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Contest Season wraps up for Div E

~ submitted by Yuhan Chen (originally posted March 9, 2017)

Barb Westlake, Ambassadors Tsawassen

Rome Gallardo, Richmond Toastmasters

April 12, 2017 saw the culmination of District 21’s Division E Spring contests. Shawn Gold (International Speech contest) and Yuhan Chen (Evaluation contest) were co-chairs for the event, held at Richmond Nature Park.

We had around 60 people attending, including D21 Director, Alan Warburton; D21 Program Quality Director, John Sherber; Past D96 Governor, Gene Vickers; and D96 Division B Director, Mark Zuberbuhler.

The contest started at 7:00 pm sharp and finished at around 9:50 pm, because we had 8 contestants in the International Speech contest and 7 contestants for the Evaluation contest!

There was humor, sadness, joy and excitement from all the stories shared by our fabulous International Speech competitors. There was impactful, creative and mind-blowing feedback provided by our highly observant Evaluation contestants.

Congratulations to all our winners! Rome Gallardo from Richmond Toastmasters won the International Speech contest and Barb Westlake from Ambassadors Tsawwassen won the Evaluation contest.

Div E Evaluation Contest winners (L-R): Katherine Praski, Rome Gallardo & Barb Westlake, with John Sherber (D21 PQD)

Div E International Speech Contest winners: (L-R) Jas Bhopal, Barb Westlake & Rome Gallardo with Alan Warburton (D21 District Director)

Looking back on an exciting eight weeks of club and area contests…

Dear D21 members and guests,

Division E cordially invites you to our club, area and division contests for the International and Evaluation Speech Contests throughout March and April. There will be many memorable speeches and impactful evaluations.

Division E includes 18 clubs (13 community clubs and 5 corporate clubs) in Richmond and south Delta (Ladner and Tsawwassen), spread over four Areas: 40, 41, 42 and 43.  We offer local toastmasters one advanced club, Spotlight Speakers, and one specialty club, First Mandarin.

In our division, there are 14 contests in total! Please check your calendars and consider visiting our Div.E contests.

All our club, area and division contests are FREE OF CHARGE and open to the general public. So bring your friends and families!

In Division E, there was one club contest every day from March 6 to March 10!

  • Leading Edge: first club contest in two plus years! (Friday, March 10, 7:30pm to 9:15pm)
  • Sage: the only community club contest hosted during lunch hour (March 9)
  • Comp-Talk: the winners of this club usually finish very strong in Area and Division level (March 8)
  • Richmond Toastmasters: the strongest club in Division E with 30+ members, and 6 contestants for each contest! (March 7)
  • Global Speaker: offers speakers from wide diversity of background (March 6)

AREA E40

Tsawwassen Ambassadors Club Contest – Tuesday, March 14 
International
   1st: Barb Westlake
   2nd: Katherine Praski
Evaluation
   1st: Katherine Praski 
   2nd: Barb Westlake 

Deltones Club Contest –  Thursday, February 16
International  
   1st: Richard Nash
   2nd: Lorna Boyle  
Evaluation
   1st: Lorna Boyle
   2nd: Ellen Liboriussen

Sage Richmond Toastmasters Club Contest –  Thursday, March 9
International
   1st: Wing Kwong  
   2nd: Assinta Fung 
Evaluation  
   1st: Ana Lay
   2nd: Ian De Leon

AREA E40 Contest – Wednesday, March 29

International
   1st: Assinta Fung (Sage Richmond)
   2nd: Barb Westlake (Tsawwassen Ambassadors)
Evaluation
   1st: Katherine Praski (Tsawwassen Ambassadors)
   2nd: Barb Westlake (Tsawwassen Ambassadors)

AREA E41

Comp-Talk Toastmasters Club Contest – Wednesday, March 8
International
   1st: May Soo Tveita  
   2nd: Jim Horne
Evaluation
   1st: Allan Heinrichs
   2nd: May Soo Tveita

AREA E41 Winners – Thursday, March 16

International:
   1st place, May Soo Tveita (Comp-Talk)
   2nd place, Jim Horne (Comp-Talk)
Evaluation:
   1st place, Allen Heinrichs (Comp-Talk)
   2nd place, May Soo Tveita (Comp-Talk)

AREA E42

Global Speakers Toastmasters Club Contest – Monday, March 6
Evaluation
   1st: Adolfo Ibarguen 

Leading Edge Toastmasters Club Contest – Friday, March 10
International & Evaluation
   1st: Ernie Hamm

Richmond Toastmasters – Tuesday, March 7
International
   1st: Rome Gallardo
Evaluation
   1st: Carolina Abramovich 

AREA E42 Contest – Wednesday, March 22

International:
   1st: Rome Gallardo (Richmond Toastmasters)
   2nd: Jas Bhopal (Richmond Friendly)
Evaluation:
   1st place, Jas Bhopal (Richmond Friendly)
   2nd place, Rome Gallardo (Richmond Toastmasters)

AREA E43

Spotlight Speakers (Advanced) Toastmasters Club Contest – Friday, March 17
International
   1st: Jasmine Hunter
Evaluation
   1st: Alain Cardez

Rich-Del Toastmasters Club Contest – Thursday, March 2
International & Evaluation
   1st: Shawn Gold

Macdonald Dettwiler & Associate (MDA) Contest – Wednesday, Feb 22
International
   1st: Patsy O’Conell
Evaluation
   1st: Edward Huang

AREA E43 Contest – Tuesday, March 21

International
   1st: David Lee (Rich-Del)
   2nd: Patsy O’Conell (MDA)
Evaluation
   1st: William Mok (Rich-Del)
   2nd: Alain Cardez (Spotlight)

Division E Contest
Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at
Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1B4

Our Evaluation Contest winners will advance to the final round at the District 21 Spring Conference in Surrey, April 21 to 23.

See you there!