Meeting Minutes – March 22, 2017

Meeting Date:                   March 22, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Goofing Off”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:

  • Please continue to remember 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 Kutell advised that there has been some direction from the International Club that we discontinue, or greatly reduce, the use of “…and I look forward to hearing your next speech…” at the end of our evaluations.  It is believed that this is overused and therefore of diminished impact.


Committee Reports:

  • Susan McConnell reminded us that March 29 will be the Tall Tales Contest.   The speeches must be between 3-5 minutes long (confirmed in the rule book after the meeting).  There are already eight speakers confirmed.  All support roles are filled.  Thanks!   Please invite friends and guests.


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


New Business:                  None



  • Reminder – Alan Kirby and Erin Gissel, each a winner of the recent Area 4 contest will compete, April 22 in Ste. Genevieve.   Tom Terrific moved that the club pay the “all members can attend free” free of $45.  This proposal was seconded and approved so all can attend without cost and enjoy what is now, truly, a free lunch – provided to all that attend.
  • Adam Kutell advised that there are to be some changes to the District 8 conference schedules starting next year.   In the past there was a District 8 conference in both the spring and fall.  The fall conference will remain in 2017 but, thereafter, will be discontinued.   There will continue to be Division A conferences in the fall, just not District 8 conferences.    Spring conferences will continue for District 8.
  • Susan McConnell reminded everyone that Tim Sullivan and his wife had their baby this week.  She purchased a card which she asked everyone to sign.  Congratulations, Tim!


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Rich Puskarich
Greeter: Howard Brandt
Invocator / CLE: Steve Winnheim
Grammarian: Phil Gawlak         “Jupe”
Time Keeper: Gary Brown
Vote Counter: Debbie Young
Ah Counter: Judy Sowers
Camera Operator: Victor Mattison
Table Topics: Kate Schafroth
General Evaluator: Ginny Foster
Joke Master: Victor Mattison


Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Susan McConnell Jerry Paul
2 Kate Schafroth Tom Terrific
3 Susan Carrillo George Kiser
4 None None




Most Improved: Kate Schafroth
Best Table Topics: Adam Kutell
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Susan McConnell



Meeting Rating:                                9.5 out of 10


Meeting Adjourned:                      8:45 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:    18 of 49 members – 36.7% (last week – 46.9%, YTD – 50.1%)


Attendance Streaks for 2017:


12 consecutive meetings (4 tied):


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

9 consecutive meetings:

  • Kate Schafroth


8 consecutive meetings

  • Phil Gawlak

Visitors:                None



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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