Spring 2016 Area 33 International Speech and Table Topics contests.


“If you could go back in time and talk to your 10 year old self, what advice would you give?”

1st – Kurt Faustin (Tufts Health Plan)
2nd – Zarina Memon (Harvard)
3rd – Wendy Tyra (Watertown Sat)


1st – Kurt Faustin (Tufts Health Plan)
2nd – Leon Welch (Crimson)
3rd – Kun Wang (Harvard)


Zarina Memon
Wendy Tyra, honorable mention

“I was proud of everyone at the contest. We had a very good variety to the speeches and each contestant made a worthy effort. A special thank you to ALL of the contestants and the people who volunteered to help at the contest and who came out to support the contestants!”
—Jesse Welty, Contest Chair

As the weather warms up, our thoughts turn to enjoying the beautiful outdoors of New England. In this spirit, Area 33 brings you a contest with the theme GREAT OUTDOORS!   It’s important that our contest be fair to participants, so the structure of the contest itself will be a familiar Toastmasters International Speech and Table Topics Area Contest with no modifications. However, I’m planning some interesting additions to complement the contests, including:
  • a separate Campers’ Choice award for each contest (in addition to the official, judged awards),
  • nostalgic camp-out foods (including some incarnation of s’mores), and
  • a cheesy (but lovable) photo-op for you to remember the evening with.
And while you don’t need to bring your hiking shorts and canteen to have a great time, creativity is appreciated if you should feel so inclined. I’m planning some kind of award for audience members and contest officials who happen to show up in festive attire.
NEW : Here is the contest agenda: 2016 Spring Agenda + Directions to Contest
The Plan: 
The Mt. Auburn Toastmasters Club have kindly arranged a space for us at Lesley University on April 2nd (Saturday). Here are some key times:
  • 5:00 pm – I will be at the space at 5 pm, setting up.
  • 5:30 pm – functionaries should plan to arrive at 5:30,
  • 5:45 pm – Contestants should plan to arrive no later than 5:45.
  • The contest opens to everyone at 6:00 pm.
  • I’m going to try to have us out by 8:15 pm.
  • It is a Saturday night, so if people are interested, the perfect place to continue celebrating the outdoors post-contest would be State Park at One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Folks are welcome to meet me there for snacks and drinks at 8:40ish.
If you are not taking the T (77 bus, among others / Red Line : Porter), you are no doubt wondering about parking. I refer you to our host’s website for helpful advice.
***** our friends at Lesley have pointed out that the parking meters now run until 8 pm on Saturdays. The change was recent, so our apologies for the short notice.
The building, University Hall, has two prominent entrances along Mass Ave. Take the rightmost entrance and proceed into the building. You should see an elevator on the right with a security desk in front of it. The contest will be held in the auditorium (rm 150) on the 2nd floor. Look for signs.


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If you don’t already have them a contest flyer, here are two versions:

Great Outdoors Thumb-web

Lower quality- under 2 MB

Great Outdoors Thumb-full

Higher quality- about 6 MB

You are welcome to use these to publicize the event to your clubs. They should print equally well at any size.