Club hosts speech contest

Winners advance to district championships

The Rise and Shine Toastmasters in Abbotsford celebrates its 20th anniversary by hosting the Toastmasters International Division K Speech Contest on Friday, April 11.

The contest takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room B101 (the lecture theatre) at University of the Fraser Valley’s (UFV) Abbotsford campus.

The event consists of eight inspirational speeches and a speech-evaluator contest showcasing eight contestants. Winners advance to the district championships in Kelowna from May 2 to 4 and, from there, to the world championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Aug. 20 to 24.

Rise and Shine Toastmasters began June 1, 1993, training and developing speakers and leaders of all ages from all walks of life.

Toastmasters assists people to overcome their fears of public speaking, to improve their self-confidence and relationship-building skills, and to become better community leaders.

Admission to the speech contest is $5. For more information about the Rise and Shine Toastmasters, visit The group meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at UFV.