Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Jovial Christmas Meeting At Speakeasy Toastmasters

It’s been a great first half of the Toastmaster year with very enjoyable meetings at Speak Easy Toastmasters.
 Our last meeting (Thursday 17th) of 2015 had a fantastic Christmassy atmosphere.  Once again our President Marie Lynes set the tone of the meeting by extending a very warm welcome to members and guests.  Our meeting planner and coordinator Theresa O’Reilly then assumed the role of Toastmaster.  Tony O’Regan was called upon to say a few words about our dear departed friend and fellow Toastmaster, Jerry Mulcahy.
We had three very fine speeches on the night and it is not possible to do them full justice in this short report but suffice to say they were a joy to listen to.
New member, Donie Turner was first to the lectern with his ice breaker “Looking Back”. Donie’s competitive spirit shone through as he kept us entertained with tales of athleticism.
Rona Coughlan donned a Santa suit for her speech entitled “Be Careful What you Wish For”.  A rhyming story with many twists and turns and let’s just say poor Mrs Clause learnt a valuable lesson in this wonderful imagination fuelled tale.
To round off the speech part of the meeting we had Michael Cronin with a tale called “Christmas Countdown”. He read a story of the Twelve Days of Christmas written by Frank Kelly which was a series of letters from Godnait O’Lunasa to Nuala thanking and then being less than impressed as pandemonium ensues.  Well worth looking up on YouTube.
 The audience really showed their appreciation for the speakers.  
 We had a lovely relaxing second half of the meeting, munching nibbles and drinking tea in a less formal atmosphere as Topicsmaster Ann O’Donovan had us all regaling tales of past Christmas.  The quote of the night was “a boyfriend is for life not just for Christmas”.
The convivial atmosphere continued as Marie Fitzpatrick gave a comprehensive Timekeepers report. Evaluators Tony O’Regan, Tom O’Connor and Mary Moynihan were listened to attentively by the speakers as their comments were designed to praise and encourage. Brendan Foley was  our General Evaluator on the night.
 Speakeasy Toastmasters will be resuming in the new year on the 7th of January, 8 p.m. Hibernian Hotel. All guests are more than welcome and won’t be asked to speak. For more information go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or contact Brendan Foley 087 7946947 or Marie Lynes 0879746947.
Wishing everyone a very enjoyable Christmas and new year celebrations  
‘till we meet again in 2016…..

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