Always seeking innovation in our agendas ,the meeting on March 9th, chaired by Trevor Kenning, listed a discussion conducted by John Poole, an inveterate enthusiast for expression of opinion, to take over the Chair: the subject was Equality, a profoundly controversial, and absorbing subject, as the ensuing discourse proved. The voicing of opinion, in a coherent
manner, is a vital ingredient to public speaking, which is at the very hub of the objective of the Association to which the club belongs. At the conclusion of the discussion a vote was invited by the Chairman, and the majority opinion expressed was that there is no such thing as equality.
John Poole then delivered his number 6 speech ,in which he ably demonstrated his use of vocabulary, as required by the guiding manual compiled by the A.S.C.being awarded a “pass” mark by Ron Sheldrake in his evaluation.
There followed, after a customary interval, an impromptu speaking session-Topics, as it is known, conducted by Doug Weale, offering the opportunity to all present, a topical subject on which to speak, without prior knowledge or preparation;challenging to the speaker and entertaining to the audience. Evaluation, the core of our learning was given by Sally Dyos; in a first time in the role, offering a well-informed and constructive appraisal of not only each speaker, but the chairman, whose duty is to make a success of this vital part of the agenda. The trophy, awarded for the best response, as juged by popular vote, was presented to Trevor Kenning, who can always be counted on for an exemplary interpretation of whatever the challenge in the Topics session.