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FOCUS2020 is ONLINE this weekend

From Sharon Kerr-Phillips, DTM, D112 Program Quality Director:


There is no cost to attend the District 112 Focus 2020 Online Conference, and guests are very welcome.  We would, however, appreciate it heaps if you and your guests would please register for this event. We need to make sure we have sufficient online capacity for each event

To register, please click on this link:
Once you have clicked on the event, please register for the conference itself.  Please then also select the specific events you are interested in attending.


Yes, you can. Not registering does not stop you, or your guests, from attending the conference, or any specific event for which you have not registered, you are welcome to join any event – but registering is helpful in planning.

All events will be held via Zoom. The Zoom links are provided when you register and will also be added on the District Calendar. Please check


Come and be inspired by our Keynote Speakers – and our District achievers:


Come along to the traditional grilling of our candidates for elected office…

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 4.30pm – 5:15pm Keynote Speaker: Mohammed Murad, DTM, PIP

Mohammed Murad, Past International President, is an entrepreneur and manages four companies. After a 20-year career with the Dubai Police Force, he retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2003. Mohammed has more than 27 years of experience in director and CEO roles in the fields of emergency medical services management, human resources development and strategic planning. From the time he decided to become an entrepreneur, he has been in the fashion and event management industries. Mohammed holds two Masters’ degrees, an MBA and a Master’s in Quality Management (MQM), both from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He served as Toastmasters International President in 2014-2015 program year. Mohammed is the proud father of Eman and Amal, translated into English, Faith and Hope, and they remain so for him. His wife Zareena is proud of him, simply because he managed to convince her to stay with him for over 30 years, without breaks.

Mohammed has inspired me personally during my time with the District Trio and has a major influence on my leadership style.

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 5:15pm – 6:00pm Distinguished Toastmasters Awards Presentations

These awards will be presented by Mohammed Murad, DTM, PIP and Sharon Kerr-Phillips, DTM, PQD

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 9:00am – 9.20am Keynote Speaker: David Templeman – “Leadership Orientated to a Changing World”

Joining Toastmasters in 1995 to enhance his communication skills and grow his Sales training career, David has also held all D72 Leadership roles, including 2016/17 District 72 Director. Then, in August 2018, David was elected to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors.In this “journey of self-discovery” he learned that “the more you give, the more you get.” David believes “It’s great to have ability, but real leadership is the ability to foster and develop the potential in others”.This keynote will share what David’s leadership journey has taught him, as he presents “Leadership Orientated to a Changing World.”


Darren, who won the World CHampionship of Public Speaking in 2001, did so because he was tired of giving “great” presentations – he wanted to do more. He learned that being “unforgettable” is a different process from being “great”. What’s the difference? You’ll have to hear him to find out! Darren has recorded a short trailer, which you can watch at . According to Darren, “Trying to be unforgettable without advice from an expert is like trying to assemble a new desk from Ikea without the directions and wondering why you have leftover 3 screws, 2 washers and a bracket!” . If you want to use the extra bits, without getting stressed out, you’ll need extra help – simple as that.

Sunday, 3 May 2020, 9.00am – 9.20am, Lauren Parsons, ACS, ALB, “Keys to Resilient Leadership in Uncertain Times” 

An award-winning Wellbeing Specialist, international speaker and author, with 19 years experience, Lauren captivates audiences large and small with her inspirational talks on workplace wellbeing and how to thrive. Lauren will be sharing with us Five Keys to Resilient Leadership in Uncertain Times.

Sunday, 3 May 2020, 9:30am – 10:00am, SabINE Parry, ACB,ALB, “Discover YOUR Leadership Potential with Emotional Intelligence” 

Would you like to learn: What it means to be “emotionally intelligent”? What it takes for you to break old habits that are no longer serving you? How you can excel in any leadership role using practical, easy to use tools?
Sabine stands for conscious leadership and practises what she preaches. She loves sharing her passion for a holistic leadership approach, combining everything she learned about the conscious & subconscious mind, health & fitness with practical hands-on business advice from her own experience. If you would like to dive deeper into who you are and what you can do to be a better leader, this workshop is for you!

Sabine Parry hails from Boaters Toastmasters Club in Christchurch and is also the owner of XBODY New Zealand Ltd. She is a certified personal trainer who combines her love of health and fitness with her enthusiasm for training and holding workshops for Toastmasters around the country,

And, of course, the contests

Come and be entertained, inspired, an wowed by the best Table Topics, Evaluation, Humorous Speech and International Speech speakers in District 112.

A big thank you to our District 112 Focus 2020 Conference Team from Hawkes Bay, we really appreciate all your hard work in arranging this Conference.

Thank you to our District Director, Neil Stichbury, for creating the Zoom links and to Elizabeth Viljoen for creating the EventBrite registrations.

In order to register your votes for the District Council Meeting, please could all Club Presidents and VPs Education remember to reply to the survey sent out earlier.

We look forward to seeing you at the District Conference.

Warm regards
Sharon Kerr-Phillips DTM
Program Quality Director 2019 – 2020
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