Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”What’s Cooking?”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:


  • Adam Kutell moved that our club’s International Speech and Evaluation Contest be held on February 8.  The motion was seconded by Tim Budd and it was unanimously approved.
  • Susan McConnell reminded everyone about the Club Officer Training on Saturday, January 14and advised that anyone going register in advance –  This is important for club officers but there are interesting learning opportunities for all club members.  The event will be held at Webster University from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
  • Jim Salih advised that the new microphone pinch-clip has an on-off switch.  Those with questions about its use should see Jim.


New Business:

  • Adam Kutell advised that Phil Gawlak had submitted his application for membership.  After Phil and guests were escorted from the room his application was discussed and his candidacy for membership was unanimously approved.  Jim Salih was asked to serve as his mentor.  Welcome, Phil!
  • Tom Terrific shared that Jim Schaper, who had been a member 8-9 years ago, had submitted his application and fees and was re-activated as a member.  Welcome back, Jim.




  • Kathy Denton announced that the university has asked her to participate on a panel to discuss new technology in cyber security.  This event is scheduled for October 2017.

Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Tim Sullivan
Greeter: Tim Budd
Invocator / CLE: Jim Salih
Grammarian: Susan McConnell  (“Process”)
Time Keeper: Robert Osborn/Nick Coco
Vote Counter: Brian Ettling
Ah Counter: Sarah Pitkin
Camera Operator: Geoff King
Table Topics: Sera Jennings
General Evaluator: Robert Van Winkle
Joke Master: Howard Brandt



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 James Graves George Kiser
2 Debbie Young Tim Budd
3 Ginny Foster Alan Kirby
4 Susan Carillo Jerry Paul




Most Improved: Debbie Young
Best Table Topics: Kathy Denton
Best Evaluator: George Kiser
Best Speaker: Debbie Young


Meeting Rating:                 A-


Meeting Adjourned:      9:03 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
Gawlak, Phil
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
Schaper, Jim
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie



Attendance:  26 of 48 members – 54.2% (last week – 56.5%, YTD – 55.32%)


Attendance Records for 2017:   Available Online

Attendance Streaks for 2017:     14 tied with 2 consecutive meetings


  • Jim Schaper, formerly a member, attended as a guest but was later re-confirmed as a member
  • Julie McEntire, attended her first meeting
  • Quinten Anderson, attended his first meeting

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