Monthly Archives: June 2010

Thanet Speakers Club Report, June 10th 2010

The meeting held on Thursday, 10th June 2010 saw a Thanet Speakers Club team practice for the forthcoming final of the Hopper Cup.  The Hopper Cup is a Kent area competition which sees teams from all over the county compete not as individuals, but as cohesive teams.

The Thanet team comprising of Trevor Kenning (Chairman), June Edwards, Ben Harris and Kathleen Smith entertained the audience by performing speeches on the theme of ‘A Moment in Time.’  Members of the club then gave valuable feedback on the speeches for the forthcoming Kent final to be held in Gillingham on the 23rd June 2010. 

The second half of the session saw an entertaining Topics session led by Andrew Thomson which was evaluated by Lisa Emms.  Feedback and advice about the whole evening was given by Ron Sheldrake.

Thanet Speakers Club Meetings are held fortnightly on Thursday evenings at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate at 8.00 p.m.  For further details contact Ian Lockyer (Thanet Speakers Club Publicity Officer) on 01843 592785 or 07775815500 or via email at info@easimarketing.com. Further details can be found on our website http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk

Guests are very welcome to attend without any obligation.

Thanet Speakers Club has a New Club President

Thanet Speakers Club has a new club President.  Doug Weale who has been a member of the club for ten years has been elected to the position which will last for one year.  

Doug said, ’I spent a successful career in one of the most difficult sales environments…life insurance where my very livelihood was dependant on speaking.  It wasn’t until I retired that I became aware of Speaking Clubs and specifically Thanet Speakers Club.   And what pleasure I have found! Making up speeches, listening to others speaking, invitations to speak at functions, the supreme pleasure -speaking to entertain.’

He added, ‘I have many goals in my Presidential Year.  I want to see all members in the club to be challenged in the art of public speaking and I also want them to reach their potential.  I also would like to see our membership to grow and I have great hope for this.’

Thanet Speakers Club Meetings are held fortnightly on Thursday evenings at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate at 8.00 p.m.  For further details contact Ian Lockyer (Thanet Speakers Club Publicity Officer) on 01843 592785 or 07775815500 or via email at info@easimarketing.com. Further details can be found on our website http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk

Guests are very welcome to attend without any obligation.

Thanet Speakers Club Report: Presidents Dinner

Presiding at the annual Presidents Dinner at The Kent International Hotel, Ramsgate on May 29th, Ron Sheldrake  reflected  on his year in Office; one of continued pursuance of the ideals cherished by the club; the practice and improvement of the art of speaking in public, and  his pleasure in the duties of Presidency and planning of the working and the social programmes.

Stephen Burt spoke about how he was inspired to set up Action Stations

Stephen Burt spoke about how he was inspired to set up Action Stations

Guests at dinner were from Toastmaters International,and Chaucer Speakers Club and as always, members` friends and family.  The enjoyment of a fine meal was followed by the speeches in the form of Toasts;  firstly, To The Club:  by guest speaker  Stephen Burt with an  account of his inspirational enterprise, Action Stations.  Stephen Burt spoke about how he was inspired to set up Action Stations which offers people the opportunity to fly with a Spitfire. As Spitfires are only two seaters and cost a fortune t keep in the air, he is able to offer a helicopter flight which flies along side the Spitfire which comes down from Duxford. The whole experience takes in flying over Battle of Britain sites. Gail Sheldrake has done this and says that it is exhilarating.

The President responded with thanks for an entertaining speech.  A Toast to The Guests was delivered with  the quintessence  of after-dinner speaking   by Trevor Kenning, encapsulating curteous sincerity with humour. Eric Jones,responding, a personal guest of his wife,Margaret, was applauded for a most appropriate recollection of his flying experiences, continuing in the  pervading vein of absorbing interest and humour.

This social event is an opportunity for all members and their friends to wine and dine together  and listen to the very best of entertaining speaking. The club, where we learn and practise,offers  a standing invitation to visitors, on the second and fourth Thursday evening of each month.  

Please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or dougweale@dougweale.plus.com  or visit website www.thanetspeakers.org.uk

New Thanet Speakers Club Committee Announced

Following on from the recent AGM, the following members have been elected to serve for the next 12 months in the following posts:

President: Doug Weale
Vice President: Kathleen Smith
Treasurer: Margaret Jones (Assisted by Francies Pointer)
Secretary: Trevor Kenning (Assisted by Ben Harris)
Education Director:   Andrew Thomson
Publicity Officer & Webmaster: Ian Lockyer

ASC Online Speech Contest – Winners Announced!

The winners of the ASC 2010 online speech contest were announced at Conference 2010 in York.

1st Place Patricia Douse – Brecon Speakers Club
2nd Place Adrian Robson – Cardiff Speakers Club
3rd Place Martin Walker – Kirkintilloch Speakers Club

To view the videos of the winners please visit Online Speech Contest 2010.