Eight children from local elementary schools found their voice competing in The Lion’s Club Annual Effective Speaking contest held on March 6, 2019 at Shelburne’s Dufferin Oaks. Junior and Intermediate speeches covered a variety of poignant topics, including Art Therapy, Why Do We Have To Go To School?, Dirt Biking, Kindness, Respect, Having a Sister, Environmental Impact of Plastic Straws, and Netflix. Entertaining, factual, statistical, moral, ethical, and informative, are just a few words used to describe the talented youth who competed making judging very difficult. All competitors were judged on a number factors and the audience was captivated. What a treat! These young people are just some of the talented local youth who will become leaders tomorrow as public speaking builds confidence, helps children learn to express themselves articulately, fluently and organize logical thinking. While all schools are invited to attend, not all schools did. Case in point, in passed years High School competitors attended the competition. Winners took home prizes and were able to look forward to competing in the next level March 30th in Newstead. Be sure to get involved in this wonderful opportunity, ask local schools, or contact the Shelburne Lions Club to find out more at one of their meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Mel Lloyd Centre at Dufferin Oaks Auditorium, Entrance C.
Intermediate Winners (Above: LtoR) First Place Callista Daly and Second Place Maisie Mesesnel standing beside Lion’s Member Martin Mirander.
Junior Winners (Above: LtoR) First Place Evan Grozier, Third Place, Gabrielle Daly, and Second Place, Ashley Robertson.
If you are unfamiliar with the wonderful community work the Shelburne Lions volunteers do for Sheburne, you have only to visit their website. “The Shelburne & District Lions Club was Chartered in 1975. Since that time the club has raised well over a million dollars for community projects. Every cent raised from the public goes back to the public.Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world,” according to the Shelburne & District Lion Club Website which you can visit by clicking here.
Judges: Jade Noble, Young Adult & Technical Services of The Shelburne Public Library, Alethia O’hara-Stephenson Community Leader, and organizer of TRI-SAS, an after school basketball program held at Glenbrook Elementary and Alex McLellan, Owner/Operator of The Shelburne Freelancer, Shelburne’s Online News Source.