O’Fallon Toastmaster Joseph Butchko has advanced to the Division level contest as a Club and Area representative in the annual International Speech contest.
He placed in the Area contest Saturday, March 21, at the Caseyville Township Community Center. Toastmaster Butchko’s speech, “A Boy Named Jack,” pleased the judges just as it had done in the Club’s contest. Butchko will compete Saturday, April 25, in the Division-wide contest (3rd level competition).
In the second competition—an evaluation contest—among the Area’s members, both O’Fallon Club members will advance to the Division contest. They are Bryan Vogt and Sandra Swearingen. Their critiques of a “target” speaker were judged the best.
All meetings (including the competitions) of the O’Fallon Toastmasters Club are open to the public without charge. Meetings take place from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at the O’Fallon Community Financial Center located on the corner of Highway 50 and Lincoln Ave. in O’Fallon. Membership is open to everyone (18 and over) who wants to improve his/her speaking ability. Attire is casual.
The Division-level contests will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Fairview Heights Public Library, 10017 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. It lasts about two hours. The public is invited, no charge.
O’Fallon Toastmasters is one of more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries around the world (292,000 members). Each spring, approximately 50,000 members compete in club-level speech contests. Through six levels of competition, nine contestants will vie for the title of “World Champion of Public Speaking.”
This final competition will be at the Toastmasters International Convention. This year, it will be from Wednesday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 15, in the United States at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
For more information, visit http://ofallon.toastmastersclubs.org/.