On April 6 the College of the Rockies was the site for the Toastmasters Area Speech Contest.
The event was hosted by the Golden Voice Toastmasters who started a club in Golden about 18 months ago.
President of Golden Voice Toastmasters Geraldine Smith said having the event in Golden was great for everyone involved.
“There will be 25-30 people involved today. We get to meet new people and hear new speakers. This is an opportunity to meet people who speak from different clubs which is exciting,” Smith said.
In all members from the Golden Voice Toastmasters, Cranbrook First, Cranbrook Phoenix and Creston Valley took part in the event.
Local club members Terry Hickey and Delanee Jmaiff both took part in the event which was the first of its kind to be held in Golden.
“I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I do public speaking with the Legion quite a bit but it is different,” Hickey said. “It has been great. I have met new people and had new experiences. I have been doing things I never thought I would do while learning about myself. It is quite exciting actually.”
Jmaiff agreed with what Hickey said.
“In a small club we get used to speaking in front of our fellow members. This is a room full of people who we do not know,” she said. “One of the things that I found was the confidence you get from just being able to stand up in front of people,” Jmaiff said. “We have a lot of fun. Usually, every meeting someone has a sore belly from laughing.”
Smith added that things have been going well with the club since it started up and new members are welcomed.
“They can go to the clubs website at www.goldenvoicetoastmaster.com or drop by the College of the Rockies for a meeting on Thursday night from 7-8:30 p.m.”
The winner of the event was David Farrell who won the Evaluation contest as a member of Cranbrook First. David Farrell also won the International Contest as a member of the Cranbrook Phoenix club.