Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – February 19, 2020

Meeting Minutes

South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: February 19, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Procrastination is a God Given Right
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  Kathy Denton, Acting President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

  • Debbie Young requested the purchase of 2500 perforated ballots which will cost about $150.  The motion was seconded by George Kiser and the purchase was approved
  • Jim Salih lead a discussion about a recognition event for Howard on our first night at the new location, March 4.  He asked for approval to spend $50 on a cake to commemorate our new home and our founding member. The motion was seconded  by Rich Puskarich and the purchase was approved. Jim said he would confirm Howard’s attendance before spending the money
  • Kathy Denton, as VPE, announced that more paths have been completed and we’re very close to achieving our President’s Distinguished award.
  • Victor Mattison reminded everyone we have only one more meeting after tonight’s before we relocate.   Until we get used to the location and rules we are not expected to be in the space before 6:45pm though we’re allowed to congregate in the common areas in the foyer area.   We will need to be out shortly after 9pm so we’ll need to work on the process to make that happen.
  • Susan McConnell announced she will begin to promote the new location once we’ve moved and will be working to promote the upcoming Youth Leadership even this week and next.

Committee Reports:

  • Kathy Denton told the club that we need a new events chairperson as she will not be able to fulfill that role again.  Interested persons should see Kathy for more information.

 Unfinished Business:     

  • Jim Salih reminded everyone that dues will be due soon and they will be $76.00.  More details will soon be sent by Patrick Hunt, Treasurer

New Business: 

  • Debbie Young reminded the club the Area 4 Speech Contest will be held at the Grand Glaize Library this coming Saturday.   Bill Collier and Victor Mattison will be representing our club. Jim Bubash will be competing representing the JeffCo Challengers club.  The contest starts at 10am. Volunteers are needed.  
  • Jim Salih is again coordinating the Youth Leadership program which will start on March 10 and will include 8 (non-consecutive) Tuesdays.  They will be non-consecutive due to some schedule conflicts on a couple Tuesday nights when the fire department will need the room. The program will be held at the Saline Valley Fire Department and will cost $10 per child.
  • Kathy Denton said there’s a 5th Wednesday in April and suggested we start to think about what we want to do with that extra night.


  • Kathy Denton shared that she will be speaking at the Washington University Law School about cyber security on March 4

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: George Kiser
Table Topics: Susan McConnell
General Evaluator:  Victor Mattison
Grammarian: Jerry Paul
Time Keeper: Matt Clark
Camera Operator:   Leah Star
Invocator / CLE: Seah Sheehan
Joke Master:  Jerry Paul
Hot Seat: Jerry Paul
Greeter: Beth Bridwell
Vote Counter: Donald Coupe
Ah Counter:   Zach Smelcer

Word of the Day:  Yeet, used 7 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Kat Higashino Kathy Denton
2 Jeannie Spurgeon Jim Salih
3 Bill Collier Club Evaluation
4 Victor Mattison Club Evaluation


Most Improved: Kat Higashino
Best Table Topics: Jim Salih
Best Evaluator: Kathy Denton
Best Speaker Bill Collier

Meeting Rating:                            9.7                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  9:02 PM


  • Dr. David (former Toastmaster)


Bond, Kim
Bridwell, Beth
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathyrn
Higashino, Katsuko
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Puskarich, Richard
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Smelcer, Zach
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Star, Leah
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

  • This week – 53.8%
  • YTD average – 52.5%
  • YTD highest weekly % – 64.1% on January 8, 2020
  • YTD lowest weekly % – 41% on January 22, 2020

Members with more than 75% attendance:

Bond, Kim 86%
Butler, Krista 86%
Clark, Matt 86%
Coupe, Donald 86%
Denton, Kathyrn 86%
Higashino, Katsuko 86%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Salih, James 100%
Sheehan, Sean 100%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 86%
Young, Debbie 100%

Longest Current Attendance Streaks (consecutive meetings)

McConnell, Susan 7
Mattison, Victor 7
Paul, Jerald 7
Salih, James 7
Sheehan, Sean 7
Young, Debbie 7
Higashino, Katsuko 5
Kiser, George 5
Bond, Kim 4
Clark, Matt 4
Coupe, Donald 4
Puskarich, Richard 4
Spurgeon, Jeannie 4
Star, Leah 4
Winheim, Steven 4


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