Petaluma Resident Reveals Secret Identity

The Winner’s Group photo: Contest winner Jeanene Gibson (left) and Kathryn Dougherty (right), Club President and speech contest participant.
The Winner’s Group photo: Contest winner Jeanene Gibson (left) and Kathryn Dougherty (right), Club President and speech contest participant.

Jeanene Gibson wins Toastmaster Speech Contest

Jeanene Gibson of Petaluma took first place in the Table Topics Speech Contest at the Toastmasters District 57, Area C-24 competition held at Casa Grande High School on March 13, 2014.  Area C-24 includes Toastmasters Clubs from San Rafael, Novato and Petaluma. 

Jeanene represented Standing Orations Toastmasters Club of San Rafael.  Each contestant was given two minutes for an impromptu speech inspired by the words, “I’m known as…”  In her speech, Jeanene described her secret identity as a pie eating contest winner.  She will go on to represent Area C-24 and compete in the Division C Contest in Greenbrae on April 8th.  More information about the contest can be found at www.d57tm.org.   

An employee of the Department of Public Works for the County of Marin, Jeanene 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 achieved her Competent Leader Award, is working towards her Competent Communicator award and is a Past President of the Club.  She was also the Marin County Employee of the Month in January 2011. 

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, artists, film editors 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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