Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Club Contest Night.

 Night of Fun and Laughter!

Bob Dylan once sang -'It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry'. At last week's Speakeasy Toastmasters Humorous Speech contest there were no trains to be seen anywhere and there was certainly no tears, except tears of laughter.It was a night when imaginations ran riot and creativity shone brightly.

Six very brave Club Members took on the huge challenge of entertaining a large audience and boy,did they entertain! Costly coffee, cawing crows, coal bunkers converted into nuclear fallout shelters, hormonal cows, Christy Ring and communication blackouts were all thrown into a wonderful cocktail of humour and wit, greeted with generous appreciation of a capacity crowd in the Hibernian Hotel's Garden Room.

Under the guidance of Ann Buckley, genial MC for the evening, the comedy commenced with Brendan Foley's - 'Excuses, I've made a few'. He regaled his audience with the litany of excuses that insulated him from doing anything at all. From telling porkies to his teacher about having to convert the coal bunker into a nuclear fallout shelter as the reason for his lack of homework to the myriad of sporting injuries that excluded him doing anything useful, Brendan emerged as the genius of excuses!

Next up was Jason Fitzgerald with the tall tale -'Bridie's Julie won't  hold!' Jason, a recent recruit to the Club, related the sad tale of the Kerry farmer whose prize cow, Julie, refused to go back in the family way after a lifetime of producing calves. It was causing a huge nightmare for the AI technician whose wedding day was fast approaching! Would his nuptials be overshadowed by a frisky and extremely noisy cow? Jason's speech concluded with a wonderful punch line that brought all the strands of the story together, much to the audience's amusement.

Sean Corcoran gave us a scare with 'Terror in Two Pot House'. The terror began at 5AM every morning as a big old grey crow would tear his house apart.Despite Sean's best efforts,  the cawing pest wouldn't budge, it simply 'gave him the talon'.With greedy magpies and grey crows, poor old Sean's life has become a misery. But, would the story have a happy ending for the the noisy crow? Or did Sean jilt a woman in a previous lifetime who has returned to haunt him?

Next to the lectern was Michael Cronin with an equally sad story 'The trauma of being dumped'. He told us about his painful divorce from his Broadband provider! It seemed that for '3', his service provider,two was too many in their romance. 'It's not us,it's you', they told him. Now, he is trawling his farm to find the 4G spot in his relationship with his Broadband!  That place where he can say 'yes, yes, yes'. Alas, it seems the path to true love seldom runs true.

Bobby Buckley entertained us with -' A Corkonian in Dublin '. He spoke about his lack of a real Cork accent and how  he could go undetected in Dublin for all those decades. He attributed it to the Tipperary side of his family and described how the mere mention of Christy Ring,the 'Ronaldo' of Hurling would send his Tipperary comrades into a state of deep shock. He also eulogised Jimmy Barry Murphy - Cork's Lionel Messi - and how his daughter used a Hurley in a fashion that JBM wouldn't approve! Perhaps,the real reason he lay undetected in Dublin is that the Dubs are not the brightest!

Finally, Claire O'Connell, asked the burning question-'Where does my money go?' She gave us a weird and prudent insight into the world of personal finance,without mentioning Eddie Hobbs even once. Cups of coffee,clothes size and 'living with the parents' adults were all part of Claire's miserly modus operandi.Paschal O'Donoghue take note!

In conjunction with the Humorous Speech Contest, the Table Topics Contest  also took place. Without any prior notice,all contestants were obliged to address the question- 'Is retirement wasted on the old'? Bobby Buckley, Claire O'Connell,Ray Ryan, Pat Sexton, Sean Corcoran, Brendan Foley and Michael Cronin responded with different perspectives on the subject.Nevertheless, the words of Dylan Thomas came to mind as a common sentiment -'Do not go gently into the good night,but rage against the dying of the light'.

