Strathmore Speakers’ Club

President Bill Walker of Blairgowrie welcomed 14 members and one guest to Strathmore Speakers’ Club’s first meeting of the new season at the Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie.

Andrew Buist, Alyth, chaired the training session which consisted of three prepared speeches followed by evaluations. He was assisted by Muriel Smith of Kirriemuir in the role of timekeeper for the evening.

The first speaker was Alex Rae, Kirriemuir, with a ‘mini lecture’ entitled ‘Operation Hannibal’. Jim Gibb of Blairgowrie evaluated and immediately awarded a pass. He said this was an impressive speech which had obviously involved a lot of research. Next to the lectern was Jim Smith, Kirriemuir, also giving a mini lecture, with the title ‘Captain Scott in Scotland’. In awarding a pass for this assignment, his evaluator, David Howat, Blairgowrie, said this had been an excellent speech which added to the Scott of the Antarctic story by providing little known personal information.

Third up was Eric Summers, Kirriemuir, who presented a ‘speech construction’ speech. His title was ‘Two losses and a step forward’ and his subject was space. In his evaluation Bill Walker said Eric hadn’t followed the normal speech construction format of beginning, middle and end. Instead he had introduced two characters, elaborated on their stories, and made them come over as real human beings. He awarded a pass for a lovely speech.

Hannah Williams of Rattray chaired the topics session, and invited six members to speak for two minutes each on the theme of ‘flowers’.

General evaluator Pamela Howat, Coupar Angus, said it had been a good first meeting with several strong points, particularly the crisp business reports, three superb speeches and concise evaluations. Anyone who would like more information about learning to speak in public in the friendly atmosphere of a speakers’ club should contact Jim Smith on 01575 574435 or Jim Gibb on 01250 875262.