Committee Members

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 IBrian Fallon rsnnisfree 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.

D O'Brien PresidentDave 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.

SElf 2016 005Maurice has been a Toastmaster for over 12 years and has served as Vice President Public Relations, President, Assistant Area Director and as Area Director.
Maurice works as a solicitor in Sligo town in his own firm of Maurice Galvin Solicitor. He  finds being a member of Toastmasters an invaluable aid to his every day work in the legal world as it provides him with the opportunity to constantly practice and refine his speaking skills. Maurice says that to be a competent speaker you must continually practice and Toastmasters provides the ideal forum for anyone wishing to learn to speak before an audience with confidence. Maurice says that people who speak well before an audience can make it look as if it is easy, but in reality they constantly practice their speaking skills to achieve this skill. As  Mark Twain said- “it takes me three weeks to write an impromptu speech” !

 

John Heraghty – Vice President Membership (VPM): The VPM plans and directs programmes to retain and increase club membership.

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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 Cuffe rsCaroline 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.

DDave Mcevoy pic resave 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.

News

Until next time…
Our final meeting of the 2016/2017 year took place on Wednesday 7th June in the Sligo Park Hotel. It was another very enjoyable meeting and we also had our AGM on the night where we elected members to fill the various committee roles for the coming year.

Our first meeting back for the 2017/2018 year will be on Wednesday 6th of September commencing at 8pm sharp in the Sligo Park Hotel.

If you wish to make contact with Innisfree Toastmasters at any stage you may contact our Club President Ronnie Gillanders on 087-9893067.
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Open Night
An Open Night was held by Innisfree Toastmasters on Wednesday 15th February in the Sligo Park Hotel.
A number of guests came along on the night to see how the club works and how anyone can benefit from the skills we develop as Toastmasters,
Skills such as communication and leadership are learned by all members as they go through their Toastmasters journey.
Guests are welcome at all of our meetings.
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And we’re back…
Our first meeting of 2017 was held on Wed 4th Jan and it was a fun filled night of speaking and indeed some reminiscing as Joss gave us a wonderful talk about “The song that takes you back” and we were treated to the song in question.
I look forward to this becoming a regular feature at our meetings as I am quite sure that all members will have a favourite song which takes them back.
Your Club President, Brian Fallon
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Happy New Year
Happy New Year and welcome fellow Toastmasters to a brand new year. I hope this year brings all that you hope for.
The start of a new year can often be a time for goal setting and a nice quote that I read recently and which you might follow throughout the year is:
“Eat when you are hungry,
Drink when you are thirsty,
And sing and dance as often as you can”
I look forward to seeing you all again this year and to lots more exciting meetings.
Your Club President, Brian Fallon
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Club Competition:
We had our club contest night on Wednesday 5th October. The contests which took place on the night were the Humorous Speech & Table Topics.
Winners on the night were Owen Greene, Tony Monaghan and Eddie McGurrin. We wish them all the best for the next stage of the competition.
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Open Night:
We had a wonderful open night on Wednesday 21st September. All of our guests on the night got an opportunity to come and see a meeting in progress.
Guests are welcome to come to any meeting of Innisfree Toastmasters including our competition nights, bring a friend and chat to us over a cup of tea at the break.
All our meetings commence at 8pm in the Sligo Park Hotel on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month. We always welcome guests to our meetings, no need to let us know you are coming, just show up and enjoy!
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Club Meetings

Innisfree Toastmasters meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September through to June of each year at the Sligo Park Hotel from 8pm to 10pm.

Our upcoming meetings for 2017/2018:

September – 6th & 20th
October – 4th & 18th
November – 1st & 15th
December – 6th & 20th
January – 3rd & 17th
February – 7th & 21st
March – 7th & 21st
April – 4th & 18th
May – 2nd & 16th
June – 6th & 20th

Guests are always more than welcome.

Please come along to see what Innisfree Toastmasters is all about. Free to first time visitors.