New President And Committee At Tralee Toastmasters

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New President of Tralee Toastmasters James Finnegan (front and centre) with the committee and members. Seated from left; Sonia Elston, John McGillycuddy, Anne Lawlor and Joan Prendergast. Back from left; Olga Knutova, Sergey Udaltsov, Michael McEgan, Derry Butler and Paul Fitzgibbon. Photo by Dermot Crean

TRALEE Toastmasters have recently announced their new Committee for 2022/23 and the winner of their 2022 Toastmaster of the Year.

James Finnegan is the new President while Donal McCarthy is the 2022 Toastmaster of the Year.

James said; “It is a great honour to be voted Tralee Toastmaster President especially as we get off Zoom and back into the room, in a new home and celebrating our 30th anniversary throughout the year. I can promise a warm and friendly welcome for new members, former members and interested visitors.”

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Tralee Toastmasters is the oldest Toastmaster Club in Kerry celebrating its 30th anniversary in April 2023.  It will be returning to live meetings in September at a new venue of St Brendans Parish Centre.

The incoming Committee are as follows:
President: James Finnegan
Vice President Education: Anne Lawlor
Vice President Membership: Derry Butler
Vice President PR: Michael McGeeghan
Secretary: Catriona O’Regan
Treasurer: Sonia Elston
Immediate Past President: John McGilicuddy

2022 Toastmaster of the Year: Donal McCarthy

John McGillycuddy hands over the chain to incoming President of Tralee Toastmasters, James Finnegan at The Imperial Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

James Finnegan is a well known volunteer for local, national and international festivals and activities as well as being a promoter of Tralee and Kerry in media articles and programmes at home and abroad.

He is co-curator of TEDxTralee, and is currently undertaking a 1,000 Day of Walking challenge raising awareness and funds for a number of charities including Debra Ireland.

Toastmaster members follow a structured educational programme to gain skills and confidence in public and impromptu speaking, charing meetings and time management.

Toastmasters International is a not-for-profit organisation providing communication  and leadership skills since 1924 through a worldwide network of clubs.

For further details please email or visit their Facebook Page “Tralee Toastmasters”.

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