2013 International Speech Contest

The International Speech CChris Button with other contestants at the International Toastmasters Conventionontest is held annually in every Toastmasters club, area, division, and district.  District winners advance to one of nine semifinal rounds at the Toastmasters Convention (usually in August), and the nine semifinal winners advance to the finals.  The winner of the International Speech Contest is given the title World Champion of Public Speaking.  Many World Champions visit Toastmasters districts throughout the year, especially during District Conferences.  Regardless of where they are from, they all got their start in their own Toastmasters club.

The winner of the District 65 International Speech Contest will compete at the International Convention to be held in “The Queen City,” Cincinnati, Ohio, held August 21st through August 24th.  Specific details about the conference will be forthcoming in April 2013, when registration opens (see http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/FutureConventions.aspx), but the random selection of District pairings for the semifinal rounds have just been announced:

Round 1

Semifinal Speech Contest 1: 3, 11, 13, 16, 22, 31, 47, 66, 75, 80

Semifinal Speech Contest 2: 5, 12, 38, 51, 54, 65, 70, 84, 85, 86

Semifinal Speech Contest 3: 7, 9, 29, 39, 40, 46, 58, 78, 83

Round 2

Semifinal Speech Contest 4: 2, 4, 6, 18, 48, 61, 62, 64, 87, F
Semifinal Speech Contest 5: 1, 21, 32, 42, 43, 52, 69, 71, 81
Semifinal Speech Contest 6: 23, 28, 30, 36, 49, 68, 73, 76, 77, 82

Round 3

Semifinal Speech Contest 7: 10, 35, 41, 53, 55, 59, 60, 63, 67, 72
Semifinal Speech Contest 8: 8, 14, 17, 25, 26, 33, 37, 45, 50, 74
Semifinal Speech Contest 9: 15, 19, 20, 24, 27, 34, 56, 57, 79, 89

The District winners our District champion will be competing against in Round 1 of the semifinal speech contest hails from the following locales:

District 5 – Serving San Diego County, Imperial County, and Yuma, Arizona
District 12 – Serving parts of Southern California, including San Bernardino, Riverside and East Los Angeles Counties
District 38 – Serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern & Central New Jersey
District 51 – Serving Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia
District 54 – Serving Northern Illinois
District 70 – Serving New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia
District 84 – Serving Central and Northern Florida
District 85 – Serving mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau
District 86 – Serving Southwestern, Central, and Northern Ontario, Canada

Whether you are a contestant or a supporter of the Toastmasters program, I encourage you to cheer on your representatives, at the Area, Division, and District levels.  Also, consider attending the Toastmasters International Convention in August.  It is about an 8-hour drive, the closest Convention to our District in several years.  The world-class educational sessions, the opportunity to meet and network with Toastmasters from around the world, and the chance to watch our District champion become a World Champion makes this a trip worth saving for!

Jared Kronenberg, DTM
District 65
Lt. Governor Marketing
 

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