March 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)


Meeting Date:                   March 21, 2018

Meeting Type/Theme:  Regular Meeting – Theme:   None.  Steve Winheim had a themeless meeting

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 – The club has reached 8 of the 10 district goals to achieve the Distinguished Club Award. The remaining goals are to admit 2 new members and have 1 more member complete the advanced communicator award.  These goals are quite achievable


Committee Reports:

  • None


Unfinished Business:

  • None


New Business:

  • Tom Terrific – He bought new SD cards for use to videotape speeches. He would like to be reimbursed for the 5 cards for a total of $38.91.  Tom moved to be reimbursed for this amount and Susan McConnell seconded.  The motion was unanimously approved


  • Steve Winheim – The club’s current white board easel is very heavy and hard to move for each meeting. He found 1 on the Amazon website for $73.00.  He described its features.  He will send everyone a link of a picture of the one he identified.  Whether to purchase a new white board was tabled for tonight pending everyone looking at the picture Steve will send us.  Jim Salih stated he supports the club getting a new white board


Correspondence and Announcements:

  • Debbie Young – The April schedules she recently emailed to the group include a list of people who can fill in as speakers at the last minute. She will continue to include this list of last minute speakers on future emails.  She will add or remove from the list as requested if you email her


  • Susan McConnell – She will see Brian Ettling this summer at Crater Lake. He is a former member of our club


  • Geoff King – The Area IV International Speech and Evaluation Contest is coming up. The winners of our club’s contest in each category are eligible to compete in this next level.  This contest will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 starting at 12:30 pm.  The contest will be held at the Grant’s View Branch of St. Louis County Library located at 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63123.  Doors open at 12:00 pm, Briefings take place at 12:15 pm.  The contest should last about 2 hours.  Geoff is the event chairperson and asks for volunteers for any of the support roles.  Contact Geoff for more info or to help at the event


  • Sean Sheehan – Club banner is in need of sewing repair


  • Jim Salih – The District website advertises a speaker’s bureau like the speaker’s bureau our club advertises on its website. Anyone interested in obtaining outside speaking opportunities, register on either website



Meeting Roles:


Toastmaster: Steve Winheim
Greeter: Kathy Denton
Invocator / CLE: Gary Brown
Grammarian: Jim Salih – Word of the evening is Gaffe – used 10 or 11 times tonight
Time Keeper: Janet Bold
Vote Counter: Adila Zafer
Ah Counter: Sandy Roll – Crutch words or double clutches were used 45 times tonight
Camera Operator: Rob Van Winkle
Table Topics: Jerry Paul – Janet Bold, Sandy Roll, Adila Zafer, Gary Brown, Jack Bettag, Kathy Denton, Sarah Pitkin, Sean Sheehan
General Evaluator: Phil Gawlak
Joke Master: Susan McConnell



Speakers and Evaluators:


  Speakers Evaluators
1 Tom Terrific Mark Esswein
2 Kate Schafroth Mary K. Spencer
3 Max Kaiser Geoff King
4 Jim Salih Debbie Young







Most Improved: Adila Zafer
Best Table Topics: Adila Zafer
Best Evaluator: Geoff King
Best Speaker: Kate Schafroth


Meeting Rating:                No numeric rating given.  Phil Gawlak does not feel our system is useful or helpful because grading criteria are not clearly defined

Schedule for Next Week’s Meeting – Not read


Meeting Adjourned:      9:03 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:   Bill Hurston, Tom Boyland, Sandy Dickson,
Submitted by Sean Sheehan, Secretary

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