Club Meeting 20th February 2017-02-25
Tonight’s meeting was memorable for two reasons, firstly we welcomed a new member; Steve had attended our previous meeting as a guest and is now a fully paid up member and he agreed to give his first speech from the Speakers Guide ‘making a start’. To give a speech so soon after joining a club, is fairly uncommon and Steve was very brave to do so, something that Frank emphasised in his evaluation. Steve played it safe and gave us some background into his life, he has lived in several places in the UK, experienced army life and has set up his own business. Frank was full of praise during his evaluation, saying that the speech was interesting, informative and enjoyable and his delivery was good. Steve now moves on to the next assignment ‘speech construction’. Pauline had previously given a short reading, ‘A Sonnet Composed on Westminster Bridge’, written by William Wordsworth. Ron Chaired the evening and also gave us a talk on the value of our topics sessions, how they help to cope with ‘thinking on your feet’, very useful in so many aspects of life, including job interviews and discussions. He involved the members by asking for comments and there was a good feedback from the other members. After the interval, David chaired the ‘topics’ session which was challenging for the members as he gave them subjects ranging from ‘the evening star’ to ‘chairman’. Roger, as general evaluator, summed up the evening, which he found enjoyable, although he felt that we still had issues concerning the position of the lectern.
Frank, as acting President, closed the meeting 9.45pm