2017 Fall Conference

2017 District 6 Fall Conference

“Farewell to Fall”

Please join us for District 6’s 2017 Fall Conference in Rochester, Minnesota on November 3-4.  This final Fall Conference features a fabulous city, an excellent, high-quality venue, and a very, very special guest!

Conference Details

Date: November 3-4, 2017
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester, 150 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 (map)

Special Guest – International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM

We’re extremely excited to welcome International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM to our Fall Conference!  As International President, Balraj is the leader of Toastmasters International for 2017-2018.

Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is chairman/managing director of Gemtrans Engineering Company, a maker of industrial belts. Active in his community, he serves as President of the Iyyappan Temple management board, as Vice President of the Aarunadu Velalar Society of Sri Lanka, and is a member of both the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

In 2011, Arunasalam helped establish an English course for Rural Voices Unlimited, a project designed to educate youth in rural Sri Lanka. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo recognized him for this ongoing work with youth. Arunasalam holds an advanced level General Certificate of Education from Trinity College in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and is earning a master’s degree through the Australian Institute of Business Administration.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 27 years, Arunasalam is a member of two clubs, including his home club Colombo Toastmasters. A distinguished leader, Arunasalam has held numerous offices from club through international level: He served as International Director 2011 to 2013 and Second Vice President 2014-2015 and First Vice-President 2015-2016, Toastmasters International. He holds the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters International.

“Toastmasters is a way of life,” Arunasalam says. “It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble.”

As International President, Arunasalam is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

See President Arunasalam’s inauguration speech from the 2017 International Convention below:


At the Fall Conference, Balraj will give the keynote presentation and an additional general session.  This is a special opportunity for our members to meet and directly learn from the leader of Toastmasters International.  Please take advantage of this opportunity!

Why Attend the Fall Conference?

  • Personally meet, talk with, and learn from International President, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM.  Balraj is the leader, top-ranking officer, and ambassador for all of Toastmasters International.  This is a rare opportunity to meet a special leader like Balraj in a small setting!
  • Watch the 10 finalists think fast in the Table Topics contest (results from division contests)
  • Laugh and learn from the 10 finalists in the Humorous Speech contest (results from division contests)
  • Gain knowledge from 3 rounds of education sessions on leadership, communication, and club excellence.  Plus, Balraj will also present 2 special sessions.  Learn more by visiting the educational sessions page.
  • Meet other members from around District 6.
  • Enjoy beautiful Rochester and its downtown area

Conference Cost & Registration

Registration for the Fall Conference has closed.

Registration Packages Cost
Entire Conference (excludes hotel) $140
Friday Buffet Dinner, Keynote, and Table Topics Contest $40
Friday Table Topics Contest Only $20
Saturday Breakfast Buffet & Plenary Session $25
Saturday Education Sessions Only $10
Saturday Luncheon
(meal options: Grilled Flank Steak, Tilapia, or Butternut Squash Ravioli)
Saturday Evening Banquet & Humorous Speech Contest
(meal options: Filet Mignon, Roasted Salmon, or Caramelized Carrot Risotto)
Saturday Evening Humorous Speech Contest Only $20


Hotel & Room Reservations

The conference is held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester – Mayo Clinic Area.  To reserve a room, visit the hotel’s site to make a reservation.  Consider nearby hotels if the DoubleTree is full, or if rates exceed your price range.  There are options in Rochester, and what’s most important is that you can attend the conference events.

Room Sharing: If you’re interested in sharing a room with another member, there are a few ways to find a roommate:

  1. Post to the District 6 Facebook page, asking if anyone would like to share a room.
  2. Contact Harold Osmundson, District Director and he’ll connect you with others looking for a roommate.

Conference Schedule

Friday Schedule

Time Event
4:30 pm Registration Opens
4:30 pm Credentials Opens
5:00 pm Table Topics Contestant’s Briefing
5:00 pm First-Timer’s Meeting
6:00 pm Buffet Dinner Opens
6:15 pm Opening Ceremony & Parade of Banners
6:30 pm Credentials Closes
6:45 pm Keynote Address by Balraj Arunasalam, DTM
“The Journey, Not the Destination”
8:30 pm District 6 Table Topics Contest
10:00 pm Hospitality Suite Opens

Saturday Schedule

Time Event
6:30 am Registration Opens
6:30 am Credentials Opens
7:00 am Breakfast Opens
7:30 am Conference Welcome by Mayor of Rochester
7:45 am Roast of Immediate Past District Director, Diane Windingland, DTM
9:00 am Plenary Session by Balraj Arunasalam, DTM
“DRIVE: Honing the 5 Leadership Traits”
10:15 am Educational Sessions

  • “Gaining Leadership in Toastmasters: A Panel Discussion” – Panel
  • “Game Planning for an Extremely Successful Speechcraft Workshop” – Vince Bullinger
11:15 am Lunch
11:45 pm Lunch Program – C&L Award, Triple Crown, and DTM Award Presentations
12:45 pm Credentials Closes
1:15 pm District Council Meeting (Business Meeting)
2:45 pm Educational Sessions

  • “The Many Tools a Toastmaster Has: A Panel Discussion” – Panel
  • “Introverts, Network Like a Pro!” – Mark Skipper
3:45 pm Educational Sessions

  • “How to Use Your Speaking Voice More Effectively” – Jim Emery
  • “Share If You Care: Using Social Media to Benefit Others” – Dave Hansen
5:00 pm Humorous Speech Contestant’s Briefing
6:00 pm Dinner Opens
8:00 pm District 6 Humorous Speech Contest
10:15 pm Hospitality Suite Opens


First-Timer’s FAQ

  1. Dress casual for Friday night.
  2. Dress for Saturday is business casual.  Dress for Saturday night is business to formal.
  3. Remember to bring your club banner for Friday evening’s Parade of Banners.
  4. Please remind your club members to bring their voting proxies for the Business Meeting.
  5. Want to help?  Volunteers are needed for this conference.  It’s a great way to meet other members.

Business Meeting Information

Please plan to attend the Business Meeting on Saturday, November 4th.  Hear from the district’s leadership and help us conduct important district business that could impact your club.

If your club’s President or VP Education aren’t attending, please remember to bring a completed proxy form to represent your club and vote.   See the Proxies and Credentials page.