With 95 tickets sold the room was filled with current Toastmasters, former Toastmasters, their friends and guests including our District and Area Governors.
On one of the coldest nights of the year with the thermometer falling to more than 20 degrees below C, the party guests warmed the room with their laughter, good fellowship and anticipation of the International Speech Contest.
After a delicious dinner that was served promptly and on time (always a big Toastmaster thing) the International Speech Contest featuring myself (Peter West), Deborah Bartucci, Mark Molder and John Boating (who spoke in that order) faced off against each other.
As someone who has won this contest three times, I was soundly and rightly beaten into the ground by my fellow contestants who all brought their A-game. In my opinion any of these speakers on any given year could have won first last night but unfortunately three of us came up against a man on fire and Mark Molder’s passion and energy easily carried him over the line in first place.
Our DJ for the night was particularly good (Black Tie Entertainment) and I’d highly recommend them for any event where you want classy and professional DJ services. Honestly, they were that good.
Thanks to Contest Chair Hal Shaw who kept us on time and entertained while Chief Judge Dale Fisher and his crew tallied the votes.
One thing I noticed last night was a preponderance of new members who came out to their first Charter Party. Well done new Toastmasters. (That’s Sam, one of our newest members with John one of our most seasoned on the ticket desk.)
And finally a tip of the Toastmaster hat to one of our newest Toastmasters and a man who only arrived on our shores just over a year ago from South Korea. Luke Jin has volunteered to be the club’s Sgt.-At-Arms and I think not only should we thank Luke when we see him next but be ready to offer a hand which I’m sure Luke would appreciate.
All in all, President Adrian and his team did a great job last night.