Report of the Meeting held on 13 March 2014, by Doug Weale

Two superb speeches in remarkable contrast, were  the highlight of the agenda on Thursday 13th March. The first of immense importance and satisfaction to both the speaker and our club; an inaugural speech from Deborah Percy. Drawing from her love of literature she expounded her recognition of the works of JK Rowling with an entertaining account of the author`s influential skill.

Ben Harris, in his evaluation listed qualities displayed in her speaking, relating to the vital factors learned and practised under the guidance of the Association of Speakers Clubs, to which we are  affiliated, all exemplified in the speech.

The second speech in contrast coming from the recently revised Advanced Manual-by Garry Costain, with his now characteristic intensity, earned an equally well-deserved “Pass ” from Trevor Kenning, an established Advanced speaker, and exemplar of the most well-read among the members, who recognised the skill needed for the assignment “Book Review”.

Evaluation is at the very heart of our learning: opinion expressed by fellow members, formed by their own progress though the manual- The Speakers Guide -is offered, combining praise and recommendations for continued improvement, making for entertainment and education in the art of speaking publicly.

President Bernie Morgan, in the second half of the meeting, introduced the impromptu speaking session, a regular, vital and popular feature: on this occasion, hosted by Ron Sheldrake, inviting responses to the theme of value for money – or not ! – in respect of expenditure by the local authority.

By popular vote, the most entertaining response was from Trevor Kenning, presented with the Topics Trophy in recognition of his two minute speech, composed without prior knowledge of the subject.

Education Director, Frances Pointer, gave an enthusiastic appraisal of the session, with due praise for both Chairmanship and responses by members. The meeting as a whole was, in the evaluative opinion of Doug Weale, a great success, maintaining the high standards of the Club.

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