Greetings and salutations fellow Toastmasters!
Its' coming to the year end and with your club final meeting for the year, TLI training for club officers and interested members, Christmas and New Year's celebration including school opening in less than 03 weeks, surely you will be very occupied among other things in your calendar.
Contest for 2009! Plan on competing in, volunteering for, or attending District 51's upcoming Area & Division International Speech and Table Topics Contests this 2009.
See Toastmasters International 2009 Speech Contest Rule Book.
Toastmasters speech contests have three main purposes:
1) to provide an opportunity for proficient speakers and those Toastmasters who are interested in competitive speaking to gain contest experience;
2) to provide an interesting educational program for Toastmasters and the general public (contests can create a community awareness of the opportunities in the Toastmasters program); and
3) to provide an opportunity to those Toastmasters who are not participating in the the contest to learn by observing proficient speakers. They are also a great way to meet other Toastmasters outside of your club, to see the "bigger" picture and scope of Toastmasters, and above all - have fun!
Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club level.
Club winners compete at the local Area Contest.
Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests.
Division Contest winners will compete at the District April 2009 Annual convention in Kuching, Sarawak.
District International Speech contest winner compete at the Interdistrict contest in August 2009 in Foxwoods, Connecticut,USA.
Winner of the Interdistrict International Speech Contest will go on to represent the District not assigned to Region (DNAR) at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) Finals on August 15th 2009.
Contestant EligibilityIn general, to be eligible for any contest, a contestant must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing (dues current). If a member belongs to more than one club, the member may enter the club contest for each club where he/she maintains good standing. However, a contestant may not represent more than one club at the Area level, even if the clubs are in different Areas or Divisions. District officers may not compete in any contest.For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must have completed six speech projects from the basic Communication and Leadership Program manual.
For Areas with 4 assigned clubs or less, District 51 will allow the 2 highest placed contestants from each Club to compete in the Area Contest.
For Divisions with 4 assigned areas or less, District 51 will allow 2 highest placed contestants from each Area to compete in the Division Contest.
An updated copy of the 2009 Speech Contest Rulebook was recently sent to the club President. If you are unable to locate your club's, new copies may be purchased from Toastmasters International.
See the link below:Speech Contest Manual - Item #1173