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Thursday 18 April, 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields

17th April, 2019
A Night at the Movies.
in Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow.

 The meeting was opened by President Scilla who introduced
 Grace as Chairman for the evening.    Topics were handed out  including asking if going to the movies was a regular event  or a special occasion? How much has going to the cinema influenced you? What is your preferred genre of film? Did you ever want to go into the film industry?
What heartthrobs did you have from the movies?

The  Intermission kept to the theme of the evening and popcorn was served in addition to the usual tea, coffee and cake.

During the Second half of  the evening  club members gave a short review of various films. First was Liz with "Mama Mia … here we go again"
 Brendan chose - "Seven Samarai"
 Lauren "Joy"
 Regina on "Caberet"
 Louise chose "Mandy"
 For Roz it was "Some Like it Hot"
 Carol chose the classic "Charade"
Finally Ruth - "Twelve Years a Slave"

Grace, as Chairman also gave us a short review of "Bambi"

The General Evaluation was by Brendan and Closing Thought and VOT was by Roz.

A very interesting evening with so many different types of films being discussed and  which everyone enjoyed.

The Next meeting is on Wednesday 1st May, 2019 with the Theme:  New Beginnings.

Visitors are very welcome.

Monday 25 March, 2019


The Annual Speech Contest of Caledonia Council was held in the Doubletree by Hilton, Westerwood, Glasgow on Sunday 24th March 2019.

President Iris opened the meeting.
The First item on the Agenda was the Speech Contest

Nancy was the capable Chairman of the Contest.

The timers were Roz and Brendan

The winners were Iris and Diana with Terry and Grace as runners up.

Following lunch there was a short Business Meeting and the final item on the Agenda was an illustrated talk by Iris on Madeira.  The meeting closed at 3.30 pm. and all agreed that it had been a most enjoyable day.

Thursday 21 March, 2019

Pollokshields Club

Pollokshields Club met on  20th March, 2019 in the home of a member.

The Theme of the evening was  "Spring is Busting out all Over".
 Our president Scilla welcomed members to the meeting and gave apologies from Anita and Ruth.
 Grace was introduced as Chairman for the evening.   Grace's Passing Thought was from Chaucer.   Topics were given out 
 Louise on Spring in the Garden
 Carole on Spring Pilgrimage to the Eurovision Song Contest
 Regina on the Dawn Chorus and finally
Liz on Seasons.

This was followed by an interesting and fun Education session by Brendan when he asked members to tell us who we would like to invite to dinner - among those we wanted were Sidney Poitier  Elvis 2 people wanted him, J.K. Rowling, Calum MacFarlan Barow, Dustin Hoffman and Stuart MacBride.

Following the Interval came the speeches
 Lauren about Spring Fashion
 Iris on the joys of thinking about Spring cleaning.

Following the speeches there was a short business meeting.

The meeting concluded at 9.30.

The next meeting is on 17th April in Hutchesons' Grammar School and the Theme is "A Night at the Movies"
Guests are always welcome.

Thursday 7 March, 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields 6th March, 2019.

Theme:   Mad as a March Hare.

Pollokshields were delighted to welcome two new members Regina and Lauren.

 The President opened the meeting and introduced the Chair for the evening - Brendan.
Various topics were given by Lauren, Grace, Louise and Roz with March and Spring as the Theme.

 An excellent Education Session was given by Louise on the correct way to run a meeting.   A good reminder to us all.

 Following the tea interval Regina gave her "Icebreaker" speech which was both entertaining and informative - well done!
The second speech was by our President, Scilla.   Scilla's speech on March Hares was fascinating as usual and included a large amount of information..

The President then ran a short Business Meeting to deal with the Club's Constitution and the meeting of 17th April.

The General evaluation was by Liz and the VOT and closing thought was by Carole.
This was a warm and friendly meeting with a surprising number of approaches to the theme.

Date of next meeting:   20th March, 2019.
Due to the fact that the school is closed that day this meeting will be held in the home of a member.

Thursday 21 February, 2019


Pollokshields Club held its annual Speech contest on Wednesday 20th February, 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar school and welcomed members from Stirling and Rovers.

The contestants anxiously await the start of the contest.

President Scilla, with her usual charm opens the proceedings and introduces the Speech Contest Chairman

Louise - who chairs the contest with charm.

Following the conclusion of the contest the ballot was collected and everyone enjoyed supper.

