Tuesday 25 June 2019

A toast to new members at open night

Mairead Stafford, Jim Rossiter, Nettie Bowie and Mary Maher (President) at the Enniscorthy Toastmasters open evening
Mairead Stafford, Jim Rossiter, Nettie Bowie and Mary Maher (President) at the Enniscorthy Toastmasters open evening

Enniscorthy Toastmasters rolled out the welcome mat at The Riverside Park Hotel recently as they hosted an open evening to show potential new members what they're all about.

The group has been meeting in Enniscorthy for nearly 25 years and in that time has become a wonderful social outlet for many. The whole idea behind Toastmasters is to gain confidence and improve your public speaking, however, those behind the Enniscorthy group were keen to stress that it's a bit of fun as well and it provides a wonderful social outlet as they meet every fortnight in The Riverside Park Hotel. The club currently has 22 members and are always looking to welcome new ones.

'People have a perception that it's all after-dinner speaking,' said Club President Mary Maher. 'While it is about public speaking, it's done in a social and fun way. It's a great way to build up confidence. Some people do it to help them with speaking at work, for others it can be an upcoming best man speech. We cater for all sorts.'

Mary pointed out that she has been a member of the club for ten years and it's done wonders for her.

'The confidence it has given me is great,' she said. 'It's great to see people coming along and making progress each week.'

While local author Sheila Forsey had been scheduled to speak at the open night, she was called away at the last minute. However, the show went on and a total of three members gave their own speeches and there were also testimonials from members about why they had signed up for Toastmasters and what they had gotten from it.

The evening saw a couple of new members sign up and other expressions of interest, however, Mary was keen to point out that guests are welcome at any meeting to try it out and see if it's for them, with no obligation to sign up.

'We do welcome guests to any meeting,' she said. 'It's a great way of getting a feel for it and seeing if it's for you.'

'For anyone interested in signing up, the best way is probably to come along to one of our meetings, or you can get in touch with us via the Enniscorthy Toastmasters Facebook page.'

Enniscorthy Guardian