Pat Sexton did his town and his club proud, winning second place in a photo finish at the “All Ireland /England Impromptu Public Speaking Competition.” To the toastmasters among you, this is simply known as the District Final Table Topics Competition. Skilfully handling the topic on mobile phones, Pat scooped second prize and brought the trophy to Mallow.
Helsa Giles of Castletownroche was a toastmaster extraordinaire. Local author Ray Ryan provided a creative topics session that made everyone put on their thinking caps. Marie Fitzgerald won best topic for her response to “My Favourite Member Of One Direction.” Marlene O’Mahony gave her first speech entitled, “Knocknagree Wife.” Her evaluator Tony O’Regan complimented her choice of title. Ronan Condon gave his 9th speech and he sure persuaded us that using “coaching to grow” can be a valuable life skill. Claire O’Connell gave a detailed evaluation of his speech. Marie Fitzpatrick fascinated us with the dark history of clinking your glass during a toast. This used to be used a sneaky opportunity to splash poison into your enemy’s glass. Distinguished toastmaster Noel O’Connor (Area Governor) finished the meeting with a general evaluation session.