Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 23rd June 2011 (by Doug Weale)

The meeting held on June 23rd was chaired by June Edwards, began with an introductory warm-up, giving all present the opportunity to speak and prepare the right atmosphere. 

The Club President conducted an enthusiastic Business Session, outlining plans for the near future, both social and academic. There followed a maiden speech by newcomer John Poole, with recollections of his youth; he now looks forward to addressing the remaining basic assignments of the Guide Book. John’s speech was followed by club president Kathleen Smith, who undertook an assignment, demonstrating the use of gestures in public speaking.

The customary impromptu speaking session followed conducted by Doug Weale, inviting those present, to address subject matter of topical interest, without prior knowledge or preparation. The responses and delivery of each speaker were analysed and appraised with constructive evaluation by Trevor Kenning, whose experience constantly offers valued encouraging advice for progress.   Education Director Frances Pointer gave an overall summary of the meeting, defining its success, and the enthusiasm of all taking part.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays monthly, at the Royal Temple Yacht Club; visitors are always welcome; please contact Doug Weale on 592221 or alternatively visit our website  for further details.


Thanet Speakers Club Report – 9th June 2011 (by Doug Weale)

A significant meeting, chaired by Trevor Kenning maintained the standards set in the club’s history .  After an initial warm-up, the Agenda began in earnest. A business session, revealing the enthusiasm of the new President for the programme ahead.

Then, a maiden speech by Martin Easton, delivered with conviction and obvious in-depth knowledge of  his subject, the successful allied D-Day landings in Europe, was evaluated by President, Kathleen Smith with due praise, and a deserving pass-mark accompanied by recommendations for points to be addressed, which will improve the skill of the new member.  Such evaluative appraisal is at the heart of the learning curve of the club’s ideal, set by the Association to which we belong.

There followed, by the retiring Education Officer, Andrew Thomson, an impromptu speech, one of the most challenging assignments from the advanced manual, delivered after ten minutes of preparation only, which Ron Sheldrake evaluated. 

In the second half of the meeting the clubs new Education Director, Frances Pointer, having arranged the whole agenda, further demonstrated her  capability in supervising  the impromptu speaking session: known as the Topics Session,  an established routine of invitation to address the meeting, by all present, on various subjects, each offered without prior knowledge, and therefore with no time to prepare a response: the best of which, decided by popular vote, was acknowledged to have been given by Trevor Kenning, rewarded by a trophy, held until the next meeting .

In his summing up of the evening, retiring President Doug Weale paid tribute to the success and all-round standard displayed, reflecting on not only the skilled chairmanship, but the potential of the new committee.

All visitors are welcome to our meetings, 8 pm. on the second and fourth Thursday, monthly: at the Royal Temple Yacht Club: further details from Doug Weale 01843 592221:  or   website

New National Education Director Announced For the ASC

Gwyneth Millard was appointed to the post of National Education Director at the recent ASC National Executive Meeting. All educational matters should be directed to her through the address on the Contacts page of the ASC website (  Especially note that applications for certificates should now be sent to her.