Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 10th May 2012 (by Doug Weale)

President Kathleen Smith chaired the meeting on May 10th and in the absence of one of the customary  two members, assigned to deliver a pre-arranged speech, brought to bear her initiative and experience in chairmanship, to fill the gap by an impromptu debate: challenging the members and a welcome visitor, to contribute to a profound subject; the survival-or  otherwise of the human race.  This inovative item on the agenda, deviating from the routine, offerred to all present, an opportunity to engage in public speaking as practised on a regular  basis by the club at our fortnightly meetings.

John Poole was present to give his prearranged speech demonstrating the use of notes; one of many qualities required in progress through the Manual, published by the Association of Speakers Clubs.  He gave a speech in his accustomed style; as an entertaining and original raconteur. Doug Weale evaluated the speech, drawing attention to aspects accomplished, learnt at  club meetings, by listening to other members  and their evaluation.  On this occasion it was considered that improvement could be made and a further opportunity was eagerly accepted.

The usual impromptu speaking session followed, chaired by Andrew Thomson, offering “topics” to which all present were invited  to respond without any preparation, a challenging but most rewarding and certainly entertaining regular feature of the club agenda.  Evaluation as for all speaking was given; on this occasion by Trevor Kenning; the essence of our learning curve; his appraisal,constructive and of immense educative value to each speaker. John Poole, by popular vote, was presented the  Topics Trophy for best response.

Ron Sheldrake rounded off the meeting with an overall evaluation.

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Joint Kent ASC Speakers Club Report – 26th April 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Chaired by Trevor Kenning, on April 26th at The Royal Temple Yacht Club, Thanet Speakers Club played host to fellow clubs Chaucer & West Kent.   Such joint meetings give all present an educational and most enjoyable insight to the personal style and ability of others who share the ideal of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we belong and which has set the objectives,to practise and improve the art of speaking in public.

Sally Dyos of our own club delivered her maiden speech, receiving a well deserved complimentary evaluation from Will Warren, Chaucers President, awarding a pass-mark with encouragement for her  proceed with the challenge of the standards set in further assignments: speaking with an assurance and capability which augers well.

Philip Lennard, of Chaucer Speakers Club, followed with his second assignment; Doug Weale giving similar appraisal and approval: the two speeches differing widely in content but equally entertaining ,demonstrating the worth of the get-together of the three Kent clubs .

The impromptu speaking session was supervised by Fred Lemont of Chaucer, offering the customary opportunity for everyone present to speak for two minutes on a subject, without preparation: challenging,rewarding and most enjoyable. Evaluation -the personal opinion of fellow members, from which we learn and progress-was given by Stewart Thomson from Chaucer who having given an innovative interpretation of his own  “topic” was awarded , by popular vote, the trophy for best response.

Fred Ray Flynn of West Kent Speakers Club evaluated the content of the whole evening, drawing attention to the value to all three clubs.  Chaucer Speakers Club is to play host to a similar event shortly.

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Thanet Speakers Club Report – 12th April 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Chaired by Margaret Jones, the meeting on April 12th, all enjoyed the delivery of two fine prepared speeches.  John Poole addressing the assignment to demonstrate the use of notes in public speaking did so in the style for which he is becoming recognised.  As his evaluator,  Trevor Kenning described with obvious admiration, a fine storyteller: he used an  account of a shopping expedition, introducing humour and picturesque  words together with his engaging style.

Our President Kathleen Smith followed with a rehearsal for her next assignment, Vocabulary & Word Pictures.  Evaluated by Ron Sheldrake again recognising that personal style which we are encouraged to nurture whilst in compliance with the guidelines of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which the club belongs.  Recommendations for continued improvement
were given to both speakers by their respective evaluators and they will both continue to progress through the Manual, implementing the advice given.

The impromptu speaking session, always popular and entertaining, whilst challenging for the members who are invited to respond to “Topics”; on this occasion chaired by John Poole.   To be able to speak when unexpected to, is considered to be a vital quality and is practised at each meeting. By popular vote of those present, a trophy is awarded for the best response.  Trevor Kenning the recipient on this occasion for a well-deserved interpretation of his given topic.

In his general evaluation, Doug Weale assessed the evening to have been a success, demonstrating the qualities to which the club aspires in pursuit of the high standard to which the club
aspires. Kathleen Smith in the Business session,was delighted to announce the date of the Annual Dinner Saturday May 26th at Northdown House, with guest speaker Ley Loberson.

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