NIU hosted the Kyushu regional Toastmasters competition on March 13. For the second year in a row, members gathered at the NIU campus to select Kyushu's best speaker who will go on to compete at the national Toastmasters competition. This year's participants came from clubs in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Dazaifu and Kurume.
"All candidates, including observers, were proactive and energetic," said attendee Yuma Sugiyama. A 3rd year student at NIU, he first became involved with the Toastmasters while studying abroad in the UK by joining the Guildford Speakers Club adding, "I would like to join the competition representing the NIU Speakers Club, which is going to be set up this year."