Meeting Minutes – January 4, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”New Year”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President

Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:


  • James Bubash – Christmas party went well. Budget was $200 and we spent $203.   Thankfully we collected donations of $180 so the net expense to the club was $23.
  • Jim Salih – Spent $5.42 for a new microphone clip against an approved budget of $15.00.  This clip is easier to use that the last one.  Please see Jim if you need help using it.


New Business:

  • Susan McConnell – Club Officer Training is upcoming on Saturday, January 14.  This is important for club officers but there are interesting learning opportunities for all club members.  Hopefully we will have many members attend.  The event will be held at Webster University from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  You may register via
  • Adam Kutell – Thanked each of the outgoing officers for their dedicated work on behalf of the club.   He welcomed the new officers (see list below), including himself, and gave each her/his charge.
  • Officers for January – June, 2017:


President: Adam Kutell
VP of Education: Susan McConnell
VP of Membership: Gary Brown
VP of Public Relations: Sarah Pitkin
Treasurer: Tom Terrific
Secretary: Victor Mattison
Sergeant at Arms Sera Jennings
Officer at Large Stacy Duncan



  • Susan McConnell and Adam Kutell – Area 4 contest is February 18 – International Speech and Evaluation Contest.  We hope to have our contest in late January or early February
  • Susan McConnell – congratulations to Brian Ettling on receiving his Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award

Unfinished Business:      None


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Susan McConnell
Greeter: Pati Pellerito
Invocator / CLE: Gary Brown
Grammarian: Rich Puskarich  (“Launch”)
Time Keeper: Kathy Denton
Vote Counter: Ginny Foster
Ah Counter: Judy Sowers
Camera Operator: Tim Sullivan
Table Topics: Joumana Palusci
Gen Evaluator: Bill Collier
Joke Master: Nick Coco



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Geoff King Dave Domian
2 James Bubash Steve Battag
3 Brian Ettling Kate Schafroth
4 None




Most Improved: Geoff King
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Dave Domian
Best Speaker: Brian Ettling


Meeting Rating:                                9.4


Meeting Adjourned:      8:55 PM


Members Present:



Bettag, Jack
Bettag, Steve
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Budd, Tim
Carrillo, Susan
Coco, Nicholas
Collier, Bill
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Ettling, Brian
Foster, Ginny
Gissel, Erin C.
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hendrickson, Carl
Jennings, Sera
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Nelson, Mark
Osborn II, Robert
Palusci, Joumana
Paul, Jerry
Pellerito, Pati
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie



Attendance:                                       26 of 46 members – 56.5%


Attendance Records for 2017:    Available online – ask Victor.


Attendance Streaks for 2017:     26 tied with 1 consecutive meeting




  • Jason Murphy, formerly a member.  May come back into the club
  • Phil Gawlak, has attended a few meetings and the holiday party.  Plans to join next week


Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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