Tonight we welcomed back our President, David Heaton, who had missed most of the season because of work commitments; After chairing the business session he evaluated David Preshaw’s speech ‘one to one with….’ This was a ‘fill in ‘ speech given at short notice because Steve, who was to give the speech, was unable to attend. The speech dealt with the ways in which we communicate, from the obvious, verbally, to gestures, eye contact, beacons, cairns, smoke signals and, of course modern technology. The second speech was by Ron; he was given three titles (‘the greatest ship ever built’ ‘how submarines work’ and ‘piracy in the high seas’) and he had to choose one, we call it an ‘impromptu’ speech and Ron had only ten minutes to prepare for it. Ron chose ‘piracy’ and led us through history from the early Phoenicians, to the swashbuckling Elizabethan era finally ending with the increase of piracy today in Indonesia. Roger’s evaluation was very positive, he felt that it was an excellent speech. The interval became almost an extension of the meeting as members, in between sipping their liquid refreshments, discussed aspects of the club. After the interval, David chaired the topics session; he kept to the night’s theme “what’s the Point…” He gave Ron ‘playing by the rules’, David Heaton ‘dieting’, Roger ‘practising’ Mark ‘planning’ finishing with Frank ‘winning’. The evening concluded with Frank, acting as General Evaluator. He praised Mark’s chairmanship, saying it was nearly perfect and he felt that we had heard two good evaluations of the speeches. He summed up the meeting as informative, interesting and enjoyable, with just the right atmosphere.