Archive for May 7th, 2014

Silver at National Evaluation contest in Glasgow

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Chris Clissitt was runner up in the National Evaluation contest in Glasgow on Sunday 27th April, an improvement on his previous appearance in this contest in Cardiff in 2012. The winner was Michael Ronayne of Wimbledon SC who has now won all three national contests. Funnily enough the Cardiff 2012 winner was also from Wimbledon SC – Katherine Inglis.

Clive Dawson did the Area proud by finishing 2nd in the Topics contest on Friday while Ramana Sundara gave an excellent speech on Saturday afternoon but was unfortunate not to gain a place.

Lindsay Dutch handed over the National Presidency to Margaret Robertson of Western District but not before chairing the ASC AGM with great aplomb, good humour and professionalism. The AGM was one of the smoothest and best run that I can remember.

Club report – Wetherby News 1.5.14

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Wetherby Speakers’ Club was delighted to welcome Eric Ovenden from Tempo FM who stayed for the whole of the meeting and interviewed many of the members. The Club is waiting with excitement to hear the recording in the very near future.

 After opening the meeting, the President, Niki Boersma, asked Chris Clissitt to give a report on the Association of Speakers’ Clubs Annual General Meeting that took place during the last weekend in April in Glasgow. It included, also, the National Speaking Contests and the Club members all congratulated Chris on coming second in the Evaluation Contest and winning a further trophy to add to his collection.

 Howard Herbert was Chairman for the evening and he ran the meeting with confidence and humour. John Holian gave a fascinating speech on the topic of the Happiness Index and everyone agreed that this competent speech surprised many with some interesting financial details. Jan Millar with her usual aplomb and vast knowledge of speaking gave a thorough evaluation of John’s speech.

 After the break Niki Boersma chaired the Topics Session during which each member had two minutes to give a mini-speech on a variety of subjects all around the theme of Days Out. Peter Wilson evaluated the Topics Session giving praise as well as carefully considered developmental points for each speaker. The whole evening was finally evaluated by Jocelyn Brooks and, in closing the meeting, Niki Boersma reminded everyone that on 15th May it will be the AGM of the Club.