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Yuletide

Tom Flynn writes…

What a great night last night at Westport Toastmasters. The table topics were interesting and varied from the ‘gap year’ to Santa Claus, female referees, cats and dogs to annoying advertisements. The prepared speeches were as usual entertaining and informative. The level 6 speech was about the Christmas spirit but more importantly about training Satcha the wonder dog. Fortunately for the owner Satcha turned out to be man’s best friend in the end. Level 7 speech dealt with the development of Baileys Cream liquor. The appetite of all was certainly whetted but alas not a drop was to be had. In the advanced communicator sections we had King Arthur’s Camelot and the knights (or in this case one brave knight, Sir Gawain) experience some travails. And as the Knights rode off into the mists of time along came Maradona and ‘The Beautiful Game’ as an advanced Member brought the club Members and guests on a journey of change with high goal scoring opportunities, no corner kicks, higher and wider goal mouths,no offside and a playing pitch more in line with the Australian rules than anything dreamed up by FIFA. Myles na Gopaleen in all his journeys couldn’t dream something so fabulous. And so ended out last club meeting of this year 2017. What a blast, what a year. What table topics, what presentations.

Great to see so many visitors and new and potential new club members.
See you all in two weeks time for some R and R.and some! Lighthearted brevity.

To all our club Members and potential Members from all of us on the committee

Happy Christmas to you and yours. Looking forward to your contributions in 2018.

Membership vouchers

Tom Flynn writes…

Westport Toastmasters meeting has four excellent speeches ready for presentation on Monday night December 4th. Speech one is Level 4. Followed by Level 6 And two ACM. This is going to be an extraordinary night ahead of our Christmas social gathering which takes place on Monday 18th December. Details on Monday night. This is also an opportunity for members to purchase a ‘Membership Voucher’ for that friend or someone special who will appreciate such a welcome gift. It’s now up to you. See you Monday night!

Bring a friend!

Tom Flynn writes…

For our next meeting in Knockranny House Hotel (on Monday 20 November), club members are invited to bring potential members to our meeting. This is all part of a Christmas challenge which every member should embrace. On the night established members will meet, greet and welcome new and potential members. Westport Toastmasters is all about community, so do get the invites out!

Diverse speeches, lively topics

Tom Flynn writes…

Monday night proved once again to be a game changer in the ongoing development of Westport Toastmasters. On the night four terrific speech presentations with such diverse titles as “The Maharajah of Connemara”, “Waiting”. “Hurricane Hardly Happened” and “Blockchain Tech, AI and the future for banking”. Riveting listening. The large attendance, which included a number of potential members, also took an active part in the ‘Table Topics’ section. This is a club well worth being a member of. The learning trajectory of members and visitors alike continues to soar. Our next meeting in Knockranny House Hotel is on Monday night, November 6th. all our meetings commence at 8pm sharp and finish at 10pm sharp. Looking forward to seeing you ther!. As usual please bring a friend. If you are reading this and are not a member please come along as our guest.

Wowing the District

District 71 finals were held in Dublin this weekend, with two members of the Westport club impressing at the highest level in these islands: the district in fact embraces all clubs in both Britain and Ireland, so to get to such an event takes both work and talent indeed.

Phil Duffy CC, CL was competing in the Humorous Speech Contest, and Dolores Brady ACS, CL was placed third in Table Topics.

The pair had previously qualified at Divisional, Area and Club levels.

“To reach this final our members had to first compete against the best speakers from 18 Toastmaster Clubs in the West, Midlands and Northwest of the country,” noted club president, Mary Davis Kelly. “That in itself is a huge achievement. To be placed in the finals against the cream of the crop of toastmasters from 180 clubs in Ireland and the UK, a pool of 4,300 members, is truly remarkable. This is testament to the success of a vibrant Westport Toastmasters Club which is now in its 16th Year. We are so proud of Dolores and Phil.”

