News from the District Meeting in Newport

Eight club members travelled to Wales on Sunday morning for the ASC South West District Meeting held at Newport’s Coldra Court Hotel. newport-group-photo-copy

Photo: Swindon members with Sheila (Melksham) and Laura (Somerset)

It was a pleasant opportunity to meet up with members from the Welsh clubs and other clubs in the South West area. District President Phil McCaffrey chaired the meeting which began with the business section in which Stephen Dance (Newport) delivered the Southern Wales Area Report and JohnM (Swindon SC) delivered the Cotswold & Wessex Area Report.

There followed the annual Topics Competition with some lively contributions from Swindon members WendyW and JohnR followed by a delicious lunch in the restaurant.  The afternoon commenced with an evaluation workshop chaired by Past President Lindsay Dutch with a target speech given by Rosalie Harrop from York SC. The Novel Competition was then held which included two riveting stories from  Steph (Swindon SC) and Tony (Swindon SC). This was followed by the raffle which was admirably run by Dorothy (Swindon SC).

Thanks to Ben (Swindon SC) for taking on the job of Competition Usher and to the District Secretary JohnC (Swindon SC) for handling the mounds of administrative tasks involved in making the event run smoothly.

Winner of 2016 Club Speech Competition

The winner of this year’s Club Speech Competition was JohnC who will go forward to the Area/District competitions next March. Well done also to Brian, Wendy and Steph for their excellent contributions in a close-run contest.

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Photo: Club President Wendy presenting JohnC with the award.