It was my very great pleasure to serve as Contest Toastmaster for the Division A Tall Tales and International Speech contests held Saturday April 5 at the Fort Worth Arts Center on Gendy Street. I say it was a pleasure for several reasons:
DeAnna Wolf took top honors with her Tall Tale, and Laura Stewart from Area 12’s Afterburners came in second. Aparna Valluri claimed the trophy for her International Speech, with Eduardo Alvarez from Area 12 Tarrant County Toastmasters hot on her heels. It was especially sweet because Aparna’s parents were in the audience and they had never heard her speak before. I think they were as blown away as the rest of the audience!
|Area 14 Governor Tammy Bailey, Division A Governor Steven Timmons, Area 11 Governor Thomas Torlincasi, Area 15 Governor Cindy Feneley, and Area 13 Governor Debra Levrets|
If you have never served as a Contest Toastmaster, I highly encourage you to do so at your earliest opportunity. It requires a bit of preparation, but what in life that’s worth doing doesn’t? The reward for that little bit of preparation is an opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the greatest communicators and entertainers you may ever meet, and it’s up to you in that role to help them shine their very brightest.