Club brief: Early Riser Toastmasters |

Club brief: Early Riser Toastmasters

Every Tuesday morning a group of people gather together at the Trolley Junction Restaurant, and this is not just for breakfast. Early Risers Toastmaster Club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m., and we listen to two or three speeches, and then participate in evaluating those speeches. Last week, founder Al Alstrand received the winner’s trophy for his speech about the Auburn Dam. President Courtney Ferguson gave the winning Evaluation, and Shawn Tuttle answered the Table Topics question, using the word “epicure” in her two minute mini speech, about the most interesting meal that she could remember. For more information call 273-9777.

Empire Toastmasters

Evaluating another Toastmaster’s talk is a great exercise in critical thinking and impromptu speaking, At Empire Toastmaster’s “Best Evaluator” competition, excellent evaluations were given by Terri Bianco, Dian Schaffhauser, Jim Cunningham, and Claudia Stevenson.

The foursome took turns evaluating Jacob Griscom’s encore performance of his award-wining speech about there being “no mistakes” on our path. Griscom, winner of the Club’s International Speech Contest, will now compete in the Area Contest to be held March 24.

Joining him in the next level of competition will be Stevenson, who was tabbed “Best Evaluator” for her review of Griscom’s speech. Stevenson, insightful and supportive, took special note that Griscom’s talk was “a speech of contrasts.”

Empire Toastmasters will meet Friday at 1 at the Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, 256 Buena Vista St., Suite 110, Grass Valley. Guests are welcome. For more information call Robin Lloyd at 272-7111.

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