Ballincollig hotel is the toast of special club
A landmark Co Cork hotel has been presented with a special certificate for its role in hosting one of the world’s most successful clubs.
Ballincollig’s award-winning Powdermills Toastmasters, which tomorrow night holds a special Open Night for interested members of the public, has been meeting for many years in the town’s well-known Oriel House Hotel.
The club recently decided to mark this long and happy relationship by presenting the manager of the Oriel House Hotel, Ronan Fahy, with a framed “Club Venue Identification” bearing the Toastmasters logo, to be displayed in the hotel foyer, identifying the hotel as the official meeting venue of Powdermills Toastmasters.
The popular organisation, which has been running since the mid-1990s in Ballincollig boasts about 30 members aged from those in their early 20s to those in their 70s.
Club vice-president Des Meade says the Powdermills club wants to expand its membership, adding that the regular meetings take place at Oriel House Hotel every second Wednesday at 8pm. It is holding a special Open Night tomorrow at 8pm to give interested members of the public an opportunity to see what Toastmasters is all about.
“This is a designated open night for the public to call in and find out what we are about, and how joining Toastmasters would benefit them.
“We welcome everyone,” says Mr Meade, he said, adding that admission is free and that new arrivals do not have to speak and can just see how they too could increase their self-confidence when it comes to addressing an audience.
“Being in Toastmasters really enhances your skills when it comes to any kind of public speaking, whether it’s at a conference, making a presentation or even just speaking with confidence during meetings in the workplace.
“These skills are very valuable to people of all ages and I would think that Toastmasters in general gives people the self-confidence to stand in front of any audiences and deliver.”