Today we bid a fond farewell to our member from China who has been with us for the past year. Qiwei ‘Eagle’ Li had previously belonged to a club in his university town in southwest China. He joined Hamwic Speakers shortly after arriving in Southampton for a one year postgraduate course and quickly became a much loved member of our team, taking roles at meetings, and delivering evaluations and speeches in his own inimitable style. Together with fellow Chinese member Xia Zhao, who remains a member, Eagle helped us gain a fascinating insight into Chinese life.
The international mix of members within Hamwic Speakers is one of the great joys of belonging to the club, with non native English speakers valuing the opportunity to improve their English as well as meeting new friends, and helping us Brits to gain a bigger view of the world.