Thursday, May 21, 2009

Skin Shedding and The Driving Test

Speak Easy Toastmasters held a dual purpose meeting last Thursday evening, May 4th insofar as it was both a regular meeting and also the club’s AGM.

Joining President Ray Ryan, at the top table were, Toastmasters Mary McCarthy and Topicsmaster, Tony O’Regan.
Mary introduced the first speaker of the evening, Josephine O’Sullivan Lenihan with her speech, “Skin Shedding” in which she challenged anyone approaching mid life to evaluate themselves and ask what is it all about.

Following Josephine was Mary Buckley with a speech entitled, “The Joys of Motoring” in which she humorously told a story of the ups and downs on the road to passing the driving test.

Topicsmaster, Tony O’Regan had us really practicing our “speaking off the cuff” skills as he asked members to speak for two minutes of famous and not so famous quotations.

General Evaluator Gerry Kelleher conducted the evaluation session where the speakers received feedback on their speeches from Jean Sayers and Marie Fitzpatrick.

After the coffee break the AGM took place and each officer made a presentation on their role for the past year.
The new committee elected for 2009/10 were as follows, President, Michael Cronin; Vice President Education, Margaret O’Regan; Vice President Public Relations, Liam Flynn, Vice President Membership, Joe Hassett, Treasurer, Cáit Murry; Secretary, Jean Sayers; Sgt at Arms, Declan Curtis, Josephine O'Sullivan Lenihan, Mary Moynahan

Our next meeting is on May 28th and will be the final one until the club resumes again in early September.

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club is a member of Toastmasters International (TI) which is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.

Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

A Toastmasters Club is a workshop in which members practice these skills on a fortnightly basis in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

Guests are most welcome at Toastmasters meetings and are never asked to speak so why not come along and see for yourself what Speak Easy Toastmasters have to offer?

We meet on alternate Thursdays, September to May in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow from 8 to 10pm
As our next meeting on May 28th is our last one before the summer break, why not come along and see for yourself what we are about? You will be delighted you did.

Further information on Speak Easy Toastmasters can be had by visiting our website at or contact our Club PRO Seán on 086 6054784

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