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Welcome and invitation from the President of the South Lancaster Speakers Club

 

 

 

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2021 Annual General Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUB

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 12th MAY 2021

By Zoom

In attendance:- Graham Bailey, Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, (Vice President), Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President)  Albert Kelsall, Carol Kershaw, David Knox and Joyce Meiring

Apologies:-  Laura Edwards and Sue Solloway (both had indicated that they would not be attending any future meetings)

  1. Welcome

The President welcomed those present

  1. Attendance and Apologies

The Secretary informed those present that there were 11 attending with two apologies.

  1. Minutes of AGM 27/05/20

It was proposed by Diana Douglas and Seconded by Jane Entwistle that the Minutes of the AGM on 27th May 2020 be accepted. AGREED

Matters arising.

Item 8  Public Liability Club Insurance

Diana Reported that in the event of the Club not joining the ASC the annual fee for Insurance would be in the region of £100.80. NOTED

Item 8 Minutes name to be altered to read “David Battersby” AGREED

  1. Officers Reports
  2. a) President
  3. b) Secretary
  4. c) Education Director
  5. d) Social Secretary
  6. e) Treasurer (Item 5)

The reports from the Clubs’ Officers were presented to the meeting.

It was proposed by David Knox and seconded by Carol Kershaw that the reports be accepted. AGREED

  1. Statement of Accounts 2020/21

AGREED to accept report.

  1. Appointment of Examiner for 2021/22

It was AGREED that Louise Jackson be appointed Examiner for the year 2021/22.

  1. Election of Officers
  2. a) President - Louise Jackson
  3. b) Vice-President - John Entwistle
  4. c) Secretary - David Knox
  5. d) Education Director - Joyce Meiring
  6. e) Social Secretary - Diana Douglas
  7. f) Treasurer - David Knox

There being no further nominations and having been put to the vote the above mentioned were elected to the positions shown. (Proposed by Jane Entwistle Seconded by Carol Kershaw.) AGREED

  1. Matters from Management Committee Meeting 04/03/21
  2. a) Club Subscriptions for 2021/22

The motion was: -

THAT the South Lancaster Speakers Club Subscription for the year commencing 1st September 2021, payable on that date, shall be £10 for ALL members, plus a fee of £4 per meeting for any person actually attending at a venue.

The above motion was moved by David Knox and Seconded by John Entwistle. AGREED

The motion was: -

THAT there will be no South Lancaster Speakers Club Subscription, for year commencing 1st September 2021, for Juniors or full-time Student members.

Proposed by Jane Entwistle Seconded by Eddy Jackson. AGREED


  1. b) Recommendation to charter.

The Management Committee recommends that SLSC submit an appropriate application for Candidate status in January 2022.

 A wide ranging discussion toke place which included a somewhat confusing/unclear message from the ASC as to the situation with fees which would have to be paid as a Candidate Club progressing to being a Full Member of the Association.

The motion was: -

THAT the South Lancaster Speakers Club shall apply to the Association of Speakers Clubs to become a Candidate Club early  2022.

Proposed by Diana Douglas Seconded by David Knox  AGREED

  1. c) Club Meetings

It was decided that we would continue with Club Meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month but have a Summer break during July and August resuming on Wednesday 22nd September.

As has been the practice over the last two years we have had a ‘cream tea’ at the first meeting of the new year, Covid-19 permitting. AGREED     
                                                     

  1. d) Zoom Meetings

Members views were requested on whether the Club wishes to split meetings between Zoom and ‘in person’ e.g. alternate meetings.

Following a lengthy discussion it was proposed that the Club has one Zoom Meeting every quarter and in the event of any severe inclement weather. AGREED

  1. e) Changing the meeting place?

 Ellel Village Hall, Galgate or Dolphinholme Methodist Hall were suggestions put forward.

Following a full discussion where Members were informed that Louise and Diana had visited Ellel Village Hall, Galgate who had been impressed with the facilities available and hire costs. It was also suggested that there might be some potential for the recruitment of new members.

It was AGREED that further investigations take place in order to further determine the suitability of Ellel Village Hall, Galgate for future meetings. Further information to be submitted to a future Club Meeting for a final decision .                                             

Members views were requested on the following items.

  1. f) Recruitment of new members.

Members of the Committee felt that the existing Website and ‘word of mouth’ were effective therefore no further action was considered necessary at present.

