Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                    September 6, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: ”Work Day”

Meeting Location:            Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Kathy Denton, President

Officers’ Reports:

  • Victor Mattison announced Stacy Duncan has agreed to help him introduce new members to mentors and Mark Esswein for also helping out get a program started and improve the mentoring program
  • Rich Puskarich reminded everyone that TM renewals are due. Please give Rich a check for $51 made out to South County Toastmasters
  • Geoff announced area contest this Saturday at 4 at the Grant’s View Library – details below:

Committee Reports:         NONE

Unfinished Business:

  • Jim Salih stated that his one concern about the upcoming Youth Leadership Program is that it may be inundated with too many adults in attendance which could possibly intimidate the youth who are taking the classes. Most parents will be in attendance because they have no other place to go once they drop off their children, so he is asking that any curious Toastmasters wanting to attend should check with him first. The idea is not to discourage attendance by TMs, but to make sure that the children don’t get overly nervous by too many adults in attendance. We all know what getting nervous before a speech is like.

New Business:

  • Adam Kutell announced that Erin Gissel placed first in his other club’s contest (competitive club) and he got second place


  • We are currently trying to fix our regular amp for speakers, though we do have a backup at the moment
    • Backup amp is capable of using two microphones at the same time if you should need it to

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Victor Mattison
Greeter: Eric Clark
Invocator / CLE: Jim Salih
Grammarian: Steve Winheim (“Evasive” – used 10 times)
Time Keeper: Susan McConnell
Vote Counter: Rob Van Winkle
Ah Counter: Tim Sullivan (42 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Mark Esswein
Table Topics: Sarah Pitkin
General Evaluator: Geoff King
Joke Master: Dave Domian

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 Adam Kutell George Kiser
2 Kate Schafroth Debbie Young
3 Stacy Duncan Sean Sheehan
4 Sarah Pitkin Phil Gawlak


Most Improved: Stacy Duncan
Best Table Topics: Tim Sullivan
Best Evaluator: George Kiser
Best Speaker: Kate Schafroth

Meeting Rating:                  9

Meeting Adjourned:         8:58 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
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
Sheehan, Sean
Schaper, Jim
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Attendance:         21 / 47 members present – 44.68% attendance


  • Tanner Trokey – came to check it out and plans to attend again next week

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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