Just One More Page

2024 District 84 Conference

May 17-19, 2024 | Gainesville, Florida

Festivities kick-off at 1:00 PM Friday afternoon

Welcome to ‘Just One More Page’

I am delighted to invite you to join us for the 2024 D84 Conference. Themed ‘Just One More Page’, our conference promises an engaging journey into the art of storytelling and communication, set to unfold in Gainesville on the weekend of May 17th.

This event is more than just a gathering; it’s a celebration of our shared passion for growth, learning, and excellence in communication. Prepare for a weekend filled with inspiring speakers, transformative workshops, and countless opportunities to connect with fellow Toastmasters. Each session, each interaction, is a step towards enriching your personal and professional journey.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired, empowered, and eagerly anticipating ‘Just One More Page’ of your Toastmasters story. Register now and join us in writing a new chapter together!

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Pepper Boyer 

2024 District 84 Conference Chair

Open a book, there's magic inside

Friday

Registration desk opens11:00 – 5:00
Raffle room open11:00 – 5:00
Educational sessions1:00
Evaluation contest2:30
First-timers session4:30
Ballroom doors open5:45
Dinner program (plus Humorous Speech contest)6:00
Hospitality suiteImmediately following dinner program

Saturday

Registration desk opens8:00 – 5:00
Raffle room open8:00 – 4:00
First-timers session8:30
Educational sessions9:30
Educational sessions10:30
Awards luncheon12:00
Educational sessions2:30
Educational sessions3:30
Basket winners posted5:00
Ballroom doors open5:45
Dinner program (plus International Speech contest)6:00
Hospitality suite

Immediately following dinner program

*Schedule of events is subject to change

Conference Registration

Full conference rate of $169 includes:

  • D84 Evaluation Contest
  • Friday evening banquet and D84 Humorous Speech Contest
  • Saturday Luncheon awards banquet
  • Saturday evening banquet and D84 International Speech Contest
  • Hospitality suite Friday and Saturday nights
  • All educational workshops Friday and Saturday
  • Special session for first-time conference attendees
  • Opening ceremony and banner parade
  • DTM walk honoring new Distinguished Toastmasters
  • All entertainment (including keynote speakers, contests, awards, costume contest, 50-50 raffle, prizes and more!)
  • District 84 Conference theme reveal for 2025

À la Carte Tickets

Friday Day Pass (afternoon/evening): $75

  • Evaluation Contest
  • Opening ceremony and banner parade
  • Educational workshops
  • Just One More Page costume parade
  • Hall of Fame awards review 2022-23
  • Dinner banquet and program
  • Keynote speaker
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Hospitality suite

Saturday Day Pass (all day Saturday): $125

  • Luncheon awards banquet
  • Educational workshops
  • Dinner banquet
  • Golden Gavel awards
  • Keynote speaker
  • International Speech Contest
  • DTM Walk and installation of new District Officers
  • Hospitality suite

Saturday Dinner Banquet & Program: $75

  • Dinner banquet 
  • Keynote speaker
  • International Speech Contest
  • Golden Gavel awards
  • DTM Walk and installation of new District Officers
  • Hospitality suite

Sold Out
VIP Conference rate of $199 includes:

  • Full conference package
  • Preferred VIP seating for Friday and Saturday banquets
  • 2 drink tickets to be used at Friday or Saturday dinner banquets
  • 5 tickets for the basket raffle

     

     Only 20 VIP registrations available!

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

 

Conference Location
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

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Hotel ELEO
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Aloft Hotel Reservations

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Felicia Shorter

Home club:

Role (the main one because there are many): Conference Chair Wrangler

Currently reading:

Francine Juhlin

Home club:

Role: Conference PR

Currently reading:

Adrian Dixon

Home club: Text Talkers

Role: Sponsorship Promoter

Currently reading: RESOLVE

Angela Ardrey-Reynolds

Home club: Plant City Toastmasters

Role: Author Liaison

Currently reading:

John Morrow

Home club: Lakeland Toastmasters

Role: Leader of Division Duties

Currently reading:

Sue Leitholf

Home club:

Role: Logistics Manager

Currently reading: whatever the cats are reading!

Just One More Page: Educational Workshops Preview

Fellow District 84 members: Welcome to an exciting sneak peek into the forthcoming District 84 Conference! With a diverse array of workshops and presentations lined up, this year’s event promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees.

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Gainesville Happenings

Book Shops

Third House Books

400 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Closed Sundays & Mondays)

https://www.thirdhousebooks.com/

352-451-4953

Built upon the importance of creating a safe space to read, gather, learn, and recharge, Third House Books is an independently owned book shop near Downtown Gainesville specializing in titles from small independent presses and marginalized voices. Masks are encouraged.

 

The Lynx Books

601 S Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

https://thelynxbooks.com/

352-215-1117

New in town! Located in South Main Station near Downtown Gainesville, The Lynx is a is a general-interest independent bookstore with a special emphasis on books that are banned in Florida, LGBTQI+ books, and literature by Florida writers. Find fiction and nonfiction, children’s books and gifts.

 

Book Gallery West

4121 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32605 | Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

https://www.bookgallerywest.com/

352-371-1234

Locally owned and operated, Book Gallery West offers an inviting shopping experience for new and gently used books, and handcrafted gifts.

