Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2017

Meeting Date:                   April 19, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Spring has Spring”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:

  • Adam Kutell and Sarah Pitkin offered a special welcome to all the guests tonight.  We had 12 guests come to our meeting.
  • Susan McConnell shared that Our club has, so far this year, achieved “Select Distinguished” status by completing seven points in the distinguished club program. We can achieve up to ten points, but only need nine to achieve “Presidents Distinguished” status. To get those two remaining points, we can either:

o   Get one more CC award, AND two more CC awards after that (totaling three),  or

o   Get one more CC AND one AC (advanced communicator) bronze, silver, or gold.

So anybody who is close to completing their CC or one of their AC levels will get priority in scheduling speeches.

Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:

  • Minutes from last week’s meeting were reviewed and approved.


New Business:

  • Tom Terrific announced that Mark Esswein had submitted his application and payment for membership.  Following a brief discussion he was unanimously approved for membership.   Welcome, Mark!  Rich Puskarich has been asked to serve as his Mentor



  • May 18 there’s a Toastmaster’s event, the Alpha Toastmaster Award Ceremony and Banquet at the Jefferson City Maximum Security Prison.  The event starts at 6:00 pm.   Jim Bubash has more information but if you want to go you need to let them know by this Friday.   Please see Jim for more information.
  • Reminder – The Area 4 contest is this coming Saturday – April 22 in Ste. Genevieve.  Please let Tom know if you’ll be attending so he can get you onto the list which means you will not have to pay.  Remember, Alan Kirby and Erin Gissel, each a winner of the recent Area 4 contest will compete.
  • Dave Domian announced that the summer BBQ has been scheduled on Sunday, July 9.  More details are forthcoming as the date gets closer.   Volunteers to help are welcomed.  Please see Dave if you can help
  • Max Kaiser shared news that Charlie Simmons, a longtime member of our club, passed away in Kansas City at the age of 83.  He was active for many years and played a significant role in helping shape and grow the club.  Charlie will be missed by all those who knew him.



Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Rob VanWinkle
Greeter: Kate Schafroth
Invocator / CLE: Nancy Haparimwi
Grammarian: Adam Kutel    “Kaput”
Time Keeper: Rich Puskarich
Vote Counter: Joumana Palusci
Ah Counter: Geoff King
Camera Operator: Phil Gawlak
Table Topics: Susan McConnell
General Evaluator: Sera Jennings
Joke Master: Carl Hendrickson

Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Grace Cripps Alan Kirby
2 Sarah Pitkin Dave Domian
3 Debbie Young Tom Terrific
4 Tim Sullivan Victor Mattison




Most Improved: Debbie Young
Best Table Topics: George Kiser
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Tim Sullivan



Meeting Rating:                                9.8 out of 10


Meeting Adjourned:                      9:00  PM


Members Present:



Bettag, Jack
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Clark, Eric
Coco, Nicholas
Collier, Bill
Cripps, Grace
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
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
Palusci, Joumana
Paul, Jerry
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: 60.0%
YTD average: 49.0%
YTD highest weekly % (January 25, 2017) 60.4%
YTD lowest weekly % (March 22, 2017) * 36.7%

* Excludes contest dates


Attendance Records for 2017:


Note, the spreadsheet (via link) below includes:

  • Attendance Records from January 2017 – Present by person
  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • 75% Attendance List
  • Weekly Award Winners


Attendance Streaks for 2017 (top 5 streaks with 3 or more):


Current Streak Attendance:
16 Kutell, Adam
16 Mattison, Victor
16 McConnell, Susan
5 Terrific, Tom
3 Gawlak, Phil
3 Foster, Ginny
3 Pitkin, Sarah
3 Cripps, Grace


75% Attendance YTD:


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 16 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 16 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 16 100.0%
Young, Debbie 15 93.8%
Terrific, Tom 15 93.8%
Denton, Kathy 14 87.5%
Brandt, Howard 14 87.5%
Schafroth, Kate 13 81.3%
Foster, Ginny 13 81.3%
Gawlak, Phil 13 81.3%
Puskarich, Rich 12 75.0%

















We had 12 visitors.  Special thanks to Sarah Pitkin for organizing the event, to those that brought friends and for all that brought food to share.



Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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