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January 07, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - First City Toastmasters Club is hosting a humorous speech contest called HOT AIR, COLD NIGHTS in conjunction with the Festival of the North. Jim Donaghey will be the guest Toastmaster for the evening. Donaghey, from Juneau, has been a Toastmaster for over 28 years.

According to Bonnie Paddock, First City Toastmasters Event Chairman, Donaghey is an engaging speaker, but the contestants are the centerpiece for the evening. Some speakers are First City Toastmasters and some are not she said..

There will be a panel of judges, and each speech is timed to not exceed 7 1/2 minutes. Attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite speaker. Paddock said, "We'll also be holding an impromptu Joke Telling Contest. Just another way to let your voice be heard!"

Jim Donaghey serves as S.E. Alaska's Area Governor for the Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters. Donaghey says his experience includes "16-12-9-28-65-1-43-3-3-1-6-35-7-28", so come find out what this is all about said Paddock.

Toastmasters International is a membership organization dedicated to experiential learning of communication and leadership skills. There are more than 200,000 members in 10,000 clubs in 80 countries. Paddock said, "We accomplish this learning through weekly meetings where we participate in various leadership tasks or speaking opportunities, followed by encouraging evaluations from fellow members who help us see what we did well and where we might improve." She explained there are several accomplishment levels one can achieve in Toastmasters. For example, initially one can become a Competent Communicator which requires completing a 10-project manual of basic public speaking and communication skills.

HOT AIR, COLD NIGHTS takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 7 p.m., Sunny Point Conference Center, 4th floor, at The Landing. It is hosted by First City Toastmasters. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.


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