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BRAY Toastmasters cel­e­brated 35 years of pub­lic speak­ing at an event last Saturday night in the Esplanade Ho­tel.

Past mem­bers min­gled with new mem­bers and ev­ery­one rem­i­nisced and danced the night away. Mem­bers of neigh­bour­ing clubs came along to con­grat­u­late Bray on their an­niver­sary, and there were a host of past pres­i­dents there on the night. The group meets at the Esplanade Ho­tel ev­ery Monday evening at 8 p.m. and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come. Any­one pay­ing a visit to find out more would not be ex­pected to speak. Part of the Toastmasters In­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion, they work to­gether to pro­vide a friendly, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, where peo­ple can learn to develop their speak­ing skills.

Of their mem­ber­ship of around 25 peo­ple, some are very ex­pe­ri­enced Toastmasters, who pro­vide valu­able cri­tique for newer mem­bers.

New mem­bers al­ways bring with them new ideas for speeches and more en­hanced level of tech­ni­cal skills. This guar­an­tees that the meet­ings are in­for­ma­tive, up to date and in­ter­ac­tive. Most im­por­tantly the meet­ings are about hav­ing fun, whilst de­vel­op­ing speak­ing skills.

New mem­bers work through a pro­gramme of 10 speeches, start­ing with a short speech, the Ice Breaker Speech, for just 4 min­utes. Work­ing your way through power point pre­sen­ta­tions, speeches to per­suade and speeches to in­spire your au­di­ence.

Ed­die Dun­phy, Tessa Bond, Tony Bond and Phillip Devonport.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers Laura Costello, Karl He­witt, Pres­i­dent Lynda Mooney,

Claire and Tom Fo­ley.

Colin King and Bren­dan Haughton, Wick­low Toastmasters.

Paddy Lavelle and An­nemarie Cooke.

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