Area Contests Are Happening Near You!

Fellow Toastmasters,

Are you enjoying the whirlwind?  Not the icy winds of winter, those fantastic, energizing whirlwinds that are speech contests!

In the next three weeks, all area contests will be conducted, and our Area Directors need your help as judges and functionaries.  Take the training, the When You Are the Judge video, and volunteer for these roles at upcoming events — so you can grow as a better judge of speakers.

When You Are the Judge“, a webinar on judging from Toastmasters District 53 (click if video not visible)

After that, the division contests will take place, and some have already been scheduled (see below).  If you’ve been a judge at the Area level, that may help qualify you to be a judge at the Division level… so volunteer and grow again.

The speech contests do not end at the division level, come observe (and volunteer for) the District 53 Speech Contests on May 10-11, 2024. The District 53 Evaluation Speech Contest is on Friday, May 10th in the evening and is a bonus (free) event for the May 11th Annual Conference!  The District 53 International Speech Contest will take place at the Annual Conference on May 11th in the afternoon. Register now for the conference! 

You can see the division and district speech contests taking shape by viewing the area and division results pages.  Instead of being drained by the wintry winds, come to speech contests at the area, division, and district levels — be invigorated by the brilliant warmth of this year’s contestants!

Yours in Toastmasters service,
Beth Van Kempen
District 53 Chief Judge, 2023-2024

Workshop for Judges

Fellow Toastmasters,

To assist you in running contests, we’ll be hosting a new workshop, When You Are the Judge, on 13 November 2023 from 7 pm to 8:00 pm (repeating on January 9, 2024). Please read about and join us!

As a reminder,

  • Club Contests must end by December 10, 2023. They can be held online, in-person, or in a hybrid format, but they must follow the 2023-2024 Speech Contest Rulebook.
  • Area Contests will take place in-person between December 11, 2023 and February 10, 2024. Locations will be listed below. (results here)
  • Division Contests will take place in-person between February 11, 2024 and March 31, 2024. Locations will be listed below. (results here)
  • The District Contests will take place in-person at the District Conference!

There are a number of existing resources to assist you in the process of running contests:

You can always reach me at DCJ@d53tm.org with any questions or concerns, and I’ll happily answer.

Yours in Toastmasters service,
Beth Van Kempen
District 53 Chief Judge, 2023-2024