Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 11th February 2016 by Deborah Percy

Steve Pamphilon took the chair and invited everyone to join in a topical warm up session about sharing the highlights of our valentine’s memories. Responses ranged from extremely romantic to indifferent.

It was our annual poetry and prose evening, which is an opportunity to practice our reading aloud skills. It was a fascinating evening. In his evaluation Doug Weale complimented everyone on the choice of entertaining and interesting readings, in addition to formidable, profound and moving presentations. We heard a speech by the campaigner William Wilberforce from back in the days of the slave trade; modern thoughts about being alive and appreciating the world around us; and witty poetry composed by one of our members.

The impromptu speaking session, after the break, was chaired by Garry Costain. Each person was given a motto and asked to explain why it did or didn’t apply to them. With the phrase “To Dare is to Do,” Ben Harris made the point that this and many mottos sound like random words thrown together. A guest made a popular speech about her experience of the Girl Guide’s motto, “Lend a Hand.” Other mottos encompassed themes of work and safety.

The meetings are on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. For more information find us on social media or contact Deb Percy on 01843 607192.