Winners of local international speech & table topics contest announced

by Lana Bunch, - Red River Toastmasters Club

The Red River Toastmasters Club of Altus recently hosted their annual International Speech and Table Topics Contest. Two contestants used their best speaking skills to entertain the audience in a five-to-seven minute speech. In the Table Topics contest, two contestants listened to a question and were given two minutes to respond with an impromptu verbal presentation to the audience. A panel of judges scored each contestant based on predetermined criteria.

The winners of the contest are: Michael West for Best Speech and Michael Sherlock for Best Table Topics.

Michael West has been a Toastmaster since July 2015 and works as a Contract Specialist on Altus Air Force Base. West, who is an Air Force retiree, is originally from Georgia and enjoys fishing, running, and volunteering in the local community. He is happily married with four children.

Michael Sherlock has been a Toastmaster since April 2015 and currently serves as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Red River Club. He is a contract specialist with the 97th Contracting Flight at Altus Air Force Base and is happily married with three children. Originally from California, he holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he loves to watch the San Francisco Giants and is also a Razorbacks fan.

Red River Toastmasters Club would like to thank Wal-Mart for providing the food and beverages. Their continued support of the Red River Club is greatly appreciated.

The winners from the local Red River Toastmasters Club will advance to the Area Speech Contest which will be held at 9 a.m. at the Great Plains Technology Center, 4500 W. Lee Boulevard, Building 700, Room 701 in Lawton. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this event and support their local Toastmasters.

The Red River Toastmasters Club holds meetings each Tuesday at the Southwest Technology Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to attend. For more information about Red River Toastmasters club of Altus, please call (580) 481-8940 or visit Follow Red River Toastmasters on Facebook at and @RRtoastmasters on Twitter.

by Lana Bunch,

Red River Toastmasters Club

Lana Bunch is the club president

Lana Bunch is the club president

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