Monday, May 22, 2017

Final Meeting

At the final meeting of the year we were treated to five wonderful speeches.   Pat Sexton was Toastmaster for the night.  Bobby Buckley was Topicsmaster and had us on our feet with topics “ A strange incident in your life?” and “Have you an unusual gadget in your life?”   Liam Jones a visiting member from the Failte Club was Timekeeper and Anne O’Donovan was General Evaluator.
The first speaker was Brendan Foley with a speech titled “It comes with a guarantee.”   Brendan explored the concept to be fit and unhealthy or to be healthy and unfit.  The only way to get fit and healthy is to be exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep.   May Moynihan evaluated Brendan’s speech.
Next up was  Jillian Harris with her Icebreaker speech titled “Moving House.”   Michael Cronin evaluated the speech and congratulated her on her first speech and wished her well on future speeches..
Valerie Murphy was another member with her Icebreaker speech titled “My father and I.”   Noel O’Connor evaluated Valerie’s speech and welcomed her to the club and congratulated her on a superb speech.
Claire O’Connell was next to the lectern with a speech titled “”Poetry.”  Claire recounted how poetry is an expression of ideas and feelings and she encouraged us to create our own poem.   Kieran Butler evaluated Claire’s speech.
The final speaker on the night was Anne Buckley with a speech titled “The Master.”  Anne completed her Advanced Communication Manual with this Special Occasions speech.   Don McSweeney evaluated Anne’s speech
Michael Cronin was the recipient of this year’s Speakeasy Toastmaster of the Year award.   Marie Fitzpatrick, President presented Michael with the Jerry Mulcahy Plaque.

As it was the final meeting for this season Marie Fitzpatrick, President handed over the Chain of Office to the incoming President, Helsa Giles.

We will be resuming again on Thursday  7th September and on alternate Thursdays at 8 p.m. sharp in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.  Please join us.  Guests are welcome and won’t be asked to speak.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Second Last Meeting

This week’s meeting was in two parts. Brendan Foley was Toastmaster for the meeting.  Verna Byrne was Topicsmasters for the first time and got a great response to topics “Have you a favourite childhood memory?” and “If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?”  Helsa Giles was Timekeeper and Michael Cronin was General Evaluator.

First speaker on the night was David Buckley with an Icebreaker Speech titled “We Remember.”   Bridie O’Connell evaluated David’s Speech and complemented him on an excellent speech and wished him well in future speeches.

Mary Moynihan was next to the lectern with a speech titled “The “Illusion of Freedom,”    Mary gave a very powerful presentation on the different types of freedom : National Freedom., Political Freedom , Individual Freedom and Spiritual Freedom and how fragile freedom can be.  Liam Jones evaluated Mary’s speech.

The final speaker was Jason Fitzgerald with a speech titled “The Big B”   Jason outlined how Brexit will affect the Irish agriculture/food industry..  Bobby Buckley evaluated Jason’s Speech.

The second part of the Meeting was our Annual General Meeting.  Marie Fitzpatrick,   outgoing President, thanked all members for the excellent speeches throughout the year.  She also thanked the outgoing Committee for their hard work..
The  Officers elected  for the 2017/2018 Season are as follows:

President:   Helsa Giles.     Secretary Theresa O’Reilly.  
Treasurer:  Don McSweeney     .E.V.P.  Anne O’Donovan
PRO  Pat Sexton.       Membership Officer  Michael Conin
Sgt at Arms    Verna Byrne,  Mary Moynihan, Marie Connolly and Marie Fitzpatrick.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th May at 8 p.m. in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.  So come along and join us.   Guests are never asked to speak.
Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles E.V.P. (083)885884