At high noon on March 2, Metro Toastmasters will host their “Rumble in South Texas” speech contest to determine the best public speaker in McAllen.

It will be held at the McAllen Memorial Library, 601 N. Main Street in the third floor conference room. Visitors are welcome to attend this one-hour event.

The club, which meets weekly on Mondays at the Library and normally has one to two speakers a week, has seen a surge of speech making in the past two months as members have been preparing for the speech contest. Recent meetings have had three to four prepared speeches.

“Metro Toastmasters is a very supportive group, we are always helping each other become better speakers”, says Tony Navarra, President of Metro Toastmasters, “but when there is a contest, the gloves come off and everyone works hard to be the best.”

Time after time, polls have shown that public speaking is the Number 1 fear. Death usually is fear number two or three.

Navarra continues, “We work hard with people to get them speaking in public quickly. Once they realize that the club is a supportive environment and that standing in front of a group does not cause “sudden death,” they quickly grow as a speaker.”

Phyllis Allen, vice president of education, added, “Improving your speaking skills has a spill-over effect in all areas of your life. Your relationships will improve, your job performance and prospects will improve, and your feelings about yourself will improve. Getting to practice in a supportive environment is the fastest way to change your life for the better.”

The winner of the Metro Toastmasters “Rumble in South Texas” will go on to compete against all the Toastmaster clubs in the lower Rio Grande Valley in the area contest. The winner could continue all the way to the World Championship of Public Speaking to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention in August.

Metro Toastmasters Club meets every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the McAllen Memorial Library, 601 N. Main in the third floor conference room. Visitors are always welcome.

For more information, contact Tony Navarra at 956-618-0330 or Mary Thomas-Miller at 956-630-5130.