A. To be eligible to compete at any level of the international Speech Contest, an individual must:
1. Be a Toastmaster in good standing of a Club in good standing.
2. Have completed at least six manual speeches in the Communication and Leadership Program manual prior to the Club contest.
3. If a new, dual, or reinstated member, have dues current with Toastmasters International.
4. A member must maintain eligibility at all levels of any contest. If at any level it is discovered that a contestant was ineligible to compete at any previous level, the contestant must he disqualified even if the ineligibility is not discovered until a later level and has been corrected.
B. Only one kind of exception may be made to the requirements listed above. A charter member of a Club chartered since the previous July 1 is eligible to compete. (The Club must be officially chartered prior to the Area contest.)
C. The following are ineligible for competition in any contest: incumbent International Officers and Directors; District Officers (Governor, any Lieutenant Governor, Division Governor, Area Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, or Public Relations Officer) whose terms expire June 30; International Officer and Director candidates; Immediate Past District Governors; District Officers or announced candidates for the term beginning the upcoming July 1 .
D. The winner of the contest finals held each August during the International Convention is not eligible to compete again at any level.
E. Toastmasters who are members in more than one Club and who meet all other eligibility requirements may compete in each Club contest in which membership in good standing is held. However, should they win more than one Club International Speech Contest, the contestant may represent only one of the Clubs at the Area level. No contestant can compete in more than one Area International Speech Contest, even if the two Areas are in different Divisions or different Districts.
F. A contestant must be a member in good standing of the Club, Area, Division, District, or Region being represented when competing in a speech contest at the next level.
G. Each contestant must complete the Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality (form 1183) and submit it to the chief judge prior to the contest.
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Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM/ATM-S/CL
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2002