Report of the meeting held on Thursday 23 February 2017, by Doug Weale

A hugely successful meeting,Chaired by Bernie Morgan , was held on 23rd February at our usual venue the Royal Temple Yacht Club. Skilful chairmanship ensured that in spite of absentees, all assignments were allocated, and the audience were entertained by speakers to a high standard.

Dr .John Beale, in customary style as a raconteur, followed by Doug Weale in somber mood,demonstrated the wide variety of subject which contributes to the entertainment of meetings. Both speakers illustrated the skills practised by all club members in pursuit of the aims of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated.

Evaluation is the vital ingredient of the learning curve; Garry Costain and Ben Harris in turn offering both compliment and advice for improvement to the speakers. It is by this process that all members receive a consensus of opinion and so progress by adapting the guidance of the more experienced members.

The second half of the meeting is occupied by a session of impromptu speaking. chaired this week by up and coming young member Chris Stark, who with commendable skill learned to date, guided us through a most enjoyable regular feature of the meeting. The award for best response to a “topic” without prior knowledge or preparation, was presented by popular vote to Bernie Morgan.

Evaluation then followed by Club President Trevor Kenning, who drew attention to the vital educative factor affording progress to all in attendance, of our constant endeavour, to improve and, as always, a most enjoyable evening.

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