Meeting Minutes – January 24, 2018

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)


Meeting Date:                   January 24, 2018

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:   Defining Moments or Events

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Debbie Young, Vice President Education


Officers’ Reports:

Vice President Education – No corrections to meeting minutes from last week.  Unanimously approved.


Officer Reports:

  • Vice President Education – Nontraditional meeting to be held on 1/31/18 – 2 people to discuss Pathways program – no prepared speeches that night


Committee Reports:

  • None


Unfinished Business:

  • Kate Schafroth – international and evaluation contest to be held on 2/28/18. Looking for volunteers.  Speeches 5-7 minutes.  Jim Salih – South County Toastmasters winner could end up in the competition at international convention
  • Jim Salih – Speechcrafters – Designed for newer members or nonmembers – 6 week course starting on 2/7/18. Can be a kick start to membership in the Toastmasters program.  $30.00 for Speechcrafters program that will be applied to membership dues if you join after completion.  Meetings will be held 6:00 – 6:45 on Wednesdays here in the Metropolitan Life building
  • Mary K. Spencer moved to hold an open house on 2/21/18. Geoff King seconded.  This will be a normal meeting with an effort more so than usual to invite guests; possibly there will be refreshments.  Jim Bubash would like to market this event in newspapers.  He requests designating a theme when presenting the event to the media; Motion to hold the open house was unanimously approved; Sarah Pitkin and Mary K. Spencer will be the event committee; Geoff King recommends we invite Toastmasters from other clubs also; Kathy Denton suggested we involve guests in the Speechcrafters program, so Jim Salih will speak to them about it.  Jean Broida reminded us that Toastmasters International offers to reimburse up to $40.00 if event is held by 2/28/18


New Business:

  • Jim Bubash – would like to post information on Meetup website to outline what South County Toastmasters is. He displayed a script that could be posted on Meetup and moved to post the displayed script there.  Carl Hendrickson and Geoff King seconded.  Unanimously approved


  • Adila Zafer has applied for membership. Jim Salih moved to admit her and Jean Broida seconded.  She was approved for admittance unanimously.  Sarah Pitkin will be her mentor


Correspondence and Announcements:


  • None


Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Nancy Haparimwi
Greeter: Howard Brandt
Invocator / CLE: Susan Carillo
Grammarian: Judy Sowers – Word for the evening is Impact – used 10 times tonight
Time Keeper: Jack Bettag
Vote Counter: Kate Schafroth
Ah Counter: Jerry Paul – 20 crutch words were used tonight
Camera Operator: Jim Salih
Table Topics: Rich Puskarich – Debbie Young, Victor Mattison, Jim Bubash, Sean Sheehan, Adila Zafer, Jim Salih
General Evaluator: Stacie Duncan
Joke Master: George Kiser



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Carl Hendrickson Kathy Denton
2 Geoff King Jean Broida
3 Mark Esswein Mary K. Spencer




Most Improved: Mark Esswein
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Jean Broida
Best Speaker: Geoff King


Meeting Rating:                8.5

Schedule for Next Week’s Meeting –   Training for Pathways


Meeting Adjourned:      8:48 PM


Members Present:



Bettag, Jack
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Broida, Jean
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
Zafer, Adila



Attendance:       22 / 39 members present –   56.41 % attendance
Visitors: Adila Zafer, Steve Horst, Janet Bold, Mary Shields Skaggs
Submitted by Sean Sheehan, Secretary

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