Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 23 April 2015, by Doug Weale

The meeting on Thursday April 23rd, chaired by Ben Harris was in keeping with the high standard set by the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated.  Two speakers with a combined total of half a century of membership occupied the first half of the agenda .

First, Trevor Kenning, Club President and Education Director, began with a profound moral message, centred around the human pursuit of hope and endeavour to achieve elusive happiness by chasing an ideal, a true story of a guided climb of Machu Picchu which ended in tragedy. This was a soul searching and entertaining speech which enthralled all present, embracing all the qualities of public speaking acquired over his near forty years membership. These qualities gladly passed on and acknowledged gratefully  by members who have followed-including the next speaker of fifteen years membership, Doug Weale.

Doug’s speech was equally profound, but differing in presentation and subject, of his own style-the one characteristic which members are encouraged to preserve. His speech. offering a point of view of civilisation and it’s decline down to man’s inhumanity to his fellow man in war: absorbing and with more than a hint of truth.

Evaluation-the heart of our learning curve-appraisal by a fellow member-offering opinion  of approved qualities of good speaking, together with points for improvement, was given by Deborah Percy and Garry Costain, respectively. This was a challenge to them, but each very able, as a result of their experience since joining the club, to fulfil the assignment.

The impromptu speaking session followed, chaired by Garry Costain, as always an enjoyable item on the agenda; and on this occasion, receiving a well deserved complimentary evaluation by Ben Harris, who in turn, during the general evaluation, received a most pertinent and constructive appraisal from Steve Pamphilon, formerly of Toastmasters International, and by virtue of his experience  in that august organisation, has added further dimension to our membership, as indeed all new members do .

Of the responses in the “topics”session, in the three minutes each member was allowed, a vivacious speech, in her inimitable style, won the trophy, by popular vote, for Deborah Percy. We continue as a Club to endeavour to increase our membership; visitors are welcome to attend all our meetings. For details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 502221 or Or visit www .