The executive committee of a Toastmasters club consists of all eight club officers(president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer, sergeant at arms and the immediate past president).The club president serves as the executive committee chair. Working as a team, the executive committee must manage all business and administrative affairs of the club
All toastmaster clubs are run by a committee which is re-elected every year.
Innisfree Committee members 2016 – 2017
Brian Fallon – President: The President presides at meetings of the Club and has general supervision of the operations of the club. He also serves as one of the Club’s representatives on Area and District Councils.
Brian joined Innisfree Toastmasters in 2012. Coincidentally this was exactly the same time that he started his business, Blue Raven IT Solutions to help businesses with their technology needs. Brian has in total over 20 years experience in the IT industry. Brian has worked with young people to pass on some of his technology expertise to the next generation. Since joining Toastmasters Brian has taken many steps to develop his communication and leadership skills and has also been involved in committee roles. Brian says that he has always found Toastmasters to be the most welcoming and supportive club since the first meeting he attended.
Dave O’Brien – Immediate Past President (IPP): The IPP provides guidance and serves as a resource to club officers and members. They also provide assistance in the preparation of the Club Success Plan and promotes the club’s efforts to become a Distinguished Club. The IPP attends all committee meetings and has a voice in all decisions made.
Dave is a native of Birmingham, England. Born to a Dublin Father and Birmingham Mother. He currently works in the Web Design Business at Dmac Media Ltd but this wasn’t always the case, for 25 years Dave was a Painter and Tiler. Due to injury Dave was forced to rethink his career and underwent a 6 year programme of education culminating with a BDES in Design Communication.
When Dave joined Toastmasters about 7 years ago he said the only thing he’d written in the past 30 years was a cheque! But during his time Dave has found the skills he already had and developed the ones that needed honing, he has been President, Area Governor and launched a new club in Donegal town.
Overall Dave loves the thought of being challenged again and again through the Toastmasters programme, he has completed 4 or 5 of the limitless number of projects available and is looking forward to taking on a new project this year.
Maurice Galvin – Vice President, Education (VPE): The VPE plans and directs club programmes which meet the educational needs of the club members. He also plans and publishes regular schedules of meeting assignments and keeps track of members’ progress towards their goals.
John Heraghty – Vice President Membership (VPM): The VPM plans and directs programmes to retain and increase club membership.
John is a Sligo town native, and joined Innisfree Toastmasters in October 2015. He works for IBM, writing online help and user guides for software storage products.
John had spells working in Limerick, Dublin, Italy, USA, and more recently Monaghan and Galway, but is now living in Sligo with his wife and two young daughters. John is enjoying the whole Toastmasters experience immensely, and having delivered his first few speeches, he is looking forward to working on the next speech project in the Competent Communicator manual.
Feargus Callagy – Vice President, Public Relations (VPPR): The VPPR develops and directs programmes that inform individual members and the general public about Toastmasters International and about club activities.
Caroline Cuffe – Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for club financial policies, procedures and controls. She collects subscriptions and maintains records. She also produces financial reports for the club and receives and disburses all club funds.
Caroline is currently enjoying her retirement. Prior to retirement Caroline was had a clerical admin position in Sligo Mental Health Services. Caroline has two sons and is a widow. Although Caroline is loving her retirement, she felt that she needed some challenge in her life as I was getting too cosy. Caroline sought advice from a friend who happened to be a Toastmaster and she realised this was exactly what she needed. Public speaking was something that Caroline had never done before. Even though she is a relatively new member Caroline feels that has learned about communication and leadership skills and gained self-confidence since joining Innisfree Toastmasters.
Dave McEvoy – Sergeant-At-Arms: It is the Sergeant at Arms’ job to prepare the meeting room as well as maintaining club property, including banner, nametags and supplies.
Dave McEvoy is a director and founder of Dmac Media. Dave has been involved in the Design industry for 13 years. Dave joined toastmasters as an already accomplished speaker but was impressed by the structure and education and development offered by Toastmasters. He has been involved in the committee in various roles over the last 4 years and continues to develop leadership skills and hone his speaking prowess.