Special to GUIDON
Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph McCall placed first in both evaluation and speech contests at the District 8 Spring Conference held each year in Earth City, Missouri. There were five top contestants competing from five different divisions in Missouri and Illinois.
His speech titled, “No More Monkey Business,” earned first place. In this speech, he spoke of the difficulty of a monkey not letting go of his treasure and related that to the difficulty of people not letting go of wrongs done to them.
McCall’s speech will be one of 10 speeches reviewed by a judge at the Region Quarterfinal level. If McCall wins, he will travel to Denver, Colorado in August to compete in the International Speech Contest Semifinals.
The theme for the District 8 Toastmasters Spring Conference was, “Charting the Path.” The conference provided opportunities to plan a path to excellence in entrepreneurship, public relations, personal growth, and more.
This year’s keynote speaker was Sam Silverstein who teaches about accountability. The conference concluded with a dynamic speech contest with the best speakers around Missouri and Illinois
McCall oversees the spiritual well being of Soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 58th Regiment.
His goals are growth in public speaking skills, transforming the lives of others with his public speaking, and winning the 2019 International Speech Contest to be held in Denver, Colorado, August 21 through 24.
He is a member of the Waynesville/St. Robert Toastmasters Club, which meets every Friday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Price Cutter Restaurant, 300 Ichord Ave., in Waynesville.
Anyone interested in growing their communication and leadership skills may attend. For more information call, 417.531.2460.
To learn how Toastmasters International is helping people worldwide, go to www.toastmasters.org.