Novato Resident Keeps Them Laughing

2nd Place Winner Kate James and Speech Evaluation Contestant Shira Marin
2nd Place Winner Kate James and Speech Evaluation Contestant Shira Marin
Kate James of Novato takes 2nd Place in Area C-24 Speech Contest

Kate James of Novato won second place in the Humorous Speech Contest at the Toastmasters District 57, Area C-24 Contest at the Fair Isaacs Building on September 17, 2013.

Area C-24 includes Toastmasters Clubs from San Rafael, Novato and Petaluma. 


Kate previously won the Standing Orations Club level of this humorous competition. If the 1st Place winner, Trevor Frampton of Petaluma, is unable to compete in the Toastmasters Division C Contest in Greenbrae on October 29, 2013, she will take his place.


At this contest she was up against some stiff competition. All the speeches were excellent, humorous, entertaining, and brilliantly presented, delighting Toastmasters and guests alike.  Kate’s speech, “Why I’ll Never Date Again” regaled the crowd with her recalling some of her past dates.   


Kate is a graduate of UC Davis.  She is a long time member of Standing Orations Toastmasters Club that meets Wednesdays at noon in the Board of Supervisors Chambers of the Marin County Civic Center.  She has completed and achieved her Competent Communicator and Competent Leader Awards and is working towards her Advanced Communicator award. She currently is the Club Vice President of Membership.  


Non-members are welcome to attend Standing Orations Club meetings for free, to enjoy speeches on a variety of topics and to consider joining the Club in order to improve their own speaking and leadership skills. The club has over twenty-five members from all walks of life, including employees of the County and nearby Autodesk, entrepreneurs, writers and students.

Because it is a one hour meeting at lunch time, it is easy to fit into the schedule of anyone working or living in Central Marin or Northern Marin. For more information, contact Kathryn Dougherty, Club President at standing_orations@yahoo.com or (415) 264-4913.


About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.


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