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12 members, including a guest, came together for some midsummer madness, led by Jennifer.

Harsheed told us a suitable joke.

Steve sneaked in as many references to football as he could, such as fixtures, half time, and a game of 2 halves.( I must confess I was curious about the score at the time of the interval)

Cecile introduced topics, with Carmel first up, explaining her madness was not confined to midsummer.

Barbara talked about her nights out in Milton Keynes , based around the ley lines.

It was Jims creativity that won us over, as he explained a Midsummers wedding, winning best topics and humour.

Emma’s third speech was a magical story of being lost at sea. She drew us in with salty sea tales, and had us singing a sea shanty.

Maggie’s evaluation was, as always, very encouraging, winning her best evaluator.

Musttapha relayed an emotional tale of loss, and family support. Harsheed evaluated sensitively. I was impressed as he had one second’s notice of being an evaluator.

Louise tackled the abstract concept with a tale of modern art. It opened with lights being flicked on and off, to represent Martin Creeds Turner prize. What followed included a piece of blu-tack, loo rolls and abstract art from a child. Topped with the joys of taking a scientist on an artistic journey (which did not compute), and ending with references to a moving modern art theme , which included lovers reuniting.

Jim’s evaluation was informative and humorous, suggesting a powerful ending, with her personal art.

Steve brought everything together with his take on the evaluators and topics. The General evaluator award went to Harsheed for stepping in so promptly.

Carmel headed up the ah counts and grammarian, awarding smooth talker to Maggie.

Barbara timed us.

We welcomed Stephanie as a guest.

The meeting ended on a high, as we are back to President’s distinguished club status, and Carmel handed over to Steve, with a speech of thanks.

Now it’s time to set leadership and speech goals for the next year.

Remember to bring your manuals to the meetings, and please ensure you confirm your attendance prior to the meeting on the D71 website.

Jim is in charge of the next meeting. See you then.

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