Burnham Park Hall – Saturday 27 September 2014
WITH GUEST BLOGGER, MELL
Saturday 27th September saw the second round of this exciting contest take place at Burnham Park Hall, with the four speakers in each Contest would battling it out for the opportunity to represent Area 21 in the Division Finals next month. Maidenhead Speakers has a great record in this competition, helped no doubt by the wonderful support received each year from Club members. The theme of the contest this year was magic. After running through protocol and the agenda for the morning, Contest Chair Mell introduced the warm-up act, Ian. Ian is a member of the Magic Circle and entertained us with a number of tricks, using various members of the audience to great effect. The Humorous Speech Contest delivered its usual amusing and compelling blend of fun. Speeches by Simon from Windsor Speakers (who spoke on the differences and similarities between Toastmasters and Marriage), and Stewart from Chiltern Speakers (who gave us an extraordinary clinical tale entitled “The Diabetic Nurse”). Dual Member Steve (representing Wokingham Speakers for the contest) spoke of his “Blind Date” challenges, and final speaker (our very own Richard) presented his unique account of “The Holiday” – albeit a thrifty one! After a short break, we returned to once again be entertained by Ian, who was in his element by this stage! This was then followed by the Table Topics Contest. The topic was: “A little magic can take you a long way”. The four contestants each came to the front to present their thoughts. We were treated to performances from David from Windsor Speakers, Phil from Chiltern Speakers, Marce from Wokingham Speakers, and of course Chris from Maidenhead Speakers. After a brief interlude of congratulating each speaker and awarding the certificates of participation, the scores were in! The winner of the Humorous Speech Contest was Steve, and in second place Richard. The winner of the Table Topics Contest was Chris, followed in second place by David. The magic of Maidenhead Speakers therefore continues as we celebrate another successful year!
Congratulations to Chris and Steve who progress through to the Division Contest next month – but I would like to save the final word for Richard, who was quite simply brilliant (thanks to Doreen for the pic below).
Our next regular club night at Maidenhead Speakers will be next Monday, September 29th – see you all there!