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On 15 February 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 Marie Broderick, who brought huge enthusiasm and joy to her first performance in the role, getting us all to turn and smile at our neighbours as we celebrated Meeting Number 444 of the club.  Timekeeper Darragh Murray and Sergeant-at-Arms Mary O’Shaughnessy provided excellent support.


            The first prepared speech was delivered by Yasantha Chamara Samarawickrama, who gave a memorable and poignant account of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which he survived by only 15 minutes in his birth country of Sri Lanka.  This was followed by Murt Ó Súilleabháin, who spoke eloquently on his experience of joining Toastmasters.  Finally, Mary O’Shaughnessy gave an insightful and humorous speech on the theme of Valentine’s Day.  Poetmaster Bríd Flynn read a wonderful poem of her own about the importance of loving yourself and living your own life.


            Noreen O’Sullivan then led an excellent session of Topics, drawing a wide variety of responses from the group on themes such as how to downsize your house, whether or not love is glorious and should be celebrated, and whether or not age is just a number.  Conor Donovan, as General Evaluator, conducted a thorough evaluation section, with support from Evaluators Damian Loftus, Anita Howard and Christina Donaldson, who delivered a most accomplished performance in her first time in the role.  Pausemaster Daragh Ó Donaile gave a careful and encouraging report on his role, and Grammarian Anthony Griffin provided similarly detailed feedback, rewarded by hearing his chosen Word of the Day, ‘Ambiguous’, used 7 times during the meeting.


            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 22 February, 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.

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