After two nail biting and exhilarating verbal jousts, white smoke emerged. In Table Topics, Pat Sexton emerged as winner,closely followed by the second placed Bobby Buckley.
                                               Table Topic Winners with Club President Helsa Giles.

In first place in the Humorous Speech Contest was Michael Cronin.The runner up was Sean Corcoran.These Contestants will now go forward to the North Cork Area Final which will be hosted by Fermoy Toastmasters Club. We wish all our competitors the best of luck.

                                                     Humorous Speech Contest Winners.

The prizes for this year's contests were kindly sponsored by Liam Flynn,Landscaping Services,Millstreet. We thank Liam for his continued generosity.

Normal service resumes at our next meeting on the 19th October in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 8.00 PM. As always,a wide range of speeches will be presented on that night as members seek to acquire and fine tune their communication skills.The Speakeasy train leaves at every meeting and it is never too late to hop on board. Communication skills bring benefits in all aspects of life - at work or at home,in both frivolous and formal occasions, from the wedding reception to the retirement party, from the boardroom to the dressing room. If you are looking for 'something different' or merely curious, or just a good night's entertainment you are more than welcome at our Meetings. We look forward to seeing you on the 19th October.

For further information, visit www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or Facebook.Also, you can contact Helsa-083-8858848, or Anne - 087-7774604.

Monday, October 02, 2017

What's in a name

'What's in a name? That which we call a rose
Would by any other name smell as sweet'. Shakespeare.

A frequently asked question about our Toastmasters Club is about our name -Speakeasy.What is the story behind it and why? In 1992,when a Toastmasters Club was being established in Mallow, the aim was to have a Club to serve a very large portion of North Cork and beyond,from the Kerry Border in the West to Castletownroche in the East.Our aim was to choose a name that signified that we were open to members from all walks of life and from all parts for our catchment area, not just Mallow Town.
The members of our fledgling Club enthusiastically nominated a broad variety of names.
Some were symbolic,others nostalgic.The name 'Blackwater' suggested that speeches would flow, just like the river.'Majestic' evoked nostalgia for a famous dancing mecca. Avondhu reflected the GAA region of North Cork . However, Noel O'Regan wrote a wonderful letter advocating an unusual idea -Speakeasy.He cogently argued that Toastmasters would assist members to speak more easily  to 'speak easy' and that it implied that members might enjoy a beverage after a wonderful meeting.And so Speakeasy became our official name.To refute Shakespeare,a Club by any other name wouldn't sound as sweet!

Throughout our twenty five years,Speakeasy has drawn it's members from all over the North Cork area ,from all the outlying towns and villages be it  Ballyclough,Bweeng, Buttevant, Boherbue,  Castletownroche , Cecilstown, Dromahane, Doneraile,  Kanturk, Killavullen, Kiskeam ,Liscarroll and Newmarket. We come from all walks of life;farmers, teachers,chefs, sales reps and retirees. We come from different communities,we may support different GAA teams, but we all unite with one common aim in Speakeasy- to foster and develop good communication skills.Year after year,more members acquire a myriad of skills of speaking,listening and thinking. In turn,these skills prove enormously helpful in work situations and in leadership roles in voluntary organisations. .

As always, our doors are open to guests and new members. So if you have yet to witness the transformative power of Toastmasters in action,why not come along to our next meeting in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday, 19th October at 8.00PM.
For further information check out www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or contact PRO,
Pat Sexton-086/1564567.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hairy women and bald men!

Hairy women and bald men!

'Once the mind is stretched by a new idea, it can never return to it's original state'. Albert Einstein.
The minds of the audience at the recent Toastmasters meeting were well and truly stretched by the quantity and diversity of ideas expressed that they will never again return to their previous condition! Five speakers covered a broad range of topics and styles from informative to creative to the reflective.As a guest remarked -'This is both educational and fun'.And all at the same time.'

