Meeting Minutes – January 31, 2018

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)


Meeting Date:                   January 31, 2018

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:    None

Meeting Location:           Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:             Rob Van Winkle, President


Officer Reports:

  • President – Rob Van Winkle – No corrections to meeting minutes from last week. Approved as submitted


  • President – Rob Van Winkle – Club has met 6 of 10 required goals toward the Distinguished Club award. Deadline is June 30, 2018.  Achieving 7 goals earns the club the Select Distinguished Club award and achieving 9 goals garners the President’s Distinguished Club award


Committee Reports:

  • Mary K. Spencer will chair the Youth Leadership Program committee. The club will offer this program soon
  • Jim Salih, Speechcrafters Program will start next week prior to our normal meeting
  • Kate Schafroth – Debbie Young and Kate are running the International Speech and Evaluation contest. Volunteers still needed in many roles


Unfinished Business:

  • None


New Business:

  • None


Correspondence and Announcements:

  • Sara Pitkin – South County Toastmasters will hold an Open House on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at our regular meeting location. Mary K. Spencer is also organizing this event


  • Adam Kutell – Distributed a brochure about an event being held by his other Toastmasters club, Competitive Speakers – STL. It will hold an Open House on Tuesday February 20, 2018 at Sports Café, 3579 Pennridge Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.  This club evaluates on a round robin basis by all members present, not just 1 on 1.  Membership in this club provides an excellent opportunity to hone competitive speaking skills.  All are welcome to come.


  • Max Kaiser, Jean Broida, and Mary K Spencer were judges at the “Gorlok Gala” College Forensics Tournament held on January 26, 2018 at Webster University. It was the 20th anniversary of the Gorlok Gala, which draws college contestants from all over the USA



  • Max Kaiser – Tenor Jeffery Gonder, Met Life front desk greeter, will be joining St. Louis pianist Gary Scott for an ecumenical musical performance at St. Ambrose church at 5130 Wilson Avenue, on “The Hill”, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7 pm. The event will be an hour of music in the sanctuary.  Admission is free with a good will offering taken.  Casual dress.  Parking is available on the Church lot and on the streets next to the Church.

Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: None
Greeter: Carl Hendrickson
Invocator / CLE: Tom Terrific
Grammarian: None
Time Keeper: None
Vote Counter: None
Ah Counter: None
Camera Operator: None
Table Topics: None
General Evaluator: None
Joke Master: None



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Terry O’Brien None
2 Joe McChesney None


Terry O’Brien and Joe McChesney gave a presentation about the Pathways program.  Toastmasters International is transitioning to this new communication and leadership education system. We are not the first nor the last region to introduce this program.  Pathways uses different manuals and evaluation criteria for its projects.  Details of all programs and projects and their manuals are available on line.  Printed materials can be ordered separately at an additional charge.  Members can use the current manuals to continue on Toastmaster’s traditional program for 2 years from the date Pathways is rolled out, in order to complete the track they are on.  February 13, 2018 is the target date for roll out to the clubs.  This date may change.  Toastmasters International will only initiate this program after 70 percent of clubs in each District have received the introduction being given to our club tonight.  Pathways offers 10 different educational paths.  Levels must be done in the order they are laid out in the Program.  However, projects within each level can be done in any order, with a couple exceptions.  The Vice-President of Education, President and Secretary can log into Pathways Basecamp website.  Pathways doesn’t change the club meeting format.  Rob Van Winkle’s summary of the presentation:  education is important for communication and leadership.  Pathways offers a new plan to teach these things.  It’s just a different way to learn than we have used heretofore.





Most Improved: None
Best Table Topics: None
Best Evaluator: None
Best Speaker: None


Meeting Rating:                None

Schedule for Next Week’s Meeting –   Read by Tom Terrific


Meeting Adjourned:  9:02


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:       19  / 39 members present –  48.72  % attendance
Visitors: Terry O’Brien, Pathways Ambassador, Joe McChesney, Pathways Guide, Janet Bold, John Fetter
Submitted by Sean Sheehan, Secretary

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