On 18 January 2020, we had yet another great meeting of Bishopstown Toastmasters. The meeting was opened at 11.00 by the club President Anita Howard and handed over to Toastmaster Anthony Griffin, who did an excellent and thoughtful job in the role. He was supported by Timekeeper David O’Callaghan, and Sergeant-at-Arms Mary O’Shaughnessy, who both carried out their roles with detail and flair.
The first speech was delivered by Christina Donaldson, who called on us all to allow ourselves to be challenged by our fears and find strength in vulnerability. After this, Harshika Pareek spoke about the unexpected elements of the fashion industry, and how they contributed to ‘An Exponential Future’. In the third speech, Conor Donovan delivered a presentation speech for Danny DeVito that would have graced any Oscars ceremony, and finally Theresa Lynch gave a heartfelt interpretive reading of Barack Obama’s keynote speech of 2004.
Poetmaster John Keating inspired us all with his reading of Walter Wintle’s poem ‘Thinking’ about the power of a positive frame of mind. Next Anita Howard led a Table Topics session that, among other things, investigated the wisdom of weather warnings and alternative election campaign slogans.
General Evaluator Damian Loftus gave a committed and passionate performance, supported by evaluations from Neil Daly, Aleksandra Rogulska, Daragh Ó Donaile and Bernard Buckley. Pausemaster Barry Lynch took on the role for the first time, and brought a thoughtful and humorous approach to it, while Grammarian Conor Donovan made an outstanding choice of Word of the Day with ‘Welter’, and was rewarded by hearing it used some 15 times.
All those who took on roles during the meeting carried them out excellently, and we particularly thank and commend those who took on roles for the first time. Thanks also to everyone who attended, and to the staff of Bishopstown Library for their wonderful and patient support.
Our next meeting is on Saturday 25 January, at the usual time of 11 a.m. If you can, please arrive a few minutes early. As always, guests are cordially invited to attend. Guests will not be called upon to deliver a speech or topic, but they are very welcome to participate in the Table Topics session by raising their hands. Please note that the Library has asked the club not to enter the room before 10.45 a.m., and endeavour to abide by this request.