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Thanet Speakers Club Report – 8th September 2011 (by Doug Weale)

The first meeting following a summer break, was chaired by club President, Kathleen Smith.

John Poole, a relative newcomer, delivered his third speech, designated by the Education Director, Frances Pointer to demonstrate the effective construction of chosen subject matter. With guidance of suggestions for improvement in evaluation by Ron Sheldrake a Pass mark was awarded. 

There followed a discussion of the plans which are to be proposed, which will motivate, both existing members, and prospective new members in the pursuit of the aims of the club.

The second half of the meeting, as always, was devoted to a vital quality of the speakers` armoury-impromptu speaking: all present were offered subjects on which to deliver an impromptu speech: the “topic” was not known beforehand, and drew imaginative and entertaining responses.  Evaluation, our constant source of learning, was given by Ben Harris; the trophy for best response, by popular vote, was awarded to Sally Hills, a welcome visitor, who had readily accepted the invitation to join in.

General evaluation of the evening as a whole from Doug Weale, paid tribute to the enthusiasm of the newly elected committee, whose proposals-already referred to, augur well for the club’s continued success.

 Visitors are welcome to all our meetings at the Royal Temple Yacht Club on the second and fourth Thursdays monthly.

 For further details contact Doug Weale 01843 592221; dougweale@dougweale.plus.com or the website http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk

Thanet Speakers Club Report, March 25th 2010

The meeting on March 25th, chaired by June Edwards, accentuated the tremendous progress of recently enrolled members: Frances  Pointer,  Kathleen Smith and the club`s newest and youngest member, Ben Harris, each in turn fulfilled challenging assignments putting into practice their skills, aquired by membership,in the art of speaking in public, which the club promotes. 

Firstly, Frances delivered a most entertaing speech,  requiring the ability to speak with conviction on a chosen subject.  The Education Director, Andrew Thomson, had, as custom decrees, assigned an experienced  member to give a constructive evaluation: in doing so, Trevor Kenning drew attention to the ideal choice of subject, upon which the speaker ably expounded,and gave helpful advice on further progress.

Kathleen Smith followed with a most perceptive evaluation of a speech from the advanced manual by a long standing  club member;  her confidence and authority in adressing this assignment so early in her career with the club, was evidence of the learning process.

The impromptu speaking session in the second half was chaired by the versatile Andrew Thomson was a further example of  the aquisition, so readily gained, by Ben Harris, of the skills on offer by the Association of Speakers Clubs. Doug Weale, in his appraisal of the Agenda paid tribute to the educational value, and the contribution to a successful meeting, by all present.

For full details of visiting and membership,please contact Doug Weale 01843  592221; dougweale@dougweale.plus.com or visit our website: http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk