We held the first speech contest of the 2012/13 term, Table Topics, on August 3rd. When Deb, the contest chairperson, asked the contestants to come forward to register their intent to compete it was brilliant to see that nearly everybody at the meeting walked to the front of the room. In fact, I think there were only 2 people who weren’t either competeing or running the contest.
We had 11 speakers, all of whom were given the topic “When is it acceptable to tell a lie”. I was lucky enough to speak early on, so I was able to enjoy most of the speeches. There were many techniques employed by the various speakers to respond to the Table Topic. There was the honest “it’s never acceptable”, the controversial “it’s always acceptable”, the “if you lie, then…” approach, and there was even a question posed of whether it’s better to take on the burden of living a lie yourself, or burdening someone else by telling them the truth.
In the end, the judges gave the results as:
3rd – Dennis
2nd – Sandra
1st – Brent Ruru
It was a well deserved win by Brent, who had an excellently crafted speech. Brent will be representing Boaters at the Area level contest next month.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a big thank you to the people who helped run the contest, especially our contest chair Deb and the judges Beryl, Alan and Mike.