Meeting Minutes – South County Toastmasters – December 2, 2020

Meeting Date: December 2nd, 2020

Called to order at:   6:00 PM            

Location: Sunset Hills Community Center

Presiding Officer: Jerry Paul

Greeter: Katsuko Higashino

Invocator/CLE: Callie Koehr

Officers’ Reports: Officers

President – Jerry Paul asked if there were any changes to the minutes and hearing none, the minutes of last week’s meeting were approved as posted.

VPE – Kat Higashino

VPM – Brent Stewart

VP-PR – Patrick Hunt

Secretary – Kathy Denton

Treasurer – Kim Bond

Sergeant at Arms – Jim Salih

Officer at Large – Susan McConnell


Committee Reports:

Bill Collier: Nominating Committee, made up of Bill Collier, Kathy Denton and Jim Salih, are pleased to offer an excellent officer slate for 2021. 

Historically in this club we lean toward newer members. This allows people to learn and move through the ranks quicker.

Old traditions we would like to return to – the Vice President Education is slated to move into the President’s position in the new term.

This community recommends that this approach will be followed going forward. 

New tradition: Immediate Past President step into the Officer at Large position automatically. (only if they’re willing) If they are, we would like this to be the way forward. Neither of these require a motion.

Unfinished Business:

Bill Collier:

The club currently has a Google Drive account with secretary notes that are accessible to all of us. Anything of importance should be put into Google Drive.

New Business:


Officer candidates slate: 

First reading for the spring

President: Kat Higashino

Vice President Education: Patrick Hunt

Secretary: Callie Koehr

Treasurer: Prathyush Viswaroopan 

VP Public Relations: Sandy Roll

Sergeant at Arms: Keith Page

Immediate Past President: Jerry Paul

Officer at Large: Jerry Paul

VPM – Kim Bond 

This is our first reading, when we read the second time we will have the official motion to nominate.

Correspondence & Announcements

Sergeant at Arms – Jim Salih:

Dee McAliney passed in Colorado

Dee was a member up to about 5 years ago

Featured in Today’s Post Dispatch, the online edition

VP-PR – Patrick Hunt:

Speech contest Area 4 via Zoom – Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at 9AM

Joint area meeting on January 7th, 2021 at 6PM

Patrick is looking for one South County Toastmaster speaker. There will also be other positions you can fill in as well since this will be ran as a typical Toastmasters meeting.

Patrick is hoping to find some people who are willing to volunteer as judges. There will be a judge exchange with area 9. So, if you’re willing, please let Patrick know. JD Perper is available for attendance.

Toastmaster:  Jim Salih

Theme: Holiday shopping and it if has changed

Grammarian: Liz Decamp Word: amenable / agreeable

The word of the evening is: 1: amenable  2: agreeable 

The word was used 6 times 

Time Keeper: Sean Sheehan

Vote Counter: Debbie Young

Ah Counter: Keith Page 

Camera Op: Jerry Paul

Table Topics: Kim Bond

  1. Bob Mahacek      
  2. Elisa Wong 
  3. Bill Collier 
  4. Rob Van Winkle
  5. Victor Mattison
  6. Keith Page 
  7. Callie Koehr 
  8. Jeff Hoehn 
  9. Brent Stewart  

End of table topics – 6:44PM

Speakers and Evaluators

Spkr 1: Katsuko Higashino 

Speech Title:  How Can We Explain The Current Stock Market Surge?             

Evaluator 1: Jerry Paul

Spkr 2: Prathyush Viswaroopan 

Speech Title: Dear Candidate

Evaluator 2: Susan McConnell

Spkr 3: George Kiser 

Speech Title: Thirty Days

Evaluator 3: Patrick Hunt

The word of the evening was used 6 times

Ah counter counted 26 ahs and ums. 

Gen Eval: JD Perper

Joke Master: Brent Stewart


Most Improved: PV

Best Table Topics: Brent Stewart 

Best Evaluator: Susan McConnell

Best Speaker: PV

Meeting Rating: 9.6          Meeting adjourned at: 7:54pm

Minutes submitted by: Callie Koehr

Attendance: 75% 

Present @ Sunset Hills: Jerry Paul, Brent Stewart, Keith Page, Debbie Young, JD Perper, Jeff Hoehn, Bob Mahacek, George Kiser, Susan McConnell, Keith Page

@ Zoom: Kim Bond, Bill Collier, Liz DeCamp, Katsuko Higashino, Patrick Hunt, Callie Koehr, Jim Salih, Sean Sheehan, Elisa Wong, Nancy Alba, PV, Robert VanWinkle, Sandy Roll, Victor Mattison

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