TOASTMASTERS CONTEST COMING TO PHOENIX
By Timothy Owens and Raul G. Amavisca
Coming soon to Phoenix is the Toastmasters Paiute Division International Speech and Table Topics Division Contest. The winning contestants from an earlier Area P1 contest consisting of Capitol, State Expressions, Palm Lane and Az You Like It Toastmasters clubs will participate in the division contest on April 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm at the State Compensation Fund Building on 3030 N. Third Street, Eighth Floor. Those contestants who will compete are Ahmad Daniels of AZ You Like It in Speech and Vasanti Deshpande of Palm Lane in Table Topics. This is an entertaining event as the best speakers from the Paiute Division areas compete so be sure to be there. Food and beverages will be provided.
Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed., is a professional presenter and facilitator with over twenty years experience in community outreach programs, diversity training and African American History. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Vasanti Deshpande has been a Toastmaster for 11 years and she is a Distinguished Toastmaster. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She works for the Maricopa County as a Permit Engineer. In addition to her numerous hobbies, Vasanti has a passion for public speaking and she believes that Toastmasters has helped her think on her feet. That ability helped her win the Table Topics contest at the area level.
In the event the winners are unavailable, their alternates will compete. They are Ian Stoddern of State Expressions for Table Topics and Bill Kohn of Capitol for the Speech contest.
Ian Stoddern Bsc, MBIBB, has been a Toastmaster for two years and is President of State Expressions Toastmasters. He comes from England and moved to the USA nine years ago after serving 22 years in the Royal Navy. Ian is a Martial Arts Instructor, and has a Degree in English and History. He presently works for the Phoenix Transit Police Department. According to Ian, joining Toastmasters is one of the best things he has done allowing him to improve his public speaking while teaching.
Bill Kohn, MBA, has been a Toastmaster for just over a year. He joined the Capitol club in order to gain confidence and experience with speaking in public. He felt that competing in the speech contest was a terrific experience which challenged him to expand his confidence level. Bill currently serves the people of Arizona at the Department of Transportation, working with the Equipment Services team.
Area P1 clubs are mostly made up of state workers (active and retired) as well as those that do business with the state, though everyone is welcome. Stop by and visit a club and see how it will benefit your communications and leadership skills. . . or just have fun. You can find the clubs and their meeting times at www.Toastmasters.org.