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Wetherby News club meeting report 1 March 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Education Director John Holian opened the meeting on 1st March which was chaired by Mavis Cryer, who warmly welcomed visitors from Bradford Speakers Club. First time visitor Sharon Hanson-Cooper was also introduced to the meeting. Terry Ryan gave the first speech which was a practice for an After Dinner Speech he will shortly give to the Fuji Corporation in Birmingham. Terry’s timing was exemplary as he delivered a hilarious speech which is guaranteed to go down well. The second speaker was Denise Adlard from Bradford Speakers Club whose speech about the problems of being a vegetarian was delivered with both skill and humour. The purpose of Denise’s speech was to practice the art of Speech Construction. Chris Clissitt and Nikki Boersma assisted the speakers by offering constructive advice on how to improve the speeches.

 Jeff Denton then chaired a topics session where members were required to speak for three minutes without preparation on a variety of holiday destinations. John Holian evaluated the topics session.  Nikki Boersma and Philip Solity shared the duties of General Evaluator, summing up the meeting as a whole.

Another double…this time at District

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chris Clissitt followed up his double at Area with a repeat performance at the Eastern District contests on the 19th February when he won both the topics and evaluation contests. He will now represent the District (and Club and Area) at the National finals in Cardiff on 27th and 29thApril.

There was a new prize for the  District Evaluation contest – the Trevor and Sheila Wyatt trophy.  Trevor was a member of Wetherby Speakers Club for many years and twice past president.

Chris receieves the Trevor & Sheila Wyatt Trophy from Peter Wyatt

Chris receives the Trevor & Sheila Wyatt Trophy from Peter Wyatt

 He helped to found the club in 1978 when he was a member at Leeds. Sheila was also a good friend to the Club having been a frequent visitor to meetings and dinners and acting as a judge for our club contests on many occasions.  Sadly Trevor died in 2010 and Sheila in January this year.

Chris was delighted to be the first winner of the trophy created in their memory and especially pleased that on its first outing it should go to Wetherby Speakers Club. It was presented by their son, Peter Wyatt.

Denise Adlard of Bradford SC was runner up in both contests. Helen Tait of York RI SC won the speech contest and will compete at Cardiff on 28th April.

You can also read the report submitted to the Wetherby News under “articles”.