Portlaoise Toastmasters meet the second and fourth Monday each month in the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm. New members are always welcome and the first two sessions are free.
At their last meeting, Meree O’Sullivan, the club president, started the evening with a quote to set the theme: “Challenges are what makes life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
She then went on to deliver a speech evaluation within what was a very well organised and enjoyable evening.
Rachel Roche delivered her speech on New Year’s resolutions. She talked about how people look to become better people at the beginning of the year and how they select their resolutions.
Keith Clarke gave the next speech. He shared with the group the power that stories can have on our beliefs and judgments.
Bryan Holland finished of the evening with a passionate speech about the new White Paper Kindle and why everyone should get one because of the positive impact on their lives. He enthused about how easy it was to use and how easily it could impart knowledge.
Ger Rowney opened the second half of the meeting as topics master with some interesting and challenging subjects for all to speak on.
Martina Walsh shared how she has been getting up for early morning walks with her best friend, Anne Duncan told of the power of mindfulness, Mary Kileen spoke of the wonders of technology, and Mark Bastow spoke of how 20 years ago when he came to Ireland, the mugging of two tourists in Phoenix Park made the news day after day.