Meeting Minutes – January 18, 2016

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Ice Ice Baby”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:


  • Jim Salih reported that the wireless microphone is now working. Anyone that is interested to use it should come early to learn how to use it and to get it all setup.   Thanks to Sarah Pitkin for granting the club a non-perpetual license to use her equipment.  We’ll enjoy it as long as she is willing to let us use it.   Jim also demonstrated the function of the new microphone clip and reminded us that there is an ON/OFF switch on the microphone itself.


New Business:                  None


  • Kathy Denton sent a clarification to last week’s minutes regarding her panel discussion.  It is to be held on October 19 at Washington University.  The specific date and university were omitted from the last minutes.
  • Please remember that the Club Officer Training is in 10 daysSaturday, January 28 at First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester.   Please register in advance –  If this link does not work properly please let Adam Kutell know as it seems to be a little flaky.   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.
  • Max Kaiser advised that there are judging opportunities available for the 2017 Gorlok Gala Speech Tournament on January 27-29, 2017.   The tournament is going to be held at Webster University.   Anyone interested to learn more should contact Max.  Information about the tournament is available at
  • Susan McConnell informed everyone that she is working on the February schedule and asked that any requests or special considerations be shared with her by this coming Saturday.



Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Erin Gissel
Greeter: James Graves
Invocator / CLE: Susan McConnell
Grammarian: Stacy Duncan “Hibernate”
Time Keeper: Pati Pellerito
Vote Counter: Nancy Haparimwi
Ah Counter: Sera Jennings
Camera Operator: Jim Salih
Table Topics: Steve Bettag
General Evaluator: Steve Winheim
Joke Master: Robert Osborn



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Adam Kutell Gina Willard
2 Victor Mattison Carl Hendrickson
3 Kathy Denton Tom Terrific
4 None None




Most Improved: Victor Mattison
Best Table Topics: Sera Jennings
Best Evaluator: Carl Hendrickson
Best Speaker: Adam Kutell


Meeting Rating:                                A+


Meeting Adjourned:                      9:00 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
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:  23 of 47 members – 48.9% (last week – 54.2%, YTD – 53.2%)

Attendance Streaks for 2017:     8 tied with 3 consecutive meetings:

  • Gary Brown
  • Kathy Denton
  • Adam Kutell
  • Victor Mattison
  • Susan McConnell
  • Jim Salih
  • Tom Terrific
  • Debbie Young




  • Katy Traylor, 1st meeting
  • Ryan Richardet, 1st meeting, friend of Sera Jennings
  • Sean Kelly, 1st meeting, co-worker of AR



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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