Saturday 28th June was just one year since Wokingham Speakers officially chartered as a recognised club with Toastmasters International.
To celebrate we held our second annual dinner, along with a tall tales contest, at The Mill House Hotel on the Basingstoke Road Swallowfield.
It was a glorious summer evening, and very enjoyable to have drinks on the patio admiring the lawn, and the sun, before we went in for dinner.
After the meal, the entertainment commenced with the Tall Tale contest, chaired by President Steve Catchick. This was Steve’s last role as President and he was ably assisted by Christina MacGuire, who acted as Sergeant at Arms, helping with the contest, creating and collecting the voting slips, and helping to the organise. Richard Shearing assisted with timing, showing green, amber and red lights, to show the contestants when to stop.
We had 5 willing contestants who volunteered to entertain us. Tsi Tsi Madzinigra regaled a tale about her grandma’s pets, and how they were really wild, even though her grandma didn’t believe her.
Amanda Bouch talked about “The Guanches of Fuerteventura”. We learnt something (even if it was a stretch) about Fuerteventura. Marce Collucci regaled a tale about "The Blue Monster of Doral", a rather wild tale about playing golf in Miami.
Therese Edkins gave a tale entitled "Or so I thought" in her usual engaging style, that had us wondering whether her event management skills had been successful. Paul Gardner told a story about “The Curse of the Shadick Diamonds”. Ghostly stories about his ancestors. He finished, eerily, with a phone call from the ghost! Paul went on to win the contest (Editor's note: well deserved).
The final official part of the evening was when Steve handed over the presidential ribbon to incoming club president, Amanda Bouch.
A great night was had by all, including our guests, such as the outgoing area Governor, Mark Emanuelson and the incoming area Governor,Tracy Miranda.
The evening was completed with drinks at the bar, before carriages arrived to take everyone home (well, they drove home really)!