january, 2024

wed10jan6:30 pm8:45 pmFeaturedVirtual EventRound 2 Club Officer Training (COT) #3 of 7For Incoming and Aspiring Club Leaders6:30 pm - 8:45 pm Event Organized By: Elizabeth Ruiz, DTM, 2023-2024 Program Quality Director Event TagsClub Officer Training,COT,Education,Program Quality,Prospective Member Engagement,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 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.


6:30 PM 6:35 PM Main Room Check In
6:40 PM 7:40 PM Main Room Prospective Member Engagement
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room Club President Training
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room VPE Training
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room VPM Training
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room VPPR Training
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room Treasurer Training
7:40 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room Secretary Training
740 PM 8:40 PM Breakout Room SAA Training
8:40 PM 8:45 PM 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 6:35 PM, and log out no earlier than 8:45 PM

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

Link to Round 2 COT Flyer


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(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm


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

  • 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

  • Gevenia Bradford, DTM, COT Team

    Gevenia Bradford, DTM, COT Team

    SAA Trainer

    Gevenia Bradford, DTM: Gevenia’s Toastmasters journey began in April 2012 with the Pearland Toastmasters Club. She served as Vice President of Public Relations and supported the Vice President of Education by assigning Mentors to the club’s new members and monitoring the process. She was a charter member and club sponsor of the Mid-West Pearland Club. Gevenia has served as Area and Division Director of Division P4 in District 56. While performing in the Division Director’s role, she was instrumental in starting the Young Professional Toastmasters Club, now the Southeast Houston Toastmasters Club.  She has served as an area contest judge and Club Officer Trainer. She is an ATD – Association for Talent Development member and a Distinguished Toastmaster.

    SAA Trainer

  • Harold Eaton, DTM, Club Officer Training Team

    Harold Eaton, DTM, Club Officer Training Team

    Treasurer Trainer

    Harold joined Toastmasters for the first time in 1982 with Nooners Toastmasters in Greenway Plaza. After 32 years busy with work and family, he came back to Toastmasters with Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters in 2014 and has also joined Health Wealth and Happiness Toastmasters. Harold is an engineer who moved to IT in the mid-'80s when personal computers were introduced. Harold says he has repeatedly found the benefits of connections with others based on communication.

    Treasurer Trainer

  • Javier Florez, DTM, COT Team

    Javier Florez, DTM, COT Team

    VPPR Trainer

    Javier Florez, DTM, has been a member of District 56 for 15 years.  He has taken on several club leadership roles and has been a member of several clubs throughout the district.  He has additionally been an Area Governor, an Area Director, and Public Relations Officer (PRO) for District 56.  He enjoys the process of continuous growth and supporting people with their personal growth in communication, leadership, and personal development.  Toastmasters provides an environment for exploration and creativity in communication which he embraces by getting involved with various activities, hobbies, and professional endeavors, including storytelling, comedy, improvisation, technical training, motivational speaking, and coaching.  He looks forward to supporting District 56 and its members with their educational goals during the upcoming Toastmasters season.

    VPPR Trainer

  • Jennifer Nelson, DTM, Division O Director and COT Training Team

    Jennifer Nelson, DTM, Division O Director and COT Training Team

    Vice President Membership

    Jennifer Nelson, DTM, Division O Director, is honored and excited to serve on the COT Training Team! In District 56, Jennifer has held all club officer roles with lessons learned from every experience!  It is essential in every role to have direction, know the responsibilities, and see how each person is supported! Let's have FUN as we Learn and Grow with each other!  Let’s have the BEST year ever!

    Vice President Membership

  • 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

  • Mary Jubb, Division M Director and PQD Team

    Mary Jubb, Division M Director and PQD Team

    Teach / Zoom Lead

    Mary Jubb is a geologist, Toastmaster, and mom originally from the mountains of East Tennessee. She holds a BS in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MS in Geology from the University of Tennessee. Her career as a geologist took her to North Carolina, Ohio, and California before settling in Houston in 2014. She joined Missouri City Toastmasters in 2018 and Sound of Greenway Toastmasters in 2019 and has served as an officer in both clubs. In 2022, she won Best Presentation at the International Geomechanics Symposium in Abu Dhabi, thanks to her experience in Toastmasters. When she isn’t looking at rocks or planning speeches for Toastmasters, she enjoys reading, running, playing with her dogs and cat, and homeschooling her two boys.

    Teach / Zoom Lead

  • PQD COT Team

    PQD COT Team

    Prospective Member Engagement

    Prospective Member Engagement

  • Rose Bradford, DTM, PDD, Club Officer Training TEAM

    Rose Bradford, DTM, PDD, Club Officer Training TEAM

    Secretary Trainer

    Rose Williams served as 2013-2014 Area O12 Governor and then as 2014-2015 Division O Governor for District 56. She served as the 2016-2017 Secretary to Dining Out Toastmasters and has greatly benefited DOT and our District. She is dedicated to excellence as the District 2016 Spring Conference Co-Chair and 2016-2017 DTM Chair, the Club Growth Director (2018-2019), and the Program Quality Director (2019-2020). In May 2020, Rose was elected to serve as the District Director for District 56, serving Houston and surrounding areas. We look forward to her future contributions to members and District 56.

    Secretary Trainer

  • Zenia Shipp, DTM, New Member and Pathways Orientation Chair, and Club Officer Training Team

    Zenia Shipp, DTM, New Member and Pathways Orientation Chair, and Club Officer Training Team

    Club President 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.

    Club President Trainer


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