Meeting Minutes – South County Toastmasters – January 6, 2021

Meeting Minutes

South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:January 6, 2021
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme:  Happy New Year – New Beginnings
Meeting Location:Sunset Hills Center
Called to Order:6:00 PM
Presiding Officer: Jerry Paul

Officers’ Reports:        

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 

January 20, 2021: Speech Contest – contestants and volunteers are needed. Please respond as soon as possible. 

Treasurer: Kim Bond

VPM: Brent Stewart

VPPR: Patrick Hunt

Secretary: Kathy Denton

Sergeant at Arms: Jim Salih

Officer at Large: Susan McConnell

Committee Reports:


Unfinished Business:     

Jerry Paul: We held the Executive Committee Meeting on December 17th. We invited the new slate of officers to discuss the upcoming year.

New Business:   

The new slate of officers were inducted:

President: Kat Higashino

VPE: Patrick Hunt

Secretary: Callie Koehr

Treasurer: Prathyush Viswaroopan

VPM: Kim Bond

VPPR: Sandy Roll

Sergeant at Arms: Keith Page

Officer at Large: Jerry Paul

Immediate Past President: Jerry Paul

Informal discussion regarding technology for the new term:

Meeting Owl Pro (same model as Jerry Paul’s)

$999 tax / $42.21 Cables – up to $50 / Estimated budget $1,100

Jerry Paul’s owl will be unavailable after January 27, 2021. 

Jim Salih would like to look for cheaper alternatives and says we have to know how we’re going to secure it. We will need to know what other peripherals may go with it. Is the owl connected to a PC? There may be cheaper alternatives. Jim doesn’t want to agree to it tonight.

Keith Page mentions there are other options to explore. However, he feels $1,100 is appropriate for what you get. Keith goes on to say, “You could spend a couple $100 on a webcam and microphone, but in the end if we know this works, it’s worth it.” 

Kat Higahsino mentions there are other models we can consider, however, the quality may not be as good as the Meeting Owl. Kat adds it could be a problem if the camera does not show the speaker. Kat says she can always bring her laptop to utilize as the camera (if a backup plan is necessary.)   

Jim Salih mentions, “We have not decided that we will stay as a hybrid club.” 

Kim Bond says, “Our account is hovering around $3000 right now. We no longer have a credit at Sunset Hills, therefore that is another expense we have to pay for. The only income that we have are new members or until the next renewal.”

Jim Salih says, “We may want to consider our purchase more deeply before we do.”

Kathy Denton suggested we take up a collection for the technology fund to reduce how much comes out of the budget.

Kat Higashino says, “an ipad will be available for the time being.”

The Meeting Owl Pro that is utilized for video conferencing will be unavailable after Jan 27. The club needs to consider whether we shall purchase the Meeting Owl Pro or another option.  


Patrick Hunt

Toastmasters Learning Institute – Saturday, January 9th – It shall be held online. Patrick included a link in an email to all SCTM club members. You can also access the link here: 

The purpose of the TLI is to provide training for club officers as well as provide interesting classes for people to participate in. Everyone is invited, even people who are not officers.  

Area Speech contest – Saturday, February 6th

After we complete our club speech contest, two people may attend via Zoom to compete in the International Speech Contest. Two people may also compete in the Table Topics Contest.

Let Patrick know if you’re interested.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Bill Collier 
Greeter:Keith Page
Invocator / CLE:Liz DeCamp
Grammarian:Liz DeCamp   “pragmatic”  – Used 3 times
Time Keeper:George Kiser @Zoom / Jeff Hoehn @Sunset
Vote Counter:Debbie Young
Ah Counter:  Katsuko Higashino  
Camera Operator:  Debbie Young
Table Topics:Elisa Wong
General Evaluator: Prathyush Viswaroopan
Joke Master: Patrick Hunt

Speakers and Evaluators:

1Kim Bond 
Speech Title: Successful Allies The Protégé Mentorship
Sean Sheehan
2Jim Salih
Speech Title: Yada, Yada, Yada, Etc.
Victor Mattison
3Keith Page
Speech Title: Confessions of a Procrastinator
Jerry Paul


Most Improved:Keith Page
Best Table Topics:Kathy Denton
Best Evaluator:Sean Sheehan
Best SpeakerJim Salih

Meeting Rating:                            9.5                                                                                            

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:00 PM

Attendance: 61% 

@Zoom: Jim Salih, Callie Koehr, Jerry Paul, Rob Van Winkle, Kathy Denton, Elisa Wong, Sean Sheehan, Sandy Roll, Patrick Hunt, George Kiser, Liz De Camp, Kim Bond

@Sunset: Debbie Young, Keith Page, Jerry Paul, Bill Collier, Jim Bubash, Kat Higashino, Jeff Hoehn

Submitted by Callie Koehr, Secretary

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