DUNEDIN — The Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters #2166 members Ron Beadenkopf and Nana Westmark, both of Clearwater, won first place in the International Speech and Table Topics contest, respectively, held on Feb. 4 at Unity Community Church in Dunedin.
Both first place winners advance to the area-level competition, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the Clearwater Main Library. The area-level competition is free and open to the public.
Ron Beadenkopf competed against three other speakers during the International Speech Contest to earn the title of Best Speaker. His emotionally-charged speech titled “Warriors Walk” reminded the audience of the sacrifice the military makes. Steve Hendershott of Dunedin placed second with his presentation of the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida.
Nana Westmark competed against two others during the Table Topics Contest. Table Topics is a display of extemporaneous speaking skills. During Table Topics, each speaker delivers a 1-3 minute “off the cuff” answer to a question that is not known in advance. Amanda Hunt of Dunedin placed second in the Table Topics Contest.
During the next round of competition, the first-place winners from Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club will compete against the winners from other Area 21 Toastmasters Clubs to compete in the Toastmasters District 48 conference which will be held in May in Tampa.