Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – January 29, 2020


Meeting Date: January 29, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Puzzles
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

President’s Report:   None

Committee Reports:

  • Debbie Young filled the last needed role for the  club speech content which will be held on February 5. There is still room for speaker contestants in each of the Humorous Speaking and International (which means it’s a general speech, not required to be of any particular type or style).   Find here a copy of the 2019-20 Speech Contest Rulebook.   Anyone who is interested to help or speak should contact Debbie.
  • Following up on the discussion of last week and the email summary that was sent to all members, Victor Mattison proposed:

As recommended by a unanimous vote of the club’s officers last week, I move that the club dues be changed to $76 per 6-month term (instead of $51 per term) in order to accommodate the cost of our new location at the Sunset Hills Community Center.

The motion was seconded by Jim Salih and passed by a unanimous vote of the active club.  The dues increase will go into effect on our next renewal in March/April.

  •  A short discussion followed to discuss whether this increase would cost significant membership (which is not anticipated).  The per 6-month dues are spent as follows:
    • $25 – to pay for the costs of our meeting space
    • $45 – is remitted to the Toastmasters International organization 
    • $6 – is retained by the club to be judiciously spent on things to benefit the club.

 Unfinished Business:     

  • Minutes from the January 22 were approved.

 New Business: 

  • JD reminded everyone that Bill Collier is evaluating the best solutions for new signage that can be used in our new location.  

 Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Victor Mattison
Table Topics: Donna Jordan
General Evaluator:  Abdul Aden
Grammarian: Jeannie Spurgeon
Time Keeper: Jim Salih
Camera Operator:   Jerry Paul
Invocator / CLE: Donald Coupe
Joke Master:  Steve Winheim
Hot Seat: George Kiser
Greeter: Donald Coupe
Vote Counter: Kat Higashino
Ah Counter:   Bob Mahaceh

Word of the Day:  Cleve, used 8 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Rich Puskarich Leah Star
2 Jackie Haar Kim Bond
3 Debbie Young Jim Bubash
4 Sean Sheehan Matt Clark


Most Improved: Kim Bond
Best Table Topics: Sean Sheehan
Best Evaluator: Matt Clark
Best Speaker Rich Puskarich

Meeting Rating:                            9.5                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  9:05 PM


  • Prathyuch Visuaroopah
  • David Thompson
  • Matthew Kiser


This will later be shared via a link to the attendance records but, for now, here’s who attended this week:

Aden, Abdul
Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Clark, Matt
Coupe, Donald
Haar, Jacqueline
Higashino, Katsuko
Jordan, Donna
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Puskarich, Richard
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Star, Leah
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week: 53.8%
YTD average: 52.2%
YTD highest weekly % 64.1% January 8, 2020
YTD lowest weekly % 41.0% January 22, 2020

Members with more than 75% attendance:

Bond, Kim 75%
Bubash, James 75%
Butler, Krista 75%
Clark, Matt 75%
Coupe, Donald 75%
Denton, Kathyrn 75%
Higashino, Katsuko 75%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Perper, James 100%
Salih, James 100%
Sheehan, Sean 100%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 75%
Van Winkle, Robert 75%
Young, Debbie 100%

As we get through the next few meetings you’ll see additional statistics such as:

 Attendance Records from January 2020 – present by person

  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • Weekly Award Winners and Words of the Day


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