 

Alachua County Headquarters Library, Downtown Gainesville

401 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

https://www.aclib.us/headquarters-library

352-334-3900

The largest twelve Alachua County libraries, the Headquarters Library in Downtown Gainesville offers a collection of nearly 200,000 books.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Summer House, 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608 | Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Thursdays)

http://www.kanapaha.org/

352-372-4981

Spend a leisurely afternoon within the 68 acres of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, including Florida’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast of the United States. Be sure to spot Kanapaha’s signature plants, the giant Victoria water lilies, and Asian snake arums.

No Entry 45 minutes before closing.

 

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667 | Daily Hours: 8 a.m. – Sundown

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park

(352) 466-3397

A National Landmark, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a top attraction for naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts and is the only place in the Southeast that visitors can experience wild-roaming bison and horses, nearly 300 species of birds, alligators, deer, and many other animals. The Visitor Center exhibits have recently been updated (2021) and a new informational video about the prairie plays regularly.

 

Depot Park

874 SE 4th St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | The conservation area is open from dawn-dusk daily.

http://www.depotpark.org/

352-393-8510

Experience the community hub of Depot Park and the dedicated conservation area at the southern half of the park. Stroll through this natural area filled with wildlife, alligators and various bird species are commonly seen. Make a stop at Parkside Subs & Shop for hot and cold sandwiches, an array of craft sodas, and all of your park needs. Right next door is Goldie’s Burgers, where you will find 100% fresh from Florida beef burgers, Po’ Boys, and plenty of vegan options. Ready to unwind? Head over to Boxcar Beer & Wine Garden for a wide variety of wines and craft beers.

Think Like an Inventor at the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention

Located in Depot Park, the Cade Museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Offering interactive activities in the Creativity and Fab Labs, hands-on learning in the rotunda, outdoor educational activities, traveling exhibits, and much, much, more. Cade programming and events are designed to engage guests in “purposeful creativity,” the kind that leads to great inventions, new businesses, and ideas that change the world.

BakerBaker and Opus Coffee – Airstream

409 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

https://opuscoffee.com/

Enjoy locally roasted coffee and seasonal beverages at Opus Coffee Airstream, served from a 1976 Airstream Land Yacht at 4th Avenue Food Park – a casual, outdoor food-court stye area consisting of small eateries. Grab a freshly baked pastry from BakerBaker, a family-run bakery specializing in from-scratch breakfast and dessert pastries.

(BakerBaker is closed Sunday – Monday)

Visit Gainesville, Alachua County Staff Picks: Ozarks at Dark and the Ham & Swiss Croissant.

 

Brunch at the Afternoon Restaurant

231 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

https://www.afternoonrestaurant.com/menu

352-727-7604

A casual order-at-the-counter brunch restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients with an inspired menu and a welcoming atmosphere. Visit Gainesville, Alachua County Staff Picks: The Salted Caramel Latte, the Shakshuka, and the Dutch Baby!

 

Foxtail Coffee Co. at Butler Plaza

2851 SW 35th Dr. Suite 10, Gainesville, FL 32608 | Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

https://www.foxtailcoffee.com/gainesville

352-792-6333

Located in the shopping, dining, and entertainment district of Butler Plaza (the largest retail center in North Central Florida!), Foxtail Coffee Co. features an inviting and cozy atmosphere, paired with a friendly staff.

 

Curia on the Drag

2029 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609| Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sat. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.) https://curiaonthedrag.com/#welcome

352-792-6444

Situated on a 2.5 acre property, Curia on the Drag is a pet-friendly urban vegan oasis with a coffee shop, food truck, bakery, and a large outdoor seating area. Visit the onsite AUK Market, a collaboration of creative retail efforts between three local brands who joined forces to create a compelling retail experience and provide a platform for small-size brands, artists, makers, and creatives to showcase and sell their work. Book a time to use our free podcast recording studio in partnership with Spotify, or find a quiet place to study or relax with friends.

 

*In the back of the market is the speakeasy-style beer and wine bar, called “Dad’s Bar”

 

Stop Along the Alachua County Ale Trail at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company

1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville 32601 | Hours: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

http://cypressandgrove.com/

352-376-4993

A 2-minute walk from Third House Books, pair a pint of one of their crisp brews with bites from the kitchen or from an onsite food truck. Named after the intersection of historic streets in Gainesville, Cypress & Grove Brewing Company is housed in the old Gainesville Ice Factory which was located on a rail line.

 

Alpin Bistro

15 SW 2nd St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 5 – 10 p.m. (Closed Monday and Sunday)

http://www.alpinbistro.com/

352-204-2873

Located in Downtown Gainesville, Alpin Bistro offers authentic French dishes with farm-to-table ingredients. Alpin Bistro partners with local farms, bakeries, and coffee roasters for a true community collaboration.

 

The Top in Downtown Gainesville

30 N Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Closed Monday)

http://www.thetophub.com/

352-337-1188

The Top Restaurant has been creating fresh, delicious, made-from-scratch specialties for over 12 years, serving vegan, vegetarian, and meat loving entrees, as well as appetizers and desserts for all walks of life. These include fresh salads, natural steaks and burgers, tempeh, and locally harvested ingredients.

 

Superette Wine + Provisions

1511 NW 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32601 | Hours: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

https://www.superettegnv.com/

352-376-4993

Locally owned neighborhood bistro and wine bar, offering thoughtfully prepared food, carefully selected wines, and a beautiful, inclusive space for community and camaraderie.

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