Check back soon for the Fall 2013 Contest schedule!
- Complete Club Contest Planning and Tracking Guides/Templates
- Club Contest Planning Guide Word document
- Area and Division Contest Planning Guide
- Chief Judge’s Checklist Word document
- Contest Chair Checklist Word document
- Contest Planning Timeline Excel spreadsheet
- Contest Package Word document
- “Put on a Good Show” - Meeting Planner Handbook orderable from Toastmasters International. A comprehensive guide to planning, organizing and on-site coordination of training programs, major conferences, banquets and speech contests.
- List of Dignitaries - Template/List to be used by the Presiding Officer to introduce Dignitaries at the beginning of the contest. List is in proper Rank order
- Judge Training Presentation (requires Adobe Flash) (from District 4)
- Frequently Asked Questions (TI)
These are official District 55 Contest Scripts and are intended to be used at all contest levels. When more than one contest is being held at a contest event, appropriate modifications can be made to transition from one contest to another. Contestant interviews are to be conducted only after the last contest has concluded.
- For the Contest Toastmaster
- For the Contest Chair
- For the Chief Judge
Speech Contest Materials Downloadable from Toastmasters Interntional
Toastmasters International (TI) has made ALL contest materials available as PDF downloads FREE to Toastmaster members:
- Kits for all five Contest types which include all the items below
- Judges Guides and Ballots for all contests including Tie-Breaker Judge Guides and Ballots
- Certification of Eligibility and Originality
- Biographical Forms
- Time Record Sheets
- Tally Sheets
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Winner Certificates
- Certificates of Participation, and
- Notification of Winners
To access these materials complete the following steps
- Login to the TI website.
- Go to the Digital Content web page.
- Click on the item of interest (the complete kits are listed at the top).
- You will now see a page from TI Shop. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.
- These materials are FREE. You will not be charged for ordering these items.
- You can download the materials after you Check Out, either from the Check Out screen or from Downloads under My Profile.
Toastmasters Speech Contests are events that showcase the talents of both members who compete and members who organize and support the events. Many wonderful benefits accrue to those that participate:
- Contestants are afforded a wonderful opportunity to improve their skills in preparing and delivering a speech in a competitive environment.
- Organizers are given an educational opportunity in event planning, project management and project teams.
- Members not competing are provided the opportunity to learn by observing speakers who have benefited from their Toastmasters training.
- Clubs and club members have the opportunity to showcase their talented speakers to family members and guests.
- The audience is provided an interesting educational program, entertainment, and FUN!
Contests are held twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Up to two contests are held at one time, yielding a maximum of four contests per year. Club, Area, and Division Contest deadlines are driven by the dates of the District Conferences. If Conferences are held earlier or later than November/May, the prior contest deadline dates are adjusted accordingly. Below are typical times when contests are held.
- The Fall Contest season typically runs from August to November. Club contests are typically held in August, Area Contests in September, and Division Contests in October. The District Contests will be held in conjunction with the Fall Conference which is typically held in November.
- The Spring Contest season typically runs from February to May. Club contests are typically held in February, Area Contests in March, and Division Contests in April. The District Contests will be held in conjunction with the Spring Conference which is typically held in May.
Contests are held in the following sequence:
- Each of these contests begins with the Club Contest.
- Club winners compete at the Area Contest (approximately five competitors).
- Area winners go on to the Division Contest (approximately five competitors).
- Division winners compete at the District Contest held in conjunction with the District Conference.
The Humorous Speech Contest, the Table Topics Contest, the Tall Tales Contest, and the Evaluation Contest all conclude at the District Level. The International Speech Contest winner for District 55 will compete in a semi-final contest at the International Convention in August. Winners of the semi-final contests will advance to THE International Speech Contest with a NEW speech two days later at the same Convention. You can find a bit more information in the November, 2009 issue of Toastmaster magazine, p11.
- Spring 2013 Events
- Fall 2012 Events
- Spring 2012 Events - Results
- Fall 2011 Events
- Spring 2011 Events - Results
- Fall 2010 Events - Results
- Spring 2010 Events - Results
- Fall 2009 Events - Results
For more information about contests, please contact Lieutenant Governor Education & Training Bill Greenham.