On 9 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 Anthony Griffin, who brought a thoughtful and encouraging approach to his first performance of the role. Timekeeper Anita Howard was prepared to keep things running smoothly.
The first prepared speech came from Ros Longwill, who delivered a reflective and often funny piece on what makes a good leader and left us all with much to think about. Next our Immediate Past President John Keating gave an inspirational speech about the importance of turning nerves into excitement to conquer impostor syndrome. Finally Ronan Donovan contributed a heartfelt reading from the closing scenes of Macbeth.
Poetmaster Bríd Flynn delighted and impressed us with her reading of her own poem ‘Ode to the Hairdresser’. She was followed by Topicsmaster Damian Loftus, who drew many spirited responses with questions such as ‘What was the best advice you ever got?’ and ‘What is your pet hate?’ Kevin Walsh began his role as General Evaluator with a careful and considered introduction, and evaluators Murt Ó Súilleabháin, Conor Donovan and Marie Broderick supported this with their helpful and structured feedback. Grammarian Barry Lynch, carrying out the role for the first time, heard his Word of the Day ‘Amazing’ used 22 times, and provided a report that was both detailed and encouraging. Pausemaster Marian O’Mahony followed this with a thorough and humorous report, backed up with helpful examples.
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 16 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!