'The Biggest Threat' 21-02-2018

February 22, 2018




Our Sergeant-at-arms for this evening was Carmel Mohan. Carmel has only just recently returned from a holiday to Australia. She opened the meeting with a customary safety and mobile phone address— keep phones switched off or on silent. Chris McCabe our President then provided the meeting with some information about the upcoming Club Contest Night at our first meeting in March and suggested for the evaluation contest that as many people as possible should try out as there was no restrictions apart from being a paid up member. Our Toast Master for tonight was Seamus Laverty who ensured the meeting ran smoothly. Unfortunately Seamus had no historical quotes for tonight but he promised he would in future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   





Our Timkeeper for this evening was one of our new members, Joanne Mackin. She told us a little bit about herself,  particularly about the importance of her role as a Mother. She also told us a little about her role as timekeeper saying that she would turn on the green light after 5 minutes, the amber after 6, and the red light after 7 minutes. 





Our Umm Counter for this evening was another one of our newer members, Bernice Mee. Bernice talked about her role as a mother and spoke a little about the purpose of her role.




Our wordmaster this evening was Tony Fearon. Tony used to work on the Radio as a sports presenter, but he said he was here to improve his speaking in front of audiences. Tony's word for this evening used to be one of the longest words utterred in the British House of Commons. Tony said that the word was utterred by Jacob Rees Mogg and is used to describe something that is useless.






Our new member Joanne Powell spoke about being a mother and talked about how the response of her children to the question well what did you do today, led to the idea for the following poem. 



When children come home at the end of the day,

The question they’re asked as they scurry to play

Is, “Tell me, what did you do today?”

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay

“Nothing, I did nothing today?”

Perhaps nothing means that I observed a bird’s nest,

Or counted to ten with Mrs. West.

Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue,

Or heard a story about a mouse that flew.

Maybe today was the very first time

That my scissors followed a very straight line.

Maybe I led a song from beginning to end,

Or played with a special brand new friend.

When you’re only 5 and your heart has wings,

NOTHING can mean so many things!

                             —author unknown






Our first speech of the evening was by Marian Delduca from Dundalk. Marian gave us an impassioned speech about the upcoming pitfalls of artificial intelligence. She explained how once AI reaches a point where it becomes smarter than us that we would lose our jobs, our chance of a livelihood, our purpose and meaning in life. Marian used plenty of quotes and facts about AI from including quoting from Elon Musk. She also advised that another potential issue could be the destruction of the whole human race. Marian had great stage presence and used the floor well. She had great vocal variety and the content of the speech was well organised.