On 16 November 2019 we had yet another great meeting of Bishopstown Toastmasters. The club President Anita Howard opened the meeting at 11 a.m. and handed it over to Toastmaster Ronan Donovan, who carried out his role with care and reflection. Timekeeper Josip dell’Olio assisted him ably in keeping the meeting running smoothly.
Bríd Flynn delivered the first prepared speech, getting us all to sing along with her tuneful and passionate exploration of the power of good vibrations in life. Anita Howard delivered an interpretive reading of a monodrama taken from Willy Russell’s ‘Shirley Valentine’, and Conor Donovan gave an expressive reading of Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Happy Warrior’. An educational slot was provided by Immediate Past President John Keating, who examined the power of rhetorical devices in public speaking.
In the role of Poetmaster, Anthony Griffin read his own poem ‘The Watch’, a poignant story of looking back on young love at a time of war. This was followed by a Table Topics session, in which Topicsmaster Neil Daly invited us to reflect on such questions as whether or not a cashless society is a good idea, the wisdom of viewing life through the eyes of a bank account rather than eternity, and the possibility that there may be such a thing as one glass of wine. Damian Loftus brought many encouraging and personal touches to his role as General Evaluator, and inspired excellent performances from evaluators Aisling Nestor, John Keating and Marie Broderick. Aisling’s first evaluation in the club was delivered with exemplary poise and encouragement. Mary O’Shaughnessy carried out the role of Grammarian, hearing her chosen Word of the Day, ‘Gobbledygook’, used 16 times. Kevin Walsh brought thoroughness and precision to his role as Pausemaster.
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 or agreed to do so at short notice. 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 23 November, 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.
See you all soon!