Following a discussion it was decided that as a move to Ellel Village Hall, Galgate was possible we should advertise the Meetings at Lancaster University, the Rhubarb and Gaslight Times in addition to the above. AGREED (Proposed by John Entwistle Seconded by David Knox)

  1. g) Education sessions.

Members are asked to indicate what sort of training they would like, and it was suggested that we could have about four sessions in any year.

During the discussions the following areas were put forward for consideration.

Evaluation Forms

Word Pictures and Vocabulary

The feeling of the meeting was that there should be a structured programme of Training, that where a member is willing and able to carry out a session on a specific topic then that be encouraged and that where appropriate ask an external trainer to attend.

  1. Any Other Business

As part of the Social Secretary’s Report the Members had agreed that we would have a meal at The Fleece, Dolphinholme on Wednesday 14th July 2021, Covid-19 permitting.

Clarification was requested as to when a Guest becomes a Member of the Club as there were Guests who have been attending meetings for some time.

The general position is that a Guest becomes a Members when they pay the appropriate subscription/ fee.

There being no further business the President thanked those present for their contributions and closed what was a successful and timely Meeting.

The Meeting ended at 8.48

 

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Topics Historic Photographs of Unknown People

SPEAKERS CLAUB TOPICS SESSION 24 FEBRUARY

The Chair for this session was Joyce Meiring, assisted by Eddy Jackson. Each speaker was shown a picture of an unknown person or persons in olden day clothing and they had to make up a story about that photograph.

 

Louise – Two well dressed young ladies +

 

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Dressed in their finery for the first photograph taken in their family with a description of how the event went, including how they found the whole thing whilst trying to contain their laughter.

 

John – Four Ladies one old three young. +

 

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This photograph reminded the speaker of his grandmother and the clothes shown in the photograph were very similar to the clothes that the family still had in their possession. John marvelled at the thin wastes of the ladies and posed the question as to whether modern day women would be able to fit these dresses.

 

Graham – Soldier in Uniform +

 

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“A picture paints a thousand words” The photograph was of his grandfather who was a linguist able to speak German, French and Italian

 

Laura – A very old woman with a hearing trumpet 

 

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The speaker spoke about the recession and a holiday in Blackpool in 2008  where a member of the family was encouraged to dress up in 1900’s clothing and have their photograph taken.

 

The Topics were Evaluated by Carol Kershaw + and David Knox §

 

Check out David Knox's notes of the meeting on Facebook

 
 
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Sun and seasons out of time

 

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Sun and seasons out of time - Lancaster Speakers Club topic themes
 
 
SPEAKERS CLUB TOPIC - WEDNESDAY 10 February 2021
 
Eddy Jackson, the Speakers Club Topic's Chair, developed the starting point with a synopsis of the four seasons, after today's brilliant sunshine.

The seasons and the sun, led to another place, a distant time in history, and a vastly different world. (Before some members were born)
 
Using song lines from the versus, members were given topics based on:
 
 
 

Seasons in the Sun

 
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Goodbye to you, my trusted friend
We've known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we've climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABCs
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees

Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Goodbye papa, please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along

Goodbye papa, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them, I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

Goodbye Michelle, my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground

Goodbye Michelle, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the stars we could reach
Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons, have all gone

All our lives we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Songwriters: Rod Mc Kuen, Jacques Brel
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All the speakers responded well to the challenge of using lines from the verses.
 
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Check out the David Knox's, South Lancaster Speakers Club Secretary summary of the evening on Facebook.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Speakers Club 10th February Program

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Programme 10th February

Welcome                       Louise

Chairman                       John

Time Keeper                  James

6 to 8 minute speech   Mark, speech to include impressionism as well as

                                          the use of humour.

4 minute speech            Albert, use of humour

2+3 speeches introducing themselves, Laura and Graham

Evaluators                        Diana (Mark) David (Albert)

                                           Joyce ( Laura and Graham )

Topics chair                      Eddy. Please use discretion regarding time how many

                                            topics you give but start with Carol, Yoshoda, Pepe

Topics Evaluator               Louise

General Evaluator             Jane

Next meeting                     24th February.  Audience rapport

 
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Seasonal Greetings and Christmas Zoom Meeting

 

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NOTES OF SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUWEDNESDAY 9th December 2020 via ZOOM

 

In attendance:- Yashoda Auchombit, Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, (Vice President), Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson (President)  Albert Kelsall, Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring and Mark Rogers.

