On Thursday 13th January 2011, Thanet Speakers Club began their first meeting of the year with the annual prepared speech competition. All speakers taking parting gave excellent speeches making the positioning of the winning participants very close. Trevor Kenning took first place with a humorous speech using a lime as a prop. Doug Weale took second place with a powerful speech that captivated the audience. Ron Sheldrake took third place with his comical and yet insightful look at the function of music in lifting human emotions.
The impromtu speaking session was chaired by Francis Pointer who focused on the theme of January which elicited very engaging and humorous responses. Margarette Jones won the impromtu speaking trophy with Ben Harris coming a close second.
All Thanet Speaker group evenings are open to anyone. So if you like to come as a guest our next meeting is 11th January 7.30pm at the Royal Yacht Club Ramsgate. Contact details www.thanetspeakers.org.uk
An exciting item on our progamme each year is the Hopper Cup Contest. The competition involvves a team of four, chosen to speak on a given theme, in competition with other Kent clubs, and judged for the qualities considered vital in the art of speaking in public.
Club members at the meeting on April 25th vied for a place on the team, by expounding their own interpretation of the subject: ” A Moment In Time”: which proved to be both a challenge to competitors and entertaining for all present. Team places were awarded to: June Edwards, Trevor Kenning, Kathleen Smith and Ben Harris: all of whom presented the theme with an erudite and profundity of meaning. The team, which will represent Thanet Speakers Club in the competition on 23rd.June 2010 in Gillingham comprises a balance of established members, and newcomers.
The second half of the meeting proceeded with the customary impromptu speaking session, “Topics”, chaired, for her first time by Frances Pointer. The session offered a theme in keeping with tradition, of being within the capability of all-including a diversity of visitors; Daniel Decotterd from Grenoble,former French teacher at Chatham House Grammar Shool , and, by coincidence, two current scolars , Marco Geraghy and Rohan Banerjee; the latter awarded “The Best Topics Respose”. Evaluations by Andrew Thomson and June Edwards,in succession, both praised the chairmanship of the “Topics”by Frances,and indeed the whole meeting adjudged as in keeping with the standard aspired to.