The International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contests are held in January. The winners go on to represent our club at the Area level, where they compete with winners from 4-5 other clubs.
Winners at the Area level proceed to the District Contest, and so on up the Toastmaster hierarchy until one winner - the World Champion of Public Speaking - is selected at the annual International Convention.
In August, we hold our Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. As the name suggests, these speeches are always humorous and entertaining!
In 2015 one of our members competed at the International level in Las Vegas!
Annual Awards Banquet
This is the elegant affair of the year! Held at a top restaurant in Austin (Green Pastures is a frequent choice), we take this time to honor a local luminary with the Communication Achievement Award.
Past Honorees have included:
Ann Richards, and
Club members are also recognized with awards for the following categories:
Toastmaster of the Year,
Most Improved Speaker,
Best Evaluator, and
Best at Table Topics.
This is the event where you're most likely to meet the spouses of fellow members, former Austin Toastmasters, and Toastmasters from other clubs.
Peter Pan Golf Tournament
As a counterbalance to the "real" golf tournament in the fall, this miniature golf tournament is open to all—no skills or equipment required! The event is traditionally BYO-Beer and "awards" are announced at the end of the tournament.
This 2016 Fall Contest saw two amazing speeches advance to the Area Contest! Jeremy Haston's Tall Tale mesmermized the audience and Shawn Thomas' evaluation gave everyone excellent advice on how to give an effective speech. Good luck to our fellow Toastmasters!
We play golf in October at Willie Nelson's course near Pace Bend Park which is a 9-hole course. There are contests for the longest drive, and closest to the hole - but that doesn't mean skill is involved. In fact, for some people, this may be the first round of golf they have played in their lives. With the scramble format you don't have to be good, you just have to be in the mood for some fun. The weather's usually gorgeous in October, and the suds are flowing on many a cart.
White Elephant Holiday Party
We celebrate the holiday season in style by having this get-together and exchanging white elephant gifts. This is always a fun party, but if you are uninitiated, be forewarned that you may be opening something that would not earn a PG rating. Sure, there are some keeper gifts….1 or 2 each year. Then there's the perennial Chia something-or-other, and who knows what else. We have dinner pot-luck style, giving members a chance to showcase their culinary talents. Caroling is not on the agenda - we're speakers, not singers - but caravans to see the lights on 37th Street have been known to occur.