Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                       November 8, 2017

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

Meeting Location:             Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                   7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:                Kathy Denton, President

Officers’ Reports:                NONE

Committee Reports:

  • New retention committee led by Bill Collier. Members include Bill Collier, Sarah Pitkin, Steve Winheim and Vic Mattison

Unfinished Business:

  • Jim Salih announced youth leadership graduation at the next meeting (11/15). There will be 4 youth speakers and 2 toastmaster speakers
  • The nomination committee has been getting volunteers to fill officer roles for next term. We would like to have a candidate for each position by next week. We will announce the slate of officers 11/15 and the 29th (People can still volunteer once read) and vote the first week of December (December 6th).
    • Sergeant at arms
    • Secretary

New Business:

  • The last fall conference is 11/17 and 11/18. The theme is “The big goodbye.” It’s at the Doubletree hotel in Collinsville
  • Jim Bubash announced the inmate scholarship program for the prison inmate toastmasters club. Each toasmasters club is encouraged to create a gift basket to send. Donations for the basket will be accepted at next week’s meeting (11/15).
  • Jim Bubash to send an email with suggestions to end meetings on time.
    • (Sarah Pitkin also wrote a blog on our web page about strategies to keep meetings on time)


  • Sarah reminded everyone about the tall tales contest on 11/29. All roles have been filled, but there is still room to participate if you’d like to. Please send Sarah and email if you are interested. She will also send a separate email about roles and any other necessary correspondence before the meeting. If you have any questions. Please reach out.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: George Kiser
Greeter: ?
Invocator / CLE: Nancy Haparimwi
Grammarian:  Steve Winheim (“Compunction” – used 12 times)
Time Keeper: Mary K Spencer
Vote Counter: Jack Bettag
Ah Counter: Bill Collier (26 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Jerry Paul
Table Topics: Howard Brandt
General Evaluator: Debbie Young
Joke Master: Geoff King

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 James Graves Mark Esswein
2 Susan Carillo Alan Kirby
3 Brent Stewart Carl Hendrickson
4 —– —–


Most Improved: James Graves
Best Table Topics: Jerry Paul
Best Evaluator: Alan Kirby
Best Speaker: Susan Carrillo

Meeting Rating:                  9.9

Meeting Adjourned:         8:56 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:         24 / 47 members present – 51.06% attendance


  • Jack Carter, former member

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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