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Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest

Submitted by Toastmaster Linda Rossi

Toastmaster Linda Rossi

I had the distinct pleasure of Chairing the First Oakville Toastmasters Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest April 22, 2010. There were no less than 11 participants!! It was an exciting evening with speech topics ranging from mystery, adventure and green living to the traditional (and whopping) fish tale and mayhem on the open seas in a dragon boat!

Two of First Oakville’s newest members participated with drama, exaggeration and enthusiasm: Tyler Bayley (his ‘environmentally safe recycle bin’) and Adrian Scott (catching seagulls mid-air with the fish he caught as bait).

Ann McNichol (kidnapped and dropped into another time and space) and Deborah Bartucci (adrift on the open sea, defying pirates with her fellow dragon boat paddlers) delivered speeches full of adventure and suspense.

Dave Webster(explaining the ‘other reason’ one should consider vegetarianism) and Matt Wagner, with his folksy tale of living in the BC interior and panning for gold (feel free to ask him about the asparagus!) were more subtle with their approach.

Gerry Bramm taught us his very valuable lesson learned while operating the ‘crusher’ at the mine. I’ll never fall asleep when I’m operating the crusher!

Katherine Ryell discovered the secret of ageless beauty and Esther Davis demonstrated her life of allegiance and obedience to the Government of Canada.

Andy MacPherson shared a wild and bizarre training ritual reminiscent of Clockwork Orange and finally John Smissen shared his very intimate Polar Bear Dip apparel. I mean, very intimate, Polar Bear Dip apparel.

The judges had quite a challenge considering the quality and entertainment value of each and every speech.

Special Congratulations to our Winners:

First Place: Ann McNichol, ‘To the Museum’
Second Place: John Smissen, ‘Making a Splash’
Third Place: Gerry Bramm, ‘Lesson Learned’

The Area Tall Tales Contest will be hosted by our club on June 3, 2010. Please come out and support Ann McNichol.

Special thanks to our Chief Contest Judge, Donald Knowles for overseeing the judging process, as well as the judges, timekeepers and counters. Running a contest really is a collaborative effort and it is a pleasure to work with everyone to make the evening a success for all.

Linda Rossi
Tall Tales Contest Chairman
First Oakville Toastmasters


Elections & Tall Tales

Submitted by Toastmaster Donald Knowles

Toastmaster Donald Knowles

I would like to thank everyone for the work that went into last night’s meeting. There is always more than meets the eye.

All the members of the nominating committee for the back ground work to ensure that there was a full slate of candidates for every position.

All the candidates for taking the step forward to be part of the election.

All the members who were elected and all those who were not. There will be many committees to be formed and many opportunities to serve the club.

Katherine Ryell for doing a wonderful job of running the elections.

Linda Rossi for the great job of Chairing the Mary Heary Tall Tales Contest.

Our 6 regular judges, the tie breaking judge, the 3 counters, and the 2 timers.

Our 11 contestants. Fabulous, think of it, 11 speakers. Special kudos for Adrian and Tyler for stepping out. Adrian has not even done his Icebreaker yet and Tyler just completed his.

Including the Chair and the Chief Judge we had 24 people involved in the contest. That’s incredible.

An incredible night in an incredible club. And it just keeps becoming better.