We celebrated the end of another successful Toastmasters year with a prestigious dinner on Saturday 27th June. It event which was held at Abden House for the second year running, more than satisfied the palette with personalised drinks and food which prompted general murmurings of approval.
President Neil MacLure welcomed the attendees with a special mention for Area Governor Eoin McDunphy and 2 past members Reuben Welch who was the club’s first president and Duncan Thompson a past humorous contest winner.
Between courses the entries in the Tall Tales contest provided excellent entertainment and votes were taken for true? or false?
We were regaled with a wide variety of stories :- a submarine trip to Saint Petersburg, Roman coins at the bottom of a rabbit hole, buying black market tickets for a World Cup football match, sleeping in kilts and a phone kiosk, hotel room phone sex, teaching Irish dancing to the Chinese, indoor mushroom hunting, a garden treasure trove and a British Rail sponsored nude peep show (yes really, it was true too!)
The winner of the contest is the one who cons the greatest number of the audience and Rueben did this most cleverly, winning the £30 Amazon voucher, by enticing our own imaginations take over in favour of listening to what he actually said.
The evening ended with the Toastmaster of the Year award which was presented to Paul Bailey.
In his introduction to the award the president cited Paul’s record of activity both in and outside of the club meetings, his willingness to help and advise his fellow club members and his caring attitude for the continued health of the club, a most worthy winner.
It was an excellent evening all round and one which it is hoped more members will take advantage of next year.
Dimitrijs Limonovs (Photographs)