The mission of Westport Toastmasters is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Read more about our mission then come along as a guest to our next meeting: we meet every second Monday, as a rule, in the Knockranny House Hotel.

Michael Collins (District 71 Director), Dolores Brady ACS, CL, Ann Ruane, (Division F Director)

Michael Collins (District 71 Director), Dolores Brady ACS, CL, Ann Ruane, (Division F Director)

Phil Duffy CC, CL and Dolores Brady ACS, CL

Phil Duffy CC, CL and Dolores Brady ACS, CL

Phil Duffy CC, CL, Mary Davis Kelly CC, Dolores Brady ACS, CL, Mary Carr CC, Dolores Foy CC, CL

Phil Duffy CC, CL, Mary Davis Kelly CC, Dolores Brady ACS, CL, Mary Carr CC, Dolores Foy CC, CL

Dolores Brady ACS, CL

Dolores Brady ACS, CL with her third prize certificate

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Phil Duffy CC

Dolores Brady ACS, CL

Dolores Brady ACS, CL addresses the audience

Dolores Brady ACS, CL

Dolores Brady ACS, CL takes the mic!

Proud day for Westport Toastmasters

Great news from the Division F Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest held in Sligo yesterday: Westport Toastmasters has two prizewinners going forward to District 71 finals to be held in Dublin on 11-13 November.

Phil Duffy CC won the Humorous Speech Contest and Dolores Brady CC ACB, CL won the Table Topics Contest.

For details of the Dublin Conference and how to register, log on to www.dubhlinn2016.com

Contest chair Werner van der Hemel, Division F Director Ann Ruane and first place Humorous speech winner Phil Duffy

Contest chair Werner van der Hemel, Division F Director Ann Ruane and first place Humorous speech winner Phil Duffy

Contest chair Werner van der Hemel, First place table topics winner Dolores Brady and Division F Director Ann Ruane

Contest chair Werner van der Hemel, First place table topics winner Dolores Brady and Division F Director Ann Ruane

 

Speech Evaluation Workshops

lynne-cantorOur club has done well in evaluations in recent years but we can always do better! Enter Lynne Cantor, 2012 District Evaluation Champion, who is running a pair of Evaluation Workshops on Saturday, 21 February.

There are two separate workshops:

Beginners & Intermediate Workshop (10am-12.30pm). This is designed for new Toastmasters and members who want to become better evaluators in-club. The cost is €15 per delegate): https://eventbrite.ie/event/15070632668/

Advanced Workshop (2-5pm) . For experienced Toastmasters who want to enter competitions. Book here (€15 per delegate):

Full details and booking facilities via eventbrite.

My Favourite Teacup

A particular highlight of Westport Toastmasters’ regular meetings are the topics sessions: the latest meeting was no exception and left the group in fine form for the evening’s speeches, all of which were excellent. there is a particular knack to picking topics and our topicsmaster had given careful thought to his choices for the evening.

One topic in particular that stood out for this writer from that session was “My Favourite Teacup”, which brought out a wonderful reminiscnce from one of our longstanding members. I dare say all of us in that room were being carried off in different mental directions at the phrase and, in many cases, quickly reminded of times past and, perhaps, loves lost. It was Marcel Proust who noticed (and wrote over 3000 pages on) the propensity of human memory to be triggered by an everyday object, eg, a biscuit dipped in an afternoon cuppa or the way the light might fall through the leaves one sunny afternon.

A wise topicsmaster exploits this tendency to free associate into buried memory: one of the nice side-effects of our meetings is the unexpected bringing-to-life of histories and anecdotes that might otherwise be forgotten.

90

Toastmasters International’s 90th anniversary is an exciting milestone for the global organisation to which the Westport club belongs.

The official anniversary is October 22, which marks the beginning of a yearlong tribute that will be celebrated in clubs for the coming twelve months.

Our club will host a specially themed meeting next time: do come along!