The meeting commenced with Theresa O'Reilly presenting a sales presentation called Superchoice. This is not to be confused with a brand of cattle ration from Dairygold ,but rather a selection of food supplements that Theresa wished to market. In a relaxed style, Theresa articulated the 'Unique selling point' of her product.She also demonstrated her sales technique with the willing assistance of fellow member, Kieran Butler. If only all sales reps could be as non aggressive in their approach to customers!
Marie Connolly gave a beautifully reflective speech - A special place.She spoke about being a reluctant visitor to Medjegoria but finding herself totally entranced by the peace and tranquility of the place. She spoke movingly on the beauty to be found in the solitude and simplicity permeating her visit and how it helped her make important life decisions.
Don McSweeny delivered his talk called GYO or Grow your Own.With great amusement,he described how he read a lot of books on this and concluded that you couldn't grow anything in Ireland! But he took on board a sound piece of advice to put away the books and start planting! Soon he was learning to distinguish between potato stalks and weeds and how to compost.This was a wonderful 'down to earth' talk, appreciated by his many green fingered listeners.
'Donita Daval' was the title of Claire O'Connell's presentation.This was the bizarre and surreal story from the first three chapters of Donita's diaries. This creative and imaginative story had the audience in tears -of laughter! Her comment on hairy women brought the house down.
Continuing with the theme of hair, Ray Ryan spoke on 'Wigs'.With tongue in cheek,Ray brought us on a very enjoyable historical journey from Tutankhamen's hair-piece to King Louis the Thirteenth,from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.Did you know that women once shaved their heads and wore wigs? This was just one of the many wonderful trinkets of information that we learned from Ray's speech.They say that it is a very poor day,indeed, when you don't learn something new.A Toastmasters meeting can be a very rich night out with the ideas,information and inspiration that is on offer!

Each speaker was comprehensively evaluated by their assigned evaluator.Mary Buckley, John Brennan, Anne Buckley, Michael Cronin and Noel O'Connor gave both commendations and recommendations as they deemed appropriate to the speakers.This is the section of the meeting where members  can refine their communication skills and improve beyond recognition.

Liam Flynn from Millstreet was Topicsmaster .He ably conducted the impromptu section of the meeting.His topics ranged from the ploughing championship,to the Ryanair crisis,from a favourite smell to hitch-hiking.One outstanding contribution came from Marie Lynes who spoke about the distinctive hardware smell in Buckley Brothers in Mallow evoking childhood  memories of her parents' hardware shop in Newmarket.

At the meeting's conclusion, Bobby Buckley , General Evaluator lauded the contributions  from all members and guests who cooked up a tasty Speakeasy Toastmasters stew.He reminded guests that he was once in their shoes and was delighted that he jumped on board the Toastmasters train for a very enjoyable and rewarding journey. He awarded ribbons to Marie Lynes for Best Topic; Noel O'Connor for Best Evaluator; and Don McSweeny for Best Speech.

After two very successful meetings, Speakeasy returns on Thursday,5th October with our Annual Humorous Speech Contest.Lots of fun assured on the night.As always,we welcome guests to come along and experience Speakeasy. Like magic mushrooms, it might become addictive and remember that you will not be compelled to speak unless you really want to! Looking forward to seeing you in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 8.00PM.
For further details visit www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or contact Helsa at 083-8858848.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Contest beckons!

