Wetherby News club meeting report 15 December 2011

The Annual Club Speech Contest

The President, Howard Herbert opened the meeting  and introduced Peter Wilson, who would chair the Club Speech Contest and Barbara Cresswell from the White Rose Ladies Speakers’ Club who would judge the speeches.

There were seven entrants and the speeches were varied and interesting. Each speech must last for a minimum of six minutes and not exceed eight minutes otherwise the contestant would incur penalties. The speakers were as follows:

John Holian Oliver’s Army
Chris Clissitt Nothing Compares to You
Caroline Boom The Concert party
Jocelyn Brooks Reflections of a Church Warden
Neil Wilson They’ll be Dancing in the Streets of Hawick
Tim Hunter Cats and Particle Physics
Scott Stephenson Treachery Was Their Trade

 The order of speaking was decided by lot.

Barbara Cresswell gave a very helpful and constructive summary and announced that the winner was Neil Wilson and the runner-up, Jocelyn Brooks both of whom will go forward to the Area Speech Contest to be held in York on 15th January 2012.

Jan Millar planned the Topics session which had a very seasonal flavour. Club members had to give their reasons for being considered for various jobs associated with Christmas such as Santa’s little elf and Rudolph the reindeer.

Mavis Cryer evaluated the Topics session and Howard Herbert thanked Barbara Cresswell, congratulated the winner and runner-up, wished everyone a happy Christmas and closed the last meeting of 2011.

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