Meeting Minutes – May 5, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Spring and New Beginnings”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:

  • Adam Kutell announced there will be an Officer’s Meeting next week at 6:30


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.   Tom Terrific said that he has registered all that told him they were going.  If you still want to go please let Tom know so he can get you registered under the club’s account so you don’t have to separately pay.
  • Sarah Pitkin reminded us that April 19 is the Bring a Guest day and she passed out a sign-up sheep for people to note what food they’re brining.  Please let her know if you’re coming and what food you can bring, if any
  • Dave Domian said he’s thinking about doing a club BBQ again.  No date is set but he asked for volunteers that can help.
  • Susan McConnell’s gospel singing group is having a concert on April 22.    She shared flyers with anyone interested.  If you want more information please contact Susan.
  • Tom Terrific shared a great new tool for those interested in filming their speeches.   Using an adapter he purchased you can record your speech using your smart phone instead via an SD card.  Great new option, Tom.


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Dave Domian
Greeter: Howard Brandt
Invocator / CLE: Judy Sowers
Grammarian: Geoff King         “Auspicious”
Time Keeper: Sera Jennings
Vote Counter: Phil Gawlak
Ah Counter: Joumana Palusci
Camera Operator: Tom Terrific
Table Topics: Alan Kirby
General Evaluator: Victor Mattison
Joke Master: Kathy Denton


Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 James Graves Kate Schafroth
2 Ginny Foster Stacy Duncan
3 Jerry Paul Susan McConnell
4 Jim Salih Adam Kutell




Most Improved: James Graves
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Kate Schafroth
Best Speaker: Jerry Paul



Meeting Rating:                                9.7 out of 10


Meeting Adjourned:                      9:05 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 Figures:


This week: 46.9%
YTD average: 48.6%
YTD highest weekly % (January 25, 2017) 60.4%
YTD lowest weekly % (March 22, 2017) * 36.7%

* Excludes contest dates



Attendance Streaks for 2017 (top 5 streaks):


Current Streak Attendance:
14 Kutell, Adam
14 Mattison, Victor
14 McConnell, Susan
11 Schafroth, Kate
9 Denton, Kathy
3 Terrific, Tom
2 Salih, Jim
2 Jennings, Sera
2 Graves, James


75% Attendance YTD:


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 14 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 14 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 14 100.0%
Young, Debbie 13 92.9%
Terrific, Tom 13 92.9%
Denton, Kathy 13 92.9%
Brandt, Howard 12 85.7%
Schafroth, Kate 12 85.7%
Puskarich, Rich 11 78.6%
Foster, Ginny 11 78.6%
Gawlak, Phil 11 78.6%



  • Mark Esswein, 1st time visitor, asked to be considered for membership next week
  • Kelsey Bennett, 1st time visitor, guest of Joumana Palusci’s



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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