International Speech and Evaluation Contest (Club Level)

Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters around the world compete in two annual competitions.

On March 29, Morningstars Toastmasters will hold their club level competition for International Speech and Evaluation Contest. This special event will be held during our regular meeting time (7am – 8:30am) at Harmony Hall and chaired by our VP of Membership, Michael Worsfold.

Winners from the club contests will continue to compete through the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Evaluation Contest
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech. Any member in good standing (membership paid up) is eligible. Please refer to the 2016-2017 Contest Rule Book for complete details.

International Speech Contest
Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest. The contest is open to members in good standing who have completed at least 6 speeches from the Competent Communicator manual. Please refer to the 2016-2017 Contest Rule Book for complete details.

Interested in participating?  Sign up as a Speaker or an evaluator in Turbobase to compete. It’s that simple! If you are interested in helping as a judge, timer or ballot counter — please contact Michael Worsfold.

We need your help to make this event a success!



MorningSTARS Shine at Public Event

Morningstars Toastmasters SEWN Business Fair 2016Contributed by Neil B.

Fellow Toastmasters, I would like to share with you a experience I had this past Saturday (Oct. 1, 2016). I attended the SEWN (Self-Employed Women’s Network) Business Fair held at the Seaside Center in Sechelt to show support for my fellow Toastmasters.

The event itself was well attended and our booth looked very professional. The acoustics of the room were not ideal for public speaking but our coastal Toastmasters rose to the challenge.

Members from two clubs took center stage at the event, and I was impressed with all of them, but of course focused on the two MorningSTARS as they shined in their public speaking glory.

Sheila C. spoke first in a kind of testimonial/workshop format that blew me away with its interactive nature. Up next was Weegee S., who stayed with the testimonial format that almost had us in tears with her personal story highlighting the reasons why anyone can benefit from Toastmasters, not just business owners.

SEWN Fall Business Fair Toastmasters for Business and LifeI really wish we could all have been there to see this performance. The effect of these two presentations was exactly what we need to bring in new members — and remember why we are Toastmasters.

I left the event inspired by these two women and proud to be associated with them.

Perhaps we can ask for a repeat performance.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Sheila C. for sharing her table at the event and organizing the presentation. Mad props to the Toastmasters who helped with brainstorming and solidifying our message. Thank you for our “test audience members” (Katherine S., Maureen M. and Michael S.). Special holler out to the presenters (Loreen D., Baile, Haida and Sheila C.) And much love to the Toastmasters who showed up to “support” or assist those of us at the SEWN Event, including: George, Johanna, Neil, Maureen, Paula. It takes a village.

February 2016 is Toastmasters Month

Contributed by Johanna R.

Johanna at the Gibsons Town Meeting Toastmasters Month
Johanna at the Gibsons Town Meeting

Last Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, I accepted, on behalf of our Morningstars Club, the Town of Gibsons’ Proclamation that February 2016 be Toastmasters Month in our town, signed by Mayor Wayne Rowe.

I had been told that I could speak for 1-2 minutes after the Mayor read the proclamation.  When I arrived at the council chambers, I was given another direction that speaking was optional.

“Optional!” I exclaimed.  “ I am a Toastmaster and this is an opportunity to speak”.  Had we just had the theme of “it’s a fine line” at our last meeting?  Yes, I was pushing the envelope. My role is Public Relations for the Club, after all, and I needed to showcase the ease of speaking that we are all developing and promoting.

Well, what happened was that I was asked to speak before the Mayor read the proclamation, so my beginning acclamation planned…”What wonderful recognition!” did not get set up as I had anticipated. My colleague, who attended the event, later told me that I initially looked nervous.

She added, however, that after someone asked a question of me, my whole demeanor lightened up. There is a good take away for me, and to now share. Imagine already answering a question from the audience before beginning the speech. It was more fun relating to the audience than addressing them.

When the mayor, Wayne Rowe, did read the proclamation after I spoke, it validated what I had spoken about.  Here are the words that he read:

WHEREAS: Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization, is a leader in making effective oral communications a national and international reality for all persons;

AND WHEREAS:  The ability to speak clearly and effectively is a powerful and important skill that can help individuals overcome barriers to effective performance in virtually every endeavour and line of work;

AND  WHEREAS:  Toastmasters programs help people develop skills in speaking, listening, giving feedback, enhancing leadership potential, and promoting self-actualization;

AND WHEREAS: Toastmasters International has designated February as Toastmasters Month;

NOW, THEREFORE: I Mayor Wayne Rowe, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as Toastmasters Month in the Town of Gibsons. (Feb. 2nd, 2016)

I ended my Town of Gibsons speech saying our motto: (Speak from heart/Speak from Mind) and that on behalf of our Morningstar and Beachcombers clubs, we send a “heartfelt” Thank You to the Town of Gibsons for their proclamation.  The proclamation indeed said it all… in both word and deed.