Congratulations to Julian our new president

Last night’s Chaucer club meeting required agenda juggling and we welcomed 3 guests and said goodbye to two members, Bryan and Fatima, and wish them well in their careers. The meeting began with a warm up session describing a play or concert recently attended. We were treated to an evocative poem created and delivered by Fatima, a use of humour speech by Becky on the merits and personal horrors of coffee. Stewart gave an advanced speech with 10 minutes preparation from a choice of 3 titles. He presented an entertaining and thought provoking speech on “what has poetry ever done for us”. Surprising us with references to palaeontologists and astrophysicists. Evaluators, Rachel and Julie, offered praise and constructive advice.  Both speakers passed their assignments with flying colours.

At the AGM the outgoing President Adrian Hyner presented an interim certificate to Peter and  the speech trophy to Barry before welcoming our incoming President Julian Watts who introduced his new committee.  
Treasurer – Adrian, Education – Michael, Communications – Suzanne, Social events – Carol, New member co-ordinator – Josephine, webmaster – Julie. Vice-president – tbc.
After the break, Peter took charge of the topics session and challenged some us to consider whether we would vote for particular historical and fictional characters to become our MP. The characters were as diverse as Winnie the Pooh and Julius Caesar.
An evaluation of topics was given by Julian, followed by Carol who gave a great summary of the evening with specific feedback to the evaluators.
At our next meeting on Monday 19th June we will be hosting the Kent Hopper Cup team speaking competition. The theme for the teams is Whoops. The Hopper Cup is a fun event often including role-play and props with fierce competition between the clubs. You are very welcome to join us.