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Area 21 Spring Speech contests

Hull Speakers hosted the first ever Area 21 Spring Speech contests and Doncaster Speakers took a full part with a strong supporting team for the entrants – Bridget Pearson and Michael J Clarke in the International Speech contest and Michael J Clarke and Andrew Miller in the Evaluation contest.

Michael J Clarke won the International Speech contest and Andrew Miller won the Evaluation contest – both will now go forward to the Division E contests in Birmingham on April 23.
A further congratulation to Area Director Pauline Westrop (also a member of Doncaster Speakers) for arranging an excellent contest.

Thanks to Steve Bisby for the photos!

Area 21 Int Speech Contestants

Area 21 International Speech contest winner Michael J Clarke

Area 21 Evaluation Speech Contestants

Area 21 Evaluation Speech contest winner Andrew Miller


“How to craft a competition Speech” | Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller with Area 21 Awards board

On Monday Jan 30th 2017 the club took advantage of the fifth Monday in the month to hold a Strictly Speaking and Evaluation event.

Andrew Miller shared his story of how he progressed from winning our club competition, to winning in Area 15 to winning the contest to represent Division E in two District competitions.  We are delighted he has agreed that we can share it here so it can reach a wider audience.

Thank you Andrew!

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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