It’s Toastmasters contest season

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 27, 2015

The laughter is ringing out in North Carolina as Toastmaster clubs all over the state hold their Humerous and Evaluation contests.  Members compete within their clubs and advance to their area contests.  Concord based clubs Yawn Patrol and Hostmasters of the Carolinas along with Salisbury based People Growing Together (PGT) are in the same area as Goldmine.

At Goldmine Toastmasters, Joyce Preston won the Humorous contest for her “Pick Me” speech.  Sonny Tolbert was placed second with his “You’ve Got a Friend speech.   Sonny and Joyce advanced to the Area Humorous contest.

Tim Edwards from People Growing Together (PGT) was the target speaker for Goldmine’s evaluation contest.  Tim presented his “It Could Happen to You” speech.   Joyce Preston won and Phyllis Kombol placed second.  Phyllis and Joyce advanced to the Area Contest.

The area contest was held at Canon School in Concord, NC.  There were seven speakers and  seven evaluators in the contest.  The Humorous contest was won by Sonny Tolbert from Goldmine.  The Evaluation contest was won by David Crescenzo from PGT.  Joyce Preston from Goldmine placed second in both contests.  Candy Overcash from Hostmasters placed third in the Humerous contest and Tom Booker (Yawn Patrol) placed third in the evaluation contest.

Sonny Tolbert and David Crescenzo advance to the Division Contest (the Charlotte area) which will be held at the U Center in Mooresville, NC on October 3, 2015.  The winners of this contest will compete in the District Contests which represents the State of NC.

Goldmine recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and has hosted this hysterical and historical annual event for more than 27 years.  The annual contests are attended by local club members, family and guests, and top officers from across the state.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping members improve their communication and leadership skills.  Communication is defined as speaking, listening, and thinking.  Goldmine Toastmasters meets every Saturday morning 8:30-10:00 at Christian Connect Church in Concord.  Guests are always welcome! Contact Janice Silva at or Joyce Preston at


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