A night of humour beckons!
> The Speakeasy Toastmasters Club will host their Annual Humorous Speech Contest on Thursday 5th October in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 8.00pm.
> Charlie Chaplin famously remarked- 'That a day without laughter is a day wasted'. Well, your day and your night will not be wasted at this evening of humour and laughter.
> A number of speakers will pit their wit and joust their verbal swords to regale and entertain the audience. Speakeasy is usually a non competitive environment except for 2 meetings in the year, one in Spring for the International Speech Contest and in the Autumn for the Humorous Night.
> Speakeasy Toastmasters members have a proud and distinguished record in this competition. In 1995, Matt Lawlee won the British and Irish District Final with a brilliant speech about his fear of flying entitled - 'First and Last'. This feat was emulated by Michael Cronin in 2008 when he emerged victorious with his advisory speech- Feel the fear and blow it up anyway '.This hilarious speech told the sad story of his broken laptop and his attempts to fix it. 
> As well as winning this prestigious competition, both Matt and Michael also came close to winning on four other occasions between them. Gerry O' Callaghan was also a participant in the 2003 District Final with his eulogy to his pet rat called Toby. So, a humorous quip and a witty imagination is never far from the minds of Speakeasy members.
> In conjunction with the Humorous Contest,we will also host The Table Topics Contest. Mark Twain boasted that- 'It usually takes me more than 3 weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech'. In our contest, however, participants will speak on a subject on which they have no prior knowledge with about 30 seconds to organise their thoughts.
> Topics that have been used in previous contests include - 'Is it the taking part or the winning that matters?' and 'Congratulations, you have just won the lottery'. One of the most entertaining topics ever was the vexed question - 'Where would we be without the Kerryman'? This also promises to be a very enjoyable contest and a challenging experience for the contestants.
> So, put Netflix on pause, put Fair City on record and come along to a night of live entertainment at Speakeasy Toastmasters in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 7.45 for 8.00 Pm start. As always, guests will not asked to speak but can do so, if they wish.
> For more information on Speakeasy, check out our website www.speakeasytoastmasters.com. You will also find recordings of some winning Humorous Speeches. You can also follow us on Facebook and Blog. 
> Further information from Pat Sexton, PRO,-0861564567. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Toastmasters: Your Evening Class?

Let Speakeasy be your Autumn Class!

The Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting season continues on Thursday,21st. September in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 8 PM. We have now reached that time of Autumn when the nights are longer and Television becomes a bad habit. For many people, thoughts turn towords evening classes to gainfully use those extra hours.Have you considered Toastmasters as your evening class?

Like all evening classes, people participate in Toastmasters to learn a new skill.Just like swimming classes or 'computer courses for the terrified',competent communications is a skill worth acquiring.It gives one that extra bit of confidence and self-belief and a willingness to take on challenges. It's a skill that pays handsome dividends in workplace situations where presentations to work colleagues is regularly required or,indeed in job interviews.It is beneficial,also, in the area of inter-personal communication skills where the appropriate few words can make a big impression.
Sharpening your speaking skills can make all the difference for that 'Special Occasion' speech,be it at Golf Club presentation,that Best Man Speech or even the bride or groom's speech.Good communication skills helps enormously in leadership roles in voluntary, community or sporting organisations.Sometimes, speaking in front of an audience gives the participant a lot of pleasure,satisfaction and that bit of 'buzz'.

Unlike other night classes, one can join in the Toastmasters Programme at any time.Once you decide to join, you begin to take part in the meetings.The first speech members make is called the Ice-Breaker and a speaker presents speeches at his or her own pace.Each speech is evaluated by an experienced club member who give appropriate advice to the speaker.And all of this is done in a positive helpful envoirnment to help all speakers feel at ease.As one prominent member of our club remarked :' In Speakeasy Toastmasters, you have nothing to lose except your nervousness'!

'But I couldn't say boo to a goose', one guest once said .Yet, after attending a number of meetings, that guest made the leap of faith and joined up.Eventually,she delivered her Ice-Breaker Speech.Within a few short years, she had presented ten speeches to become a competent communicator and had risen in the leadership ranks to become Club President.This is a common tale told by a lot of toastmasters members who found their vocal wings at club meetings and soared to wonderful heights.

Guests are always welcome at our meetings and are never obliged to speak unless they wish to join in. So, if you would like to learn a new and exciting skill or if you are curious about what happens at a Toastmasters meeting,you are welcome to come along to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday,21st.September at 7.45 for an 8.00 PM start.As the Romans once said :Carpe Diem.Seize the day!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

First meeting

A night to remember at Speakeasy!

