Report of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 23 May 2013. By Doug Weale

The Annual General Meeting, chaired by the club President Bernie Morgan, was held at The Royal Temple Yacht Club on Thursday 23rd May. Recalling an enjoyable term of office, Bernie thanked members for their support and especially for her election for a further term, together with the entire committee.

With visitors present, it was appropriate that the publicity report extolled the determination to continue with recruitment of new members. The AGM successfully concluded, we enjoyed the customary impromptu speaking session. Having received apologies from Kathleen Smith, Bernie rose to the challenge to improvise in her place as  Chair choosing as her theme, George Orwell`s Room 101,inviting members to offer in their opinion those deserving of banishment.

As expected there was a wide variety of responses. The Trophy for best response, by popular vote, was a tie between Ben Harris and Garry Costain. The evaluation by Ron Sheldrake drew attention to the skills of speaking, as an art, which we practise and gradually improve, within the programme set by the Association of Speakers Clubs.

We resume a routine agenda on Thursday June 13th; visitors are always welcome; please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or or visit