Karen Davis, a local entrepreneur and president of ARPB Toastmasters, recently won first place in the Evaluation division of Toastmasters District 57, Area D30 Evaluation and Humorous Speech contest.
The contest was held in Oakland at the EBMUD corporate offices. The annual Evaluation and Humorous Speech contests feature winners from several local clubs. Davis will now represent Area D30 at the Division D contest, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
At the same event, the Humorous Speech contest was won by Charles Reid, from the Laugh Lovers Comedy club, (www.laughlovers.us) a specialty Toastmasters club that focuses primarily on humor-related topics.
Also competing in the D30 contest were Jacque Brown and Jason Matthews, who took second in the Humorous Speech contest, with his speech titled “The Art of War.”
Fellow Toastmasters Ernest Clark and Virginia Pieters served as Toastmasters of the Evening.
Assisting the contest were Tyree Johnson, Robin Houston, Andre Matthews, Vivian Prater, Lena Robinson, Raynard Jackson and Bruce Taylor.
“Toastmaster contests on any level are as much collaborative as they are competitive. At the same time it is a fun way for members of various clubs to work together. Almost any member is capable of taking a leadership role, because at the end of the day our goal is to advance the best contestants to the next level,” said Randie Ellington, Area D30 Governor and Event Chair.
District 57, also known as the “Redwood Empire District”, (www.d57tm.org), encompasses most of Northern California, east and north of the San Francisco Bay, to the Oregon border. There are over 150 clubs in the district.