Thanet Speakers Club Report – 24th July 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Outgoing President, Kathleen Smith ,chaired the meeting on Thursday 24th, prior to a summer recess: receiving from her successor, Bernie Morgan, congratulations for a successful term of Office.   There followed a speech from Kathleen demonstrating the use of vocabulary and word pictures, as she progresses through the guide book- a manual of helpful qualities needed for development of skill in public peaking.  Sally Dyos, at an early stage in her career with the club, in the only the second assignment,being required to exhibit a sense of purpose in her speech, did so with established flair, detailing the attributes needed for raising funds for worthy charities: the audience was visibly moved by her speech. Both speakers were adjudged to have passed their assignment by Doug Weale and Margaret Jones, respectively, by evaluation-the essence of the educational programme of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we belong- offering points of commendation and of helpful advice for further assignments.

Impromptu Speaking followed in the second half, chaired by Andrew Thomson; challenging but rewarding and enjoyable; “Topics”to which members are invited to respond for two minutes without preparation.  Sally Dyos, by popular vote giving the most imaginative and knowledgeable speech,was presented with the Trophy, given at each meeting.

Our programme recommences on September 13th after the usual summer break.  For details of  visiting or membership please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or d.weale2012@btinternet.com or visit our website     http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk