Meeting Minutes – June 7, 2017

Meeting Date:                   June 7, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:  None

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Adam Kutell, President


Officers’ Reports:            None


Committee Reports:

  • Susan McConnell shared that there is now a full slate of officers for the next term (July – December) and that we will vote on officers next week.   The slate (below) is not limiting as anyone can be nominated so any interested parties who are not part of the nominated slate are welcome to run for any position.  Please let Susan know if you’re interested or arrange to be nominated from the floor at next week’s meeting.   The nominated slate is:

o   President – Kathy Denton

o   Vice President, Education – Victor Mattison

o   Vice President, Membership – Tim Sullivan

o   Vice President, Public Relations – Phil Gawlak

o   Treasurer – Rich Puskarich

o   Secretary – Sarah Pitkin

o   Sergeant at Arms – Geoff King

o   Officer at Large – Kate Schafroth


Unfinished Business:

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


New Business:

  • Tom Terrific moved that we hold a Table Topics and Humorous Speech contest on August 30, 2017 as it will be the 5th week of the month.   The motion was approved and it was announced that Tim Sullivan and Stacy Duncan will chair the contest.



  • 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
  • Jim Bubash shared that he and Dave Domian have been working on the July 9, 2017 club picnic and that each member is asked to bring a dish to share.  The event will be held at Crestwood Park.   He further reminded everyone about a separate fundraising event (Muscular Dystrophy) featuring an excellent Spanish guitarist.  Information was passed out and he will share more about this as the date gets closer.


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Jerry Paul
Greeter: Jack Battag
Invocator / CLE: Susan McConnell
Grammarian: Mark Esswein   “blatherskate”
Time Keeper: Phil Gawlak
Vote Counter: Kate Scafroth
Ah Counter: Sera Jennings
Camera Operator: Jim Bubasch
Table Topics: Grace Cripps
General Evaluator: Alan Kirby
Joke Master: Cark Hendrickson

Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 MaryK Spencer Jim Schaper
2 Jim Salih Dave Domian
3 Kyle Hatten Susan McConnell
4 Rob Van Winkle Tom Terriffic




Most Improved: Kyle Hatten
Best Table Topics: Howard Brandt
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Kyle Hatten



Meeting Rating:                                A


Meeting Adjourned:                      9:02 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: 57.8%
YTD average: 52.3%
YTD highest weekly % (May 31, 2017) 66.7%
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:
23 Kutell, Adam
23 Mattison, Victor
23 McConnell, Susan
10 Brandt, Howard
9 Eric Clark
8 Schafroth, Kate
7 Denton, Kathy
4 Hendrickson, Carl
3 Haparimwi, Nancy
3 Cripps, Grace
3 Hatten, Kyle


75% Attendance YTD:


Member Name Total YTD YTD Attendance %
Kutell, Adam 23 100.0%
Mattison, Victor 23 100.0%
McConnell, Susan 23 100.0%
Young, Debbie 21 91.3%
Denton, Kathy 21 91.3%
Brandt, Howard 21 91.3%
Terrific, Tom 20 87.0%
Schafroth, Kate 20 87.0%
Gawlak, Phil 19 82.6%



  • Kejt Rexhepi, repeat visitor (from Italy)
  • Florencia Sepulveda, repeat visitor (from Chile)
  • Joe Spencer, husband of MaryK Spencer
  • Ryan Richardet, repeat visitor


Submitted by Victor Mattison, Secretary

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