Ron Sheldrake presided over the meeting on Thursday 27th September. After the customary introduction and warm-up, he drew attention to the importance of the imminent publicity campaign to attract visitors who might be converted to join our membership. The club is affiliated to the Association of Speakers Clubs which exists to improve the art of speaking in public and to promote, encourage and develop proficiency in the spoken word.
This week an assignment from the Advanced Manual was delivered by Margaret Jones, demonstrating the use of visual aids in accompaniment to her entertaining speech in which she expressed the need to dress for protection from the extreme cold in Antarctica, on a recent trip to see the Aurora Borealis. A comprehensive visual performance aided by snug-fitting woolen garments gave the audience a realistic demonstration of the absolute necessity of protection against sub-zero temperatures. In keeping with the subject of warmth, Andrew Thomson gave a speech outlining his argument, both for and against, the threat of global-warming. Each speech received an evaluation by Doug Weale and Ben Harris, respectively drawing attention to the vital factors which are outlined in the ASC Manual and offering what in their opinion points which might have improved the delivery. Such evaluation is the essence of our learning.
Impromptu speaking followed, chaired by John Poole. All present were invited to respond to topics; speaking without preparation; a challenging, enjoyable and vital quality of speaking. The topics session, having been evaluated by Frances Pointer concluded with a presentation to Trevor Kenning, who, by popular vote was awarded the trophy for best response. Trevor then proceeded with his assignment to give his appraisal of the evening as a whole, a successful meeting in keeping with the aims and ideals of the Association.