February Speech Event: Area Speech & Evaluation Contest

This is a great time a year for guests and members because this is where we get to shine and show off our speaking abilities. If you are not speaking, you can just come watch, meet the speakers and other club members near by. Each club in our area help each other out to chair, judge, count ballets and keep time.

The winners from the Liberty Village Toastmasters (LVTM) Contest are now moving on to the Area Contest where we have four clubs and their winner are coming to compete at Waterfront Community Center but in a different room. The winners from this contest will go on to the Division, and possibly District levels. The District speech contest finals run during the Annual Conference in April 2019.

The International Speech competition has two additional levels with the potential for contestants to advance to the world stage at Toastmasters International Convention held every August.

February 20: Speech & Evaluation Contests

Directions:

627 Queens Quay West (SE corner of Bathurst Street and Queen Quay)

When you arrive at the Waterfront Neighborhood Center follow the signs to the Dance Studio. When you walk in the front doors turn Right past the Gym and at the end the ramp on your Left will be the Dance Studio.

Come watch the winners of each Toastmaster Club compete against each other here at the Area Competition. We will have an Evaluation followed by a Speech Contest. See you all there!

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Recap: January 23 Area Contest

We had a great contest this year. Starting with the Evaluations Contest and followed up with the Speech Contest.

Our test speaker John was from KeyNote Toastmasters which is an Advance speakers club here in Toronto. The title of his speech was ‘Don’t let you alone’.


John spoke about when he met John Wayne when he was 6 years old. John Wayne made an impression on him as a role model for being self-reliant and independent. However, there is a loneliness epidemic and this image can become toxic if you refuse to turn to others. Loneliness leads to anxiety, memory loss, depression, and higher mortality rates. John Wayne would say: “When the going gets tough, it’s tougher if you’re stupid”. Our speaker would say instead : When the going gets tough, call a friend. 

This was a great speech and tough to evaluate. We had three great competitors: James, Felix and Wes. Stay tuned in because you will find out at the end of this post who won!

Lydia speech was called ‘The Beginning or the End’.

Char: Theresa & Contestant: Lydia

Lydia spoke about what life was like in 1992. There was a recent economic slowdown, and jobs were scarce. When her contract came up for renewal, her boss offered to extend it. She turned it down, to start a new adventure in Toronto. She wants to tell everyone to remember: Trust, because everything happens for a reason, and persevere. 

Amanda’s speech was called ‘Thinking in Circles’.


Contestant: Amanda & Char: Theresa


Amanda talked to us about how a circular economy would reduce waste and greatly improve our life on this planet. We should all make changes to reduce, reuse, recycle, refurbish, and repair.

Andrew’s speech was called ‘One More Step’.

Contestant: Andrew & Char: Theresa


Andrew started his speech by telling us that he reached the top of Kilimanjaro mountain, and felt like he was dying. How did he reach the top, learn to sail, teach himself to paint, run a marathon, and start Toastmasters? One step at a time. However, he has a secret. He stopped for a time when he had reached all of these peaks. How did he find the motivation to keep going after his success? Coming down from Kilimanjaro, he told himself he didn’t want to die next to this rock and kept going. Every time he wanted to stop, he would think I don’t want to die next to this rock either. Andrew suggests that every step you take, give a moment to think about where you want to be, and then—take one more step.

Congratulation to all the contestants who participated in this contest. Thanks you to all the volunteer who also donated their time to keep time, count ballets, judge and setup.

Theresa, Andrew, Amanda, Lydia, Wes, James and Felix

Our winners for the Evaluation Contest are:

Contestant: Felix & Char: Theresa

1st Place Winner: Felix Reyn

Char: Theresa & Contestant: Wes

2nd Place Winner: Wes Vick

Our winners for the Speech Contest are:

1st Place Winner: Andrew Varden

2nd Place Winner: Amanda Banks

All the area winners move on to compete in Division February 20, 2019.
Join us for the next level of competition and sushi across the street for socializing afterwards.

Sushi after the contest
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Recap: January 16, 2019

Julie was the Toastmaster for the evening and talk to us about commitment. How it’s great to set New Years resolutions but we need commitment to see progress. She gave two examples, one is of when she joined the gym last year and the second is when she started her Toastmasters journey. As a result, she saw progress after just a few months of commitment.

We had a lot guests tonight and we also inducted a new member to the Liberty Village Toastmasters Club. Welcome Mo!

We had only one speaker tonight Andrew, who gave us an informative speech from an advanced manual about how olives are processed into oil.

Table Topics is always a great part of our meeting where we get to practice our impromptu speaking skills. Tonight’s Table Topics winner was one of our guests. Good job Reese!

Next week, we have our Annual Speech and Evaluation Contest! This is always a lot of fun and a bit different than the rest of the year. See you there!

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January Events: Speech & Evaluation Contests

This is a great time a year for guest and members because this is where we get to shine and show off our speaking abilities. If you are not speaking, you can just come watch, meet the speakers and other club members near by. Each club in our area help each other out to chair, judge, count ballet and time. The winners from the Liberty Village Toastmasters (LVTM) will move on the area, division, and district levels. The District speech contest finals during the Annual Conference in April 2019.

The International Speech competition has two additional levels with the potential for contestants to advance to the world stage at Toastmasters International Convention held every August.

Eligibility to Compete:

  • Must be a paid member of a club, area, division or district Toastmaster
  • International speech contest: the member has completed 6 speech projects or two levels in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience
  • Guests are always welcome to come watch

January Contest Date for LVTM Club:

January 23: Speech & Evaluation Contests

We still have room for competitors for the Speech Contest, and the Evaluation Contest. If you are interested in participating please email: libertyvillage.tm@gmail.com

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Recap: Annual Holiday Party with Liberty Village Toastmasters Club 2018

We had a great night filled with food, laughter,  joy and fun! Keep scrolling down and you will see just how much fun we had!

Agenda

Food

Debate

Ugly Sweater Contest

Games

50 / 50 Draw

End of the Night

Agenda

This was the agenda for the evening!
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Food

Look at all the delicious food everyone brought!
… and we eat!
One of our food highlights was this duck! It looked so nice everyone was afraid to eat it so we  just cut it up and enjoyed
These were delicious macrons made by Marian one of our guests
Sitting here is Lydia, Darlene, Sarah and Amanda
Keven, Sarah, Bob and Janet
Be, Des and Andrew
Amanda and Sarah
Here the party is just getting started!
Amanda, John, Sarah (side head), Olga and James
Amanda, Sarah, Olga and Josh
Lydia, Marian and Lisa
Marian, Lisa and Theresa
Mingling
…still mingling
Andrew, Sarah, Andrew (grinning), Des and Josh
Some wine, food and some continued good times.
Theresa, John,(a sliver of Kevin) and Des
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Debate

Debates Host Josh! He did such a great job!
Debate 1: John, Amanda (Josh, Debate chair) Andrew and Marian
Question: Should you celebrate old traditions or make new ones?
Debate 2: Lydia, Janet (Josh, Debate Host), Ali and Be
Question: Is re-wrapping a gift ok?
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Ugly Sweater Contest

(sliver of Theresa) Sarah, Amanda, Janet, Bob (Ugly Sweater Host) Dina, Andrew, Olga, Lisa and Des
Amanda,Janet, Bob, Dina, Theresa, Andrew Olga, Lisa and Des
The Trophy!
The desire! and clearly Lisa is the winner of the LVTM Ugly Sweater Contest! She won based on her daughter’s embarrassment as a child for wearing leopard print off-matching patterns and styling her mothers hair with a crazy amount of barrettes  … the day of revenge is here where her mother can now embarrass her daughter with this award!

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Games

Games is where we let loose and have some fun pretending. Des was our awesome host guiding us through playing the game of Charaides.

Des (Games Host) Andrew
Des (Games Host) and James (Toasts Host)
Dina playing Charades
Olga (LVTM President)
Marian
Sarah (50/50 Raffle Host)
Kevin (Time Keeper)
Be
Silvio
John
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50 / 50 Draw

This is the 50 /50 draw where we had collected $10 from guests who attended LVTM Holiday Party 2018 to enter into draw. 50% of the proceeds went to the YWCA Woman’s Shelter and 50% went to the winning ticket holder.

The 50/50 ticket collection box
Giant Blank Cheque
Theresa (Organizer) searching for her 50/50 tickets. Sarah (50/50 draw Host)
Theresa picking the winner!
The Winner: Des!
The shock!

…and the close up!
Who doesn’t want a giant cheque!
Happiness

and satisfaction!
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End of the Night

End of the night mingle
Group Picture
Unforgettable LVTM Holiday Party times!
Lastly…silly faces!
Charming party!
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