Monday, June 02, 2008

All I Want for Christmas

All good things must come to an end….well for a few weeks anyway….as Speak Easy Toastmasters held their final meeting at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, last Thursday evening.

And what a fantastic meeting it was with three of our members achieving toastmaster’s awards and a special guest speaker from Carrigaline Toastmasters.

The meeting was opened by outgoing President Anne Buckley who was presiding over her last meeting as our president and joining her at the top table was Toastmaster of the evening, Michael Cronin and Topicsmaster, Mary Moynahan.

Michael introduced the speakers and first to the Lectern was Joe Hassett with a speech entitled “Another Brick in the Wall”. This was Joe’s tenth speech in Toastmasters and was his final one for achieving his Competent Communicator Award. Congratulations Joe.

Next was Mary Buckley with a Special Occasion speech entitled “Auntie Mary”. This was Mary’s final speech for her Advanced Communicator Award, Congratulations Mary.

Following Mary was Tony O’Regan who was also achieving his Competent Communicator Award with a speech entitled “Grow Your Own” Congratulations also to Tony.

Our final speaker of the evening was Liam Cunningham from Carrigaline Toastmasters. Liam is an accomplished speaker and both club and contest level and entertained us with a speech entitled “All I want for Christmas”

After the teabreak, Topicsmaster, Mary Moynahan got us thinking and talking “off the cuff” with her wide range of well thought out topics and then John Dillon conducted the evaluation session.

Speech evaluators were Sean Corcoran, Angela Sheehan, Pat Duggan and Pat Sexton.

Ah Counter was Ray Ryan Jnr and Timekeeper was Cáit Murray.

Other members who achieved Toastmaster Awards this year were Lorretto Barry (Advanced Communicator Bronze), Vivien Buckley (Advanced Communicator Silver) and Pat Sexton (Competent Leader)

To wind up the meeting President Anne Buckley welcomed the new committee by presenting each of the members with their officer manuals and also presented the incoming President, Ray Ryan Jnr with the chain office.

So Speak Easy Toastmasters are on their summer break but will be back again in the Hibernian Hotel on September 4th.

Over the summer weeks, why not consider coming to our meetings in the autumn, see what we do and how we do it.

Meanwhile, have a look at our website where you will find all the information you kneed on Toastmasters and how it can benefit you, no matter who you are, or what your aims or goals are.

You can also contact our Club PRO, Sean on 086 6054784.

Until these notes resume again in early August, have a great summer.

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