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Club Report – Open Eve 14 March by Doug Weale

A hugely successful Open Evening on Thursday 14th March was chaired by Trevor Kenning, who began it with a warm welcome to our visitors.  Having conducted an introduction of members, he proceeded to outline the purpose of the Association of Speakers Clubs, to which we belong, and whose guidelines in public speaking we follow.

An agenda prepared by Frances Pointer demonstrated the course of the Manual which takes each member through the wide variety of aspects of the art of good speaking.  Ron Sheldrake began with a fine example from the basic programme, followed in like vein by Doug Weale from the Advanced section.  Each demonstrated the finer aspects of speech delivery through personal composition.

Evaluation was given in turn by Andrew Thomson then Frances Pointer.  This proves to be of essence to our learning, being the means we hear from our fellow members.  It points deserving compliments with aspects for improvement.  Together, the four presentations conveyed a clear picture of regular meeting procedure.

Chairmanship for the second half was taken by Ben Harris for our regular impromptu speaking practice.  It was especially pleasing that all our visitors agreed to join in and accept an invitation to speak, without any preparation, as decreed.  Furthermore, they acquitted themselves of this task with distinction.  In her evaluation, Margaret Jones drew attention to the success of the session, particularly with its chairing by our youngest member.

Club President Bernie Morgan concluded with an enthusiastic overall evaluation in which our visitors were invited to revisit and attend the annual club dinner.

For details of visiting please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or see



Club report – Thursday 28 February (Doug Weale)

Margaret Jones chaired the meeting, which, as always, exemplified the objective pursued, namely to practice and improve the art of speaking in public.

Ron Sheldrake began the meeting with a tribute to our late (former) member John Harvey.  Ron recalled John’s presentation of an autographed book ”Wit and Wisdom”, which will be treasured in our Club Library.

In the Business Session, President Bernie Morgan drew our attention to the Open Evening on Thursday, March 14th, to be held at our usual venue, The Royal Temple Yacht Club.  This is planned for visitors, who will, we are sure, enjoy a demonstration of what we have to offer in our constant quest for excellence in the art of speaking.

Then followed two speeches by Ron Sheldrake and Bernie Morgan, respectively.  In compliance with the Advanced Manual, these were composed with ten minutes preparation (in each case), without any earlier knowledge of the subjects.  Such assignments are a great challenge to members as they progress and a huge source of satisfaction to accomplish.  In turn, Kathleen Smith and Trevor Kenning gave their constructive appraisals.  Attention was drawn by both to the many points of good speech presentation, together with improvements that could be made.  This evaluation (as it is known) is the centre of our learning curve.  We have no professional teachers but the consensus of opinion of fellow members is highly valued.

Garry Costain chaired our following general-impromptu-speaking “Topics” session. In this, members are each invited to speak for up to two minutes, on a previously unknown subject.  This is practiced at every meeting and is a most enjoyable and satisfying exercise.

An evaluation by Ben Harris applauded the topics on offer and equally engaging responses.  Kathleen Smith was awarded the trophy for best effort, imposing her own style to earn the popular vote.  Finally, Andrew Thomson summed up a successful meeting conducted with fine chairmanship.

A cordial invitation to attend our Open Evening on March 14th (Thursday) is now extended to you all.  This is an invitation to observe, sit and listen, or even – if you wish – to take part.  We will meet from 7.30pm for  For more details, please contact:

Doug Weale (01843) 592221





Committee meeting

The Club committee met on 8th March to discuss our forthcoming open evening on 14 March at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.

Everyone is invited to attend the  open evening as it will be a fun and interactive introduction to the art of public speaking.

See you there!