Monday, March12 was a great night for Portlaoise Toastmasters when they hosted the Area Finals Competition. The contest was chaired by Mary White whose warmth and efficiency set the tone of the evening.
Teams from Carlow and Kilkenny competed with local club members and our club won four of the top six prizes. Warmest congratulations go to Mark Bastow and Meree O Sullivan who came first and second respectively in the Evaluation Competition. Third prize went to Kevin Lynch from the Kilkenny Club. Following his superb evaluation, Mark will go on to represent the club in the Division Finals in Carlow on Sunday ,April 22nd in the Talbot Hotel in Carlow. We wish him the very best of luck.
Success was also achieved in the International Speech Competition. The top place was taken by John O Neill from Carlow . In second and third place were Mary Heaney and Bryan Holland who delivered excellent speeches. Mary spoke amusingly on the importance of active listening while Bryan captivated the audience with tales of his experiences with boats. All competitors from the club can be proud of their performance on the night.
Carmel Kelly as Topicsmaster, added greatly to the nights enjoyment with topics which elicited an enthusiastic response from the audience. Afterwards the Clubs from Carlow and Kilkenny were invited to join us for refreshments. There was no scarcity of talkers , as you can imagine , and this was a fitting conclusion to a very enjoyable night.
Toastmaster , Kevin Langan presided over another successful evening on Monday last.Having thanked the President, Orlagh McCrory, and adapted the idea of New Beginnings as his theme for the night, he then went on to introduce the speakers.
The first speaker of the evening was Aengus Burke with his interesting speech on Celebrities and their importance. This was followed by Donal Cahill, who spoke on the intriguing title “The Leviathan of Parsontown” This, it transpires, is an ancient telescope to be found in Birr! The third speaker was Mark Bastow, who wittily raised a toast to the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. Last but not least, came Bryan Holland who took along his brand new I Pad 3 and mesmerised the audience with both its capacity and Bryan’s adeptness at using it.
Valuable evaluations were provided by Michael Holland, Mary Heaney, Mark Bastow and Mary White. Topicsmaster , Ann Duncan, captivated the audience with her novel idea of supplying topics which were based on film titles. Much hilarity ensued and everyone present joined in. The General Evaluator, Carmel Kelly, gave an enthusiastic seal of approval to the evening and presented the Geraldine O’Loughlin Award to Kevin Langan for his contribution to the club. The next meeting takes place in the Killeshin Hotel at 8 o’clock on Mon. April 16th. Guests can attend their first two meetings free of charge.