Meeting Minutes – March 8, 2017

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

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 as soon as possible
  • Adam Kutell reported that there are a few Area 8 membership contests coming up during the balance of the 1st and 2nd quarter.   We have an opportunity to earn money for the club – details here:   Adam will be sending additional details shortly


Committee Reports:

  • Susan McConnell reminded us that March 29 will be the Tall Tales Contest.   There are already a number of speakers confirmed.  She will be sending an email in the next week asking for speakers and help as she has several roles yet to fill.  Please contact Susan if you can help.
  • Susan McConnell shared that the Area 4 contest is March 11 (next Saturday) and that Alan Kirby and Erin Gissel are participating.  The doors open at 1:30, briefings begin at 2:00 and the contest is supposed to start at 2:30.   Please try to make it and get there early.
  • Sarah Pitkin shared an excellent idea to promote growth of the club. She proposed that we pick a date on which everyone is encouraged to bring a guest.  We would plan some food and refreshments to make the guests feel more welcome.   The idea was well received and Sarah said she would send a note asking for suggested days.


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.
  • Tom Terrific said butterfly season is upon us and said he had seeds if anyone is interested.
  • Susan McConnell will be working on the April schedule next week.  Please let her know if you have any scheduling needs or preferences


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Sarah Pitkin
Greeter: Gary Brown
Invocator / CLE: Tom Terrific
Grammarian: Adam Kutell  “Loquacious”
Time Keeper: Jim Graves
Vote Counter: Pati Pellerito
Ah Counter: Jim Salih
Camera Operator: Dave Domian
Table Topics: Nancy Haparimwi
General Evaluator: Susan McConnell
Joke Master: Phil Gawlak


Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Debbie Young Robert VanWinkle
2 Victor Mattison Carl Hendrickson
3 Kathy Denton Alan Kirby




Most Improved: Debbie Young
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Robert VanWinkle
Best Speaker: Victor Mattison



Meeting Rating:                                                9.5 out of 10


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:    21  of 48 members – 43.8% (last week – 43.8%, YTD – 51.8%)



Attendance Streaks for 2017:


10 consecutive meetings (6 tied):


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



7 consecutive meetings:

  • Kate Schafroth


6 consecutive meetings (2 tied)

  • Phil Gawlak


  • Grace Cripps, 1st time visitor
  • Scott Paneitz, 1st time visitor, friend of Debbie Young



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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