"God made everyone right handed.Only the truly gifted overcome it".So spoke Verna Byrne in her wonderful speech on left handed people at the opening meeting of Speakeasy Toastmasters Club last Thursday night.

In front of a large audience of members and a sizeable number of guests,Club President Helsa Giles opened proceedings for the 2017-2018 Season. Toasmaster of the Evening,introduced a wide range of diverse speeches.
With a speech entitled "Spreading your wings",Pat Sexton gave an interpretive reading from Richard Bach's best selling novel, Jonathon Livingston Seagull. This inspirational reading was dedicated to everyone who wished to make a leap of fate,accept a new challenge,perhaps asking themselves the questions -will I? or can I? The answer is : go for it, you can learn how to fly!

Kieran Butler presented some fascinating and insightful information in his speech-Educational Discrimination. Among the jaw dropping pieces of information presented was the survey that showed that boys were one third more likely to be graded more highly if the examiner didn't know it was a boy! This speech gave an insight into the often complex nature of gender equality.

Verna Byrne delivered a highly entertaining speech on "Left-handed people",or "citeogs" as they are called in Irish. Left handlers or "lefties" have always been regarded as different and not in good way. Yet many famous people in history have been left handed. Among those truly gifted left handlers were  several U.S.Presidents, including Clinton and Obama.Being a lefty can be alright.

Marie Fitzpatrick spoke a lot of rubbish or,  to be more precise about "Flytipping",one of the biggest problems facing rural dwellers. A lot of rubbish indeed,as our countryside is inundated with garbage, dumped by unprincipled people.Sometimes a serious message can be conveyed effectively by use of satire as Marie adeptly illustrated.

Finally,Sean Cocoran gave an educational presentation. Choosing a topic is of interest to all speakers in Toastmasters.Sean is an experienced Toastmaser and gave us the benefit of his many years experience ,with very practical ideas and suggestions.

Indeed, one of the questions that new members and guests frequently ask is - "Where do I get ideas for speeches?" The best ideas are often found in the simple straightforward,everyday issues of life.This meeting was an example of that.Speeches ranged from Flytipping to learning to fly,from boys and girls in the classroom to left-handed people. Not a hint of rocket science anywhere!

All speeches were ably and sensitively evaluated by Liam Flynn,Michael Cronin,Bobby Buckley,Marie Lynes and Bridie O'Connell.All evaluations in our Club focus on motivating the member to improved performances and fostering self belief and confidence.All evaluators at this meeting epitomised the mantra :"evaluate to motivate".

The Topics Session provides our members with the opportunity to speak off the cuff,an essential skill in honing our social communication, for job interviews and for aspiring politicians! Theresa O'Reilly ably conducted this portion of the meeting.She challenged the audience with some well chosen subjects with the emphasis on topical issues.From topics like 'first day at school from a parents' perspective to how Donald Trump is faring in making America great again ,from Princess Diana to Conor McGregor, Theresa elicited   
a great response from the audience.

It is worth noting that guests are not pounced on or coerced into responding to topics but can join in if they wish..Guests' contributions often enhance the discussion and leave the contributors feeling ten feet tall.

At the meeting's conclusion,the General Evaluator, Ray Ryan, spoke in positive terms about the high quality of the contributors.Awards were presented to Verna Byrne - Best Speaker, Bridie O'Connell - Best Evaluator and Best Topic-!! Angela Sheehan.

Our Meeting Season continues on the Thursday,21st September in the Hibernian  Hotel at 7.45 PM for 8PM start.Guests are always welcome. Unlike Night Classes where there is a defined starting and concluding points  to every course,you can join Toastmasters at any time.So if you always wanted to do a communications course but didn't know where to begin, then you are most welcome to our meetings.Resolutions don't have to wait until January,you can start at any time and the sooner the better!
For further information check out www.speakeasytoastmasters.com. Alternatively,you can contact Pat Sexton,PRO, (086-1564567) or Michael Cronin,Membership Officer (087-8298443).

