Area 51 News 2010/2011

This page is dedicated to the great experiences that our Area 51 clubs and Toastmasters have shared with each other during the years 2010/2011.

Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests

On October 13, 2010, Area 51 conducted its Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dundas (courtesy of Valley Town Toastmasters).

Four clubs - Ambitious City, Brant, McMaster and Valley Town - sent their club contest winners to further hone their skills against each other.

However, much more happens at a Toastmaster contest besides competition. These events are great opportunities for Toastmasters to plan and manage the contests, to fulfill roles of judging, timing, tallying
and, most importantly, excellent entertainment.

The below photographs were provided by Juan Musleh of McMaster Toastmasters.

Over 50 people were in attendance and, as in the above photo, were paying very close attention to the proceedings.

Humorous Contest Chair Tom Bering (far right) is pictured with contestants (left to right) Mark Grottoli (1st place) of Valley Town, Helen Lowery (3rd place) of Ambitious City, Sara Hillis of Brant and David Shaw (2nd place) of McMaster Toastmasters,

Table Topics Chair Mark Mullins is shown in the above photo introducing the "table topic" for the 2 minute impromptu speech contest. Contestants were Craig Addison of Ambitious City, Joe Raab of McMaster, runner-up Patrice Sterkenburg of Brant and 1st place finisher Tony Bratschitsch of Valley Town Toastmasters.

2010 District 86 Conference Co-Chair Nelson Ruiz Blanco of Ambitious City Toastmasters is pictured presenting information for the upcoming Fall Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario in November.

Our Area 51 contest winners will be competing at the next level - Division L - in Burlington on November 5, 2010.
Thank you, Juan, for the great photos!

International Speech & Evaluation Contests
February 18, 2011 Area 51 held its annual Toastmaster International Speech and Evaluation Contests at the Dundas Town Hall auditorium.
Four clubs - Ambitious City, Brant, McMaster and Valley Town - participated by supporting their contestants with a great turnout of 45 Toastmasters and guests.
In the above photo, Gary Reid, the Evaluation Contest Chair, is shown addressing the audience before the target speech presentation.
The evaluation contest participants pictured above are (left to right): David Harfield (Ambitious City), David T Shaw (McMaster), Sandra Biggar (Brant) and Ken MacKinnon (Valley Town).
Congratulations to David T Shaw for his 1st place finish!
David will represent our Area 51 in the Division L Contest in Niagara-on-the-Lake on March 4, 2011. 
The International Speech Contestants provided excellent inspirational presentations to the audience.
The above participants (left to right), Craig Addison (Ambitious City), Sandra Biggar (Brant), Jonathan Spiegel (Valley Town) and David T Shaw (McMaster) are shown with Chair Tom Bering of McMaster Toastmasters.
Congratulations to David T Shaw for his 1st place presentation!
David will represent Area 51 in the Division L International Speech Contest, as well!

The Golden Toaster!
The Golden Toaster is back!
This prized trophy was re-introduced to Area 51 on Friday, February 18, 2011 at the annual International Speech & Evaluation Contests and will be rewarded to the club that has the gumption to "steal" it from its current host club.
If you look carefully, you can see the authentic brand "Toastmaster" logo on the lower centre facing of our coveted prize.
The Golden Toaster was "recovered" and refurbished to its previous glory by Valley Town President Kenrick Chin.
Kenrick is pictured in the centre of the the left photo presenting the Golden Toaster to the David T Shaw (right) of McMaster Toastmasters as the 1st winner as a result of his first place finish in the International Speech Contest.
Tom Bering, contest chair and also from the deserving McMaster club, is shown looking on with good cheer!
Well done, McMaster Toastmasters!
Thank you, Kenrick!
May the Golden Toaster be the toast of many more golden moments!
March 4, 2011 Congratulations to David T Shaw for winning the Evaluation Contest at the Division L competition!
David admirably represented our Area 51 in this highly skilled event against excellent Toastmaster competitors from all seven areas within our division.
He is seen in the centre of the above photo receiving his 1st place medallion from Division Governor Justin O'Donnell as Evaluation Contest Chair Veronica Taylor looks on.
David will now represent Area 51 at the District 86 Evaluation Contest in April in Mississauga.


April 6, 2011:

Valley Town Toastmasters raided the McMaster club and stole the Golden Toaster.
It was a fun evening and was well hosted by our friends from McMaster.
Pictured from Valley Town (left to right): Viola Mueller (ACB), Jeff Bonner, Tony Bratschitsch (ACS, ALB) and Jonathan Spiegel (DTM).
David T. Shaw (DTM) of the McMaster club is on the far right being shown graciously handing over the prized Golden Toaster.
The purpose of the Golden Toaster is to encourage Area 51 clubs to send their members to visit the other clubs.
To "steal" the Golden Toaster, Jonathan presented a manual speech and Tony provided an evaluation of a McMaster Toastmaster's project.

April 28, 2011

They came, they spoke, they evaluated, they stole!
Brant Toastmasters swiped the Golden Toaster!
Five members from our friendly neighbouring club in Brantford visited Valley Town Toastmasters to participate in the Area 51 Golden Toaster program.
This program was designed to encourage Toastmasters from other clubs to visit one another.
In "stealing" the Golden Toaster, Sara Hillis (far left) presented a speech and both Janice McDonald (third from left) and Ken Klunder (far right) gave evaluations.
Also visiting from Brant Toastmasters was Bill Jol (second from left) and Julia Sek (third from right).
Valley Town president, Kenrick Chin (second from right), is also pictured presenting the Golden Toaster to our friends.
Thank you, Brant Toastmasters, for the fun and good spirit that you brought to the meeting!

May 9, 2011
: McMaster
In a daring raid McMaster Toastmasters has stolen the Golden Toaster from Brant Toastmasters!

As reported by Patrice Sterkenburg of Brant:
"A raiding party of three members from McMaster came out to Brant this evening and took part in our meeting. 
Alison Feierabend performed an inspiring speech entitled "If I Can, You Can." 
Mike Parchimowicz and Tom Bering both provided insightful and astute evaluations. 
Through their diligent efforts they earned the right to abscond with the Toaster and carry it back to McMaster.
Brant Toastmasters had liberated the Golden Toaster from Valley Town Toastmasters April 28th.

We thank the McMaster members for joining us tonight and for their most welcome contributions to our meeting."
McMaster Toastmasters has regained the lead!
Pictured above, left to right: Mike Parchimowicz, Alison Feierabend and Tom Bering of McMaster Toastmasters, Patrice Sterkenburg and Ken Klunder of Brant Toastmasters.

May 25, 2011: Ambitious City
Congratulations to Ambitious City Toastmasters for stealing the Golden Toaster!
With enthusiastic enery, incoming club executives Craig Addison (2nd from right in photo) and Mark Zdziebko (far right in photo) visited McMaster Toastmasters and demonstrated their own brand of daring and resolve.
Also pictured is Alison Feierabend and Tom Bering of McMaster Toastmasters as they graciously surrender the prized Golden Toaster.
Well done, Ambitious City!