We are nearing the start of the 2021-2022 speech contest season. All contests at the Area, Division & District levels will be held virtually.  

District 35 Speech Contest Team

Speech Contest Chair

Jennifer Kibicho, DTM


International Speech Contest Coordinator

Carl Ervin,DTM

Email: cw_ervin@yahoo.com

Table Topics Speech Contest Coordinator

Amy Linn-Strosin

DTM Email: amy.strosin@gmail.com

Chief Judge

Judy Bauer, DTM

Email: jbauertm@hotmail.com

Our District is sponsoring two contests:

  • Table Topics Speech Contest—final contest will be at the District Level
  • International Speech Contest—winner will advance to the International Semi-Finals Speech Contest

Speech Contest Important Timeline:

  • December 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022: Club-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (clubs have the option to conduct their contests on-line)
  • February 1, 2022 – March 26, 2022: Area-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (virtual contest)
  • March 31, 2022 – May 1, 2022: Division-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (virtual contest)
  • May 7, 2022: District-level Table Topics and International Speech Contest (virtual contest) · Please check out the District 35 Calendar for the actual dates for each contest.

Special note for Area and Division Contests:

  • Areas with 4 or fewer clubs in good standing can have 2 contestants from each club compete in the area contest.
  • Divisions with 4 areas or fewer can have the 2 highest-placed available contestants from each Area compete.

Please contact your area or division director for more details.

Contestant Resources:

Toastmasters Speech Contest Tutorials

How to rock the contest stage? By Eric Feinendegen.

The Ultimate Speech and Presentation Day Checklist By Eric Feinendegen

January 19, 2022 Virtual Workshop: Chief Judge Training with Judy Bauer, DTM

Contest Chair Resources

Speech Contest Digital Content: 

Speech Contest Planning Tips:

Roles and Responsibilities Checklist

Contest Preparation Timeline

Contest Roles and Responsibilities

Event Supply Checklist 

Contest Agenda Tips

Sample Contest Agenda (Word)

Sample Contest Agenda (Publisher)

Contestant Briefing

D35 Sample Contest Script

Contest Sign-in Sheet

Contest Dignitary Sign-in Sheet

Chief Judge Resources

Judges Briefing

Ballot Counter Briefing

Timer Briefing

SAA Briefing

Virtual Contest Resources 

Video Training

Timer Virtual Backgrounds (zip file)

Online Speech Contest Best Practices

Please also see these resources from Toastmasters International:

2021/2022 Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook

Toastmasters International Contest Information

Speech Contest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)virtual