Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring 2014 Speech Contest 3/8/14

     We had our club level speech contest on March 8. The spring contest involves a table topics contest and an international speech contest. After some clarification on how we wanted to adapt our approach to the international speech contest, Jerry Weikle, as SAA, called the speech contest to order. Serena Edwards took over with a welcome and introduction as contest chair. With a hilarious made-up biography, Serena introduced Alex Porter our contest master. He began the Table Topics Contest by asking all the contestants to respond to, "I looked out my front door. There were thousands of them."

     Georgia Carlton thoroughly described the scene of a thousand frogs. Thomas Kombol discussed the transformation of tadpoles to frogs that he found outside his door. Hal Levin described a scene where he opened the front door to his house and found an angry mob. Sonny Tolbert used hand motions to describe how he defeated Star Wars aliens as Obi Wan Kenobi.

     Since the International Speech Contest had only 2 competitors, they were appointed to represent Goldmine at the Area 14 contest. Alex and chief judge Phyllis Kombol did the presentation of awards for the Table Topics Contest before an International Speech Contest practice session was held. Sonny Tolbert won first place, Georgia came in second, Hal in third, and Thomas fourth. The top 2 will represent us at the Area contest.

     Alex reconvened an abbreviated meeting for international speech contest practice with written feedback. Thomas Kombol's speech, which was titled "The Earth In Motion," described in university level detail how the tectonic plates move. Sonny Tolbert's speech, which was titled "True Treasures," began with how a lottery ticket does not represent his treasure. Throughout his speech he discussed how he defines treasures in life. One of these treasures included finding employment through the friendship of past colleagues.

     Before adjourning, we had a few announcements. Joyce Preston announced she will be providing a free Parliamentary Procedures 101 workshop on Saturday, April 5 from 10:15-11:15AM at the Kannapolis Rotary Hall. Ray Atkinson announced that he has been admitted to the University of Oregon's Master of Community and Regional Planning program. Congratulations Ray!

     Next contest levels: Area 14 (Goldmine, HostMasters, People Growing Together, Yawn Patrol Zone) contest is March 22 here at the Rotary Hall. We will be hosting the contest in place of our regular Goldmine meeting.  Expect to be called upon to fill roles (Phyllis will coordinate). Division B (which includes our Area and 5 others) will be at the Fire Station on Ivey Cline Rd. just off I85 at the Poplar Tent exit on April 12.  District contests will be part of the spring D37 conference May 2-4 at the Great Wolf Lodge just off Bruton Smith Blvd. As one of the local clubs, we will want to be a presence there, helping to host, and supporting our entire district while we enjoy education and fellowship with Toastmasters from across the whole state of NC. The early bird rate is extended; register on the D37 Toastmasters website.

Blog by Ray Atkinson, Phyl Kombol editor.

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