Toastmasters chooses top speakers during FD event

The best humorous speaker and evaluator in Toastmasters’ AREA 12 was chosen Thursday.

Fort Dodge “ah” Masters Club hosted the two other area AREA 12 clubs, Wright On, of Clarion; and Shibboleth, of Mason City; as well as interested guests at Iowa Central Community College East Campus. The conference provides speaking competitions for Toastmaster members to test their skills against their peers.

Bud Young, of the Clarion Club, was the test speaker for the evaluation contest and was evaluated by each club’s contestant. The contestants were judged on who provided the most effective and supportive recommendations and comments to the speaker.

Judged No. 1 was Shirley Wolf, of Farnhamville, a member of the “ah” Masters Club. Second place was Gretta Bauman, of Clarion, member of the Wright On Club.

Contestants in the humorous speech contest provided a 5 to 7 minute original thematic speech. Sue Mecham, of the Clarion Wright On Club, was voted first place winner, and Kim Alstott, of the Fort Dodge “ah” Master Club, was voted second place winner.

The first place winners will compete against AREA 11 and AREA 13 winners at the Division A level conference and contests at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Pizza Ranch in Rockwell City. The two Division A winners will compete with four other state divisions at the District 19 (State) Conference Nov. 8-9 in Des Moines.

In addition to the learning benefits of the contests, an educational session was provided by Distinguished Toast Master Susan Saltou, of the Shibboleth Club, on Toastmasters’ SPEECHCRAFT, an educational, six-week short course of speaking.

Toastmasters International is the world’s largest educational organization devoted to communication and leadership development. Founded in 1924, this nonprofit educational organization has more than 13,500 clubs in 166 countries.