Lots to talk about at speakers club

Three speakers with very different levels of experience took part in last week’s meeting of the Strathmore Speakers Club, when Pamela Howat chaired the training session, assisted by Jim Gibb in the role of timekeeper for the evening.

Past president Edwin Petrie was first up with his speech ‘Sitting Comfortably’ in which he took a detailed look at misericords.

His evaluator, Bill Walker, gave him a pass for a well written and extremely interesting talk about these unusual church ornaments.

Andrew Brewster made his first speech in the club on ‘Icebreaker’. Unlike most young farmers who travel for work experience to English-speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand or Canada, Andrew chose to go to Argentina. After some exciting activity in Uruguay and a quick-fix Spanish language course, he eventually found himself in a remote town where he learnt some of the secrets of how they raise their world famous Argentine Angus cattle.

David Howat evaluated, saying how much he had enjoyed this well structured speech which had been delivered with humour and minimal use of his notes. In awarding a pass, David said he was looking forward to hearing more speeches from Andrew, perhaps with a slightly slower delivery.

Third up was visitor Brian Dingwall rehearsing a speech he will make at the Speakers Club ‘Speaking of Scotland’ event at Forfar during Tartan Week next month. As well as describing his own family’s military involvement in both World Wars, Brian told the story of the SS Otaki which was sunk in the mid-Atlantic by a German raider in March 1917.

The topics session was chaired by Helen Gordon-Wilson who chose ‘Extremes of Weather’ as her theme. She invited six members to speak for three minutes each at short notice from a list of eight items without repeating one that had been previously chosen.

They were Ron Harrow, Hannah Williams, David Affleck, Andrew Thomson, Helen Fleming and Douglas Wares.

General evaluator club president Alex Rae felt the standard has been improving week by week throughout the season and this meeting had been no exception.