Archive for April, 2018

Next meeting 8th May

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Our next meeting is at Linton Memorial Hall on Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL at 7.45pm for 8pm on Tuesday 8th May 2018. Please note the change of day. We are unable to use the hall on Thursday because of the Wetherby Musical Theatre Production of “Cheshire Cats” taking place at the venue.

Before the meeting, we have the ASC National Conference in York. Wetherby Speakers Club is well represented amongst stewards, ushers and judges but alas, not amongst contestants this year.

Tony Morris

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

York area contest 2011 (2)We are saddened to learn of the death earlier this week of Tony Morris, so well known to many in Eastern District. As Joe James said, “Everything about him was positive.  A great colleague, a good friend and a hero in the face of adversity.”

Below is a tribute written by Jan Millar, Eastern District President:

I am very sad to hear of the death of our good friend Tony Morris of Bradford SC.  Although he has not had good health for a number of years his untimely death has come as a shock to all his friends.

Tony was an enthusiastic member of the ASC for many years and a familiar face at both local and national events.  He was an excellent speaker and evaluator having been a National Finalist in both and also a judge in National Competitions.  He was always willing to share his skills with others and led many training events as well as acting as a mentor to newer members.  Whenever I was looking for a volunteer, health permitting, Tony would always offer his services.  He was also a very skilled photographer and took many excellent shots at a wide range of ASC events.

I first got to know him many years ago at a National Conference in Blackpool when he joined our ‘gang’ for a fun filled weekend.  He subsequently became an enthusiastic and dedicated member of my choral speaking group ‘Jan’s People’ and helped us to win a number of Arts Festivals.

He will be sorely missed in the ASC not only for his contributions as a speaker and evaluator but also as a dear friend.