division N Director (2019-20) and previously as Area Director in Division Q (2015-16). He joined Dining Out Toastmasters 2015 to enjoy the Advanced Club experience in the Premier Leadership Club in Southeast Texas... let's say "The World"! Steve is a certified executive coach (ICF) and has worked at UTHealth since 1993 and is currently serving the university as a Sr. Program Manager in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.

    Club President Trainer

  • Yashar Golestani, COT Team

    Yashar Golestani, COT Team

    Treasurer Trainer

    Founder & CEO of Seem Electric, LLC Treasurer at Memorial City Toastmasters Club [email protected]

    Treasurer Trainer


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