Meeting Minutes – March 15, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”St. Patrick’s Day”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:

  • Victor Mattison, on behalf of Tom Terrific, reminded everyone that he is collecting dues now and asked everyone to pay soon.   Please see Tom to get your dues ($51) paid as soon as possible
  • Adam Kutell reported that there are a few Area 4, District 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.  The minutes of last week’s meeting incorrectly noted this as Area 8.


Committee Reports:

  • Susan McConnell reminded us that March 29 will be the Tall Tales Contest.   There are already a eight speakers confirmed.  She is looking for a vote counter and chief judge.  Please contact Susan if you can help.
  • Sarah Pitkin made a motion that the “bring a guest” event be scheduled for April 19.   The motion was approved. Sarah will coordinate details and food plans.


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


New Business:

  • Grace Crips applied for membership.   Her application was reviewed.   There was a motion, seconded, that she be admitted as a member.  The motion was approved.   Welcome Grace!   Alan Kirby will serve as her mentor.



  • 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.
  • Susan McConnell congratulated Alan Kirby and Erin Gissel for winning the Area 4 contest last weekend.   The next competition, in which Alan and Erin will compete, is scheduled for April 22 in Ste. Genevieve.   Susan will send more detail via email
  • Jim Bubash, a/k/a “Junior Terrific,” reminded everyone that there are 15 members who have not yet paid.  Please get these payments in.


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Susan McConnell
Greeter: Carl Hendrickson
Invocator / CLE: Ginny Foster
Grammarian: Phil Gawlak  “Slainte”
Time Keeper: Kathy Denton
Vote Counter: Joumana Palusci
Ah Counter: Debbie Young
Camera Operator: Steve Winheim
Table Topics: Sera Jennings
General Evaluator: Rich Puskarich
Joke Master: Steve Winheim


Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Jim Schaper Alan Kirby
2 Geoff King Jim Salih
3 Kate Schafroth Jim Bubash
4 Sera Jennings Jack Bettag




Most Improved: Jim Schaper
Best Table Topics: Sarah Pitkin
Best Evaluator: Alan Kirby
Best Speaker: Jim Schaper



Meeting Rating:                                     9.3 out of 10


Meeting Adjourned:                           9:00 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
Crips, Grace
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 49 members – 46.9% (last week – 43.8%, YTD – 51.3%)


Attendance Streaks for 2017:


11 consecutive meetings (4 tied):


  • Adam Kutell
  • Victor Mattison
  • Susan McConnell
  • Debbie Young



8 consecutive meetings:

  • Kate Schafroth


7 consecutive meetings

  • Phil Gawlak


  • Grace Crips, repeat visitor at the start of the meeting and member at the end of the meeting


Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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