Post written by Michael Russell CC, President Haymarket Toastmasters
Haymarket Toastmasters enjoyed a record attendance of members and guests for the 2014 Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests.
And what an evening it was!
There were four contestants in each, as follows:
1. Penny Haywood Calder with a speech titled, “Food”
2. Laura Kinsler…”The Twitch”
3. Lorna McCallum…..”The Prankster”
4. David Calder…..”Save an Endangered Species”
1. Shanda Doherty
2. David Calder
3. Margaret Coughlin
4. Penny Haywood Calder
We were delighted to welcome members from our sister-clubs, Capital Communicators and Waverley Communicators, who kindly helped judge the contests and also filled some of the other roles.
The Judges certainly had a tough job. Each prepared speech was laced with humour and effortlessly delivered.
The Table Topics “Topic” was whether television advertising was a force for good, or evil, and the speakers peppered their polished responses with examples from the past…does anyone (other than me!) recall the (very old!) advert for Pepsodent…”you’ll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent”………
Laura Kinsler, an Australian, who only gave her “Icebreaker” in June, won the Humorous Speech Contest with her amusing story about life with her Italian father.
Our winners go forward to the Area Contest on 4th October. Apart from the Contest Chair (….ahem….that was me!) presenting the winners with the incorrect certificates, the evening was a great success.
A big thank you from me to those members from Capital Communicators and Waverley Communicators, who helped make our Contests a success, to Eu Jin Teh, our Chief Judge, and to all those who assisted on the evening.
But a particular thank you to our Contestants. You have certainly set the standard for our next Contest! What a great example to us you all were!