Our Open Meeting on Wednesday 27th February was a great success. What struck me very forcibly in listening to the contributions at topics and also the three stage speeches, was the extent to which the Toastmasters organization provides members with the opportunity to develop their own personality and discover hidden strengths. This was particularly evident in the speeches by Lisa Rodriguez and Graham Dunne in which each, in their own ways, showed how they had grown and diversified their skills through their membership of Toastmasters. We then heard a masterful speech by Division Director Barry Lane which built on the story of the Wizard of Oz to show how the things we desire are often available to us if we can only recognize the opportunities.

Toastmasters is all about getting used to expressing yourself clearly in public. As you do so, your improved skills will help to bring out your true personality and reveal potential skills you may not have realized you possessed.

I found the evening thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to more of the same at future Viking Voices meetings. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 13th March at 8p.m. in the Bonnington Hotel. Guests are of course always most welcome, and if you missed the Open Meeting don’t worry, we’d be delighted to see you on the 13th.

John O’Flynn

Vice President PR

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