Following supper, Ruth was introduced and she gave an excellent Education slot/evaluation of the contest.

Finally the winners were announced.    Anita and Carole.   President Scilla presented them with the Shield.

This was a most enjoyable evening with a delightful surprise at the end when Lauren asked to join the club.    Two new members in the past two meetings.     We are hopeful that more visitors will come along and perhaps join us.

The next meeting is on 6th March 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School - visitors are always welcome.

Saturday 9 February, 2019

Pollokshields Club

On 6th February Pollokshields Club met for the first time in 2019.    The Theme for the evening was "Fungi"

Members were welcomed by President Scilla who welcomed Regina as a new member - a good start to the year.

 New member Regina.

The Chairman, Liz was introduced and after giving an inspiration "All mushrooms are edible, but some only once" which is a Croatian Proverb.she led the topics including Scillla on "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom", Carole on the difficulty of going out to dinner as a vegetarian, Grace foraging for mushrooms in Italy and Regina on the difficulties of love in ancient Rome.

Tis was followed by a very lively "fun" session based on 20 Questions.   The winner was Carole.
Following the tea interval there were two speeches 
 Roz - Title "Fungi by any other name" and
 Iris - title "Our little fungi friends"

Both speeches were both entertaining and educational.   Who would have guessed that there was so much to say about fungi?
Our General Evaluation was by Grace and the evening concluded with Louise, the timekeeper giving the timings, closing thought  and the Vote of Thanks

Our next meeting is to be on 20th February in room A8.  This is to be our Speech Contest.  A number of people have indicated that they will be joining us and, as usual, visitors will be made very welcome.

Saturday 2 February, 2019

Pollokshields Club.

After a longer than usual break for Christmas, Pollokshields Club is meeting on Wednesday 6th February, 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School, Room A21.

The Theme of the evening is "Funghi" and all will be made welcome.

Thursday 6 December, 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields

5th December, 2018 at 7.30pm. in Hutchesons' Grammar school - Room A20.

Theme:  Under the Weather.

The meeting was opened by President Scilla who gave apologies from Carole and Ruth.  Grace was introduced as Chair for the evening.

Interesting topics were handed out all based on the Theme for the evening.

 Louise on advantages of being under the weather - she could not see any.
Liz and the Science of the Weather.
 Regina and Looking Under the Weather
 Roz on reacting to superstitions such as St Swithin's Day.
 Iris gave a very lively and useful education session on beginnings and endings of speeches.  Everyone contributed and this was a very lively session.

Following the tea interval there were speeches
 Lauren made her first speech entitled "Under the Weather"

Anita made her first speech this session as she has been in Bordeaux the title was "Distant Skies"

Evaluations were by Scilla and Roz.

This was followed by a short business meeting.   Brendan presented the Budget on behalf of Carole.
The Christmas Party was discussed with members volunteering contributions.
General Evaluation was by Liz, the Timing, Closing Thought and Vote of Thanks was by Louise.

This was a very entertaining and happy meeting.    

The Party will be held next week in the home of a member.

The club meetings will recommence on 6th February 2019.   Anyone who has any comments of requires any information can make a comment on this blog and it will be answered.

Saturday 24 November, 2018

POWERtalk Pollokshields - 21st November, 2018 at 7.30pm. in Hutchesons' Grammar School - Room 22A.

President Scilla opened the evening and gave a special welcome to all the guests - Frances, Regina, Lauren, Barbara and Carole.
Apologies were given by Ruth, Iris, Carole and Anita.

Louise was introduced as Chair for the Evening.

Topics were given by Scilla, Lauren, Roz, Brendan, 
Frances and Grace.

The Theme of the evening was "Book Reviews" and Reviews were given by

Lauren on "Got You Back" by Jane Fallon.
Roz on "Elevation" by Stephen King

Louise on "The Puppet Boy of Warsaw" by Evan Weaver.

Brendan on "Beside the Ocean of Time" by George McKay Brown.

Grace on "Appetite and Greed" by Phillip Kazan.

Liz on "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman and "I'll Keep you Safe" by Peter May.
Regina on "Runnaway" by Alice Munro

And finally Scilla on "This is Going To Hurt" by Adam Kay.

The Proposed Interclub was discussed and the Timing was by Brendan.

The General Evaluation was by Brendan.

The Closing Thought and Vote of Thanks was by Grace.

The Next Meeting is on 5th December 2018 in Hutchesons' Grammar school and the Theme is to be "Under the Weather."