Friday, December 09, 2005

Speakeasy Meeting

Speakeasy Toastmasters held their Christmas meeting on the 8th December. The capable Toastmaster for the meeting was Dermot Meaney, while Topicsmaster Loretto Barry kept the members alert and entertained with her diverse selection of random topics. Gerry Kelleher was General Evaluator.
Helen O’Sullivan, who recently joined our Club, made an impressive debut as a speaker. Helen’s ice-breaker speech described her recent travels in New Zealand and
China, and in doing so she revealed much of her personality. Marie Fitzpatrick evaluated Helen’s speech. We then progressed from the first to the final speech in the Basic Manual, when former Club President Pat Duggan delivered the inspirational speech project. Pat succeeded in inspiring his audience by describing how organ donation can bestow the “Gift of Life” to others. Congratulations to Pat on finishing the basic manual and achieving the Competent Toastmaster Award. Mary Stack evaluated Pat’s speech.
Following Pat was our current Club President, Angela Sheehan, who completed the
Folk tale project from the Story Telling manual. Angela recounted the Hans Christian
Andersen story “The Little Match Girl”, in her own words, and vividly contrasted the coldness and bleakness of the girl’s life and the warmth and richness of her imagination. Ray Ryan Jnr evaluated Angela’s speech. The next speaker was
Mary Buckley who completed the Demonstration Speech project from the speaking to inform manual, and Mary demonstrated how to make a Christmas Cracker. Sean Lynch evaluated Mary’s speech. Finally John Dillon described the humorous attempts by Old Ned and his son Young Bill to make ends meet during World War 2, which fulfilled the Moral of the Story project from the Story Telling manual.
Speakeasy Toastmasters wishes everybody a happy and peaceful Christmas. Our first meeting of 2006 will be held on the 12th January at 8:00 PM at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. Further details about the club are available from Ray at 086-3675706 and from the following websites, the club website and from the club blog which features an archive of our press releases,