Wetherby News report 17 April 2012

In addition to the usual meetings, Wetherby Speakers’ Club played host to members of other Speakers’ Clubs at their Annual Dinner organised by Mavis Cryer at the Bridge Inn at Walshford on 23rd March. The Master of Ceremonies was Niki Boersma, last year’s winner of the after dinner speaking competition.  After enjoying an excellent meal, six members of the club took part in this year’s competition where they had to assume the characters in a scenario created by Chris Clissitt. The speeches were amusing and entertaining and the adjudicator, Lindsay Dutch from the York RI Speakers’ Club had great difficulty choosing a winner. The cup was presented to Jan Millar who will act as Master of Ceremonies in 2013.

On Thursday 12th April some members of the Wetherby Club attended the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Speakers’ Club in York which was held in the presence of the Lord Mayor. The meeting was in the Boardroom at the Cedar Court Hotel in the city which had been the first venue for the club when the building housed the offices of the North Eastern Railway Company. Since then the venue has changed to the nearby Railway Institute and the club is known officially as the York Railway Institute Speakers’ Club. It was a nostalgic evening as many who attended had been founder members and had some interesting tales to tell.

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