Portarlington Toastmasters found out that the best garlic comes from Spain and then relaxed in the warm sunshine as they discussed holiday destinations, at their last meeting.
Portarlington Speakers extended themselves in the Mind Gym on February 3 as they discussed these among other topics.
Ann Duncan excelled again as topic master with a wide range of topics. Owen Sweeney dazzled the meeting with his impersonations showing the wide variety of accents and then went to explain their origin, their significance as indicators of social status, ability and place of origin. The meeting heard how actors have to change their accents and how politicians often change theirs to collect more votes.
The meeting saw Dante’s Circle of Hell in the form of a swirling mountain of waste as Donal Deeny explained that overconsumption and using landfill would not work when the 2020 deadline ban on landfill comes in. Incineration was not a viable solution. Donal then took us back from the edge of the hellish wasteland and gave us hope in the examples of the Portlaoise company Cynar a world leader in converting waste plastics into diesel oil, gasoline and kerosene and another Irish company that converts waste into colourful plastic toys.
Jon McCowen as wordmaster gave the meeting a flamboyant challenge which was well met. Noreen Diver multitasked as time keeper, sergeant at arms and ah-counter. Mary White gave a very constructive summary of the night’s proceedings with useful recommendations. Dominic Oliver and Mark Bastow gave useful tips on presentation commenting on the strengths of the two excellent prepared speeches and made some suggestions for enhancement.
The meeting ended with a few words from the club president Mark Bastow who pointed out that the next meeting which falls on Shrove Tuesday February 17 at 7.45pm at the Anvil Inn Portarlington would provide a friendly, entertaining escape from the slavery of the frying pan. Admission for the first two meetings is free. Look for Portarlington Toastmaster on Facebook, MeetUp or on www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org/.