Archive for March, 2014

Eastern District Annual Speech, Evaluation and Topics Contests 09.03.2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The two Clubs representing the Vale of York Area swept the board once again in the contest held at The Bridge Inn, Walshford Nr Wetherby on Sunday 9th March. The competition was fierce featuring seven of the eight clubs in the Eastern District and the winners were:

 Speech Competition            Ramana Sundara from the York RI Speakers’ Club

Evaluation Competition        Chris Clissitt from the Wetherby Speakers’ Club

Topics Competition              Clive Dawson from the York RI Speakers’ Club

 Those winners will now represent the Eastern District at the Association of Speakers’ Clubs Conference and national finals in Glasgow on the 25th – 27th April.

Wetherby Club wishes all those contestants the very best of luck.

Wetherby Speakers’ Club was also  joint winner with the Wharfedale Club of the coveted Brian Driscoll Trophy for work with young people. Read about it here.

Club report – Wetherby News 6.3.14

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Niki Boersma chaired the Club meeting and welcomed visitors from the Bradford Speakers’ Club and, also, two new members of the Wetherby Speaker’s Club. John Holian spoke on the subject The Joy of Reading and this was followed by Peter Ryans whose speech about pets was entitled Make the Right Choices. The speeches were ably evaluated by Peter Wilson and Neil Wilson (no relation) respectively.

 The Topics session was chaired by Jocelyn Brooks and the subjects on which people had to speak for two minutes were selected from days of the week and months of the year. The session was evaluated by Howard Herbert and Philip Solity of the Bradford Club gave the general evaluation of the whole meeting.

Wetherby success at District – Brian Driscoll Trophy and Evaluation Contest

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At the Eastern District AGM on Sunday 9th March at The Bridge Inn, Walshford,  Wetherby Speakers Club was awarded the Brian Driscoll Trophy jointly with Wharfedale Speakers Club for helping young people develop public speaking skills. You can read about our work with Wetherby High School here.

Chris Clissitt won the Evaluation Contest and will compete at the National Evaluation Contest in Glasgow on 27th April. This will be Chris’s 6th national final appearance – still trailing Lindsay Dutch, our “local” National President, who has 7 final appearances to his name.

This completed a clean sweep for Vale of York Area. Congratulations to Ramana Sundara and Clive Dawson, both of York RI Speakers Club, who won the speech and topics contests respectively. Ramana’s speech was entitled “The Icon” and Clive’s topic was “Climbing Mountains.” 

We wish Ramana, Clive and Chris the best of luck in Glasgow in April.