Quest Toastmasters has a new celebrity in the membership ranks. “Our first place winner in the Evaluation Contest is … Michelle Tandoc,” announced Circe Denyer, Distinguished Toastmaster and Contest Chair for the Fall Conference held at Sportsman’s Lodge Friday evening, November 4, 2016. Michelle told the almost 200 person audience in her interview taken before the winners were announced, that she has only been a Toastmaster for a little over a year. She also expressed she was inspired to evaluate when she visited another club in Santa Clarita, SCV Chamber speaks and listened to a training talk on evaluations. She said she understood “to make it motivating and give the speaker something meaty that they can take away and really learn from.” The Fall Conference is one of two Toastmasters conferences held each year. Only a portion of the program is dedicated to speaking and evaluating competitions and the evaluation contest is only held in the fall. The 6 competitors had already won in their respective, club, area and division during the months prior to Friday evening. Michelle is in Division F, competing against clubs form the San Fernando Valley area. Michelle Tandoc is an example of how members of the Santa Clarita Toastmasters clubs can excel in a short period of time because of the opportunities for learning. Santa Clarita is rich with clubs, open to all members of the community and all of them teach through a self-paced program of communication and leadership. There are 5 clubs open to anyone. Quest, Valencia Toastmasters, Outliers, Daybreak and SCV Chamber Speaks. There is a new club forming that meets at Barnes and Noble on Valencia Blvd, called Barnstorming. Clubs with no membership restrictions invite anyone to visit and see what the Toastmasters program offers. The next local Toastmasters conference will be in May of 2017. The competition will be for the coveted title of World Champion of Public Speaking. The winner of the District International Speech contest will represent District 52 in Vancouver, Canada at the International competition. Information for Toastmasters clubs in the Santa Clarita Valley, can be seen on a joint website, http://santaclaritatoastmasters.com.