January goes off with a bang

The New Year started off with a bang.

January’s first meeting brought new visitors from near and far!

We certainly hope the few omissions, made on their first night at the club, doesn’t put them off visiting again. Especially, as they did really well at the topic session.picture: Laura gets trophy for her practice speech

The omissions were put down to recovering from the festivities.

Laura won the  evaluator’s cup for her practice speech. The topic was the launch of a new range of hair care products, for her work.

 

Kevin, who has been a member for less than a year, received his A5 certificate, which had to come from head office.  Well done!

This means he can now join the Speaker’s bureau if he wishes.

Open Mic

We had open mic session which was meant to help members practice using a microphone. However more than half chose not to use it.

Nonetheless it was a very interesting an enjoyable evening.

We had poems, stories, where we learned about Wiltshire, a relaxation ‘magic trick’ which involved changing the weight of stones, a very good joke from a Cardiff visitor and an amazing song.

Most of the evening was videoed so that members could judge and evaluate themselves once the recordings were put onto our youtube channel.  This is yet another learning opportunity.

As if proof were needed  of what a great speaker Kevin is, he also passed his A7 speech at the end of January and won evaluator’s cup for his accapella performance in the open mic session.

 

More details of the meetings can be found on the meeting notes page

 

 

 

 

Visitor wins trophy

December excitement Photo of new member David receiving member's pin from president Sue

After another new member David, passed his A1 and received his member’s pin at the end of November, what was in store for us in December?

It is wonderful to have visitors attend our meeting.

photo of Visitor receiving tropy

 

 

 

Even more so, when they are willing to take the challenge to step up and speak, unprepared on a topic they are given, just a few minutes before hand.

When one of these guests performs as well or even better than some of the members, it is only fitting that they should receive the trophy for the best performance of the evening.

Well done Sarah-Jane and welcome to to the group now you are a fully fledged member.

So, if you have considered coming along as a visitor, you will be very welcome and who know where it might take you.

Remember your first two visits are free of charge.

Just come along and join the excitement!

Photo finishpicture of Santa in car

As you will see from the meeting notes, we finished off our 20th Dec meeting, with the President’s Revels. Working in groups of three, each person had to either start, follow or end a story related to Christmas.

The president gave us the first line.

One was a story staring with: ‘all the presents were in the boot of the car’ ended like this picture taken a couple of days after the meeting.

District Meeting in Bristol – 8th April 2018

The rescheduled District Meeting was held at the Aztec Hotel near Bristol.

In addition to meeting up with our friends and colleagues from other clubs in the District we were joined by Paul Taylor the ASC National Secretary.

The day started with the AGM which included Area Presidents (Stephen D and John Mc) giving their reports.

A workshop on Speech Construction was given by NEC guest Paul Taylor and the District Speech & Evaluation competitions were held.

Photo shows Sheila being presented with the District Evaluation trophy by ASC National Secretary Paul Taylor.
Photo shows Sheila being presented with the District Evaluation trophy by ASC National Secretary Paul Taylor.

Awards

Brian put up a good show in the Speech competition which was won by Nerys from Cardiff with Sheila J from Melksham coming second.

Sheila went on to win the Evaluation Competition with  Wendy from Swindon coming second. A successful day for our Area. Well done to all.

The helpers

Thanks to Wendy who was one of the Speech Contest judges, to John M who did the Target speech, Brian for managing the light/timings and to  Dorothy for handling the raffle and buffet finances.

District Meeting in Newport – 19th November 2017

Meeting friends and learning

This year the district meeting was held at the Coldra Court Hotel in Newport.

As always, it was pleasant to meet up again with our friends and colleagues from other clubs in the District.

The ASC National President and his wife also attended the meeting plus Anne Bouget from the NEC.

The day started with the AGM. It also included Area Presidents (StephenD and JohnMc) giving their reports followed by a workshop on Evaluation given by NEC guest Anne Bouget.

Beating friends

The Topics & Novels competitions were held.

Swindon member, Brian Barber won the Novels Competition with an intriguing time travel story involving the Kennedy assassination. Congratulations Brian!

Photo shows Brian being presented with the trophy by ASC National President Eric Baker
Brian being presented with the trophy by ASC National President Eric Baker

Well done also to Swindon members:

  • JohnC for competing in the Topics Competition
  • WendyW who was one of the judges.

A big thanks also to JohnC, the District Secretary, for organising the district meeting and ensuring everything ran smoothly.   [JMcG]

Presentation of club badges and awards

On completion of their first ‘prepared’ speech at level A1 (The Icebreaker) each speaker receives an ASC (Association of Speakers Clubs) lapel badge. On 19th January 2017 three members (Steph, Ade & Dan) successfully achieved this and were presented with their badges by the club’s education director, JohnM.

At the end of each standard-format meeting the General Evaluator presents the Evaluator’s Cup to a member considered to have made a significant effort that evening. Photo shows evaluator JohnN presenting the cup to Sandra for her contribution on 19th January 2017.

This is just the beginning of the road to speaking improvement. On completion of levels A5 and A10 a speaker receives an achievement certificate from the ASC.

(Photo shows JohnC receiving his A10 certificate from President Wendy).

There are also four annual competitions where trophies are presented and the winner goes forward to the Area and District Competitions, namely the  Speech competition, Evaluation competition, Topics competition and Novels Competition. The eventual District winners go forward to compete in the National Competition Finals.