Turning what might have been a disaster into a triumph, Margaret Jones inspired all attending a mock dinner, in place of the real thing,which for insurmountable reasons,was cancelled, but as Master of Ceremonies, she played a convincing role in the formalities of reality, introducing the speakers of customary after-dinner protocol.
Firstly as is expected of her, Bernie Morgan gave an inspired speech, Toasting -The Club, blending encomium and the humour which is her forte. President, Kathleen Smith gave a response demonstrating the mastery of responsibility of her Office with a speech which augurs well for her continued tenure of a vital role. Immediate Past President, Doug Weale, Toasting the guests, drew attention to the pleasure afforded the club, by visitors who had converted to members, contributing to the diversity of talent which forms the essence of the club membership, in pursuit of the art of speaking in public: a classic example,on behalf of the guests, Sally Dyos, a recent accession,enhanced her already established potential, by an engaging response.
Following the requisite formal speeches, there then followed a series of impromptu,after-dinner toasts, by invitation, to afford the opportunity to other diners to practise what is undoubtably one of, if not the supreme pleasure of speaking to entertain. The session, chaired by the president, was an appropriate conclusion to the event. All speeches were evaluated; the customary accompaniment which forms the basis of the method of learning, as decreed by the Association to which we belong. In a general evaluation Doug Weale, drew attention to the commendable contribution played by Magaret Jones` chairmanship of a successful meeting and tentatively suggested that from an educational point of view, the evening had been better spent,by foregoing the meal, thus allowing a full evening in pursuit of the real objective:this would, however,be a matter for discussion.