Speak up to get ahead

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It is all change at the top for Arbroath Speakers Club which began its new term last night (Thursday).

The new club president is Robert Peat whose appointment was confirmed at the club’s annual general meeting in the Gallery at Kinblethmont when the president’s chain of office was handed over by past president June Jelly.

Robert’s vice-president is Sharon Cummings and completing the brand new team is Jim Christie who takes over from John Winterton as secretary while long-standing member Duncan Stewart continues in his role as treasurer.

Former members are welcome to re-join the club and anyone interested in becoming a member will be made welcome.

Information about the Arbroath Club is available from education director Robert Hill at robthill@gmail.com or by phone 01674 820294. The club is affiliated to the national Association of Speakers Clubs.

The club meets at 7.30 p.m. on alternate Thursdays from September to April with a short break over the festive season. Some members meet for an informal meal at 6.30 p.m. prior to the meeting.

Robert Peat said: “Although I am fairly new to the club I am looking forward to welcoming old and new members to the 2014/15 speaking season. People join speakers clubs for all sorts of reasons - some are purely social while others, having been asked to speak at a wedding or other social event, feel that they would benefit from attending a few meetings. A fairly recent development has seen people joining a speakers club to further their career, enhancing skills including communication which will be a major factor in their professional development. This is important for performing well at job interviews, particularly since many people are being required to apply for their own jobs.”

Anyone interested can come along to any meeting, this year’s Open Meeting will be held at their usual venue of Stables Bar, Meadowbank Inn, on Thursday, November 23.