The members of the 9th Wave Toastmasters Club are learning the value of positive, healthy competition. 

This newly chartered club is inside Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen – and Toastmasters is equipping the men inside with communication skills to help them now as well as when they rejoin our community outside.

9th Wave is going to hold a Speech Contest* in the fall – and the men would like 6 speakers from the outside Toastmasters community to come in and compete against 6 of their top speakers! Their club will hold rounds of contests in August and September to determine their 6 participants, and outside Toastmasters can volunteer to compete – or hold a club contest “just for fun” and send someone!

The contest will be held in October or November in the prison’s visitation room, not inside the prison itself; the experience would not be frightening and the club’s outside sponsors will provide escort and full instructions. Women may also participate as speakers! Outside judges and officiants are also needed, so many hands will be needed to make this event a success.

The men only get one event a year and this contest is what they chose; they are extremely proud to have chartered, and to call themselves 9th Wave Toastmasters!

UPDATE 8/12/19: The contest is on October 16 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Outside participants need to be at Stafford Creek at 5:30 pm to get signed in and badges assigned. The contest will happen in the visitation room, not the interior of the prison; it’s a very safe place! As of this update, only 2 contestants from outside have signed up, and no outside judges: Please consider coming to assist! Each participant’s information is required by the institution no later than August 31. 

Stafford Creek address:
7345 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-6504

-Jim and Vicky Roberts, event coordinators

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*Note: This is not a “sanctioned” contest – meaning it won’t lead to further competition at Area, Division, or District. It will be run like a normal speech contest, following the Speech Contest Handbook.