It may have been a foggy morning in Pacifica, but spirits were high inside the Moose Lodge for the Area H4 Speech Contest on Saturday 9/24. For both the Speech Evaluation and the Humorous Speech contests, there were three contestants apiece representing their clubs. After a rousing introduction by Area Governor Tom Rodgers, the Fall contest began.
The Speech Evaluation contest opened with the Test Speaker enthusiastically explaining to the audience her “Five Pet Peeve Words”. All the evaluators skillfully dissected the presentation, giving their thoughts on what they felt worked, while also noting possible areas of improvement. Our own Dr. Jack Chow praised the speaker for her passion, while also giving helpful pointers about how she could better organize her speech. As always, Jack delivered his evaluation with his trademark humor and energy.
Next up was the Humorous Speech contest, where the participants covered a wide variety of topics. The first speaker spoke about the trials and tribulations of planning a wedding, while the seconds speaker gave the audience a view of the chaos that goes on inside a broadcast newsroom. And last, but certainly not least, was Jaime Navarette, who brought the house down with his painfully funny history of collecting traffic citations.
As it turned out, the judges agreed with the audience, and awarded Jaime with first place in the Humorous Speech contest! Congratulations go out to both Jack and Jaime for wonderfully representing Peninsula Toastmasters at the Area Contest. Additional thanks go out to Oscar Soriano for mentoring Jaime, as he worked to polish his presentation. And please mark your calendars for the morning of October 22 at Genentech, South San Francisco, where we will cheer on Jaime as he competes in the Division H contest as the Area H4 winner and representative!