Tony’s O’Callaghan the club VP of Education opened the meeting. Toast Master for the night was Carmel Mohan who did an excellent job; meeting ran smoothly. Plenty of encouragement to all, which was good to see.
It was a pleasure to have Janet Graham Toastmaster Area director for Ireland at the meeting. Janet just attended to get a feel for the club, getting up on a few occasions herself to entertain the crowd.
Word Master for the evening was Robert Tiffney using the world hurricane, due to the west coast of Ireland getting hit by the tail end of hurricane Ophelia. The word was used 5 times over the duration of meeting.
Poet Master was Marian Delduca who delivered an excellent poem,called stopping by woods on a snowy evening by Robert Frost. Poem below.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
"What Fear Realy Is"
First up on the night was Martin Farmer with a speech called “What Fear Really Is.” Martin talked about how fear can be compared to story telling. Referring to stories from his childhood and present day. The speech was interesting and contact well with the audience. As it was only Martin’s second speech a lot of support was shown which helped with delivery. Well-done Martin.
'What fear really is'
Second on the night was Chris Mc Cabe with his speech entitled, “Addiction.” Chris speech was an ACB humorous speech and got off to a flying start referring to his dad’s addiction which turned out to be fishing.
Chris used excellent timing which resulted in a very funny speech, enjoyed by all. Chris is a very confident speaker and his years at toastmaster showed. A really good example to the visitors on the night what is possible with regular attendance and just getting up there and doing it. Chris is our President this year and did himself and the club proud. Well done Chris.
Topics master on the evening was Tony Callaghan, who provided a variety of interesting topics where all members were given an opportunity to speak. The topics were very thought provoking as always. The best topic— Tony gave every volunteer speaker a word, which they had to describe what they thought it meant.
An interesting topic enjoyed by all. Very clever answer by Edel which impressed everyone. Seamus also delivering an excellent answer.
At the close of the meeting Janet Graham the area director said a few words. She was very happy with the energy & enthusiasm in the club, saying, "Great group of members, really enjoyed the night." Very encouraging words from a long standing member of Toastmasters and co-founded of Newry speakers Club.