Tonight's Toastmaster was Oliver Quinn, Oliver did a great job of ensuring the meeting ran on time as well as injecting his usual humour into the proceedings.
TIME KEEPER - TONY O'CALLAGHAN
Our Timekeeper for this evening was Tony who did a great job of explaining the purpose of his role. To ensure speakers speak within the alotted time and keep their message succinct. As timekeeper Tony said he would would turn on the green light after 5 minutes, the amber after 6, and the red light after 7 minutes, and for our speakers to speak within these allotted time-frames.
WORDMASTER – GEOFF GRACEY
Our wordmaster this evening was our new member Geoff Gracey.
POETMASTER – JOANNE MACKIN
Our new member Joanne Mackin gave a fantastic rendition of a Seamus Heaney Poem, she used great pause at the right moments and also a mixed use of vocal variety.
RITE OF SPING
So winter closed its fist
And got it stuck in the pump.
The plunger froze up a lump
In its throat, ice founding itself
Upon iron. The handle
Paralysed at an angle.
Then the twisting of wheat straw
into ropes, lapping them tight
Round stem and snout, then a light
That sent the pump up in a flame
It cooled, we lifted her latch,
Her entrance was wet, and she came.
"THE CRAZY EXPERIMENTS OF DR BARCROFT"
- SEAMUS LAVERTY
Seamus spoke about a little known Newry man called Dr Joseph Barcroft. He explained how Dr Barcroft was a scientist who took some amazing risks with his mind and life to help understand the Physiology of the Human body. Seamus used a power point presentation and also some hand gestures to convey the strange experiments of Dr Barcroft, including his attempts to understand what happens to human body whilst being close to death due to hypothermia. Seamus used the example of Dr Barcroft to promote an interest in local history research amongst the audience.
"MAKING A DIFFERENCE" - EDEL NOLAN
Edel Nolan gave an impassioned talk about the work that Dundalk Dog's Home does for stray dogs in the local area. She explained how since the charity had been set up that the number of gods being put down by the authorities had significantly decreased, and how many more dogs have been re-homed. Edel used a powerpoint presentation with fantastic graphics and her speech was well delivered, with plenty of emotion and pause. Edel proved the importance of the charity work of Dundalk Dog's Home and definitely inspired the audience to want to do more to help.