Area 73 Shines in Division H Contests

Area 73 Mobile Cheering Section

Area 73 Mobile Cheering Section

It was a dark and rainy day but that didn’t stop a van full of Sunshine Coaster from venturing into North Vancouver for the Division H Contests on Saturday afternoon. 

The third level of International Speech and Evaluation contests were held in the Alpha meeting room at the Arc’teryx headquarters in Deep Cove.  

It was here that the stage was set for five Evaluators and six International Speech contestants to demonstrate their mad public speaking skills. 

There were three people from Area 73 who rose to the challenge: William B. (speech, Beachcombers), Weegee S. (speech, Morningstars) and Kyle H. (evaluation, Morningstars). 

With every level of the competition, a contestant is pitted up against a new set of peers and a slightly bigger audience as partners, friends, and family come to watch. For this contest, Sheila C., Johanna R., and Weegee’s husband, Mike, helped fill the chairs (and a couple of roles!) with Area 73 energy. 

And it helped.

Area 73 walked away with three of the top three placements in the two categories.  

Congratulations to William for his FIRST place win and to Weegee for her THIRD place win in the International Speech Contest. 

Congratulations are in order for Kylie for her SECOND place win in the Evaluations contest!

At this level, the first place winner in each category goes on to the District 96 Spring Conference. It is a one-day extravaganza held at the BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street, Vancouver) on May 13, 2017. Registration and information is available at

It was an excellent day of speeches, evaluations and Area 73 fun! 


And the Winner Is . . . . 

What would you say if you had the chance to tell the world one thing?

Beachcombers April Meeting 2017 - Speech ContestIn the monthly Beachcomber’s Advance Toastmasters meeting on April 21, William B. stepped up to the podium to deliver a powerhouse speech for the club level International Speech contest.

William B., an accomplished speaker and current President of the Gibsons Chamber of Commerce, performed his speech “Commit, Not Quit” about learning a valuable life lesson during some scary horse riding lessons.

Narrowing our life experience done to the moment where we “break and mend” can be difficult — especially in a five to seven-minute time frame. William expertly led us through the backstory to the climatic conclusion with expertise.

William advances to the next round of competition, the Area 73 Contest on April 25th at the Sechelt Arts Centre.  The contest starts at 6:30pm — so arrive early!


Other highlights from the “Stepping Up” meeting: 

Michael Gurney from Prince Rupert Toastmasters Area 45We were honored to receive a visit from Michael Gurney from Prince Rupert, who serves as VP of Membership and the Area Director for Area 45.  He visited all four clubs on the Coast and served as our General Evaluator for the evening! Well done and thank you, Michael!

Each member of Beachcombers stepped up this evening to serve as our Inspirator (Rifa), Grammarian (Dorothy), Table Topics Master (Dawn Miller) and Table Topics Evaluator (Kate Wotton).

A fun twist was offering William’s speech a round robin evaluation with five evaluators. Each evaluator offered a slightly different viewpoint or approach to his contest speech — a further demonstration of the benefits of an advanced club.

By the end of the meeting, we had managed to capture TWO new members — Margo and Sarah!

It was a lovely spring evening meeting at Beachcombers Advanced Club!

Next Meeting is on May 12 at 6 pm at Sita’s. The theme will be Keeping Afloat in Tumultuous Times!