Meeting 24th June 2019

A few words about our meeting last Monday. It may be a little long but you do have the entire summer to read it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will not be reporting on every meeting when we return in the autumn but this was a very special meeting and also there were a large  number of members missing due to holidays.

We had a fantastic meeting which was most enjoyable.  The room was set out in party style with four large tables. Lara Jane got us going sharp at 8pm and in true toastmaster style made all our members and especially the visitors feel very welcome.

This was followed by my acceptance speech in which I thanked the three Presidents, Roisin, Sharon and Marian that have been Presidents since I joined. I also thanked Donal who has been my mentor and all the members who elected me as President for the 2019/2020 season. I acknowledged the founder members, previous Presidents and all members past and present for their work for the club since it was chartered in June 2006.I thanked Marian and her committee for all their work during the last year especially in achieving Presidents Distinguished Award for the club. I stated how I am looking forward to working with the new committee and that one of our priorities will be our mentoring programme. I concluded by stating that I am looking forward to being President and ensuring that every member has a truly enjoyable experience as a member of Phoenix Tara.  I also stated that I anticipate representing the club at Club Officer Training and other meetings that I am required to attend.

Marian had handed over the Presidents role to me at the last meeting so for this meeting she took on the Toastmaster role with her usual vibrancy. She got us all to put  our worries and troubles in the imaginary box at the door to enable us to be free to enjoy the night without any worries about what went on that day.

Mark gave us an inspiring poem and Brendan as joke/storey master got us going with a few good laughs. We had two amazing Icebreakers from Shane and Brian. They were  extraordinary Icebreakers delivered in style without reference to a note. Carol, our new VPE encouraged us to use the summer and get inspiration from our holiday break for our speeches in the autumn. She also got a number of names on to the “infamous board” for the first meeting of the new term on the 9th September.

At the break we had a raffle which was organised by Marian with a good selection of prizes. We had sandwiches, cocktail sausages and all forms of cakes in true party style.

After the break John did not let us down as Table Topics Master with his usual variety of topics coupled with a few Improv Games that gave us all a great laugh.

Tom and Lara Jane gave us two excellent evaluations, Terrie ensured that everyone kept to time, Susan tested us on how well we were listening while Nuala as grammarian gave some constructive comments on our use of language and reported on the ums and ahs. Stephen gave a very comprehensive general evaluation of the entire meeting with specific commendation to the two evaluators.

It was back then to our Toastmaster Marian for the highlight of the night. She called on Donal to honour our very new Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Michael May.  He paid tribute to Michael for all he has done for Phoenix Tara and a number of clubs in Dublin as well. He also brought us back in time to the night Michael did his Icebreaker some years ago with a detailed description of the events on that night.  Michael in his acceptance of the award thanked everyone who helped him work  through all the requirements for the award of DTM with special thanks for his wife Linda for all her support.

Marian then gave details of a new trophy which Tony McIntyre has presented to the club to be awarded to the “Most Improved Member” Marian presented it to Carol Kehoe outlining her achievements during the last year and her vast contribution to the club. The final award of “Toastmaster of The Year” was made by Marian to me. She acknowledged my  input  to the club this year especially in advancing the use of Easy Speak. I am truly grateful to all of you for voting for me. I was humbled  and honoured to receive this great award.   The meeting concluded with John presenting Marian with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the members for her enormous contribution to the club as President over the last year.

Another great year for Phoenix Tara and I hope you all have a wonderful break and an enjoyable holiday over the summer. We look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting when we return on the 9th September.

Martin Farrell

Club President

See Photos from the Meeting in our Photo Section