Trevor Kenning chaired the meeting on Thursday 27th March, attended by club members in their pursuit of the aims of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated, and as is customary, under his chairmanship, we enjoyed a most convivial evening.
Making light of a minimal attendance, his innovative approach was effective throughout. First item, an impromptu speech from Doug Weale, having a choice from Education Director, Frances Pointer, of three titles, he selected “Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be “, and succeeded in an interpretation of his assignment with humour, underlying a serious message.
Then followed a fine example of chairmanship, maintaining the entertainment value of the meeting, as three members were invited to give an impromptu self-portrait; Kathleen Smith, Bernie Morgan and John Beale with due modesty, yet revealing their innermost identity. Garry Costain with his usual prescience, evaluated each speaker.
The programme continued with all present joining in the routine impromptu speaking session; directed by Bernie Morgan, with apt subject material, to which members were invited to respond for two minutes; with no preparation or foreknowledge of the “topic”. Humour again playing a major role by Kathleen Smith, who by popular vote was awarded the Topics Trophy.
Evaluation – appraisal by fellow members, offering considered opinion, favourable where relevant, together with points for improvement – being given by John Beale, who, as yet, still in his first year of membership, having acquired an apposite recognition of what is required by the evaluator.
A general, overall, assessment of the meeting, by Frances Pointer, indicated the high standard and success, contributed to by skilful chairmanship, and the enthusiasm of members, in their approach to respective assignments.