Every year, Toastmasters has two contest seasons. In District 21 these are:
- The Fall Season (September – November) – Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests
- The Spring Season (February – April/May) – International Speech and Evaluation Speech Contests
Contests provide unique, exciting and valuable learning opportunities for ALL members, whether participating as a contestant, a judge, an organizer or simply as part of the audience. The more club members get involved, the greater growth they’ll receive, both in communication and in leadership.
The Spring Contest Season Schedule:
- Club contests must be completed no later than March 30th. Check in with your Area Director to make sure your contest is well before the Area Contest. This gives your club contest winners greater opportunities to revise, improve skills, and practice before the Area Contest. Get your club’s Winners Sheets in to your Area Director immediately after your contest.
- Area contests must be completed no later than April 5th. Winners sheets must be submitted to Division Directors and the District 21 Chief Judge, Dinesh Kewalramani.
- Division contests must be completed no later than April 19th. Winners Sheets must be submitted to Program Quality Director and the District 21 Chief Judge, Dinesh Kewalramani
- The District contests will be held at our Spring Conference at the Ramada Conference Center and Hotel, Abbotsford, April 30th and May 1st.
- The winner of the International Speech Contest will represent District 21 at the Semi-Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking at the Toastmasters International Convention in Washington DC on August 18th.
- The winner of the Semi-Finals, will present a completely different speech in the World Championship of Public Speaking Finals two days later, on August 20th.
What you need for your club contests:
- Download the digital forms FREE for the Evaluation Speech Contest
- Download the digital forms FREE for the International Speech Contest
Make sure you fill in the contest type and your club name on the certificates of participation and winners certificates. Select your contest chair and chief judge, who will recruit for the rest of the roles needed for a successful contest event. Use your Club, Area and Division contests as opportunities to share Toastmasters with new people! Most of all, HAVE FUN with your contests. Make your team’s experience memorable and rewarding, as well as a great opportunity to learn.
Contests are great PR Opportunities for your club and members!
Take photos and share your contest results on our District 21 Facebook Page! Many of our members love watching the results, even at club levels of the contest. Here’s a chance to reward your members with a wee bit of publicity. Remember to share your contest results and information about our Toastmasters Contest Season with your local newspapers, TV and radio stations, and on your club’s website.
Reach out to your fellow clubs for additional help at your contest. Share resources. Note: Attending a different club’s contest is one of the District 21 Passport Program tasks! Helping out at one gains you an additional point! For more information about contests, refer to the contest rule book in your digital downloads (see above links), and contact your Area or Division Director, our District Chief Judge, or Program Quality Director.