Jim picks up speakers’ trophy in annual topics competition

Strathmore Speakers Club had a busy evening at the Kirriemuir Golf Club when a full programme of speeches was combined with the annual topics competition.

President Bill Walker of Blairgowrie welcomed 16 members and two visitors before conducting the business session. He then handed over the meeting to Jim Gibb of Blairgowrie who chaired the training session assisted by David Binnie of Broughty Ferry in the role of timekeeper for the evening. This consisted of three prepared speeches, two of which were given before the meal.

First up was Graham Carr of Alyth, making a speech entitled ‘Whirlwind or Whimper’ with the assignment of ‘audience rapport’. Bill Walker evaluated and awarded a pass. The second speaker was Hannah Williams of Rattray on the assignment of ‘speech construction’. With the title of ‘Rising to the Challenge?’, Hannah spoke about Maximilian I, son of Emperor Frederick III which was awarded a pass by evaluator Bob Stewart of Kirriemuir. Muriel Smith of Kirriemuir then conducted the topics contest which was judged by Alex Rae of Kirriemuir and David Howat of Blairgowrie who, after hearing all of the seven contestants speak on the topic ‘Sink or Swim’, retired to consider their verdict while Eric Summers of Kirriemuir gave the third speech in the form of a power point presentation. The subject was the events of 1812, and in particular Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. The evaluation was given by Jim Gibb who congratulated Eric on a marvellous presentation. Chief Judge, Alex Rae then announced the topics contest winner as Jim Gibb, with Pamela Howat of Coupar Angus in second place and Helen Gordon-Wilson of Blairgowrie third. Muriel Smith presented the trophy to Jim Gibb, who will now go forward to represent the Strathmore Club at the North Tay Area heats next February. More information about speaking in public from Jim Smith on 01575 574435 or Jim Gibb on 01250 875262.