From Area 61
On 30 January 2017 the Harrovian Speakers Club held the first Area level Tall Tales Contest in their venue, together with HOD and Watford Speakers. Two members from the Harrovian Speakers Club, two members from Watford Speakers, and one member from HOD competed in this unique meeting.
After a vivacious welcome from Harrovian President Jayanthiny Kangatharan, the contest chair club VPE Sushil Shah introduced the first speaker that was Pam from Watford Speakers. Pam entertained us with a story about the Watford Speakers’ Christmas socials, while fellow Watford Speaker David Collins told us how an incident he was involved in created local headlines. Gill grabbed our attention with her story concerning a domestic issue, while Meena fascinated us with a moral story involving a race for charity. Amparo had us in laughter with her story about her vacation in Vietnam. Each story was truly funnier than the previous one and brought the house down yet another time.
Sushil did a fantastic job at interviewing each contestant, and had the audience laughing with his unique way of asking questions that referred to aspects in contestants’ stories in order to find out if they were true or not.
Afterwards Division Director Steve Brewer helped Sushil give the certificates of participation and reveal the winners of the first Tall Tales contest in Area 61: David and Pam won third and second place respectively, with Gill winning the first place.
Gill said: “When I first heard of the Tall Tales Competition I felt it, to be honest, a little superfluous, as we have the upcoming International Speech Competition. Now I see it as a valuable opportunity particularly for those who haven’t entered a competition before to do so and ‘try it out’ with this contest as it is less daunting than the National and International Contests and gives insight into what is involved, producing as high level a speech as possible, taking speaking.
Jayanthiny managed the evening well with smiling welcome and friendly encouragement. I thank all Harrovian members who were involved in making the evening as comfortable as possible and for their hard work.”
All in all, it was a very exciting and fun-filled evening. Lorna from Harrovians provided constructive feedback as General Evaluator, and praised the event as a great success overall. Not all attention was on contestants and guests such as Patrick from Harrovians were also given the opportunity to shine. When he introduced himself during the meeting, he told his own Tall Tale, which because of its true nature created another moment of laughter for everyone at this special event.
The meeting ended with Steve reminding members in the audience of important contest dates in the Area 61 with regard to the International Speech and Evaluation contests at club, area and division level. The Harrovian Speakers Club is now looking forward to the Area contests on 25 March 2017 when its members will be representing Harrovians at the area level International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest, with area level contest winners representing their clubs at the Division L Contests on 8 April 2017. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Watford Speaker David Collins winning third place in the Area level Tall Tales Contest 2017 at the Harrovian Speakers Club. Photo by Jayanthiny Kangatharan.
Watford Speaker Pam Atfield winning second place in the Area level Tall Tales Contest 2017 at the Harrovian Speakers Club. Photo by Jayanthiny Kangatharan.
HOD Speaker Gill Ornstein winning first place at the Area level Tall Tales Contest 2017 at the Harrovian Speakers Club. Photo by Jayanthiny Kangatharan.