Area Toastmasters Members Compete At Area Contest

Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, held its annual spring competition on Feb. 5 at the Crown Banquet Hall in Jamestown. The winners in two categories went on to take half the trophies in the area contest at Moog Inc. in East Aurora on March 2.

In the international contest, the challenge was to create an original and authentic speech with an inspiring message or a compelling call to action. Kate Ebersole won second place and many hearts with her speech, “The Gift of Life.”

The challenge for the tall tales contest was to write and perform a story rich with twists and puns in which the limits of credibility were stretched. Ned Lindstrom won second place and some chuckles with his speech, “Dr Whom.”

Chautauqua Talks meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Crown Business Center (in the building with First Congregational Church), 316 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Potential members and guests are encouraged and welcomed to attend to observe and learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment.

Due to occasional scheduling changes, those interested in attending are asked to contact or 499-4817 in advance to confirm the meeting date and time.

For more information, visit the chapter website at chautauquatalks.toastm or Toastmasters International at