Apologies:- Sue Solloway, Sabe Connor and Pepe Ruzvidzo

WELCOME /INTRODUCTIONS

The President welcomed those present including guests for the evening.

The Chair for the evening was Diana Douglas.

The theme for tonight’s meeting reflected the time of the year and each member present had been asked to prepare and then read a short story, extract from a story or a poem about Christmas.

David Knox- “King John’s Christmas” by A.A. Milne

James Douglas –“ Henry V” by William Shakespeare”

Carol Kershaw –“Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy

Jane Entwistle – “A Visit by St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

Eddy Jackson –“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Louise Jackson –“An Article from The Times” by David Sanderson

Joyce Meiring –“Toad of Toad Hall” by Kenneth Grahame

Albert Kelsall –“A view on Christmas Day” by Charles Dickens

Mark Rogers –“In Memoriam (Ring Out Wild Bells)” by Alfred Lord Tennyson & Covid-19 to Twelve Days of Christmas”

An Evaluation of each of the presentations was carried out by the next speaker on the above list.

A “ get to know you better “ session was held where members were invited to say what they enjoyed doing in their free time.

John Entwistle informs those present that he had many interests which included drama, both acting and working backstage, gardening, cycling, hill walking, mountaineering and was also involved with a Foodbank in Morecambe.

Yashoda Auchombit was extremely keen on cleaning, watching Strictly Come Dancing, speaking to her family who live in Mauritius and exploring the South West and hopefully the North West of the country

The General Evaluation was carried out by James Douglas

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Meeting closed at 9.02

Date of next Meeting 13th January 2021

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Traditional state schooling stifles learners imagination and creativity

 

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HOMESCHOOLING IS BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

 

What are your views, thoughts, and position on this topic?

Some of the most crucial life transition occurs during the early years, primary, high school, college, and university education.

Let me map these out? Are there any I have missed?

There are powerful arguments for compulsory education within government or private institutions.

Let us take an alternative perspective where the self-esteem, the development of a balanced, well-informed, educated child emerges as a young adult.

 

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We can do this by putting homeschooling and ‘normal’ education under the microscope.

For this speech, my focus is on personality, temperament, motivation, engagement, creativity, problem-solving ability, sociability, and having a balanced education.

It is about a child – person-centric approach versus systemic testing, rigid conformity to a restricted – narrow curriculum delivered in a brutal bureaucracy.

Whose interest benefits? – Exam boards, bloated universities, colleges, and schools filled with meddling form fillers lacking in imagination and creativity?

Your child, relations, and the country deserve better.

Extend the early years, nursery, and infant curriculum from birth to the age of twenty-one years to develop the whole child within 24/7 365 days for twenty years for a dramatic improvement in the nation's ability to win Nobel Prizes or educate children away from so-called teachers and schools.

 

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Home Schooling Is Better Than Traditional Education in very very very small doses

 

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Home Schooling Is Better Than Traditional Education…. in very very very small doses


Would you agree, that all too often in the UK,

there are whopping blanket generalisations;

which supposedly fit and apply to each and everyone on the planet;

with singular bigotry,

that can also all far too easily,

be garballed and taken completely out of context.

However, surely as a very generalistic rule of thumb,

that with children of normal school ages

that is starting from around 5 years and above,

in terms of their daytime schooling,

they are going to be better educated, in overall terms,

by attending the usual types of private, state

and church based traditional  classroom schoolings etc.

with all the other pupils in attendance.

Isn’t one of the major factors here,

about the huge need for child socialisation;

arguably within mixed gender traditional schooling too;

in full preparation

for their outside of school future world,

including the whole of their subsequent working lives

and beyond.

The huge amounts that pupils learn

just only from their peers.

As fellow pupils can influence, develop

and do get to know each other,

far more, than school teachers,

get to know the children.

Does more credance and attention need to be given

to the survey and analysis made,

of the millionaires in California during the 1970s.

When it was discovered that the common denominator

of these millionaires,

was not their academic achievements,

but in fact, it was instead

that the millionaires,

get on well with people”.

Surely, success in marriage, family life

and virtually every occupational field,

being not just only the commercial work environments,

is largely dependant on getting on well with people.

However, again as a general rule of thumb,

if a parent is seeking additional schooling tuition for a child,

in the evenings or weekends or school holidays,

outside of normal school hours,

then surely one to one teaching,

by a suitably qualified and professional private teacher

visiting the child, in their own home,

can be ultimately desirable.

Especially from a potentially academic attainment point of view.

