Roscrea Toastmasters celebrate 10th anniversary

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Roscrea Toastmasters celebrate 10th anniversary thumbnailAt the 10th anniversary celebrations of Roscrea Toastmasters at Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea, a presentation was made to founder of Roscrea Toastmasters Sean Dwan, Pictured are Brian McLoughlin (President) and Sean Dwan.

ROSCREA Toastmasters met on Thursday last, to celebrate a very special milestone of being 10 years old. President, Brian McLoughlin welcomed all current members, past members and guests. It was great to see a very large attendance to help with the celebrations.

Sean Dwan spoke about how he founded the club, as part of a project he undertook when he was an Area Governor. He outlined the difficulties, challenges and successes he encountered along the way.

Edward Healy and Matt Burke both gave talks about their own journey that led them to join Toastmasters and how much personal and professional benefits each received since joining.

There was an inspiring speech from Larry Lyons about how he came to join Toastmasters. He told of his time as a child in school and being afraid to put his hand up to answer questions and how this dogged all of his life until he saw a poster for Toastmasters in Roscrea Golf Club. Larry said that the training and support he received since becoming a member has allowed him take on challenges he never before imagined taking on.

Sheila Shanahan gave a prepared speech on the works of Irish stained-glass artist, Harry Clarke which was evaluated by Tony Hoctor.

The meeting also heard about the benefits of Toastmaster from Alan Coffey while Liam Coffey acted as Topicsmaster for the evening with some very entertaining topics which brought much laughter.

Roscrea Speakers Club also paid tribute to member Paul Ryan who passed away in November 2017 by hearing some of his poetry recited by John Browne. The club was delighted that so many of Paul's family honoured them by being with them.

The Area Director, Helen Spillane and the Divisional Director, Gerard Mannix both addressed the meeting and congratulated the club on reaching the milestone and gave great words of encouragement for the future.

President Brian McLoughlin made a special presentation on behalf of the club to Sean Dwan, in huge appreciation of his dedication to the club and Toastmasters in general and especially for persevering with getting the club started ten years ago. Sean Tuohy presented a bouquet of flowers to Paul Ryan's sister, Maura Phelan.

The meeting finished with everyone enjoying some refreshments and a delicious birthday cake that was made by Bernie Teehan.

Why not come along to Roscrea Toastmasters where, in a warm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere we help each other improve self-confidence by developing public speaking.

The next gathering will be on Thursday February 15 in the Racket Hall Hotel at 8pm. They would love to welcome you along.

Give Sean (086-0291809) or Brian (086-3687168) a ring if you would like to find out more.



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