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It was back to business with a bang after an extended break as Noreen Diver presided over a packed and varied programme with the added bonus of the Toastmasters’ Governor Dermot Dineen and Laois Vice-President Donal Cahill visiting.
First off was Damien Oliver with an amusing and pertinent example of how to give a best man speech. The only regret seemed to be that the best man was losing his long evenings away supposedly sipping iced tea and playing chess. Perhaps it was actually more beer and cards. Mark Bastow won the ribbon for best speaker of the evening with a humorous talk on procrastination, Owen Sweeney won the ribbon for best evaluator and Donal Cahill the ribbon for best table topics speaker.
Carmel O’Leary chaired the table topics session where everyone had the opportunity to give an impromptu speech. Carmel’s topics were varied, exciting and thought provoking varying from how to deal with annoying mobile phone users to the dinner menu to top all others which was tastefully provided by Owen Sweeney displaying his newly acquired culinary skills.
The next meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday April 21 in the upstairs meeting room of the Anvil Inn in Portarlington. A very full programme with prepared speeches from Owen Sweeney, Mark Bastow and Paul McCowell plus an unusually themed topics session. It will not be a meeting to miss. Guests are always welcome and admission is free for the first two meetings. The only way to really understand the friendly, entertaining and supportive nature of Portarlington Speakers is to come to a meeting. Look on Facebook, MeetUp or on www.portarlington.toastmastersclubs.org/