The meeting on March 25th, chaired by June Edwards, accentuated the tremendous progress of recently enrolled members: Frances Pointer, Kathleen Smith and the club`s newest and youngest member, Ben Harris, each in turn fulfilled challenging assignments putting into practice their skills, aquired by membership,in the art of speaking in public, which the club promotes.
Firstly, Frances delivered a most entertaing speech, requiring the ability to speak with conviction on a chosen subject. The Education Director, Andrew Thomson, had, as custom decrees, assigned an experienced member to give a constructive evaluation: in doing so, Trevor Kenning drew attention to the ideal choice of subject, upon which the speaker ably expounded,and gave helpful advice on further progress.
Kathleen Smith followed with a most perceptive evaluation of a speech from the advanced manual by a long standing club member; her confidence and authority in adressing this assignment so early in her career with the club, was evidence of the learning process.
The impromptu speaking session in the second half was chaired by the versatile Andrew Thomson was a further example of the aquisition, so readily gained, by Ben Harris, of the skills on offer by the Association of Speakers Clubs. Doug Weale, in his appraisal of the Agenda paid tribute to the educational value, and the contribution to a successful meeting, by all present.