Athy Toastmasters gets the highest level of recognition available for a club


Another year has ended for Athy Toastmasters but this year, 2019 is outstanding with a top award. 

Athy Toastmasters has achieved President's Distinguished Club – this is the highest level of recognition available for a club. We met the prerequisites required and achieved at least nine of the 10 goals. .

A statement from Athy Toastmasters said: "None of this couldn’t be possible without its members, however. In Athy Toastmasters we support and encourage each other along our Toastmaster journey and there is a tremendous ethos of this in our club.Toastmasters is a fun and enjoyable way to improve your communication and leadership skills in a positive, supportive environment A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere."

Four  members started the new Pathways educational program this year and have already completed Level 1- Johann Callaghan, Pascal Byrne, John Cagney and Karen Davis. Other achievements this year are Sean O Mahoney and Marie Conlon who both inspired us by achieving their Competent Communicator Award and David Newmark in true leadership style completed his Advanced Leadership Bronze Award. Maggie Owens, Past President, also completed her Advanced Communicator Bronze Award just recently. Deirdre Walsh and David Clinton both successfully completed 3 awards within the last year and received a Triple Crown Award. David Clinton also successfully made it through to the semi-finals speech competition representing our club.

Deirdre Walsh, as President of Athy Toastmasters said: “I'm delighted and proud of our Club. It continues to go from strength to strength. I watched each member grow and gain the confidence and belief to entertain, inspire and develop the essential speaking skills that can help them in front of any audience.”

Deirdre Walsh however, has her heart and soul in our club. She is so passionate and a great stand for everyone in the club. She wants everyone to succeed in whatever their goal is in the club.

Deirdre Walsh has achieved many awards in Athy Toastmasters Club including Competent Communicator, Competent Leadership, Bronze, Silver and Gold Advanced Communicator Awards, A Triple Crown Award, and the ultimate cherry on top, the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award. This recognition is the highest achievement you can get in Toastmasters and Deirdre is the first Athy person to achieve this highest honour.

Deirdre is full of energy, passion and determination not only has she achieved this highest honour she has also completed an IRONMAN three times. This a 3km Swim, 180km Bike and 42.2km Run. 

Athy Toastmasters celebrated their success and Deirdre Walsh’s top award, DTM recently at the Clanard Court Hotel. Among those who celebrated with the club were Cllrs Aoife Brennan, Brain Dooley and Vera Louise. We had our own mock ‘Made of Athy’ plaque made for Deirdre which was unveiled by Colm Walsh and her father, Nick Walsh. Deirdre was presented with a ‘book of your life’ beautifully made by Maggie Owens and Bridie Corrigan. It contained memorable wishes from all the Athy Toastmasters members with photographs and beautiful inspirational quotes. Brendan O Rourke presented Deirdre with an incredible caricature drawing and to top the evening off, Maggie Owens arranged a surprise video from Deirdre Walsh’s top idol, Katie Taylor, who congratulated her on her major achievements and who wished her the best of luck with Ironman in Cork this June 23rd.

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