Meeting Minutes – May 24, 2017


Meeting Date:                   May 24, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  ”Memorial Day, Our Heroes and Their Sacrifices”

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:       None


Unfinished Business:

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


New Business:

  • Kathy Denton was awarded her 2nd Competent Communicator Award, Congratulations, Kathy!
  • Victor Mattison was awarded his Competent Communicator Award, Congratulations, Vic!



  • Susan McConnell reminded everyone that there will be a speech marathon on May 31, the last Wednesday of the month.   All roles have been assigned.
  • Susan McConnell reminded us that a new slate of officers will be elected in early July.  If anyone has an interest in serving in any particular role please let her know.
  • Susan McConnell shared that Erin Gissel was awarded first place in the District 8 Evaluation Contest.   Congratulations, Erin!   She also encouraged all members to consider going to these events and contests as they’re very interesting
  • The next TLI session will be June 24 from 8:00 – 12:00 at Webster University.   It will include officer training, networking breakfast, breakout sessions and a raffle.   Please see Adam for more details
  • Kyle Hatten, back from the University of Missouri for the summer re-joined the club.  Welcome back, Kyle!


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Carl Hendrickson
Greeter: Grace Cripps
Invocator / CLE: Susan McConnell
Grammarian: Jim Salih and Kate Schafroth “ Harum Scarum “
Time Keeper: Jack Battag
Vote Counter: Kyle Hatten
Ah Counter: Eric Clark
Camera Operator: Tom Terrific
Table Topics: Nancy Haparimwi
General Evaluator: Kathy Denton
Joke Master: Ginny Foster

Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Mark Esswein Jerry Paul
2 Bill Collier Debbie Young
3 Victor Mattison Adam Kutell
4 Kate Schafroth Geoff King




Most Improved: Geoff King
Best Table Topics: Max Kaiser
Best Evaluator: Adam Kutell
Best Speaker: Victor Mattison



Meeting Rating:                                                9.3 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
Hatten, Kyle
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
Spencer, Mary Kay
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie



Attendance Figures:


This week: 53.3%
YTD average: 51.4%
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 (NEW)
  • Weekly Award Winners  (NEW)


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


Current Streak Attendance:
21 Kutell, Adam
21 Mattison, Victor
21 McConnell, Susan
8 Brandt, Howard
7 Young, Debbie
7 Eric Clark
6 Schafroth, Kate
6 King, Geoff
6 Esswein, Mark
5 Denton, Kathy
4 Terrific, Tom
4 Salih, Jim


75% Attendance YTD:


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 21 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 21 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 21 100.0%
Young, Debbie 20 95.2%
Terrific, Tom 19 90.5%
Denton, Kathy 19 90.5%
Brandt, Howard 19 90.5%
Schafroth, Kate 18 85.7%
Gawlak, Phil 17 81.0%
Foster, Ginny 16 76.2%



  • Kejt Rexhepi, guest of Victor Mattison, first time visitor (from Italy)
  • Florencia Sepulveda, guest of Victor Mattison, first time visitor (from Chile)
  • James Childress, Director, District 8


Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary


One thought on “Meeting Minutes – May 24, 2017

  1. Thanks for the minutes.  I do think it would be nice if there was a place to record suggestions, such as the ones from the GE evaluation.  Not to specific people, but any for the entire club.  More specifically, last night I pointed out that it is helpful if people respond to the TM’s request for confirmation of attendance promptly to avoid creating work for the TM and GE.  Thanks again, minutes can be a tough job and I appreciate that you do them.Kathy D

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