Two rotating series of contests are held each fall and
each spring. In the autumn, Toastmasters may compete in the
Humorous Speech along with either the Evaluation Contest
or the Table Topics Contest. In the spring, Toastmasters may compete in the
International Speech Contest along with either the Tall Tales Contest,
the Table Topics Contest, or the Evaluation Contest.
The purpose of a speech contest is to provide an
opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities,
to recognize individual Toastmasters as an encouragement
to all, and to provide an opportunity for all Toastmasters
to learn by observing speakers who have benefited from their
Toastmasters training. Each contest focuses on a particular
set of skills, providing a terrific opportunity to learn
about a specific area of communication. The different
types of contests conducted in District 1 are summarized below.
Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club
level. Club winners compete at the local Area Contest.
Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests.
Division Contest winners compete at the District Conference.
District International and Humorous Speech contest winners compete at the
Regional Conference. Winners of the regional International Speech
Contest go on to represent the region at the International level.
In general, to be eligible for any contest, a contestant must be a
member in good standing of a club in good standing (dues current).
If a member belongs to more than one club, the member may enter the club
contest for each club where he/she maintains good standing.
However, a contestant may not represent more than one club at
the Area level, even if the clubs are in different Areas or
Divisions. District officers may not compete in any contest.
For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must have
completed six speech projects from the basic Competent Communication (CC) manual.
See the Speech Contest Rulebook for complete eligibility requirements.
An updated copy of the rulebook is sent to clubs each year. Copies of the rulebook
may also be purchased from Toastmasters International.
Additional eligibility information from Toastmasters-International Speech Contest Eligibility Requirements Memo (January 2005).
The following chart summarizes some of the details about speaking
contests held in District 1, an organizational part of Toastmasters with a rough
geographic boundary encompassing the western half of Los Angeles.