Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Came to Speakeasy

Santa Came to Speakeasy
Our meeting was thrown into complete disarray by the unexpected arrival of Santa Claus. Welcoming committee Margaret O’Regan, Helsa Giles and Brendan Foley were initially stunned when Santa arrived and asked for advice on where to park his reindeer and sleigh. Ruldoph wore a hat over his shiny red nose to avoid dazzling cars on Main Street, from his parking spot on the roof of the Hibernian Hotel.

Ray Ryan (Division A Governor) Anne Buckley (Former Area 17
 Governor) Pat Duggan EVP Guardian Toastmasters

Congratulations to club member Ray Ryan who has assumed the role of Division A Governor in succession to Eddie O’Mahony.Ray Ryan was our Toastmaster for our Christmas meeting with David Roche assisting with timekeeping. Ray was having a musical night, treating us to a song from both himself and his red and white singing tie. Both were fantastic, although only one required batteries.
Tonight’s speakers included; Anne O’Donovan, Noel O’Connor, Helsa Giles, Claire O’Connell and Liam Flynn. Anne’s speech called “Done Deal,” provided tips for using the site successfully. Her technical advisor (her son) had taught her well and I might just try putting her tips to use! Noel gave a beautiful Christmas speech entitled, “What You Get.” Every present should create a memory. Noel had a list of thoughtful gift ideas for all ages. Santa was taking notes during this speech! Noel also let a secret out of the bag. If you go to Doneraile Park on Christmas morning you might just see some very tired reindeer resting up after a busy night pulling Santa’s sleigh. Helsa gave a speech entitled, “Why Santa Is Real.” Perhaps this is the reason Santa came along to our meeting? Santa certainly found the speech very entertaining, chuckling away to himself throughout the speech as Helsa provided evidence of his existence. Claire gave a thought provoking speech simply titled, “Rebecca.” Claire’s heroes are ordinary people who make a change. Rebecca turned her life from negative to positive, earning Claire’s admiration. It was a timely reminder to look around our local community this Christmas and see the struggles and triumphs of those around us. Liam gave a tribute to the larger than life character who was, “Jackie Healy Rae.” He shared many of his distinctive quotes and some of his achievements for his constituency. Tonight’s evaluator
Mary Moynahan and Marie Fitzpatrick
s were Tony O’ Regan, Mary Moynihan, Angela Sheehan, Anne Buckley and Pat Sexton .
The topicsmaster for the night was Michael Cronin. Michael loves to ask questions and he had thought up a fantastic and in some cases, unprintable, set of questions. “Do you like Brussel sprouts?”, “What’s your favourite Christmas song?” “What was your favourite Christmas present?” The meeting was evaluated by Pat Duggan who awarded ribbons to Anne O’Donovan (speeches), Pat Sexton (evaluation) and Bridie O’Connell (topics). Santa gave a special thanks to everyone for their warm welcome and on behalf of his reindeers, he thanked the Hibernian Hotel for the carrots and oats.
The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 8th January at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

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