Area AGM and Competitions

Sunday 11th March saw the Kent Area AGM and competitions taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone. 

Chaired by the current Area President, Julian Watts, the day began with the reports from each of the area’s clubs’ representatives. The overriding message is one of continued and healthy growth in interest across the county for public speaking.


Area President Julian Watts opening proceedings

One important function of the AGM was the election of Area Officers: it’s great to have Ravi Kalsi continue as Area Treasurer. It’s also with great delight to welcome Thanet’s John Clarke as the next Area President and Steve Pamphilon as the Vice President


The day saw three competitions taking place. The first was the Impromptu Speaking competition. Five individuals were given the challenge of creating a mini-speech on the subject “Is the impact of Social Media in our lives a positive or negative influence?”

Competitors: Bernie Morgan, Doug Weale, Frani Hoskins, Steve Poole, Stewart Thomson


1st – Stewart Thomson (Chaucer)

2nd – Steve Poole (West Kent)

3rd – Bernie Morgan (Thanet)

(Impromptu Competition winner Stewart Thomson receiving his trophy from former National President William Warren)

The Evaluation competition required a target speech and Thanet’s Doug Weale delivered a delightfully witty tribute to the women of the ASC. It was then up to the competitors to deliver an evaluation providing both critical analysis and pointers for improvement.

Competitors: Bernie Morgan, Frani Hoskins, Rachel Holliday, Ray Finn, Sheila Gomez, Stewart Thomson


1st – Bernie Morgan (Thanet)

2nd – Rachel Holliday (Chaucer)

3rd – Ray Finn (West Kent)


The final competition of the day was the Prepared Speech. Each participant had each prepared a unique, individual and imaginative speech on a wide range of subjects, from the importance of having a sense of humour, to creating the next entry to the Oxford English Dictionary.

It is difficult coming up with a speech which is engaging, humorous and thought-provoking but the contestants all did so, and delivered their speeches with great rapport and skill.

Participants: Bernie Morgan, Doug Weale, Rachel Holliday, Rob Wilkinson, Rowena Hawtin, Steve Poole.


1st – Bernie Morgan (Thanet)

2nd – Rowena Hawtin (West Kent)

3rd – Steve Poole (West Kent)

Thanet Speaker Bernie Morgan winner of both Evaluation and Prepared Speech Competitions

Congratulations to all the winners, who go on to represent Kent at the District Competition, to be held on 18th March at the Hilton Hotel, Maidstone.