Meeting Minutes – March 29, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Tall Tales Speech Contest

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:
  • Victor Mattison clarified a point from last week’s minutes.   The International Club has suggested (not decreed) 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.
  • Tom Terrific shared that we have 41-42 confirmed and paid renewals for the upcoming year and have about 2,400 in the bank.


Committee Reports:       None


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.  Since our club paid the $45 club fee, all club members are allowed to attend without attendance charges.  A lunch will be provided.


Meeting Roles:


Contest Manager Susan McConnell
Chief Judge: Jim Salih
Time Keepers: Tom Terrific and Kate Schafroth
Vote Counters: Debbie Young and James Graves


Contest Speakers:


1 Kathy Denton
2 Rich Puskarich
3 Adam Kutell
4 Jim Bubash
5. Carl Hendrickson
6. Victor Mattison
7. Sera Jennings




First Place: Carl Hendrickson
Second Place: Rich Puskarich
Third Place Jim Bubash



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:    16 of 49 members – 32.7% (last week – 36.7%, YTD – 48.7%)



Attendance Streaks for 2017:

13 consecutive meetings (4 tied):


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



10 consecutive meetings:

  • Kate Schafroth


8 consecutive meetings

  • Kathy Denton


75% Attendance – YTD  – NEW!


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 13 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 13 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 13 100.0%
Young, Debbie 13 100.0%
Terrific, Tom 12 92.3%
Denton, Kathy 12 92.3%
Brandt, Howard 11 84.6%
Puskarich, Rich 11 84.6%
Schafroth, Kate 11 84.6%
Foster, Ginny 10 76.9%
Gawlak, Phil 10 76.9%




  • Julius Adewunmi, member of West County Toastmasters and Competitive Speaker Club, guest of Adam Kutell



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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