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Club Speech contests March 13 2017

Club contest winners (l to r) – Michael J Clarke, Bridget Pearson and Andrew Miller

The audience were treated to two thrilling competitions on Monday March 13th!

The contestants for the International Speech Contest were:

Stephanie Bisby – “The One Thing”

Michael J Clarke  –  “Maxwell”  

Andrew Miller  – “Mathematics can change your life”

Bridget Pearson  –  “Never EVER lose hope” 

The Winner was Bridget Pearson and second place went to Michael J Clarke. 


Evaluation Contest

The test speech entitled “My Father the Hero” was delivered by Jean Stewart.

The contestants were 

Michael J Clarke

Andrew Miller

Alison Turner 

The Winner was Michael J Clarke and second place went to Andrew Miller


Officials (for both contests)

Contest Chair – Jean Stewart

Chief Judge – Pauline Westrop

Timekeepers/Counters   – Sarah Saxelby and Josie Bowerman with Maria Orlovic.

Sergeant at Arms – Steve Bisby

Thanks to you all for your help! 

The two winners from each contest go on to the Area 21 Competition which will be held on Sunday April 2nd, 1.30-4pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Hull.

If you would like to come along then register at


Our next meeting on Monday March 27th will be a special Guest evening so if you have been thinking about coming to see what we do, this is your chance ! 6.45pm for 7pm start at the Regent Hotel, Doncaster.  No charge for visitors!


Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests Sept 26 2016

We had two excellent Speech Contests at our meeting on Monday September 26th.

Bridget Pearson was Contest Chair for both and did a magnificent job both beforehand (there is such a lot of printing and organising of people!) and in leading the contests in a calm, assured manner. Well done!

Shelagh Jones was Chief Judge for the Humorous contest, shadowed by Shane Lukas who was Chief Judge for the Table Topics contest.

Derek Lucian and Julie Pilcher were Timers and Counters, with Pauline Westrop as Sergeant at Arms, assisted by Julie Gordon.

A great team who delivered enjoyable and well-run contests.

Humorous Speech Contest

Entrants (left to right) : Andrew Miller (first place); Jean Stewart (second place); Andy Howell

Humorous Speech Contest 2016 Entrants

Table Topics Speech Contest

Entrants (left to right): Jean Stewart; Andrew Miller (first place); Sean Gordon; Natalia Skorczewska (second place); Andy Howell (third place).

Table Topics contest 2016 contestants


Andrew, Jean and Natalia will go on to represent the club in the Area 21 contest at Jury’s Inn Sheffield on Sunday October 9th, 1pm-4pm. Everyone is invited to come along and support them!

Our next meeting is Monday October 10th – guests are very welcome to join us at the Regent Hotel, Doncaster at 6.45pm for start at 7pm.

Toastmasters International | District 71 | Division E | Area 15 Contest winners

Area 15 International Speech Contest | Area 15 Evaluation Contest

And the winners of the Area 15 contest are…

Area 15 Division E winners April 2014

L-R: Contest Chair Greg Flint, Evaluation Contest Winner Gail Powell (Doncaster Speakers), International Speech Contest Winner Billal Jamil (Sheffield Speakers)

We are delighted that our very own Club President, Gail Powell, won the Evaluation Contest in Sheffield last Sunday and therefore retained the Trophy within Doncaster Speakers (last year’s winner was Jamie Godfrey, also from Doncaster Speakers)!

The winner of the International Speech Contest was Billal Jamil, President of Sheffield Speakers.

Gail and Billal will be competing in the Division E Speech Contest, held in Doncaster, on Sunday 27th April.  As the representatives for Area 15, they will be competing against the winners of the Evaluation Contest and International Speech Contest respectively of Division E Areas 39, 51, 48 for the winner to go through to the District Final.

More information about the Division E Contest on 27th April:

A great day is assured with top class speeches and some great examples of evaluation excellence.  What’s more we also have a highly interactive workshop on “Developing Great Leaders,” where you can discover your leadership abilities.

The Day starts at 10.30am with Registration followed by the workshop, with a buffet lunch at 12.00.  The contest starts at 1.00pm and is due to finish around 4.30pm.

The venue is the Regent Hotel in Doncaster (Regent Square, DN1 2DS).  There is street parking in the square and nearby streets with a car park 2 minutes away.

All this for a mere cost of £15.

You need to book in advance before the 18th April at

 or contact Area Governor Jan Antons at

We hope to see plenty of you on 27th April to support our Area 15 winners Gail and Billal!

Our next club meeting is on Monday 28th April.

International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest | Club Contest Night

Last night was our Club Contest Night

We held the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest

And what a fantastic night it was!

Andrew Miller was a brilliant Contest Chair and Alison Kitchman carried out her role as Chief Judge brilliantly. The Counters (Andrea Pashley & Julie Gordon) and the Timekeepers (Michael J Clarke, Michel Ediele & Derek Badger) helped the smooth running of the event.

There were 4 contestants in the International Speech Contest (Derek Badger, Sean Gordon, Gail Powell and Frederika Roberts) and one contestant in the Evaluation Contest (Gail Powell).

In the International Speech Contest, Frederika Roberts was runner up and the winner was Gail Powell.

International Speech Contest | Evaluation Contest | Winner

Gail Powell will be representing Doncaster Speakers in the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Competition at the Toastmasters International AREA 15 Speech Contest at the Jurys Inn Sheffield on Sunday 13th April 2014.

The winners at the Area Contest will go through to the Division E Spring Speech Contest at The Regent Hotel, Doncaster on Sunday 27th April 2014.

Good luck in Sheffield, Gail – we’re all behind you!

Our next ‘regular’ meeting will take place on Monday 14th April from 7pm at The Regent Hotel in Doncaster, as usual.  Join us – we meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month and you can come along for FREE as a guest up to 3 times before deciding whether Toastmasters International is right for you and you’d like to join.  Most of our guests love it so much they join us after just one meeting!


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