Club-level competitions were recently held for the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation Contests. Winners from this competition will represent the Toastmasters in the area contests to be held in Akron March 8.The contests are an opportunity for speakers to fine tune their skills. In the international speech contest, the participants present original speeches with any topic, five to seven minutes in length. They are judged in a number of criteria including speech development, effectiveness, physical delivery, voice and manner.In the evaluation contest, two to three minutes in length, a target speaker gives a speech which all the evaluation contestants are to evaluate. They are able to advance as far as the regional level.Each August, winners from the eight regions and the overseas clubs (nine contestants in all) compete at the World Convention in the World Championship of Public Speaking, taking place this year in Atlanta, Ga.The club, area and division contests are free and open to the public.