For hasn’t it generally been proven,

beyond all reasonable doubt whatsoever,

that the smaller, the total numbers of pupils,

in a given classroom,

under the proverbial teacher to pupil ratios,

the better it is for the child student,

from an academic perspective.

This being due to the more direct

and individual attention

that the pupil will receive from a teacher.

Conversely, turn that on its perhaps undisputed back,

with a quotation from Stephen Leacock,

in his book entitled: “My Discovery Of England”,

in 1922 when he stated:

“Most people tire of a lecture in ten minutes,

clever people can do it in five,

sensible people never go to lectures at all”.

End of quotation..

Could the quotation mean that learning

by one’s self at home,

can be even more effective,

than being educated in a“one to one” situation.

Through research, discovery learning

and parrot fashion assimilation of key material.

Alternatively, should it be considered

that these are whopping generalisations

and bigotry again indeed.

What about mixtures and variety

and the added benefits

of team work in traditional education.

Thankfully there is no insular “I” in team work.

The proverbial two good heads being better than one.

A communicating community of interest

in traditional education.

Also liaising and comparing notes,

with other similar communities of interest.

Developing and sharing best and worst practices.

Alas, in conclusion,

if it wasn’t for the current vital necessities of lockdowns,

shouldn’t a home, continue to revert

to being nothing more

than a place to hang one’s hat

and educate the cat.

Mark Rodgers
South Lancaster Speakers Club

 

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Outline agendas for Spring term

13th January Assignment 6. Vocabulary and word pictures. New manual page 13, old p.39

6 -8 minute speech,          The best picture I ever took.

4+4 minute speeches,       Show and tell

27th January Assignment 7  Using notes and microphone. Old manual page 43

Minimalistic use of notes  Be brave and try a speech without them.

 

                                               Tall Tales

10th February Assignment 8  Using humour. New manual p. 14. Old p. 49

6-8 minute speech,              Compare past and present humour on television

4+4 speeches                         Funny story

24th February Assignment 9   Audience rapport. New Manual p.15, Old p.55

6-8 Minute speech                Speak about something you are passionate about

4+4                                           Own choice, but must have rapport with audience

10th March Assignment 10    Showpiece.  New manual p.15. Old manual p.59

Five 6-8 minute speeches     Demonstrate your speaking skills learnt over the past year

24th March

Game                                         Just a minute, speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation

                                                    Hope this will be a bit of fun ( if it works )

                                                    Instead of topics, A lighthearted way to finish the term and get

                                                    to know one another better, “ how do you spend your free

                                                     time “

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Hello everyone,

Louise and I have had our heads together to come up with a programme that utilises the opportunities of a speakers club and also incorporating suggestions made by members. We have put together a programme for the next 5 sessions until Christmas so you can ponder if you have the inclination.

Most sessions include one 6 to 8 minute speech and I shall name an individual  at random. If anyone has an objection to this please say.

We are using assignments from the manual which hopefully will help the evaluators as they must see evidence of it. I will send a detailed programme before each meeting.

October 14th  An own choice meeting, 1 + 6-8 min speech, 3 + 4 min speeches, plus topics.

October 28th Assignment ( old manual ) page 25 ( new Manual ) page 11  Speaking with Conviction. Same format as October 14th. Choose something you feel passionate about.

November 11th Assignment ( old )page 149 ( new ) page 29 story telling.  Everyone tell a 4 minute story about a “ girl in a red dress “

November 25th Assignment ( old ) page 33 ( new ) page 12 Own choice. Using your voice effectively.

December 9th Assignment ( old ) page 193 ( new )? Reading aloud to an audience. Everyone choose a Christmas reading

Hope this makes sense, As it is our first attempt at forward planning please bear with us.

Louise and Joyce             

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Programme 14th October

Welcome            Louise

Chairman            David

Timekeeper        John

Tonight’s speeches are your own choice

For the evaluators it may be helpful to use an evaluation sheet from the handbook.

6 -8 minute speech         Diana                     evaluated by Mark

4 minute speeches          Mark                      evaluated by Eddy

                                            Jane                        evaluated by James

                                            Joyce                       evaluated by Carol

Topics chairman               Vaishali

Suggested order ( dependent on time )

Carol, Sabe, David, Eddy,Pepe,Louise, James, John

Topics evaluator     Eddy

General evaluator of evening   Diana

Close meeting( including any points which need raising ) 

Louise

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