Another good turnout of members and guests attended our second January meeting, which was got under way in a very punctual manner by Simon Smith, our Sergeant-at-Arms for the evening.
Marian Way was our Toastmaster and she advised that he theme of the evening was “Can I have a ‘P’, please Bob’ in homage to Bob Holness, host of Blockbusters, who had passed away during the previous week. There than followed a lot of use of words beginning with P to announce each of those participating during the course of he meeting, and a fun quiz based on the letter P.
Adrian Reed had the job of keeping us to time, and Michelle Baker as Grammarian, gave us the word of the evening “Droll” meaning amusing, odd or comic.
Keith Oliver was our warm-up master and in a session entitled “Positions, perks and partnerships” he invited those present to advise what skills they would bring to his company should he employ them or what their own companies could offer to assist his company grow. As usual it was a wide range of skills and talents that were on show from business skills and financial help to the more practical cakes and tea making.
We now came to our three speeches, ably given by Robin Clarke who gave his story of how he proved to himself that he could achieve educationally in a speech entitled “University”. This was followed by physicist Steve Green who spoke about neutrinos and the discovery that they could travel faster than the speed of light, in a speech entitled “How Fast?” Pat Tunstall then amused us all, while striking a chord with all present, in describing the ‘characters’ she met on her daily drive to work in: “Driving me to distraction!”
There was the obligatory network break for members and guests to mingle, renew friendships and make new ones.
After the break Sam Mathew, John Tunstall and James Rolfe evaluated the three speeches, with particular emphasis on the passion displayed, tone and volume and structure.
John Webber then led the Table Topics getting four participants to mime their favourite activity and then describe in detail their experiences. Martin Groom told of his experience of triathlon, Narcis (guest) talked of Judo and his involvement in charity work fighting sickle cell syndrome, Steve Springer (guest) spoke of walking his dog to the pub, and finally Dave Symondson explained a game of golf. John congratulated the speakers and particularly emphasised the use of the body and explained that “a speech is a dance with your whole body”.
We now moved onto more evaluations with Michelle Baker picking up on the use of language before Maureen Scott evaluated the Table Topics speakers, and Adrian Reed reported on the timings of the evening.
It was left to Robin Chawner to give the General Evaluation before John Webber closed the meeting but not before reminding members of forthcoming speech contests and giving out the awards.
What was already a memorable evening was capped by gaining a further three members: Dave Symondson, Tim Rampton (a former Toastmaster) and Paul Underwood ( a past member)
Winners on the evening were:
Best Speaker - Robin Clarke
Best Evaluator - John Tunstall/Maureen Scott
Best Table Topics - Steve Springer
Most Innovative Role - Marian Way