Monthly Archives: May 2014

Report of the Meeting held on 22 May 2014, by Doug Weale

The AGM on Thursday 22nd May was conducted by the President Bernie Morgan, who, at the conclusion of two terms in Office, characterised by inspiration and verve, welcomed her elected successor Trevor Kenning, of uniform qualities. Together with fellow committee members in support: Garry Costain as Webmaster; Frances Pointer, Education Director, and Doug Weale, Publicity Officer, they will pursue  the ideals of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated; to improve the art of speaking in public, and to promote proficiency in the spoken word.

There was time for one set speech; from a recently joined, enthusiast, Deborah Percy: her assignment, to demonstrate a sense of purpose in speech: doing so with the authority already developed in previous practice, on the subject of science fiction.

Evaluation, from John Beale, the process by which we learn, whereby, compliments on recognition of favourable aspects are paid, tempered with a personal recommendation for improvement, form a consensus of opinion on which to form an ideal: Deborah was  awarded a “pass mark”  for a most interesting and emphatic delivery on her subject.

Impromptu speaking followed conducted by Frances Pointer, earning a complimentary evaluation by Trevor Kenning for the skilful responses drawn from members: always entertaining and a vital part of our programme. The best response by popular vote was declared to be from Bernie Morgan, duly presented with the Topics Trophy.

Garry Costain, with customary prescience in a general evaluation, recognised the maintenance of club standards, contributing to both educational value and enjoyment of the agenda.

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Report of the Meeting held on 8 May 2014, by Doug Weale

The meeting on Thursday 8th May, chaired by Doug Weale, arranged by Education Director, Frances Pointer, afforded an assignment to Trevor Kenning to conduct an in-depth discourse on the subject of evaluation: the vital process which forms the basis of our learning the art of speaking in public, which we practise, in our Club, in affiliation to the Association of Speakers Clubs.

With his vast experience, he outlined the process aiding the continued improvement of each member, as, in turn, with fellow members as an audience; we follow the basics outlined in the Speakers Guide. Analysis, of the speech, composed and delivered, receives constructive and encouraging comment, both favourable where deserved, and with added personal opinion for improvement, such is the source of our learning.

Both Frances Pointer and Doug Weale expressed the appreciation on behalf of all present, in recognition of the value of the address, to both established and more especially more recently joined members.

There followed the impromptu speaking session, conducted by Ron Sheldrake; an enthusiast of traditional jazz music, who invited responses to famous jazz titles; affording the opportunity for imaginative, completely unprepared speeches from all present. Trevor Kenning, with customary flair, was, by popular vote awarded the Topics Trophy.

In a summation of the evening, Ben Harris voiced the unanimous opinion of the enjoyment and immense educative value of the meeting. Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings; for details please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or