30th March

Fantastic evening!! Julian (A8) Mike ( A4 ) and Val ( A3 ) all performed wonderfully to bag their next Guide task. Ever onwards and upwards!! Thanks to Maureen for a great Topics session.

District Competitions

On Sunday, 22nd March at The Hilton Hotel Maidstone, our District AGM and Competitions took place. Congratulations; to Will for his performance as Chief Judge; to Suzanne for her tour de force as Secretary; to Carol for being on the evaluation competition panel for the first time.  Our former member Ian Price, as a member of Redhill and Reigate S C, came runner up in the Evaluation competition and won the Topics Trophy. Your blogger was runner up in Topics with the most outstanding performance of the day!!

Pete Fest

At the Club meeting on 16th March, Pete put in a tour de force. Firstly, delivering a humourous Education session, yes humourous!! Then evaluating Phil’s C1, the advanced impromptu speech, and finally chairing an inventive topics session. Just the name of a country about which to speak! Congratulations to Bryan for bagging his A2, Etiquette, about the murky world of the gym!!

President’s Dinner

On Friday, 6th March our President’s dinner took place in The Clagget Suite, The Cathedral Precincts. Over one hundred members and guests  dined, including the ASC National President, Margaret Robertson and the ASC National Vice President, our very own Will Warren. The guest speaker, the Antarctic explorer Felicity Aston MBE, enthralled the audience with her story of her solo, unaided trip across Antarctica. Congratulations and thanks to our President, Phil Lennard, for pulling the event together. Also to other members of Chaucer, who spoke on the night; Peter, Rachel, Adrian and Bryan ( as did his wife Rebecca! ). Thanks to Sue Shaw of West Kent and Trevor Kenning of Thanet, who also spoke. The Dean and Chapter excelled themselves with the overall arrangements on the evening and specifically, the wonderful food.

Chaucer Rules!!

My Comfort Zone

On 2nd March, Katy gave a presentation entitled ‘In and out of my comfort zone’. It lasted for 48 minutes and included a video at the end of her talk. It was a tour de force, not only for new speakers confronting their fears of speaking in public, but also for more experienced speakers, as Katy spoke deeply and movingly on events in her life and how she turned helping others in Zanzibar into a means of confronting her own demons.

Adrian attempted his A5 speech and Stew chaired a novel topics session. A full, varied, educative and enjoyable meeting.

Welcome back to Mike from Nicauragua. He is suntanned, slimmer and reinvigorated, which was displayed in the passion of his topic.