RANCHO SANTA FE — Shapar Ostovar’s compelling speech about how she escaped a violent marriage in her native Iran through education and determination won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the spring area contest on April 17 held at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center.
Ostovar, a member of the Del Mar Toastmasters, will now advance to regional competition May 1. The culmination of the competition of about 10,000 clubs worldwide will be the World Champion of Public Speaking, at the Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Springs this summer.
“You might be in the presence of greatness,” said Distinguished Toastmaster Gerry Rose, who emceed the Rancho Santa Fe event. “The winner of the international contest this year is the first step of the journey.”
Six toastmaster clubs including Del Mar, Callaway, Encinitas, North Coast, Palomar Airport and Rancho Santa Fe fielded contestants in two categories during the event, each having won the contest at their own clubs.
Emiko Jaffe started things off by giving an inspiring speech about mastering skills. The idea was to give contestants something to constructively criticize during their own Evaluation Contest during which they were evaluated by judges.
Steve Ostrow of the North Coast Club won first place in the Evaluation Contest, with Patrick Crais of the Rancho Santa Fe club coming in second. Other contestants in that competition were Brent Ringoot of the Encinitas Club, Chad Rothbart of the Calloway Club, Peggy Evans of the Del Mar Club and Shelly Murasko of the Palomar Airport Club.
Coming in second behind Ostovar in the International competition was Dan Williams of the Palomar Airport Club with his speech about “Mistakes,” which can provide valuable feedback. The other contestants in the international category were Ingrid Pederson of the Encinitas Club, Laura Akers of the Rancho Santa Fe Club, Jason Jordan of the Calloway Club and Jim Hardison of the North Coast Club.
The event was hosted by area governor Woody Wilson. Past District Governor Joyce Persichilli was chief judge and David Glendenning was the chairman of the contest.
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