the chief judge, who was Gigi Degala of Simply Speaking, collects the ballot. Michael Bray was the debate facilitator.
He kept everyone informed on the rules and introduced the debaters much as a Toastmaster at a meeting does. The event happened because
Darryle Brown of Simply Speaking challenged the Front Range Toastmasters, who have had several debates in the past, to a debate.
The debate handbook by Toastmasters International was used to guide the debate and the judging. It is a very creative way to get more
members and to develop new speaking skills. The teams both researched the question with Simply Speaking using a research team to find
key points for their team to make.
Julia Davis, district governor, recognized Dirk at the end of the meeting for achieving his DTM with this project.
Oh, yes! The winning team was the affirmative, Front Range Toastmasters on this night. What a fantastic evening a group of
Toastmasters experienced because leaders in the two clubs soared to the next level of creativity. I encourage you to look at our
district web site for ideas to spice up your next meeting.