Sharon Martin, past president of the Puyallup-based Talk of the Town Toastmasters, will participate in an Evaluation and International contest at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 2) at the Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way South.
Martin will present her speech, “Change is a Good Thing,” which won at the club and area level.
Talk of the Town Toastmasters is an affiliated club of Toastmasters International, a global nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills.
The May 2 contest represents clubs in Division D of District 32. Winners at the division level will go on to compete at the District 32 conference on May 16 at Pacific Lutheran University. The winner of the District 32 conference will qualify to compete at the Toastmasters International Convention this August in Las Vegas.
During her time with the Talk of the Town Toastmasters, Martin has earned the Advanced Communicator Silver level after presenting 30 speeches. Her ability to fill roles within the club also got her the Competent Leader award.
“Toastmasters has allowed me to meet new, wonderful people and to listen and enjoy speeches that I would not have had the opportunity to hear. It has opened my eyes to the life experiences of other people,” Martin said in a release. “While all of this is wonderful, most importantly I have grown in my own communication and public speaking skills and watched as others around me did the same. It has been a source of great laughter, joy and friendship.”
The public is encouraged to attend the competitions, where they can learn more about club participation. Talk of the Town Toastmasters meets at noon on Wednesdays at Puyallup City Hall, Room 504. More information is available at cityofpuyallup.org/talk-town-toastmasters-club.