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Join us May 1, 2021, 7:00pm

We continue our May tradition with a look back at

Toastmasters History

Keynote:  Mark LaVergne, DTM, PID

Toastmasters History

Where We Came From; How We Got Here

Followed by:  Johnny Campbell, AS

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Mark LaVergne is one of a small band of Toastmasters history enthusiasts. Popular speaker on the topic, and frequent poster on TI history at the Official TI Facebook Page, Mark’s interest was first sparked in the 1990s by several Region 2 luminaries, including Past International Presidents Joseph P. Rinnert (1946-1947) and Durwood English (1977-1978).


A proud member of Smedley Chapter One in Founder’s District, Mark joined Toastmasters in the 1980s. A finalist in the 1989 World Championship of Public Speaking (at the Palm Desert Convention), Mark later joined the leadership track and went on to lead District 46 to President’s Distinguished District. He served as International Director 1996-1998.


A graduate of Harvard University, Mark was a Rotary Scholar at Tokyo University in the early 1980s. Afterwards he joined Citicorp as a Marketing Manager. Since the 1990s, he has been an executive speech coach and speech writer for global clients.


His dynamic and fun presentation style and personal stories will leave you both entertained and educated! Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear Mark speak!


May 1: Mark LaVergne
Past International Director - Toastmasters, Then & Now

June 5: Dr. Yelena Balabanova

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Linda O'Neil

Linda O'Neil is a leader in Toastmasters, an IT professional, plus a volunteer leader with American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Bark For Life events. She understands the role motivation plays in all her endeavors for both herself and those she leads and mentors.  

Johnny Campbell, Keynote Speaker, Author and founder of Rise-Up and Win International an organization that helps people develop the mental readiness, so they can Embrace Change and turn their Products and Services into Profits.


Johnny is the Past-President of the National Speaker Association for state of Illinois and is an Accredited Speaker a designation presented by toastmaster International and held by less than (100) professional speakers in the world for excellence in public speaking.  Johnny is also a TEDx speaker his talk is called “How an Enemy Can Improve Your Life” and the author of "The Agent of Change" How to get people to embrace change without losing your mind or bank account.


Johnny currently provides groups with programs that will help them improve their performance, so they can provide a higher level of service to their Teams, Clients, Customers or Communities.


Johnny gained his change and sales expertise in the Insurance industry where he worked as a corporate trainer and participated in leading hundreds of people through multiple Corporate Downsizings and Mergers.


Based on Johnny’s business results, experiences, and his ability to help his client’s transition through their challenges and succeed he is called: "The Transition Man”