Area 11 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest

Contestants and organizers should arrive by 9:15 for contestant, judge, timer and ballot counter briefings at 9:30.  Contest begins at 10:00.  The Humorous Speech Contest may have up to 8 contestants, the Table Topics Contest may have up to 8 contestants.  Light refreshments will be served.  This is a free event organized by Area 11 Governor, Joyce Schumpert.

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  • Catherine M.

    I give the contest 5 stars as well (I would have given it more but I was only allowed 5!). The room was completely full thanks to all of the great pre-contest publicity that was done. My husband (Joseph A - who is also a member of Timely Talkers) was Sergeant at Arms (his first time ever), my Dad and Step-Mom attended (my Dad was even asked to assist with the contest!) as did my sister and my niece. I had a very supportive cheering section which made it all the more rewarding when I won First Place in the Table Topics portion of the contest! In fact, all three Timely Talkers that competed on this day placed in either first, second or third. I am very proud of our club!

    September 22, 2013

  • John J.

    I'm rating it a 5-Star event because I won Second Place in the Humorous Speech Contest. It was a pretty tough field of competitors too, 6 other contestants. The winner, Frank L., appeared out of nowhere, I've never seen him or heard his name. I thought my biggest competition would come from Rudy Segovia, who had a great speech but came in at 3rd Place. The Contest was well-organized and well-run, thank you Joyce S. and David F., and Chief Judge Dan Kyburz! Congratulations to the other Timely Talkers, John Wesser, who took 3rd Place in The Table Topics Contest and Catherine Moscarello who won the Table Topics Contest. Catherine and I will advance to the Division A Contest in Elgin on October 5. Hopefully a different set of Judges will see that my speech is better than Frank L.'s. I will provide a Contest update and invitation when we are closer to the date.

    September 21, 2013

  • Karen M.

    There was a great, supportive crowd today at the Area 11 speech contest. Kudos to all the brave contestants and their fabulous speeches. An extra shout out to the three contestants from Timely Talkers. All 3 placed! Catherine Moscarello - 1st Place Table Topics, John Jerrard - 2nd Place Humorous Speech, John Wesser 3rd Place - Table Topics.

    September 21, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Looking forward to some laughs...Go Timely Talkers!

    September 20, 2013

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