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Monday 10/6: Laugh!--at the Humorous Speech Contest

It's fun! It's funny! You're invited to visit the Toastmasters Area Clubs annual Humorous Speech Contest. Also included is a "Table Topics" contest where contestants have to answer a question spontaneously in under two minutes.

Monday, October 6, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Rose City Park United Methodist Church (auxiliary building)

5850 NE Alameda St., Portland (off of Sandy and 60th)

Go in left-hand door and follow signs upstairs.

For more information, contact Dick Moser: 503-288-8806

You're also welcome to visit the host club: Columbia Center Toastmasters, which meets every Saturday in the same location from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This club has been meeting for 15 years and currently has 20 active members.

ABOUT TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL (www.toastmasters.org) Through club activities and conferences, Toastmasters helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills while fostering self-confidence and personal growth.

From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 235,000 members in 11,700 clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.