Monday, August 28, 2017

Helsa Giles

Helsa Giles,incoming President Speakeasy Toastmasters Club.

Helsa Giles who resides in Castletownroche, has been installed as the new President of the Speakeasy Toastmasters Club. Helsa,who hails from Ballinadee in West Cork,will wear the chain of office for the Club's 25th Anniversary year.

Helsa joined Speakeasy Toastmasters in 2013 and has been a very committed member in various officer roles.Helsa found that Toastmasters gave her huge confidence.'If someone had told me  five years ago that I would be standing in front of an audience,delivering speeches I wouldn't have believed it!',comments Helsa.

'I also find the friendly atmosphere at meetings to be very encouraging.Toastmasters has given me huge confidence.I recommend it to anyone who wants learn communication skills or is looking for an entertaining night out'.

Helsa,who works in The Cope Foundation,lists some of her hobbies as cooking,mountaineering and hillwalking.She also points out that Speakeasy  members come from all walks of life and from all over the North Cork area,from Castletownroche to Kiskeam,from Rathpeacon to Rockchapel.'Guests are always welcome.Who knows?It could be a transformative experience like mine was!'

Speakeasy Toastmasters will hold their first meeting of the new season in The Hibernian Hotel,Mallow on Thursday 7th September at 8pm sharp.Guests are welcome and are never coerced to speak,unless they want to.

Speakeasy Toastmasters-An invitation

Speakeasy Toastmasters - An invitation.
Speakeasy Toastmasters extend an invitation to the local community to our first meeting of the new season in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday 7th September at 8pm.
What is it all about?
Can you always say you really mean? Do you wish to have the confidence to say a few well chosen words on special occasions? If you feel apprehensive about speaking before an audience, take consolation. You are in good company! In various surveys, almost half the respondents listed speaking in public as their number one anxiety, outranking the fear of death or divorce by a two to one margin!
What can Toastmasters offer?
Toastmasters is devoted to showing it's members how to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions through an enjoyable, yet professional educational experience. 'Learning by doing' is the best way to learn and that is how Toastmasters works.
But I've never spoken before an audience!
The experience gained in Toastmasters will help you overcome the nervousness everyone experiences when speaking before an audience. It will help you to get your 'butterflies to fly in formation'. You will acquire the confidence and communication skills to address an audience.
How will I know how I'm doing?
To assist each member, the Toastmasters programme includes evaluation. Each member's speaking performance is evaluated by fellow members in a constructive and helpful fashion. Each meeting also has a Topics Session which gives members the opportunity to think on their feet and express their views on various issues, some quite serious, others humorous.
How can I use these speaking skills?
Your improved speaking skills will give you the confidence to communicate effectively at business meetings, job interviews, in community organisations and, of course, in conversation with friends.
So, if you wish to improve your communication skills in an atmosphere of fun and friendship, Toastmasters is the Club for you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 7th September at 8 pm.
Further information from Helsa Giles 083-885848. Pat Sexton, 086-1564567.
Other news.
The First Anniversary of the sad passing of Tom O Connor occurs around this time. Tom was a very enthusiastic and entertaining member of our club who regaled us with his wonderful speeches and poetry. His hilarious recollections of his time in the Patrician Academy will live long in the memories of those who heard them. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Speakeasy Toastmasters are back!

Speakeasy Toastmasters, Mallow, commence it's Meeting Season on Thursday, 7th September in The Hibernate Hotel, at 8.00 pm.
Now entering it's 25 year, Speakeasy continues to provide the opportunity for it's members to improve their communication and leadership skills.
Our meetings are always friendly and positive. Moreover, guests are always welcome and are never imposed on to speak, unless, of course, they wish to do so!
So,if you wish to gain the confidence to say some well chosen words on that special occasion, be it work or weddings, interviews or interpersonal communication skills, Speakeasy Toastmasters has something for you. Or, if you want an enjoyable night out, we provide that also!
Speakeasy members come from all sections of the community and from all over the North Cork area. Our members hail from Mallow to Millstreet, from Bweeing to Buttevant, from Cecilstown to Castletownroche. Our Meetings are held on alternate Thursday nights from September to June. So, if it's communication and craic you like,then you are more than welcome at our Meetings.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 7th September at 8.00 pm in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.
For further information, see our website www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or contact President, Helsa Giles 0838858848,or Pro, Pat Sexton 0861564567.

