PUBLISHED: 4:25 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Toastmasters convene for humorous speech, evaluation

  UAS' Kevin Myers with Bob Price.
The Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters (YACT) held its Spring 2005 Conference at the Baranof Hotel and St. Ann's Center in Juneau on May 6th, 7th, and 8th. The conference featured Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests and drew over 50 participants from around Alaska and the Yukon.

Six speakers competed in the Humorous Speech contest, drawn from winners of two levels of previous contests. The winning speaker was Peggy Bennett from Fairbanks, followed by Karl Reiche from Anchorage and Corey Roussell from Whitehorse, Yukon. The Evaluation contest featured five participants who evaluated a humorous speech delivered by Kevin Myers, UA Southeast Director of PR and Marketing. The winner of the Evaluation contest was Marilyn Holmes of Juneau.

The theme of the YACT conference was "What's So Funny?" It also featured workshops on how to develop humorous speeches, improve leadership skills, and mentor others. Bob Price, a member of Taku Toastmasters Club served as the Conference Chair. Nine other Juneau members also served on the committee.

Toastmasters International is an 80-year old organization devoted to improving communication and leadership skills. More than 20 clubs are spread throughout Alaska and the Yukon, including two in Juneau. For more information about Toastmasters and YACT, visit and