International speech competition underway

DOWNEY – More than 14,000 Toastmasters clubs in over 122 countries have began their regional international speech competitions, which will culminate in a finals contest at the 2014 International Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August. The competitions began with club, area, district and regional competitions, with all first and second place winners from all regions heading to Malaysia to compete for the title of “World Champion of Public Speaking.”

This year’s finals marks the first time Toastmasters’ International Convention has been held outside North America.

Downey club 587 sent two of its members, Karika Austin and Josh Rudometkin, to compete at an area contest against the winners of five other clubs from neighboring cities. The contest was held March 15 at the Norwalk Registrar Recorder, where Karika and Josh brought home second place trophies.

They also entered as alternates at the next level of competitions, the Division E Speech Competition, which was held March 29.

Winners of all division contests throughout the world are currently preparing for their next level of competition of their respective regions. The Southern California competition, called the Founder’s District Contest, will be held in Orange County on May 3.

The contest is also a double anniversary celebration of Toastmasters International, which is turning 90, and the Founder’s District, which turns 70.

First and second place winners of the Founder’s District Contest will advance to Malaysia.

The Downey Toastmasters club meets every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Downey. For more information, call Rene Estrada at (562) 949-5581.


Published: April 24, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 02