Meeting Minutes – May 31, 2017

Meeting Date:                   May 31, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Speech Marathon

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 with an amendment as noted in Announcements below.


New Business:                  None



  • Susan McConnell reminded us that a new slate of officers will be installed in early July.  If anyone has an interest in serving in any particular role please let her know.  Note, this is a correction from last week’s minutes which incorrectly stated that a “new slate of officers would be elected in early July.”  The election will precede the early July installation of the new officers.
  • 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
  • Victor Mattison announced that this week was the highest attendance of any week in 2017 (66.7).  Great job and thanks to all who continue to make an effort to regularly attend.  The meetings and the experience for all members is better when we have robust participation.


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Victor Mattison
Greeter: Judy Sowers
Invocator / CLE: George Kiser
Time Keeper: James Graves
Vote Counter: Eric Clark
Camera Operator: Tim Sullivan
Joke Master: MaryK Spencer








Speakers and Evaluators – Group 1:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Ginny Foster Stacy Duncan
2 Phil Gawlak Grace Cripps
3 Kate Schafroth Susan Carrillo
4 Susan McConnell Steve Winheim

Speakers and Evaluators – Group 2:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Dave Domian Rob Van Winkle
2 Geoff King Jim Schaper
3 Carl Hendirckson Erin Gissel




Best Speaker – Group 1: Susan McConnell
Best Speaker – Group 2: Geoff King



Meeting Rating:                                                9.7 out of 10                       (heavily based on high attendance)


Meeting Adjourned:                      8:55 PM






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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: 66.7%
YTD average: 52.1%
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:
22 Kutell, Adam
22 Mattison, Victor
22 McConnell, Susan
9 Brandt, Howard
8 Young, Debbie
8 Eric Clark
7 Schafroth, Kate
7 King, Geoff
6 Denton, Kathy
3 Hendrickson, Carl
3 Stewart, Brent
3 Foster, Ginny


75% Attendance YTD:


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 22 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 22 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 22 100.0%
Young, Debbie 21 95.5%
Denton, Kathy 20 90.9%
Brandt, Howard 20 90.9%
Terrific, Tom 19 86.4%
Schafroth, Kate 19 86.4%
Gawlak, Phil 18 81.8%
Foster, Ginny 17 77.3%



  • Kejt Rexhepi, guest of Victor Mattison, repeat visitor (from Italy)
  • Florencia Sepulveda, guest of Victor Mattison, repeat visitor (from Chile)


Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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