Area 52: Don’t be spooked

By Paweł Uścisławski, Area52 Director, Division B

You may have heard of the famous Area 51 in Nevada. It’s a highly classified US Air Force Facility. It is not publicly known what Area 51 is really used for however many UFO sightings and conspiracy theories are abundant. Most of us will never get the opportunity to visit Roswell, Nevada, however you can easily visit an equally interesting Area 52; it may be one number off however it is just a tube or train away!

Area 52 is part of Division B and has clubs located in Victoria area as well as the surroundings of Hyde Park. Its five clubs could arguably make Area 52 one the most diverse areas of District 91. Many members ask about how to vary up their meetings, make the agenda more interesting and do things a little differently. Visiting other clubs is one way to achieve this. You meet new people, clubs and learn how they run their meetings and inspire their members. These are just a few good reason to visit one of the Area 52 clubs:

 

Grosvenor Square Speakers

  • London’s first chartered club
  • Presidents Distinguished for the last nine years
  • Home of the Immediate Past District Director
  • Established in 1980
  • Meet 2nd and 4th Monday 6:30pm start @ The Cumberland Hotel

Polish Your Polish

  • Home of Area 52 Director
  • Meetings are run in Polish, however English meetings are scheduled in advance
  • Established in 2007
  • Meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday 7:15pm start @ Ognisko Polskie

Kings Speakers

  • Specifically set up to help people with a stammer, speech impediments or social anxiety
  • Only 1 of 3 clubs in the world that focus on these areas
  • Established in 2012
  • Meet 2nd and 4th Thursday 6:45pm start @ 63 – Bed & Breakfast Hotel

Imperial College

  • A University Club chartered by its students.
  • Although activity is higher during the semester you will get diverse meetings with fresh thinkers studying from Bachelors Degrees to completing PhDs
  • Established in 2012
  • Meet every Thursday 6:15pm start @ Imperial College London

104 Debaters

  • Another specialty club that focuses on enhancing debating skills; the only London club to do so
  • Although communication and presentation skills are important today, developing and practicing critical thinking skill is something you will gain from this club
  • Established 2015
  • Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday 6:45pm @ Grange Rochester Hotel

Don’t be spooked by other areas. Get out and visit other clubs and see what others do. District 91 has a WhatsApp group (GE Speakers Exchange) where we can exchange roles between clubs. You will get the opportunity to be a general evaluator at another club. Reach out to Area 52 Paweł Uścisławski for more information on this Area.

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