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.
Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting www.speakeasytoastmasters.com  or follow us on Facebook..

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 www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles E.V.P. (083)885884

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wide Range

We had a wide range of speeches at this week’s Meeting.    Theresa O’Reilly was Toastmaster for the evening.    Anne O’Donovan was Topicsmaster and got a great response to topics ranging from “Is there one place you would never go back to?” and “Did any teacher from school impress and influence you?”  Don McSweeney was Timekeeper for the night and Liam Flynn was General Evaluator.

The first speaker was Kieran Butler with a speech titled “Connection.”   Kieran spoke about ageism in the workplace and outlined the advantages of employing an older person.   Helsa Giles evaluated the speech.

Next up was Anne Buckley with a speech titled “Different not disordered.”   Anne informed us that April is Autism Awareness Month and she outlined the various aspects of autism.  John Brennan evaluated Anne’s Speech.

Pat Sexton was next to the lectern with a speech titled “It’s about Time.”    Pat gave a strong and profound message about Time. He informed us that the past is a cashed cheque, the future is a promissory note and life is a series of now moments.  Michael Cronin evaluated Pat’s speech.

Marie Connolly was the final speaker for the evening with a speech titled “The Philosopher’s Stone.” Marie outlined the philosophy of pursing happiness through Body, Mind and Soul. She gave a very convincing presentation on how we can best achieve this.   Marie Lynes evaluated the speech.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 3rd May  at 8 p.m. in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. Part of this Meeting will be our AGM.   So come along and join us.   Guests are never asked to speak.
Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles E.V.P (083)8858848

Monday, April 10, 2017

Toastmaster of the year

It was an very informative meeting this week with a wide range of speeches. Tony O’Regan was Toastmaster for the night.   Michael Cronin was Topicsmaster and kept us on our toes with topics ranging from “Now that the days are longer what are you doing?” and “TV adverts do they influence you?”   Bridie O’Connell was General Evaluator and Mary Moynihan was Timekeeper for the meeting.

John Brennan was the first speaker with a speech titled “Climate Change.”   John outlined the concept of global warming and informed us of the ways which we can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.   Dermot Kennedy evaluated John’s speech.   

Next up was Claire O’Connell with a speech titled “Where does your money go.”Claire advised us on ways to save our money. Marie Fitzpatrick evaluated Claire’s speech. 

Liam Flynn was next to the lectern with a speech title “Trophic Cascade.”      He recounted how in 1884 grey squirrels were brought to Ireland from America.   However these squirrels had a virus which almost caused the extinction of the red squirrel.   But thanks to the pine marten who managed to reduce the number of grey squirrels and so facilitated the comeback of the native red squirrel.  Bobby Buckley evaluated Liam’s speech.  

The final speaker for the night was Helsa Giles with a speech titled “My Hero.”   Helsa was working from the Special Occasions Manual speaking in Praise.    Brendan Foley evaluated Helsa’s speech.

Congratulations to Bobby Buckley, Pat Sexton and Marie Fitzpatrick who participated in the Division B International Speech and Evaluation Contest which took place in the Castleroy Park, Hotel, Limerick last Saturday.   Pat Sexton was placed third in the Evaluation Contest.

Congratulations also to Helsa Giles who received The Division B Toastmaster of the Year Award for her outstanding  contribution to the clubs in the area.

Our next meeting is 20th April 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 www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President (086)8548389 or Helsa Giles E.V.P (083)8858848