Meeting Minutes – September 20, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                    September 20, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: “Rocks”

Meeting Location:             Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                  7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:              Kathy Denton, President

Officers’ Reports:

  • This fall will be our final fall conference. Toastmasters International is changing the way they’re doing things, and we’re waiting for more detailed information on the changes.
    • They would like directors and area directors to be more involved, which is one reason we know why they are discontinuing these contests
  • Rich reminded the club about dues. They are $51 per person due ASAP to Rich made out to South County Toastmasters.
  • Geoff announced that Kathy and George Kiser are moving on to the Division A contest

Committee Reports:         NONE

Unfinished Business:        NONE

New Business:

  • Tim Sullivan is putting together a list of current member interested in being mentors. Please let him know if you’d like to be added to that list so we can be ready when new members join.


  • Stacy let everyone know that the youth leadership started last night (Tuesday, September 19)
    • If we’d like to secure a spot for next year in the spring we need to put in reservations soon – it would be 10$ a night to reserve
  • George thanked Geoff King for putting on the Area speech contest this past Saturday and it was a well-organized fantastic event.
  • Bill Collier congratulated Vic Mattison on his area contest as well, which was also a very well put together event. Great job, Vic!
  • Kathy would like the club to try and tear the vote tablets in between speakers and evaluators to avoid noise during speaking.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Jerry Paul
Greeter: Howard Brandt
Invocator / CLE: Rob Van Winkle
Grammarian: Vic Mattison (“Travesty” – used 10 times)
Time Keeper: Judy Sowers
Vote Counter: Mark Esswein
Ah Counter: Nancy Haparimwi (8 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Susan McConnell
Table Topics: Bill Collier
General Evaluator: Stacy Duncan
Joke Master: Sean Sheehan

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 Gary Brown Eric Clark
2 Brent Stewart Mary K Spencer
3 Victor Mattison Tom Terrific
4 Tim Sullivan Kate Schafroth


Most Improved: Eric Clark
Best Table Topics: George Kiser
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Victor Mattison

Meeting Rating:                  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
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:         26 / 47 members present – 55.2% attendance


  • Tanner Trokie –
    • Was here two weeks ago, came back to explore it again – wants to get outside his comfort zone

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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