Wetherby Speakers Club AGM takes place at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel on Thursday 12th May at 8.00pm when the new commitee for the 2011/12 season will be installed.
Archive for April, 2011
Terry Ryan came 2nd in the National Speech Contest in Edinburgh on Saturday 16th April with his speech “7 Billion Day.” There were 8 competitors representing the 8 districts which make up in the National Association. Congratulations to Terry – we are delighted that he has brought some silverware back to Wetherby for the 2nd time in 3 years.
Congratulations too to Lindsay Dutch of York RI Speakers Club. Lindsay won the National Evaluation Contest for the 2nd time, and his 3rd national title (he also won national topics in 2008.)
Vice President Terry Ryan opened an interesting meeting and welcomed four visiting members of Wharfedale Speakers Club and two members of York Railway Institute Speakers Club. The meeting was chaired by Jocelyn Brooks. Terry himself prepared for the imminent National Speech Contest Finals in Edinburgh by delivering his speech entitled “7 Billion Day” about the forthcoming milestone when the world population will reach 7 Billion. Also preparing for the National Finals was Lindsay Dutch from York Railway Institute Speakers. Lindsay was preparing for the National Evaluation Final and evaluated Terry’s speech, offering valuable advice on how Terry might claim the winner’s trophy for a second time.
Other Speakers were John Holian with a speech entitled “How to Be Rich” which focussed on how to lead a rich and fulfilling life without financial wealth, and Peter Wilson who was given only 10 minutes to prepare an eight minute speech chosen from three titles. Peter’s topical speech was entitled “Phone Hacking”. Sandra Barton from Wharfedale Club and Scott Stephenson evaluated John and Peter’s speeches.
John Holian was soon in action again presenting the Topics Session setting speakers the challenge of speaking off the cuff for two minutes each about a variety of subjects based on phrases he had come across during the day. Nikki Boersma evaluated the topics session. Finally Howard Herbert as General Evaluator gave his helpful observations on the meeting as a whole.
The President of Wetherby Speakers Club, Neil Wilson, opened a lively and entertaining meeting which was chaired by Peter Wilson. Marian Kempson gave an interesting speech about the environment entitled “What Does Being Green Really Mean?” The focus of the speech was to display good Speech Construction and the evaluator, Chris Clissitt agreed that Marian had succeeded in her task. Neil Wilson then tackled an impromptu speech where the speaker was given a choice of three titles and only 10 minutes to prepare an 8 minute speech. Neil’s chosen title was “Healthy Mind, Healthy body”. His speech was evaluated by Howard Herbert who congratulated Neil for his performance and gave constructive advice on how to improve.
Jocelyn Brooks presented the Topics Session and set speakers the challenge of speaking off the cuff for two minutes each about a variety of subjects based on overheard snatches of conversation. Jan Millar evaluated the topics session. Finally Mavis Cryer as General Evaluator gave her helpful observations on the meeting as a whole.