Double Tree Hotel,
1000 NE Multnomah Street Portland, Oregon 97232



Two options

In Person


What is the Heroic Journey?

Think of Sir Perceval, one of King Arthur’s knights of the round table, a knight who sought not his own glory, who persevered and was the last man standing. That describes the typical toastmaster. It embodies the principles behind the Toastmasters Promise – Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. It speaks to hearts and minds. It answers the question Why.

Let’s rededicate ourselves this year as we embark on our own Heroic Journey, as we compete for the title of International Speech Champion, as we listen to the encouragement of those who have competed successfully and, like Sir Perceval, sought not their own acclaim, but dedicated their lives to supporting their fellow Toastmasters in their individual quests.

May 17 2024,
7pm (PDT)

  • Annual Business Meeting (Zoom Platform for District Council, FaceBook Live for all other members)
  • If you are a District Council member, you should have received a Zoom invite to attend
  • Election District 7 2024-2025 Officers
  • Admission Free – all welcome

May 18th, 2024,
8am-6pm (PDT)

  • Keynote Speaker: Randy Harvey, 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • District 7 International Speech Contest
  • District 7 Table Topics Contest
  • Breakout Educational Speakers – Find Your Inner Hero
    • Jeff Spitzer – Pitfalls of Public Speaking
    • Donna Stark – Funny you should say that!
  • Networking
In person
  • Registration deadline is extended through Saturday, 5/18!
    • See note below that food is no longer available at this time
  • Doscounted rate of $50 – in person attendance (no food included, see below for details)
  • Free Parking
  • Includes breakfast and lunch (food is no longer included because the deadline to order has passed)
  • Registration deadline is extended until Saturday, 5/18 at 8 AM!

  • $15


*** Extension of In Person Attendance through Saturday, 5/18 is re-opened as a discounted $50 ticket, but no food would be included due to the deadline for this now passed ***




  • Standard Breakfast:
    • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Tillamook
    • Grilled Tomato
    • Yukon Gold Potato Hash
    • Black Forest Ham


  • Standard Box Lunch:
    • Mesquite Roasted Turkey Breast sandwich on 12 Grain Bread
    • Chips
    • Whole Seasonal Hood River Fruit
    • Individually Packaged Condiments
    • Bottled Water
  • Vegetarian Supergrain Breakfast Bowl:
    • Freekeh
    • Sauteed Baby Kale
    • Dry Cranberries
    • Tricolored Quinoa
    • Toasted Almonds
    • Poached Cage Free Eggs
    • Tarragon Oil


  •  Vegetarian Box Lunch:
    • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Zucchini, Peppers, Portobello, Red Onions, Fresh Chevré & Yellow Squash
    • Chips
    • Whole Seasonal Hood River Fruit
    • Individually Packaged Condiments
    • Bottled Water
  • Vegan Breakfast Bowl:
    • Bob’s Red Mill Corn Grits
    • Soy Curls
    • Chimichurri tossed Tofu
    • Roasted Peppers
    • Cipollini Onions
    • Tarragon Oil


  •  Vegan Box Lunch:
    • Sandwich on 12 Grain Bread with Crisp Cabbage Slaw, Beef Steak Tomato, English Cucumber, Carrot Ribbons & Herb Hummus Spread
    • Chips
    • Whole Seasonal Hood River Fruit
    • Individually Packaged Condiments
    • Bottled Water

*** Extension of $50 In Person Attendance through Saturday, 5/18 is re-opened as a discounted $50 ticket, but no food would be included due to the deadline for this now passed ***



8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Doors Open at 8 AM

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Breakfast / Social

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote – Randy Harvey, DTM, 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Breakout Session 1 – Jeff Spitzer, Political Pitfalls of Public Speaking

11:15 AM – 11:45 PM Open Q & A with Randy Harvey

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch / Social / Recognition

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM D7 Table Topics Contest

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Break

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Session 2 – Donna Stark, DTM, “Funny You Should Say That”

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Snacks and Break

3:30 PM – 5:15 PM D7 International Speech Contest

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Closing Announcements and Adjourn

Keynote: Randy Harvey – “The Heroic Journey in Leadership May Not Be What You Think”

Randy J. Harvey has the wit and captivating sayings of Ben Franklin one minute and the awe shucks style of Garrison Keiler the next. He is at home in courtroom, classroom or in front of a conference audience. He is a world class speaker and a world class speaking coach.

In his conference keynotes it is not uncommon for listeners to have tears streaming down their cheeks one moment and tears of laughter flowing the next. He teaches his protégés to master their message and present it to audiences in a manner that captures their attention. With such homespun and honest humor, it’s no wonder Randy connects with his audiences and leaves them with messages they remember for a lifetime. He has trained world champions of public speaking, politicians and lawyers to speak effectively including.

Randy has been a student of speaking for over forty years. For the last fifteen years Randy has wowed audiences talking from his heart about real issues that face people everyday and has trained others to master their speaking voice. His keynotes, leadership development, and motivational speeches are known for their ability to inspire audiences. He has practiced law since 2008, starting the practice of law after 30 years in education. He has brought his speaking skills to the courtroom as a trial lawyer in state, federal and administrative courtrooms.

As the 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking and a high-demand public speaking coach and author, you know you’re getting the complete package – experience, education and entertainment – when working with Randy.

Jeff Spitzer

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Public Speaking in Today’s Politically Charged World

In today’s highly polarized world, it’s difficult to escape politics in any environment. Whether you are speaking at your Toastmasters club, place of worship, Rotary club, or even your child’s school, it’s quite easy to say something that will be off-putting to someone in the audience. A skeptical audience is likely to tune you out and be uninspired by your message. While you may not be able to please everyone all the time, there are some key ways to help ensure your message will reach as many audience members as possible. Whether you intend to motivate them to action, or just share a relatable story, this session will help you craft your message for the best possible reception.

A Toastmaster since 2019, Jeff Spitzer was the 2022 District 7 champion of the International Speech Contest.

Donna Stark

Funny You Should Say That

Donna Stark, DTM  is a twenty-year Toastmaster, Past District Director, and might be that person you don’t want to sit next to when it’s inappropriate to laugh. In this session you will learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of adding levity to your next presentation. If your humor muscle needs to “hit the gym” this session is for you.

Double Tree Hotel, Lloyd Center, Portland OR


Double Tree Hotel, Lloyd Center, Portland OR