Speech Contest Winners Announced

Pictured are contestants at the District 65, Area 14 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest at the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown. From left are Celeste Brooks, second place; Mark Hess, first place; Lilya Novotskaya, second place in humorous speech; Ned Lindstrom, first place in humorous speech; Leo Keyembe, Area 14 director; Pam Gorman, district program director; and Dennis Gauda, District 64 division director. Submitted photo

Ned Lindstrom of Jamestown placed first in the District 65 Area 14 Humorous Speech Contest.

“The best part of competition is the fun we have with creating out own speeches,” said Lindstrom, a member of both the Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club of Jamestown and the Concord Spellbinders Toastmasters Club of Fredonia. “Evaluation is a big part of a speech, Toastmasters has shown the importance of helping each other improve in both our communication and listening skills.”

Lindstrom also said the skills learned in Toastmasters have become a part of his life working with the public.

Mark Hess, a member of Concord Spellbinders Toastmasters Club in Fredonia and Speakeasy of Orchard Park, placed first in the Evaluation part of the speaking contest. Lindstrom and Hess have the opportunity to compete at the Division A Contest scheduled for Saturday at the Moog Space & Defense Group in East Aurora.

This year’s Toastmaster Area 14 Contest was hosted for the first time by Jamestown Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club. The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the James Prendergast Library at 7 p.m. The Concord Spellbinders Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the State University at Fredonia in Jewett Hall room 118.