Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 13 November 2014, by Doug Weale

The annual Open Evening, chaired by Ron Sheldrake, was a great success: a special invitation had been extended to visitors to savour the established procedure of a typical meeting, whereby we seek to practise and promote the art of speaking in public, following the standards set by the   Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated.  

After the customary warm – up , conducted by the Chairman, giving everyone an opportunity to stand and speak briefly on a theme of general interest , two members then each delivered a speech prepared and written in keeping with the standard which they had reached by virtue of their experience and consequent ability. 

Deborah Percy, a comparative newcomer to our Club, assigned the third of the ten assignments in the Basic Manual, to show ability of construction of a well-planned delivery; in simple terms, opening, middle, and end- doing so with a personal flare for wry humour- to the delight of the audience. Doug Weale followed with an example from the summit of the Advanced Manual reached after a lengthy term of membership.  

The speakers were evaluated by Garry Costain and Ben Harris, respectively; the process by which we learn: each gave complimentary acknowledgement of the factors achieved , together with matters recommended for improvement. Both the speeches and evaluation proved of immense interest and enjoyment to our visitors. 

After an interval, the Topics session: impromptu speaking; conducted by John Beale, inviting a response to the theme he had chosen: aspects of travel, proving to be challenging, yet well within the capability of all present, ranging from walking to a flight to the moon; everyone, including to our satisfaction, visitors, enjoyed the challenge and mental stimulus which is experienced by impromptu speaking. 

The Club President, in his general evaluation paid tribute to the above evaluators, and the guidance offered, with visitors present, drawing attention to what is defined by the A.S.C. as education; the vital factors which contribute to a study of the art promoted by the club; giving particular compliment to John Beale’s chairmanship of the Topics session, and the responses, in particular by visitors; concluding with praise for the contribution played by Ron Sheldrake to this most successful event. 

 A continued drive to attract visitors, with a view to boost our membership, continues; for details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or d. weale2012@ btinternet.com. or visit www.thanetspeakers. org. uk