Contest Photos – Fall 2017

Contest Photos

Fall Contests 2017

We will post photos from your contests herePlease submit a photo from your Area or Division contest and we will post them on this page. If Possible, please include a short message with names, winners, etc.  Email photos and message to – d65trio@gmail.com   Thank you.

Division A:

Div A - Fall 2017

Division B:

Div B - Fall 2017

Division C:

Div C - Fall 2017

Division D:

Div D - Fall 2017    Div D - Fall 2017 - 2

Division E:

DivE- Fall17 Humor    DivE-Fall17-Eval

Area 11

Area 11 contest

Area 12

Area 12 contest

Area 13

Area 13 Contest

Ellen Pieklo, D65 Director; Gina Bellavia, 2nd pl Humorous, 3rd pl Eval; Aric Gaughan, 1st pl Humorous; Andrew Warta, 1st pl Evaluation; Hilary Diodato, 2nd pl Evaluation; Susan Willavize, Area 13 Director”

Area 14

Area 15

Area 15 contest -Fall 2017

L – R: Melisa DeBoth, Chelsea Maderer, Juden Bliss, Kirk Wilson, Ashley Dietrick – 1st Place Evaluation Contest, Ryan Galazka – 1st place Humorous Speech Contest, Shawn Smith, Debbie Hunt, Debbie Bolt, Trish Bateman, Ashley Engl – Area 15 director 

Area 21

Area 21 contest

Area 22

Area 23

Area 23 contest photo

Area24

Area 24 contest

L to R: Divakar Singh, Humorous Contestant 2nd Place, Diana Irizarry, Area Director, Penne Vincent, ContestMaster, Christopher Tumminelli, HumorousContestant, First Place, Ashley Larracuente, Evaluation Contestant, 1st Place, Sam Otto, Division B Director

Area 31

Area 32

Area 33

Area 33 contest

Area 34

Area 41

Area 42

Area 43

Area 44

Area 44 - humor  Area 44 - Eval

Humorous Contest Winners Left photo (L-R): Burt Beebe (2nd place – Carpe Diem), Alejandro Aguilar (1st place – Shut Up & Speak) and Antonia McMullan (3rd place – Speak Up – CNY)

Evaluation Speech Contest Winners Right Photo (L-R): 1st place: Lori VanWhy (Speak Up – CNY); 2nd place: Elaine Waloshin (Barrier Breakers)

Area 51

Area 52

Area 53

 

Area 54

Area 55/Area 56

Area 55-56 contest

Push Past Your Safety Net

Push Past Your Safety Net

by Carina Paton

Social Safety Net

Most people are afraid to initiate conversation with strangers. In fact, even those who appear to you to be comfortable are often terrified on the inside!

Many of us join Toastmasters to overcome a fear of public speaking. But rarely do we realize that Toastmasters is also an ideal place to overcome a fear of interacting one-on-one with people that we don’t (yet) know. Even more rarely do we utilize what opportunities the organization makes available to us to build these skills.

Your upcoming Area and Division speech competitions are just two of these opportunities. Even if you aren’t competing in the contest or filling a contest role, attending the contests will benefit both you and your club.

Many of us are comfortable at our club meetings. We quickly get to know our fellow club members, and each greeting and speech adds to our comfort. Our club members, once a group of very welcoming strangers, fast become our safety net. Given that, it’s not surprising that when we go to Toastmasters events above our club level we tend to stick to this safety net of our fellow club members.

I’m not going to tell you to leave that safety net behind entirely; rather, I would like to see more Toastmasters in our District use that safety net as a trampoline instead. Go to Area and Division contests with your fellow club members (in fact, why not be the one to encourage them to go with you). But instead of sticking to them like a fly in a spider’s web, use them as a point to jump off from and a place that you can come back to if you need it. This way they become true safety net—and a fun bouncy one at that!

We all have our own level of comfort at social events with unfamiliar people. Some of you will be what I call a “notworker,” which is someone who avoids networking entirely. If this is you, I encourage you to go to your Area and Division contests with others from your club. Consider carpooling—not only is it great for the environment, it can also ease nerves to arrive at an event with your safety net in tow.

If you are already what I call a “safety networker,” then take that next step: try initiating a conversation with someone you don’t yet know. The “strangers” that you will meet at Area and Division contests are some of the nicest to practice with. Think of how forgiving the Toastmasters in your club are of your mistakes. Toastmasters in your Area and Division are no different! In addition, those that you approach will very likely also be feeling out of their comfort zone. By being the one to initiate conversation with them, I bet they will be thankful for your courage. Who knows, you may even make a new friend!

Getting to know other Toastmasters in your Area and Division is priceless. Want to share ideas with others in your officer role at other clubs? They’re now just a phone call or email away. Need to find a test speaker or judges for your next club contest? You’ll now have numerous people to call to ask if they, or someone in their club, would be willing to take on a role. Having trouble filling speech roles in your meetings, or have more members ready to give speeches than you have space for in your meetings? Use your new network! Giving a speech at another club (or even listening to a speaker from another club) can prevent your meetings from becoming stale by bringing new ideas to your club.

I look forward to getting to know some new people at upcoming contests. See you there!