Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Balloon Animals”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:      Minutes from last week’s meeting were reviewed and approved.


New Business:                  None


  • Rich Puskarich reminded everyone about our club’s International Speech and Evaluation contest to be held next week, February 8.  There are two registered participants in the Evaluator’s Contest and three in the international Speaker Contest.  Rich asked for volunteers for a number of roles which are required to manage the event.  Please contact Rich for more details.
  • Adam Kutell recognized Brian Ettling who is moving to Portland, OR and is attending his final meeting as a member of SCTM.  He gave him a framed certificate recognizing his attainment of his ACB Award and read a letter that Brian received from Toastmasters International.
  • Brian Ettling offered thanks to the club members for the great experience he had as a part of SCTM.   He recognized Adam Kutell, Rob Van Winkle and Tom Terriffic for their extraordinary support and presented each with a gift.
  • Susan McConnell brought cookies and presented Brian Ettling with a card.  She invited anyone who can to join at Delaney’s for an after meeting drink.
  • Adam Kutell – Officer’s manuals are available for those who want one.  There will be an informal meeting after tonight’s meeting to discuss ideas
  • Victor Mattison shared that there is an expanded attendance record which is shared with everyone by way of a link in the minutes.   This includes total weeks attended, longest personal streak and longest attendance streak club-wise.


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Tom Terrific
Greeter: Nancy Haparimwi
Invocator / CLE: Gina Willard
Grammarian: Stacy Duncan “Ardent”
Time Keeper: Tim Sullivan
Vote Counter: Howard Brandt
Ah Counter: Steve Winheim
Camera Operator: James Graves
Table Topics: Kate Schafroth
General Evaluator: Susan McConnell
Joke Master: Phil Gawlak



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Jim Schaper Jim Salih
2 Debbie Young Judy Sowers
3 Gary Brown Susan Carrillo
4 Victor Mattison Sera Jennings





Most Improved: Debbie Young
Best Table Topics: Ginny Foster
Best Evaluator: Jim Salih
Best Speaker: Debbie Young


Meeting Rating:                99.9%


Meeting Adjourned:      8:50 PM


Members Present:



Bettag, Jack
Bettag, Steve
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Budd, Tim
Carter, Jack
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:  25 of 48 members – 52.1% (last week – 60.4%, YTD – 54.4%)


Attendance Streaks for 2017:

6 tied with 5 consecutive meetings:

  • Howard Brandt
  • Adam Kutell
  • Victor Mattison
  • Susan McConnell
  • Tom Terrific
  • Debbie Young

3 tied with 4 consecutive meetings:

  • Sera Jennings
  • Jim Schaper
  • Steve Winheim



  • Ryan Richardet, repeat visitor



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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