New Delhi, 12 November 2017— The three-day semi-annual conference of District 41, Resonance 2017, kicked off on 3rd November at WelcomHotel, Dwarka, New Delhi with a flag march, national anthem ceremony and lamp lighting. A congregation of 200+ enthusiastic Toastmasters was witnessed from across the District along with toastmasters from Nepal, and Bangladesh marking their presence for the first time in a District event.

On the first day of the conference, Daniel Rex, the CEO of Toastmasters International, delivered a keynote speech on ‘The Impact of One Club’. It was followed by a motivational speech by Rajdeep Manwani, the winner of 2008 District 41 Table Topics contest, and who urged the audience to ‘Perform to Transform’.  We had another keynote address by Shailee Basnet, a Mountain Summiter, Motivational Speaker, Writer, and Stand-Up comic on ‘Everest, Toastmasters and Comedy’.

Day 2 of Resonance’17 began with a power-packed address ‘Everest to Empowerment’ by Shailee Basnet. She took us through her experiences of mountaineering and climbing the world’s highest peak. The audience was mesmerized. This was followed by a felicitation and award ceremony by District 41 for its club and members. Each time an award was distributed, a loud round of applause was witnessed amongst the crowd. After a short coffee break, the evaluation speech contest began.

12 Divisions & 1 winner. The evaluation speech contest brought excellent evaluators from across the district to Resonance 2017. After lunch, the audience was motivated by two significant keynote speeches: ‘Why We Do What We Do’ and ‘The ‘I’ Factor’ by Daniel Rex and Rajdeep Manwani respectively.

Anusha Khurana won the Evaluation Speech contest, while Deepak K. Sharma stood 2nd and Muskan Bharti bagged the 3rd spot. Evaluation contest results announcement was followed by dance, cultural events and dinner.

Day 3 started with the Humorous speech contest followed by a keynote address ‘There is Life after Cancer’ by Kartikeya Misra, IAS, Management Trainer, and a Cancer Survivor.  There was Resonance recognition ceremony to acknowledge the hard work put by Toastmasters in making this event successful. After lunch Dr. Punita Singh enlightened us on Toastmasters’ revitalized educational program: Pathways. We had another address by our CEO ‘Your Toastmasters Journey’ followed by Humorous speech contest results.

Vineet Maurya won the contest with a speech comparing the lives of an engineer and underwear. Seema Golchha from Nepal was 2nd, while Tarandeep Singh stood 3rd.

District Director Pallav Verma then brought the 3-day-conference to a close with a vote of thanks.

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