First Timer’s Info

Welcome to the Toastmasters District 18 First Timers Webpage!

My name is Denise Axsmith and I am the Chair of the First Timers Committee. Whether you have already registered or are still considering attending your first District 18 Annual Conference, this page is for you.

Toastmasters International recognizes those who are attending a District Conference for the first time as integral participants. These participants are special dignitaries and will be referred to as FIRST TIMERS.

You may be curious what to expect at your first District Conference. The FIRST TIMERS Committee is here to help you make the most of this year’s conference! Here are a few suggestions:

  • This year’s conference theme is Level Up! Get involved by interacting with Conference Officers, District 18 Conference Committee Members, Guest Speakers, Presenters and other FIRST TIMERS by speaking with or using the chat
  • Please review the Conference program to find out about the educational offerings, events and networking
  • If you’ve already registered, please reply to my email asking if you would like to be recognized on the FIRST TIMER slide that will be shown during the conference.
  • Let others know that you are a dignitary by:
  • Attend FIRST TIMERS breakout sessions on Saturday, May 1. This is a great opportunity to build your Toastmasters network and make new friends. In addition to other FIRST TIMERS, meet Conference speakers, Committee Members, and District/Division/Area leaders.
    • 8:00 – 9:00 AM Ice Breaker Session
    • 9:15 – 9:30 AM Morning Joe Session
    • 11:15 – 11:30 AM Midday Check-in
  • Win fun prizes – Check out the prizes*, which include everything from Toastmaster International pen sets to Amazon gift

*All FIRST TIMERS are automatically entered in a raffle.

*Play the FIRST TIMERS Contest on May 1. Watch your email that morning for the link.

As the FIRST TIMERS Committee Chair, I am available to you before, during and after the conference. I am looking forward to meeting you soon at one of the virtual contests or the District 18 Conference! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to say hello.


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Download First Timers Background

First Timers’ Bill of Rights

First Timers’ Raffle