And the winners are!!

Congrats to our contest winners for Humorous Speech Peter McAuley and David Clinton Table Topics club champions 2018. A night of fun, humour, mystery, wobbly wheels, manic shopping, conkers and stolen apples, ferraris and formula one, not to mention a priceless wife. What more could an audience ask for. Peter and David now progress to the Area contest later in the year at Athy Toastmasters.

This for Peter was a sweet victory having come second to Lorraine Howard at the Tall Tales in June this year and on the second time out Peter overcame the challenge of Lorraine despite brandishing a very smart wheelie shopping bag. Anthony Casey was David Clinton’s challenger and while tugging at a heartfelt notion of a priceless mastercard style advert relating to his wife he was undone by the the fast and furious style of the UK & ireland Champion!

Club end of year dinner

Lovely evening on 19th June at The Silken Thomas Pub Chapter 16 Restaurant for our end of year social. Mary Caulfield our outgoing Club President was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a small thank you by club members for her marvellous work during the year. A special thank you to The Silken Thomas Pub who provide us with a venue year round for our club meetings. Congratulations to David Clinton who was presented with the Adrian Melia Memorial Perpetual Award for Toastmaster of the Year for 2018. David competed 11 times this year in Toastmasters Speech contests and is the current District 71 Table Topics Champion for 2017/2018. Our next meeting takes place on 26th June at 7.45pm. Guests are always welcome.

District 71 International Speech Champion 2018 Deirdre Linehan

Great news for Kildare Toastmasters. District 71 International Speech Champion Deirdre Linehan will be guest speaker at the club on 12th June. Deirdre has a great connection with the club in that club member Eilish McCormack was school principal of the story depicted in Deirdre’s winning speech for District 71 for Ireland and the UK Toastmasters. We look forward to welcoming Deirdre on the night.

Tall Tales at Kildare Toastmasters

The Tall Tales contest may not be happening in Area 28 but Kildare Toastmasters have decided to proceed with their club competition on 8th May. A night of fun and madness in store with four contestants declared already. Guests are always welcome at our venue at The Silken Thomas Pub Kildare town at 7.45pm.

Each contestant will have from 3 to 5 minutes to tell their Tall Tale which can be humorous, fantastical, exaggerated, truth or fiction but most of all entertaining in nature. David Clinton was runner up at Division D in 2017 with a tale entitled “Freefall” and to add a further twist did so wearing a large helmet. Who knows what madness this years contestants will get up to? Best of luck to everyone.

Division D International Speech Contest & Evaluations Contest

The result is in. Sunday 15th April proved to be a tough day for competition at The Division D International Speech and Evaluations Contest. Maureen McCowen delivered a well received speech entitled “The choice is yours” with great feedback from guest speaker Eric Fitzpatrick but unfortunately was not placed. Dual member Eileen Loughman representing Naas in the Evaluation contest also performed extremely well but was also not placed. Congratulations to both for their valiant efforts on behalf of Area 28.

Contest at this level is very tight and often hard to read. Even the judges had a difficult task. What we often find that despite emerging without honours we may however receive important and constructive feedback on hope to improve. The experience of contest is valuable in the learning process and ever contestant benefits as a result.

Three Amigos Triumph – International Speech & Evaluations Contest

The three amigos have done it! Maureen McCowen emerged as winner in the Area 28 International Speech contest on Wed 11th April and dual club member Eileen Loughman representing Naas qualified successfully as runner up in the Evaluations contest. Both progress on to the Division D final in Enniscorthy on Sun 15th April. Triple club member David Clinton representing Plainspeakers with a speech entitled “Frozen Man” beat all comers in the Area 26 final on Thurs 12th April and progresses to the Division M final in Dublin on 21st April. What a week for Kildare and what a week for the three amigos! Congratulations to everyone and a huge thank you to all the organisers and judges.

And the winner is!!! – International Speech Contest & Evaluations Cntest 13th March

Congratulations to a worthy winner Maureen McCowen of both contests on 13th March. MaureenĀ  achieved an outstanding double on the night with success in both competitions. With a speech entitled “the choice is yours” Maureen won out against runner up David Clinton with a speech entitled “finding satisfaction”. Maureen was also to sweep to victory against opponents James Dunny and Eilish McCormack in the Evaluations Contest. Maureen now advances to the area finals in April. Well done Maureen and we wish you every success at the Area final. Dual member David Clinton progresses to the area final in Dublin on 12th April having secured his place at Plainspeakers in Naas on 26th March with a speech entitled “overload”.

Contest Night – International Speech & Evaluations Contest 13th March

Contest night is always an interesting occasion. Speakers often wait until shortly before the contest to declare their entry which adds a bit of mystery and intrigue to the occasion. The International Speech Contest and the Evaluations Contest is no different except the stakes are higher. Only Toastmasters who have completed 6 competent communicator speeches or more may enter.

Often new Toastmasters will take on speeches in other clubs or frequently at their own club to reach the qualifying mark, These contests are an opportunity to see first hand how entrants deal with their topic, craft their speeches, manage the pressure of time and do something out of the ordinary. Contest night can be the making of a great speaker or a night where even the mighty may falter. Come along and enjoy the fun. Mark the 13th March at 7.45pm at The Silken Thomas Pub in your diary!

Not to be missed

Kildare Toastmasters will be meeting as usual this Tuesday 27th Feb at The Silken Thomas Pub Kildare town. A night not to be missed for those interested in overcoming fears of public speaking, wishing to improve their skills in public speaking or seeking to acquire new skills in leadership and management. Please feel free to join in the fun by taking part in our impromptu speaking during table topics where a variety of talk topics will be introduced to the audience to participate. You can watch and listen, choose to say a word or a few and get a little extra from the night by meeting new friends in a mutually supportive environment. Come one come all!