Monthly Archives: October 2014

Open meeting on Thursday 13 November 2014, by Doug Weale

The Open Meeting to be held on November 13th, has an especially designed agenda to allow visitors to assess the  contribution which the Club is making in its affiliation to the Association of Speakers Clubs in pursuit of the promotion and improvement in  the art of speaking in public.

Speeches will be delivered by Club members which will illustrate the progress made from a recently enlisted member to one of 15 years’ experience.  The basic qualities of speaking will, by the two speeches, be demonstrated, ranging  firstly from those learnt early on, then in a second speech, to an example of what the A.S.C. defines as a Masterpiece.  A Masterpiece should, in order to be successful and earn a “pass ” by the evaluator,  demonstrate all the attributes of a good speech : speaking with purpose , be well -constructed, with good vocabulary , clarity of description of the subject material, gestures in support of the spoken word ,eye contact and rapport with the audience, the use of humour, and above all to be entertaining and memorable.

There will also be on the agenda, an impromptu speaking demonstration; the club members present will in turn be given a “topic”, having no prior knowledge or even a clue to the subject, will be invited to speak for up to two minutes with a well-constructed response.

Evaluation, the process by which we all learn, will be demonstrated by members of experience, who will, in turn, offer an appraisal of a designated speech, drawing attention to   aspects deserving praise, then points which would have improved the speaker’s delivery, for consideration and implementation in further assignments.

The programme offers an interesting and entertaining opportunity to view our engagement in what we are convinced is a most worthwhile study and practice. We extend a warm welcome to  visit at any of our meetings, but especially on this occasion to sit, listen observe and form a personal judgement. There is no further obligation, no subscription, or commitment of any kind.

The meeting is to be held at our usual venue: the Royal Temple Yacht Club, commencing at 8 pm and concluding at approximately 10.15pm.For any further details, please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or  or visit

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Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 23 October 2014, by Doug Weale

The annual joint meeting was Chaired by Club President Trevor Kenning on Thursday 23rd. October; living up to expectations as both a social event and an opportunity to which our neighbouring Clubs in Kent join us in our agenda and combine the enthusiasm for the principles of the Association of Speakers Clubs which we all pursue:; to practise and promote the art of speaking in public.  

After an initial warm-up and introduction, the Business session by the Area  President included a reminder of the Open Evening on November 13th, to which visitors will be made especially welcome in our endeavour to attract new members. The Club President then announced with obvious pleasure of all in attendance, of the acceptance of his  invitation to the National President, who was present among the guests as  a member of Chaucer S.C., to be the Guest Speaker at his annual Club dinner in June.  

The agenda then began in earnest , with superb speeches by Maureen Dickie of Chaucer S.C., and our own, Bernie Morgan;  by remarkable coincidence, each with an introspective observation on human life. Firstly a most profound insight, then by Bernie delivering the assignment to demonstrate humour in speech – often recognised as the most challenging aspect of all. Both were speeches of exemplary skill and entertainment, demonstrating the variety of interpretation of subject matter.  

Evaluation, the process by which we learn and progress, was given respectively, by Fred Lemont of West Kent S.C. and Peter Curtiss of Chaucer – the Canterbury based club.  

The Impromptu Speaking session, ingrained into every meeting, was conducted by Celia Hardy, West Kent, who with an innovative theme inspired a great deal of humour into the responses to a variety of qualities needed by applicants needing to impress a selection panel looking to fill employment vacancies. 

A trophy is awarded, determined by popular vote, for the best response. On this occasion, Aly Harold of West Kent  S.C.  with her interpretation of the  “Topic” was declared the winner of the trophy.  Aly’s interpretation was delivered with humour, and imagination; skills which are acquired, as by the above speakers from constant practice.  

Ben Harris of Thanet S.C.  delivered a comprehensive appraisal of the Topics session, with the required recognition of the role of Celia Hardy, and individual evaluation of the responses. Aly Harold  then fulfilled a further assignment to evaluate the evening as a whole;  drawing attention to the success of the objectives of the joint meeting, bringing together the three Kent based Clubs, both socially and in the combined pursuit of furtherance of good speech, as defined by the Association of Speakers Clubs. 

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings; for details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or. d.weale2012   or visit www.thanetspeakers



Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 9 October 2014, by Doug Weale

The meeting on Thursday 9th October was Chaired by our President Trevor Kenning, who with characteristic efficiency and imagination introduced the audience of members and visitors to a wide range of educative and exceedingly entertaining examples of the art of speaking.

Affiliated to the Association of Speakers Clubs, Thanet S.C. represents an eager support of the Association’s principles: to improve the art of speaking in public, and to promote, encourage and develop proficiency in the spoken word.

Two fine speeches, by Garry Costain and Ron Sheldrake, each exemplified the values which inform, entertain and inspire a listening audience. These were followed by impromptu speaking, which is a regular feature of our agendas.  Deborah Percy, chairing the session for the first time offered an intriguing theme, Greek mythology.

The subject appeared profound until we were invited to respond with modern interpretation. Retired medical practitioner, Dr, John Beale drew on his real life experience in his modern interpretation of the Titan Atlas holding the globe on his shoulders, as he recalled being called to a Welsh mine which had collapsed. A strong young miner stood arched with his shoulders in support of the roof as his comrades crawled to safety. Finally, totally exhausted,  he collapsed, crushed to death. The Topics Trophy was unanimously awarded to John for a fine example of an imaginative impromptu speech, which makes the “Topics Session” so enjoyable.

Our membership is from a broad and diverse range, not all have such a source of material, but we inevitably spend more time listening than speaking; the listening is inspirational, entertaining, and inevitably we all improve as we endeavour to emulate.

Evaluation , the process of our learning and improvement, whereby the points for improvement are, together with accomplished finer points, are defined by designated fellow members and put into subsequent  practice, was during the meeting  given to all speakers. A general evaluation of the meeting as a whole paid tribute to the Chairmanship by both President and Deborah respectively, in conducting a meeting in which the criteria of educational standards enjoyment and success were all achieved.

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings; for details please contact Doug Weale on. 01843 592221 or or visit