Ben Harris chaired the meeting on February 14th, inviting members to read their choice of poetry and prose. A departure from the customary speeches, composed and delivered by each member in turn. This annual variation in the agenda is an object lesson in the use of voice to interpret an author’s purpose of meaning. A wide variety of works, ranging from Ian Flemming to Cardinal Corderio, and from Fleur Adcock to a poem written by the speaker, proved educational, instructive and entertaining.
The impromptu speaking session, a regular feature, followed. This was chaired by club President, Bernie Morgan with a Valentine Day theme, drew some surprising responses,as it usually does. Kathleen Smith was awarded the trophy by popular vote, declared to have given the best response. Margaret Jones gave a most discerning evaluation of the session: drawing attention to the attributes of each participant, together with points for improvement. Evaluation, the appraisal by fellow members is the essence of our learning.
Business matters, given by the President, drew attention to the commendable contribution of the club to the Area competitions; modestly omitting mention of her own success; in particular receiving the award of The President’s Cup, on behalf of Thanet S.C. from the Area President. Following his general evaluation of the meeting, Doug Weale drew attention to the drive to attract visitors to our meetings, who might be converted to membership. An Open Evening is planned for March 14th; a typical agenda is to be arranged; visitors will be welcome to listen and observe, without obligation.