Prepare to be Enlightened, Entertained and Educated by Founder’s Best!
Join us for the excitement as competitors from across the District regale us with Tall Tales and educate us in the art of feedback and top tier Evaluation! Club Leaders let your voices be heard and ensure that your vote counts in decision making at the District Business Meeting! Don’t miss a minute of this jam packed event!
Highlights of the Day:
Grand Opening Ceremony
Communication & Leadership Award
Distinguished Toastmaster Awards
Tall Tales Speech Contest
Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction
Featuring Key Note Speaker
Mike Storkey of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, is a business trainer and coach at Storkeys’ Team, a business he co-founded in 2005. He helps small business owners develop strategic business plans and trains members of local government bodies throughout the Queensland region. He also hosts seminars in change management, team building and leadership for Queensland regional councils. He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent and holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.
Storkey is founding president of the former Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for service to the Airlie Beach Rotary Club, of which he is an active member, and is also the district trainer for Rotary District 9550 covering vast areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory, as well as Timor-Leste.
A dedicated Toastmaster for 24 years, Storkey has been a member of his home club, Whitsunday, in Cannonvale, since 1990. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. Storkey has also attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.
He says, “The skills I developed in Toastmasters—from helping others, working as a team and developing a vision in order to reach a common goal—have made me better-equipped to tackle leadership opportunities both in my private and professional life.”
As an officer on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Storkey is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
Communication & Leadership Award Recipient
(Southern California Broadcasting Icon)
Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California’s weathercaster for NBC4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982 as the weekend weathercaster, and moved into weekdays in June 1984.
Coleman has been named “Best Weathercaster” in nearly every major paper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register, the San Bernardino Sun and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News.
Coleman moved to Los Angeles in 1980 from Buffalo, New York, where he worked as an on-air radio personality. Prior to that, he was a disc jockey and radio talk show host at various stations throughout the country. From 1980 until he joined NBC4 in 1982, he worked as a stand-up comic at various clubs throughout Southern California. He has also made a number of appearances on the “Tonight Show” and other non-scripted and scripted television programs.
Coleman devotes much of his free time to charitable activities and frequently organizes evenings of entertainment for local service and civic organizations, as well as serving as master of ceremonies for countless Southern California community events. He has won a number of awards and honors for his dedication to community service. In 2004, he won two Humanitarian of the Year Awards – one from Shelter Partnership and the California Hospital Medical Center. The City of Los Angeles named Coleman a “Treasure of Los Angeles” in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross. Coleman has also been honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Salvation Army for his long-time commitment to the organization.A long-time stand-up comic, Coleman has performed at The Improvisation, The IceHouse and other Southern California comedy clubs. He has used his humor in a number of series and specials that have aired on NBC4 over the years including “What a Week” (1990 – 1991), “It’s Fritz” (1988-1990), “Fritz and Friends” (Special) and “The Perils of Parenting” (Special). He received four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work on the NBC4 comedy specials and series.
Coleman has written, produced and starred in three one-man plays. His first production “It’s Me! Dad!” won the coveted 1997 Artistic Directors Award. A humorous and touching account of what happens when a “baby boomer” tries to recount his own life for his young children, the play shows how the father comes to grips with the passage of time and the skeletons in his own closet. The production also aired successfully on public television in Los Angeles.
“The Reception,” Coleman’s second play, is an insightful and hilarious look at relationships found at an imaginary wedding reception – the bride’s second marriage — the groom’s third. His most recent play, “Tonight at 11!” is an insider’s look at a typical local newscast. A roller coaster ride between funny and poignant, Daily Variety called it, “surprising, incisive and powerful.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Coleman attended Salem College in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television and film. Coleman is an avid runner, rollerblader and skier. He lives in the San Fernando Valley and has two sons and a daughter.
Festivities shall commence as follows:
Saturday November 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New and Exciting Location:
Early Bird Registration Ends October 14th!