International Speech Contest Win 2017 !

We are excited to announce that Townsend Toastmaster Ali Zia placed 1st in the International Speech and 2nd in the Table Topics! 

The Area Contest was held on Wednesday, March 29th for both Table Topics and International Speech. It was a combined Area C1 and Area C6 contest. 


Special thank you to Ping Ho, our Area C1 Director, for organizing and running the show! Thanks to our club for hosting: Akshay Gangam (Pre-planning, setup, Sergeant at Arms), Eliza Wong (Setup/Sergeant at Arms), Bernice Lim (Setup), Mirus Lu (check-in) and Jason Alarcon (Timer). 

Congratulations to Ali - 1st place Area C1 International Speech Contest! 

He moves on to the next level at this contest: 
Division C Contest 
Friday, April 28th 5:30-8pm 
UCSF Mission Hall 
550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94143

Fall 2016 - Area Contest Results
September 20, 2016

The Area Contest was held on Monday, September 19, for both Evaluation and Humorous Speech. It was a combined Area C1 and Area C6 contest (co-chaired by Ping Ho, one of our club members). We are excited to announce that both Mirus and Roberta placed 1st in their contests!
Area C1 and C6 winners of Evaluation and Humorous Speech contests
Congratulations to Roberta Guise - 1st place Area C1 Evaluation Contest! Her evaluation of a speech from the Test Speaker on unconscious bias was well-organized and thoughtful.

Congratulations to Mirus Lu - 1st place Area C1 Humorous Speech Contest! His speech on "A Relationship Milestone for the 21st Century" on building IKEA furniture was funny and taught us some lessons about relationships too.

Mirus and Roberta will both be representing Area C1 in the Division C contest on October 12 at Dolby Labs at 1275 Market Street. Registration details will appear on the District 4 website soon:

Area Contest Results
March 23, 2016

The Area D1 contest was held tonight and both club members who competed placed in their respective contests.  Congratulations to Roberta & Jason!

Roberta Guise won the Table Topics contest with her slogan for her Presidential race.

Jason Okui placed 2nd in the International Speech contest with his story of how his grandparents met.

Roberta moves on to compete in the next contest, the Division D Table Topics contest on April 14.  Find more details here:

Club Contest Results
Feb 22, 2016

Congratulations to our club contest winners!

Winners of the Table Topics contest
International Speech Contest:
1st Place Jason Okui "How I Met Your Grandmother"
2nd Place Mudassir Sheikh "Making Popsicles on High Camp"

Table Topics Speech Contest:
1st place:  Roberta Guise
2nd place: Mudassir Sheikh
3rd place:  Kelly Parker
4th place:  Tasha Pelaez

First place winners will represent our club in the Area contest which will be held in March.

Organizers of the contest

And finally, my sincerest thanks to the contest committee who helped me make this contest a reality! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

- Ping Ho | VP of Education

Member Appreciation Day

Oct 26, 2015

We had a special meeting at our club where we had lots of guests and snacks were served with our regular meeting. Here's a picture from the event.

townsend toastmasters soma - members

Club Announcements
Oct 15, 2015

Division D Contest results!  We are very proud of two club members who competed in the Division D contests. 
  • Congratulations to Tomas Pueyo who got 1st place in the Humorous Speech Contest!
  • Congratulations to Jason Okui who placed 2nd for the Evaluation contest!
Tomas moves on to compete at the final contest at the District level being held at the District 4 Fall Conference on November 7th. Good luck!!
Area D1 Contest Award


Division D Contest results!

posted Oct 15, 2015, 11:18 PM by Ping Ho
The Division D contests were held on tonight (October 15) at McKesson in San Francisco.  The competition was fierce and, now, the results are in!

Tomas Pueyo is the 1st place winner for the Humorous Speech Contest!
His speech, "European Dis-Union", was full of hilarious insights (and maybe just a few sarcastic remarks) about the European Union and "old" Europe.  He'll be competing in the final level at the District Fall Conference on Nov 7th:

Tomas giving his speech in the contest

Congratulations to the master of feedback, Jason Okui, who won 2nd place in the Evaluation Contest!  His astute evaluation of a test speaker talking about going from "woe to wow" was detailed, organized and included thoughtful suggestions for improvement.

Jason giving his evaluation

Great job!  So happy and proud of your accomplishments!

Club Contest on August 31

posted Aug 31, 2015, 1:40 PM by Ping Ho 
Congratulations to our club contest winners!

Humorous Speech Contest: 
1st place: Tomas Pueyo
2nd place: Mudassir Sheikh

Evaluation Contest: 
1st place: Jason Okui
2nd place: Bernice Lim
3rd place: Tomas Pueyo

Open House May 18, 2015

posted Jul 13, 2015, 5:08 PM by Ping Ho 
Thank you everyone who attended and participated in our Open House meeting on May 18.  It was a result of a lot of good team work and it was great to see so many guests!

May 1, 2015

Toastmasters magazine publishes Roberta Guise's letter to the editor in the May 2015 edition.  Read the entire letter here:  Letters_May 2015.pdf

2012 Rodney Paul featured in the Faces of Four section of the District 4 newsletter:
Rodney's interview on Faces of Four

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