District 26 - Serving Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska

District Spring Conference, May 3&4, 2019

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Conference!

Be entertained by our highest level of speech competition
Support our Evaluation & International Speech contestants
Learn from a world champion speaker Darren LaCroix
Network with others from across the District
Learn about our future leaders during Candidates Showcase
Vote on important topics during our Business meeting


Online Registration:

Please CLICK HERE to register for the Conference

Educational Speakers:

Please CLICK HERE and submit your proposal by Saturday 4/6/19

Keynote Speaker: Darren LaCroix, WCPS 2001 (World Champion of Public Speaking)

Inspiring you to do better in life, public speaking, and the business of speaking!

He felt invisible in high school.
He failed as a business owner.
He worked in a cubicle for over a decade.

Today he’s a world champion speaker.

What made the difference for him
can make the difference for you.

Keynote descriptions listed below

Check out these these TWO Special Keynotes Darren LaCroix with be sharing with us!!

Keynote Sessions:

Darren LaCroix

Friday 6:30 pm Keynote: “Own the Stage”

How serious are you about becoming a better speaker?
Are you confident enough to hear the truth?

• Michael Jordan has a coach… Every professional athlete has a coach…The best professional
speakers have been coached… the reason.
You can’t become great on your own. To go from GOOD TO GREAT, we need feedback from a
higher level. In 2001 Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become
the World Champion of Public Speaking. Not bad for a guy who bombed miserable in comedy
club 9 years earlier.
• Darren admits there is NO WAY he could have won without a Speaker Coach. He actually had
2. One coach, Mark Brown, the 1995 World Champion gave him the exact opposite advice as
everyone else. Champions think differently.
Do you have a coach? Join your presentation coach for the day World Champion Speaker,
Darren LaCroix.


Darren LaCroix

Saturday 8:15 am Morning Keynote: “How to Be Unforgettable”

Do people in your audience remember your presentation 3 days after you speak?
How about 3 months? 3 Years?

Anyone can stand up and give a presentation, but how do you stand out from the crowd?
More importantly how can you give an UNFORGETTABLE presentation that leaves you
message indelibly on the hearts and minds of your audience?

In 2001 Darren LaCroix out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World
Champion of Public Speaking with a very funny speech. Not only that, but people are talking
about his “fall” over a decade after he gave his UNFORGETTABLE speech.

Darren will give us a peek behind the curtain to you can see the UNFORGETTABLE process.
Follow this process so you too can be UNFORGETTABLE!

Hotel Info:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Denver Tech Center

7801 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Maps and Directions CLICK HERE

Group Rates: The Double Tree is holding a small room block Friday and Saturday nights at $104 plus taxes.

Deadline:  4/12/19

To reserve a room: Go to or call 800-327-2242 and use code (TST).

Note: If you are told rooms are not available, please advise the Registration Chair. We will do our best to increase the number of reserved rooms.

Choice of a king with sofa or two queen beds, one breakfast buffet voucher per room, free self-parking, free wi-fi, mini refrigerator, free parking

Contacts for Spring Conference:

To volunteer at the Conference, please contact Louise Watson. The roles and responsibilities are explained on our Conference Roles page.

Attire/Dress Code for Events:

  • Saturday: Business Casual All Day
  • Friday and Saturday Evening Suggested Cocktail Attire

Proxy Information

Club Presidents and Vice Presidents Education that are unable to attend, please complete THIS FORM and have proxy holder present to credentials desk


Tentative Agenda

Friday, May 3

5:00 PM    Registration Opens / Credentials Opens / Silent Auction Opens/ Evaluation Contest Briefings

5:30 PM    First Timers Gathering / Social Gathering with Cash Bar

6:00 PM    Buffet Dinner

6:30 PM    Keynote: Darren LaCroix

7:45 PM   Evaluation Contest

9:00 PM   Social Gathering with Cash Bar


Saturday, May 4

7:00 AM    Registration Opens

7:30 AM    First Timers Gathering

8:00 AM    Opening Ceremony and Welcome

8:15 AM    Keynote: Darren LaCroix

9:45 AM    Candidate Showcase

12:00 PM    Communication and Leadership Award Luncheon, Plated, to nominate someone please CLICK HERE

1:30 PM    Educational Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM    Banner Parade Line up

2:45 PM     Banner Parade

3:00 PM    Business Meeting

4:45 PM    Silent Auction Closes

5:00 PM    International Speech Contest Briefings

5:30 PM    Social time with Cash Bar

6:00 PM    District Officers and Past District Directors Line-up

6:15 PM    Dignitaries Enter

6:30 PM    Plated Dinner / First Timers Drawing
7:45 PM    International Speech Contest

9:30 PM    Adjourn & Social Gathering

View the amazing menu the DoubleTree has arranged for us! Please explain dietary restrictions on your registration form so we may accommodate. Meals may not be available for walk-ins.


Friday Buffet Dinner 


Smoked Butternut Squash Soup with “Mole” Crumble and Lime Crema


  1. Local Celery Root and Arugula Salad with Winter Citrus, Aged Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
  2. Heirloom Apple and Red Endive Salad with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seed, Toasted Brioche and Honey Mustard Dressing


  1. Dukkah Spiced Flank Steak Grilled with Sauce Romesco, Roasted Farm Kale-Heirloom Braised Potato and Heirloom Cauliflower
  2. Hand Made Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Emulsion, Pine Nuts, Roasted Pear and Fresh Herbs Braised
  3. Free Range Boulder Chicken with Green Olives, Toasted Almonds, White Grapes, Meyer Lemon, Natural Jus


Home Made Citrus-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Huckleberry, Crispy Persimmons and Garden Mint


Saturday Plated Lunch

Farm Greens with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries, Feta Cheese and Toasted Walnuts Served with House Balsamic

ENTREE (choose one)

  1. Free Range Boulder Natural Chicken Breast with White Bean Ragout, Caramelized Brussels Sproutsand White Grape, Pine Nut Salsa Sec
  2. Fish
  3. Vegan Quinoa Falafel: Carrot-Coconut Puree and Seasonal Vegetables

House Made Meyer Lemon Cake with Winter Fruit


Saturday Plated Dinner 

Romaine and Pear Salad with Brie Cheese, Pickled Onion, Toasted Hazelnut and Poppy SeedDressing

ENTREE (choose one)

  1. Herb Crusted Grass Fed Filet of Beef with Glazed Root Vegetables and Salsa Verde
  2. Blackened Chicken Breast with Old Bay Aioli, Cajun Dirty Rice and Seasonal Vegetables
  3. House Made Ricotta Gnocchi with Caramelized Winter Vegetables, Blue Cheese Fonduta and AppleBrown Butter

San Francisco Style Cheese Cake

Ticket Options:

By Friday 4/26/19

  • $30 conference without meals
  • $46 Friday dinner buffet
  • $38 Saturday lunch plated
  • $46 Saturday dinner plated
  • $130 All meals
  • Free – contests, candidates showcase, business meeting


After Friday 4/26/19, meals subject to availability

  • $30 conference without meals
  • $56 Friday dinner buffet
  • $48 Saturday lunch plated
  • $56 Saturday dinner plated
  • $160 All meals
  • Free – contests, candidates showcase, business meeting

Educational Breakout Sessions:

Sessions will be announced after proposals have been reviewed

1:30 to 2:30 pm Educational Breakout Sessions

Refund Details

 District 26 will refund your registration fees if you request one week in advance. Please email request to Louise Watson Friday before 4/26/19 for refund deadline

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