Monthly Archives: October 2013

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 24 October 2013, by Doug Weale

A hugely successful joint meeting of all three clubs in the Kent Area was expertly Chaired by our President,  Bernie Morgan, who, following the initial address by Area President William  Warren announcing future Speaking seminars  invited  all present to a customary “warm-up”.

There were three speeches, on widely differing subjects, ranging from self -motivation in recovering from debilitating ill-health, The Duke of Wellington and a best-selling book review, by , in succession, Brenda Cameron of Chaucer S.C., Liz Hall of West Kent S.C.   and our own Margaret Jones.

Education Director, Frances Pointer, had judiciously assigned evaluation by members from differing clubs to each speaker: Ben Harris, Fay Andrews and Stewart Thomson, thereby adding to the entertainment a further value to all. Evaluation is at the very heart of the learning curve of the Association of Speakers Clubs ,and  essentially a matter of the consensus of  fellow members. Thus  the  importance of the joint meetings, which will be hosted by each club in turn.

Frances Pointer took over the Chair for the impromptu speaking session, with an innovative theme on etymology; with an invitation to give the real-or imaginative meaning- of words of shrouded origin.  This session, as always, but more so on this occasion, was  immensely entertaining, offering the chance to sample the skill of fellow speakers in what is widely recognised as a vital quality practised at all meetings, by all clubs.

Evaluation by Sue Shaw of West Kent S.C. gave, as all evaluation should, both compliment and an  indication of method for improvement. An overall summary, in evaluative theme, by Ray Finn of West Kent S.C. confirmed the educational value and the view of everyone present; the success, educational value and immense enjoyment of such events.

William Warren, presented the Trophy for best of the impromptu speeches to Garry Costain, who is proving to be a speaker of  great potential. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings; for details please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or or visit


Report of the meeting held on Thursday October 10, by Doug Weale

Trevor Kenning, with exemplary chairmanship of a meeting beset with absentees, on Thursday 10th September, turned what might have been a disappointing event into  a thoroughly enjoyable evening with an unusually  high presence of visitors, who, to our great pleasure, all accepted an invitation to speak.

The revised agenda, demonstrated the very best of the Club and its aim to improve the art of speaking in public. Following the inspirational opening by the Chairman, bringing all present, in turn, to a warm-up in a tutorial on Chairmanship, we were then entertained by Ron Sheldrake giving a speech from the Advanced Manual, demonstrating the use of visual aids.  Club President, Bernie Morgan, gave the evaluation, the source of teaching by which the best aspects of a speech are given due acknowledgement, together with points for improvement and a guide for further progress.

Impromptu speaking, a regular feature on agendas, followed. Chaired by Doug Weale, inviting all present, to respond to a variety of topics, without prior knowledge or preparation.  As earlier in the evening, great pleasure was afforded to members by the enthusiastic participation of every visitor. Andrew Thomson delivered a comprehensive evaluation of each response. The Topics Trophy was awarded by a popular vote to Education Director, Frances Pointer.

Concluding the agenda, a general evaluation of the evening as a whole by Ben Harris drew attention to the vital part played in Chairmanship, one of the many aspects of the art practised in our affiliation to the Association of Speakers Clubs.

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