Meeting Minutes – October 25

Meeting Date:                    October 25, 2017

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

Meeting Location:            Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:            Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:

  • We will have an officer’s meeting the first Wednesday of November (November 1st) at 6:30 at the Metlife building before the regular meeting. If you are an officer please plan on attending.

Committee Reports:

  • Jim Bubash sent out an email asking for thoughts around dates and suggestions of venues. Please reach out to Jim with any suggestions you may have.
    • First Wednesday of December looks like the best of as of now

Unfinished Business:

  • We will have a tall tales contest on November 29, please reach out to contest chair, Sarah Pitkin, if you’d like to participate
    • We are also in need of the following roles:
      • Chief judge, 5 voting judges, tie breaking judge, 3 counters, 2 timers
    • So far our only contestant is Carl Hendrickson

New Business:

  • Motion for a secret Santa for the holiday party by Kate Schafroth
    • Jim Bubash explained that we do have a white elephant gift exchange
    • Motion passed that we will have a participatory secret Santa, coordinated by Kate Schafroth. If you’d like to participate, please reach out to Kate.


  • Tim Sullivan announced that he got in touch with Jim Schaper who is going inactive for now, hoping to return in the spring
  • One last meeting for youth leadership on November 7 at Achieve Wellness
    • Youth Leadership graduation at the meeting on November 15 – we will have 5-6 youth leadership speakers and 2 active toastmasters speak that night

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Tim Sullivan
Greeter: James Graves
Invocator / CLE: Brent Stewart
Grammarian: Sarah Pitkin (“Aghast” – used 13 times)
Time Keeper: Jim Salih
Vote Counter: Gary Brown
Ah Counter: Susan Carillo (12 crutch words used – counting um and like)
Camera Operator: Debbie Young
Table Topics: Nancy Haparimwi
General Evaluator: Kate Schafroth
Joke Master: Susan McConnell

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 Adam Kutell Tom Terrific
2 Howard Brandt Rob Van Winkle
3 Stacy Duncan Rich Puskarich
4 Jim Bubash Phil Gawlak


Most Improved: Phil Gawlak
Best Table Topics: Debbie Young
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Adam Kutell

Meeting Rating:                  9.5

Meeting Adjourned:         9:04 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:         19 / 47 members present – 40.4% attendance


  • Erin Gissel – visiting with Adam Kutell
  • Lalage Katunga, was in a youth program in HS and decided to check out the club

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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