The Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest is one of the highlights of the Eldergate club calendar, and this year two of our newer members shone in the limelight.
The Humorous Speech contest was won by Tony Fasulo with his speech entitled “A Mini Disaster”. Tony was still on crutches following his recent ‘adventure sport’ injury (sustained playing table tennis!) – incidentally the subject of a great club speech recently – so he has form in turning disaster into triumph.
Emmanuel Bolade won the Table Topics contest with his response to the subject set by Beverly Kepple: “What purchase have you made that you most regretted buying?” For Emmanuel, at least some wilted flowers bought for a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day brought some belated compensation in the form of contest-winning impromptu speech.
Richard Foster-Fletcher was runner-up in both contests but will also go through to the Area competitions with Tony and Emmanuel. The Area contests will be held on Saturday 28 September at Cranfield Speakers (see the Club Meetings page for details of how to to get there). Tony, Emmanuel and Richard took part in both contests and were joined by Trisha Page in the Table Topics contest.
The evening was chaired by club president John Dale. A big thank you to our judges, led by chief judge Dave Minzey, particularly to the volunteers from our neighbouring clubs – Rose Marie Calder and Ian Calder from Vale Speakers, and Lynda Andrew and Jim Reynolds from North Bucks Speakers. They were joined by Trisha Page for the Humorous Speech contest.
It’s impossible to run contests without officials so thanks are also due to Varsha Chandarana (sergeant at arms) and Jenny Chalmers (timekeeper).