Meeting Minutes – February 14, 2018

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)


Meeting Date:                   February 14, 2018

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:   Love

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 the meeting minutes from last week. Approved as submitted


  • President – Rob Van Winkle – Today is Valentine’s Day. He gets chocolate covered strawberries for his wife each year


Committee Reports:

  • Debbie Young – Pathways program information is now available on the Toastmasters web site. She can help with directions on how to log in to the site if you want to review it.  Evaluation of a Pathways speech is done differently than traditional evaluations done heretofore.


  • Susan McConnell –Thanks to whoever helped last week set up everything when she couldn’t perform the Sargeant at Arms duties. If anyone can get to the meetings at 6 pm to help her set up, that would be appreciated.  Steve Winheim and Rob Van Winkle echoed these sentiments and added that help at end of meetings putting everything away is also appreciated.


Unfinished Business:

  • None


New Business:

  • John Fetter has applied for membership. He has paid the membership dues.  Debbie Young read his application.  Sean Sheehan moved to admit him and Mark Esswein seconded.  He was unanimously admitted.  Stacie Duncan will be his mentor.


Correspondence and Announcements:

  • Sarah Pitkin – Our open house is next week. She has fliers that we can pass out.  She recommends we keep business meeting short this week to maximize time for guest introductions and break.  Networking reception will be 30 minutes before the meeting starts.


  • Adam – Competitive Speakers STL is the other club he belongs to. It will have an open house next Tuesday.  All are welcome to come.  To be eligible to be a member of that club, one must also be a member of another club.


  • Jean Broida – Will be a contestant in the evaluator portion of our speech contest in 2 weeks.


  • Victor Mattison – reminder/suggestion/pleading – Try not to use ‘reply to all’ unless necessary to share with the whole group. There have recently been many emails sent that don’t need to be shared with the whole group.



Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Sarah Pitkin
Greeter: Judy Sowers
Invocator / CLE: Howard Brandt/ Debbie Young
Grammarian: Mary K. Spencer – Word of the evening, blench, was used 3 times tonight
Time Keeper: Jack Bettag
Vote Counter: Susan McConnell/Adila Zafer
Ah Counter: Steve Winheim – 28 crutch words used tonight
Camera Operator: Gary Brown
Table Topics: Phil Gawlik – Janet Bold, Adila Zafer, Adam Kutell, Victor Mattison, John Fetter, Debbie Young, Mary K. Spencer, Rob Van Winkle, Mark Esswein
General Evaluator: Victor Mattison
Joke Master: Steve Winheim



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Stacie Duncan Jean Broida
2 George Kiser Adam Kutell
3 Jerry Paul Mark Esswein
4 N/A N/A







Most Improved: Stacie Duncan
Best Table Topics: Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator: Adam Kutell
Best Speaker: Jerry Paul


Meeting Rating:                9.75

Schedule for Next Week’s Meeting – Read by Debbie Young


Meeting Adjourned:      8:55 pm


Members Present:



Bettag, Jack
Bold, Janet
Brandt, Howard
Broida, Jean
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Collier, Bill
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
Fetter, John
Gawlak, Phil
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hendrickson, Carl
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Paul, Jerry
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Roll, Sandy
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Sheehan, Sean
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie
Zafer, Adila



Attendance:  22 / 41 members present – 53.66 % attendance
Visitors:   John Fetter
Submitted by Sean Sheehan, Secretary

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