november, 2023

sat04nov9:00 am10:25 amFeatured*In-Person* District Round 2 Club Officer Training (COT) at the District 56 Fall Education SummitThis event is free to all current District 56 Members. Registration for the education summit is on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure to register as soon as possible to secure your spot!9:00 am - 10:25 am Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 3100 Cleburne St. Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director Event TagsClub Contest Training,Club Officer Training,COT,Education,Program Quality,training

Event Details

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 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!
  • In Person
  • 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 the first Club Officer Training of the program year.


9:00 AM Main Room Check-In
9:05 AM 9:10 AM Select a Room Sign in during the breakout session
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
10:15 AM 10:25 AM Main Room Survey and Checkout for Credit
Note: In order for Club Officers to earn credit for their DCP goal or DTM award, sign in no later than 9:05 AM, and sign out no earlier than 10:25 AM

Thank you for registering. We look forward to seeing you in person at Round 2 Club Officer Training at the Education Summit. -The PQD TEAM!



(Saturday) 9:00 am - 10:25 am


Thurgood Marshall School of Law

3100 Cleburne St.


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

  • Joshua Saenz, COT Team

    Joshua Saenz, COT Team

    SAA Trainer

    Joshua Saenz joined the ChampionX Toastmasters club in 2018 (formerly called Nalco Champion Toastmasters) and is still going strong. He's served as a Sergeant At Arms, Club President twice, and Vice President of Education. Currently the Sergeant At Arms-elect for the incoming club year and looking forward to it. Being a member of Toastmasters has allowed Joshua to come out of his shell as a public speaker and leader and network with other great professionals within his company and the Houston area.  He is happy to say that he has completed the Dynamic Leadership pathway and is close to finishing the Effective Coaching pathway. Joshua also serves as a Club Coach. He is thrilled to be a part of the Club Officer Training team.

    SAA Trainer

  • Keith Romaine, DTM, Speech Contest Training Chair

    Keith Romaine, DTM, Speech Contest Training Chair

    Speech Contest Training

    Speech Contest Training

  • Maria Pollard, DTM

    Maria Pollard, DTM

    Speech Contest Training Co-Chair

    Toastmasters member since 2012. Currently a member of both the Diamond and Missouri City Toastmasters clubs. I was one of the club mentors for the MC club and decided to become a member afterward! Fun and positive environment with great, experienced people. Continue learning something at every meeting.

    Speech Contest Training Co-Chair

  • Mark Vine, COT Trainer

    Mark Vine, COT Trainer

    Secretary 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!

    Secretary Trainer

  • Pamela Williams, DTM, Pathways Chair

    Pamela Williams, DTM, Pathways Chair

    VPE Trainer

    Distinguished Toastmaster, Pamela Williams, has enjoyed every learning, teaching and mentoring experience that she has had as a Toastmaster for 16 years. She has a been a proud member of the Presidents Distinguished Club - Clear Lake Communicators for the entire time. Pamela is currently the VP Education and has served in every officer role in the club. She loves sharing what she has learned with others. As a Pathways Guide, she assisted several clubs with initially learning the Pathways program. She has earned 2 DTMs (one in the Legacy Program and one in Pathways). Pamela has also served the District as a Distinguished Division Governor once & a Distinguished Area Governor twice. Her business experience includes being an Accountant, a Corporate Training Consultant & a Self-Development Coach. The skills and knowledge that she has gained along the way enable her to make her courses fun and informative. She looks forward to sharing and learning with the participants.

    VPE Trainer

  • Pooja Doshi, COT Team

    Pooja Doshi, COT Team

    VPM Trainer

    Experienced Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Skilled in consolidation, Financial Accounting, Volume Accounting, Invoicing, Microsoft Excel, and Communication. Strong accounting professional with a CPA License from the Texas Board of Public Accountancy.

    VPM Trainer

  • 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

  • Terrie Green, DTM, Club Officer Training Team

    Terrie Green, DTM, Club Officer Training Team

    Treasurer Trainer

    Distinguished Toastmaster Terrie Lynn Green: Terrie Green is a 2004 Charter member of Determined to Master Speaking and a member of the Dining Out Toastmasters Club. During her membership at DTMS, she has won several Speech competitions in Humorous, International, and Tall Tales.  Terrie Green served as Area Q-55 Governor and received recognition from Toastmasters International as a certified Mentor and Coach. In the service year of 2018-2019, Terrie received The Toastmaster of the Year award for recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted service as the District Logistics Manager. She currently holds the position of President and Vice President of Education of DTMS, encouraging the members to step out of their comfort zones to reach their goals. The skills she has learned as a speaker she has taught to the high school students at Sterling High School, where she graduated from using the Educational Program set up by Toastmasters International.

    Treasurer Trainer

  • Zenia Shipp, DTM, New Member and Pathways Orientation Chair, and COT Team

    Zenia Shipp, DTM, New Member and Pathways Orientation Chair, and COT Team

    VPPR Trainer

    Distinguished Toastmaster, Zenia Shipp, is the New Member & Pathways Orientation Chair. She joined Toastmasters in 2014. Zenia has served her clubs in all club officer roles for the past nine years. She has also served as DCP Chair, Area Director, TLI Trainer and Club Growth Chair in District 56. Zenia is the 2017-2018 President’s Distinguished Area P4 Director and Spring 2020 Club Vice President Public Relations of the Year Award Recipient.

    VPPR Trainer


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