Thursday, September 26, 2002

26 sept

The Speakeasy Toastmasters Club meeting on Thursday 19’th September was opened at 8PM sharp by President, Mr. Pat Sexton who welcomed the 26 members and 6 guests who included Mr John Skeates of the Crusaders Club in Cork who is this years Area 17 Governor. Also included among the guests were Sr. Bernadette and Sr. Rose of the Fáilte Club in Charleville.
Control of the meeting was then passed to Eileen Corkery who was Toastmaster for the evening. Eileen explained what her duties of Toastmaster meant for the benefit of guests and then started the meeting by calling Sean Corcoran to the lectern.
Sean’s speech was entitled “Feelgood” which was a humorous and informative speech about the benefits of swimming. “Would you like to take part in an activity that will help you live longer, look younger, improve your muscle tone and increase your heart and lung capacity?” he asked. “You can do it right here in Mallow in the Mallow Swimming Complex where plenty of lessons are available” he said as he invited those present to start swimming and start feeling good.
Seáns speech was evaluated by Jeremiah Roynane

Next to the Lectern was John Dillon with a speech entitled, “A Beguiling Addiction”
John told us that tobacco smoking was started in 1558 in America and arrived in Europe in 1586. Cigarette smoking started about the time of the first world war (it was pipe only until then) “42 different diseases are caused by smoking” said John “with 7000 deaths in Ireland each year from the 30% of the population who smoke”. John suggested a number of ways to combat smoking such as, having a dedicated person in schools, strengthening the laws of cigarette sales and limiting the number of outlets that could sell tobacco products. “The best way to give up smoking is never to start”
John’s speech was evaluated by John Stack.

Then it was the turn of Barry Mc’Carthy with a speech entitled “Man and Boy” which was a personal account of his growing up in Cork City in the 1950’s. Attitudes of that time and a story of family bereavements. Barry’s speech was from “The Storytelling Manual” and was evaluated by Micheál Mc’Mahon who described it as “ A touching story of personal events growing up, told in an intimate relaxed voice”

The last speaker of the night was Dermot Meaney. Dermot is the Immediate Past President of Speakeasy Toastmasters and his speech was an Educational Session for Club Members on the subject of “Mentoring” which is new members being assisted or advised by more experienced Toastmasters within the Club. The Club does not automatically provide mentors would be delighted to do so if a member requests it.

Humorous Speech Contest
Dates for your diary. Thursday 3’rd of October is the Club’s “Humorous Speech Contest” which is one of the highlights of the Toastmasters year. Members are reminded that EVP Pat Duggan still has room for one or two more entries.
Members of the public are invited to attend this meeting which is certain to be most enjoyable. Cost, just 3Euro and includes Tea/Coffee/Biscuits.

Area Finals
On Thursday 17’th October Speakeasy Toastmasters hosts the Area Final of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest. Performing on the night will be the winners from the 3 Clubs in Area 17, Speakeasy Toastmasters, Mallow. Crusaders Club from Cork and Fermoy Toastmasters. Another superb night assured.

All Speakeasy Toastmasters Meetings are held in the Hibernian Hotel (Chapel Lane) in Mallow.
For further information on the Club contact Sean on 086 6054784 or Pat 087 2364240 or visit the Club’s Website at Email,

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Sept 5

The Speakeasy Toastmasters Club Meetings resume tonight, Thur. 5’Th of September in The Hibernian Hotel Mallow (Chapel Lane) at 8pm sharp.
Toastmaster for tonight’s meeting is Micháel Mc’Mahon, Topicsmaster is Margret O’Regan and General Evaluator is Dermot Meaney. Pat Sexton will preside over his first meeting as President.
Speeches tonight will be given by, William Healy, Mary Buckley, Michael Cronin, Pat Sexton and Jeremiah Roynane.
Members and guests can also look forward to an Icebreaker Speech. An “Icebreaker Speech” is the very first speech given by a new club member and serves to introduce that person to his/her fellow club members.
Toastmasters International
The Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, like all Toastmasters Clubs is affilliated to Toastmasters International.
A man called Ralph Smedley founded Toastmasters International in the U.S. And the first meeting of the Number One Toastmasters Club was held in Santa Ana, California on October 22, 1924.
On October 4, 1930 the name Toastmasters International was adopted and on April 1933 saw the first issue of "The Toastmaster" magazine, which is received every month by all Toastmasters worldwide. The organization at this stage was confined to men only.
In July 1946 Scotland became the first district outside the United States and in August 1973 Membership opens to women.
In April 1989 Membership of Toastmasters International reached 150,000 and in January 1993 Toastmasters International charters its 8,000th club.
In 2002 there are 9025 Clubs Worldwide
Globally, the clubs of Toastmasters International are divided into, Areas, Divisions and Districts. Clubs are grouped into Areas of three to eight Clubs.
Areas are grouped into Divisions. Divisions may be as small
as one Area in size (rarely) or as have five, six, or more
Districts are comprised of several Divisions. Districts are
the main level of organization outside the Club; Areas and
Divisions are _sub-units_ of the District.
Each Club has it's own Officers and Committee and so too has each Area and District.
Speakeasy Toastmasters Club is a member of Area 17 and the Clubs in this Area are, Speakeasy, Mallow: Crusaders, Cork and Fermoy Toastmasters.
Dates for your Diary.
On Thursday 19Th of September the Club will hold the “Table Topics Contest” and on October 3’rd will be the night for the “Humorous Speech Contest”. Lots of fun is assured on both these nights. Members of the public are invited to attend all Toastmasters Meetings. CC is only €3 to cover Tea/Coffee.
Further Information on Speakeasy Toastmasters Club can be had by contacting Pat on 087 2364240 or Seán on 087 6054780 or by visiting our continually updated Web Site at