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 2017 – 2018

Ronnie Gillanders – President

A founder member of the club, Ronnie has been a driving force behind Toastmasters in Sligo, when he is not line dancing in Nashville or hosting parties in his log-cabin overlooking Sligo Bay, known fondly by some members as The Doghouse

 

 

 

 

Brian Fallon – 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.

Brian joineBrian Fallon rsd 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.

 

 

 

Kieran Timmons – 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.

Kieran has been a Toastmaster for about 20 years and has served as President, Secretary, IT Support and Area Director in Engineers Club in Dublin.  A keen supporter of Easy-speak (www.pss.toastmasterclub.org) he has introduced the Toastmaster Management application to PSS.  This application helps clubs to organise and run meetings and keeps track of speech progress and the other roles we offer members in our club.

 

We hope to have the system fully up to date and all members using it by the end of this season.

 

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.

 

 

Jonathan Geraghty – 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.


 

Anthony Kinnane – Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for club financial policies, procedures and controls. He collects subscriptions and maintains records. He also produces financial reports for the club and receives and disburses all club funds.

A keen distance runner, Anthony can be seen racing up Knocknarea on is days off.

 

 

 

 

Angela Farrell – 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.

News

EUROPE DIRECT SOAPBOX CONTEST 2017:

Photo: Eddie, Kieran and Jonathan of PSS

This years national final was won by our own Public Speakers Sligo representative Kieran Timmons who took first place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham opposing the motion “Brexit – Ireland’s opportunity”.  Kieran learned his public speaking skill in Toastmasters!

Open Night

Our 2nd open night will take place on Wednesday 17th January 2018 in the Sligo Park Hotel.  We welcome all comers to sample a Toastmaster meeting.  No need to book, just come along at 8pm.   We had lots of guests at our last open night who came along to find out what we do and how we can people help overcome the fear of public speaking as well as build confidence in all areas of life. Guests are always welcome at our meetings.

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All change

We have changed our club name to Public Speakers Sligo. We feel that this name very clearly promotes what our club is about.  So we say a fond farewell to Innisfree Toastmasters and a warm welcome to Public Speakers Sligo – PSS for short. We are still part of Toastmasters International which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people become better communicators and leaders.  If you want to know more about our club and how it can help you why not come along to one of our meetings. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the Sligo Park Hotel.

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Until next time…

Our final meeting of the 2017 half of the season is on 20th December and we will return on the 3rd of January to the beautifully refurbished Sligo Park Hotel.

If you wish to make contact with PSS Toastmasters at any stage please contact our Club President Ronnie Gillanders on 087-989 3067.