The Sgt at Arms, Andy Howell, ensured that the room was laid out and ready for the meeting due to start at 7.00pm. He gave a three-minute warning enabling everyone to take their seats in time for start of the meeting.There were four visitors and each was supported by a member of the club. Andy welcomed everyone to the meeting and acknowledged the presence of the visitors. He advised everyone on the need to switch off mobile phones, the location of toilets and the procedure should a fire alarm be sounded. He then introduced the Toastmaster for the evening, Andrew Miller.
Andrew then welcomed everyone to the meeting and made a point of mentioning the visitors by name. He then introduced the Club’s Committee Members, explaining their roles within the Doncaster Speakers. He explained about the practice of handshakes, handclapping and why these are used. Also informed the meeting details for the forthcoming Speech Contest on 11th September 2017. He then invited the Grammarian, Ah Counter and Timekeeper to come forward to explain their objectives in supporting the evening’s events.
Arthur Fenn, the Grammarian, presented the meeting with the word of the day, which was ‘Zenith’, and invited the group to use this as many times as possible. He was followed by the Ah Counter, Stephanie Bisby, and Timekeeper, Andy Howell. They also explained how they would monitor the evening’s events and would provide feedback at the end of the evening.
There were three speakers booked to deliver their speeches during the evening. Each one had a Speech Evaluator assigned to them and they had taken the time to speak to their own Presenter to find out what to look for during each speech. It was interesting that the experience of the speakers varied greatly. One was delivering his first speech; the second speaker was delivering her fourth speech and the final speaker was delivering his sixth speech. Also, it as noted that the speaking styles varied greatly which enhanced the evening.
Following a short break when everyone could meet up and chat, the second half of the meeting contained the challenging Table Topics session. Arthur Fenn, the Table Topics Master gave some interesting topics and the speakers provided great moments of humour.
At the conclusion of the meeting the Speech Evaluators gave their feedback on each speech for the benefit of the speakers and the group in general. Also, the Grammarian, Ah Counter and General Evaluator summed up the meeting.
Andrew Miller, the Toastmaster invited comments from both the visitors and from the group as a whole. He also handed out the awards for the evening.
The meeting closed at 9.15pm.
Report by Jean Stewart, General Evaluator
Following the Bank Holiday break, our next meeting is Monday 11th September, 2017
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