Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2017

Meeting Date:                   March 1, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Spring”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:

  • Tom Terrific reminded everyone that he is collecting dues now and asked everyone to pay soon.   Ten members have already paid.  Please see Tom to get your dues ($51) paid by March 25th.


Committee Reports:       None


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


New Business:                  None



  • Susan McConnell reminded us that the last week in March will be the Tall Tales Contest.   There are already two speakers confirmed.  She will be sending an email in the next week or two asking for speakers and help.
  • The security guard at Met Life, Jeff, asked that we share that there will be an Irish Series at the Grant View Library during March.   Jeff is an opera singer and will be singing on March 8 at 2pm, March 10 is a talk on the history of the Italian community in St. Louis.    March 18 will be Irish dancing.   Information about Jeff’s singing event can be found at
  • Susan McConnell shared that we’re moving along towards completing the requirements of becoming a Distinguished Club.   She reported that we will have at least one more Competent Communicator by the end of March.
  • Sera Jennings shared how well she felt Jim Bubash did as Table Topics Master.
  • Kathy Denton asked us to keep the families of Perryville in our thoughts.
  • Adam Kutell reminded speakers to not thank the audience after a speech.  The audience should be thanking the speaker

Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Gary Brown
Invocator / CLE: Jim Graves
Grammarian: Susan McConnell
Time Keeper: Kathy Denton
Vote Counter: Susan McConnell
Ah Counter: Geoff King
Camera Operator: Tom Terrific
Table Topics: Jim Bubash
General Evaluator: Dave Domian
Joke Master: George Kiser

Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Phil Gawlak Stacy Duncan
2 Ginny Foster Erin Gissel
3 Sera Jennings Judy Sowers
4 Victor Mattison Susan Carrillo




Most Improved: Phil Gawlak
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Erin Gissel
Best Speaker: Sera Jennings


Meeting Rating:                                                9.2 out of 10


Meeting Adjourned:                                      9:00

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:  21 of 48 members – 43.8% (last week – 54.2%, YTD – 52.7%)


Attendance Streaks for 2017:


9 consecutive meetings (6 tied):


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



7 consecutive meetings:

  • Stacy Duncan


6 consecutive meetings (2 tied)

  • Ginny Foster
  • Kate Schafroth



  • Eric Clark, repeat visitor


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