Public speaking … the Irish way!

luck of the irishHappy Saint Patrick’s to everybody! This weekend is all about Ireland and Irish – so everyone has a great opportunity to end it on Monday night, March 19, like a true Irish – talking and having fun! Another exciting meeting of Tralee Toastmasters will start as usual at 8pm in Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club. If you are Irish, you’ll feel just at home. If you are not – you’ll feel the warmth of the Irish hospitality and lightheartedness. Just be there, be with us – you will like it! And if it is your thing – we’ll have a drink afterwards (which is very Irish again, isn’t it?) See you all there, friends!

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

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The storm is over, the snow is melting. Got some bad case of cabin fever? On Monday night March 5th, just step out and go all the way to Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA club! Tralee Toastmasters will meet you there! There will be another great night, with thoroughly prepared speeches and witty table topics for you to enjoy! See you there at 8pm sharp! We are equally eager to see old friends and new faces!iceman

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The updated schedule for the spring 2018

Long overdue, the schedule for the the spring 2018 is finally published on the Tralee Toastmasters website! Please check it, mark those dates in your calendar – regular meetings, contests, and (hurray!) the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Club!

We are happy to see everybody in our club! Mark those dates in your calendar, starting with March 5.

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Tralee Toastmasters remember Tim Aherne

Tralee Toastmasters lost a very dear friend and club member recently. Tim Aherne joined Tralee Toastmasters many years ago as a supremely enthusiastic member. He gave some fantastic speeches, memorable by their thorough research and passionate deliveries. Tim also excelled in his answering of Topics. Table Topics is one of the many skills learnt in Toastmasters. A Topic is given, and without any preparation, one has to speak on that topic for two minutes. Tim made us all smile upon receival of a topic. Usually members stand up when responding, and answer the topic from their place. However Tim used to walk up to the lectern and deliver what can only be described as a “mini speech”, incredibly articulate and beautifully presented. His wealth of wisdom and philosophical view of life was always a privilege to experience.

Tim joined the ranks of our committee in the role of Sergeant –at –Arms. Included in this role is the preparation of the meeting room, ensuring there are club supplies, etc. Tim took on this responsibility with admirable conscientiousness. He arrived at least an hour before the meetings started and laid out the room, ensured all promotional material was clearly displayed. He meticulously hung signs all the way from the outside door, in the hallway, and as far as the meeting room. In a world full of technology and the printed word, Tim’s eye-catching, beautiful hand-writing adorned all these posters. The one that everyone smile was “If it’s 8, you’re late”

Tralee Toastmasters prides itself in having very high standards, and our meetings are quite unique, in that they always start on time. Whilst this is part of Toastmaster training, we in Tralee have to acknowledge that it is really because of our dear friend and member, Tim, that we have such impressive punctuality in our club-often commented on by guests.On the dot of 8pm at every meeting, Tim rang the bell with gusto. At the tea break, once again, Tim, our affectionate disciplinarian took great pleasure in reminding us it was time to recommence the meeting.

After many years in this role, Tim sidestepped into the Guest Greeter role. Every guest (and indeed member) received the warmest of welcomes and was touched by that broad smile we all came to love. Tim made everyone feel special, and offered support and encouragement to all.

One of our most recent and favourite memories of Tim, was our Christmas party, when he enthralled us all with an endless stream of songs, rendition after rendition. This was the one night he was no rush home, it was as if he knew on some level that it would be his last Christmas with us.

Exactly a year ago, the club presented Tim with a “Guest Greeter Award” for the contribution he had made to the success of the Tralee Toastmasters. On that memorable and deeply moving occasion, Tim was presented with a Golden Handshake Trophy to symbolise all his golden handshakes. That night, one of the speeches was dedicated to Tim, and finished with the now poignant “Tim, we are deeply appreciative of your loyalty and dedication to the club, but it is your presence that brings us most joy”

Alas, Tim we do not have you anymore, but your presence and spirit will live on forever in our club, in the high standards you have set.

We in Tralee Toastmasters extend our deepest sympathy to Tim’s family, his wife Marie, daughters Veronica and Linda and all his extended family and friends.

Thank you Tim, míle buíochas for the memories, it was a privilege to have you in our midst.

Ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann.

Tralee Toastmasters

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Monday 22nd June

Our last meeting before the Summer break will take place on Monday 22nd June at 8pm in Manor West Hotel. Please note the change of venue. All are welcome.

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90th Celebration Night

Check out the picture from the club on the International Toastmasters website. It is from the “roaring twenties” themed night to celebrate Toastmasters 90th Anniversary.

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June Meetings

Due to popular demand we will be holding meetings in June again this year. Our first one will be on the 8th of June at the usual time of 8pm but in a new venue, The Meadowlands Hotel. Hope to see you there.

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Best of Luck to Anthony

We wish the best of luck to Anthony Garvey as he represents our club, area and division in Nottingham this weekend for the International Speech Contest.

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Roaring 20s Theme Night

Monday 13th April is planned to be a meeting with a twist or more accurately a meeting in a time warp!!

Ninety years ago, when Toastmasters founder, Dr. Ralph C. Smedley held the first Toastmasters meeting in the basement of a YMCA in California, USA, the people who attended got dolled up in their finery and we are asking all club members to pay homage to this initial meeting on Monday night and dress in 1920s attire!

If you are in need of some inspiration, a quick google of 1920s fashion will soon have you bursting with ideas! I know there are some Baby Vamps (1920s slang for attractive girls) and Lalapazaza (1920s slang for good sports) amongst us! Obviously if you’re not togged to the bricks (ie dressed to the nines!), you won’t be streeted (tossed out of the party!) but it could well be considered off-time jive (ie. bad manners)!! 🙂

Congratulations again to Anthony and Justin who fought off tough competition to win the Area Final and will now be representing our Area (ie Killarney, West Limerick and Tralee) in the next stage of the speech and evaluation competitions respectively in Mallow on Sunday 19th April!

In case of any confusion – remember Monday’s meeting is upstairs in O’Donnell’s and will be starting at 8pm sharp as usual!

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Competition Time in the Meadowlands Hotel

On Monday 30th March Tralee Toastmasters Club will host the Area Final for the International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest in the Meadowlands Hotel at 8pm. Members from Tralee, Killarney and West Limerick clubs will compete against each other with enjoyable speeches and excellent evaluations. We look forward to a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

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