Congratulations Adam Kutell

Congratulations to Adam Kutell on receiving his Triple Crown Award at today’s District 8 Conference. Well Done!adam1

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Youth Leadership Graduation

 

 

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Congratulations to our Youth Leadership graduates!

John Paul Angeli, Mary Grace Angeli, Claire Croxton and Eileen Croxton (from left to right) participated in the 8 week Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program, which culminated in them getting the opportunity to use what they learned by writing and delivering their “ice breaker speech” at a South County Toastmasters Club meeting. They got to experience what a club meeting is like, participated in some joke telling and heard a couple of polished Toastmasters give speeches too. These four graduates showed great poise and presentation skills; we hope they continue on this path they started and someday soon join South County Toastmasters.

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Meeting Minutes – November 15, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                       November 15, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: “Thanksgiving”

Meeting Location:             Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                   7:01 PM

Presiding Officer:                Kate Schafroth, Officer at Large

Officers’ Reports:                NONE

Committee Reports:         NONE

Unfinished Business:

  • Secret Santa gift exchange: unfortunately not enough participants this year, so we will not have secret Santa, but we will do the gift exchange as normal at the holiday party

New Business:                       NONE

Announcements:

  • This weekend is the district conference and there’s a presentation for “Art of Effective Evaluation” sponsored by a past district direct. Adam and Erin will be working with her for that presentation
    • 1 hour workshop on how to deliver the best evaluation you can
    • Welcome everyone in the club to come and see how we present
  • Scholarship committee for district 8 – Jim Bubash collecting donations for the silent auction
  • We need to ensure we have two officers at the conference this weekend (Kathy and Victor) if not, we need to appoint proxy voters
    • Sarah to reach out to Kathy and Vic to ensure we are set for this weekend
  • Slate of officers nominated for a vote is listed below. Nominations are still being accepted from any club members.
    • Sergeant at Arms: Susan McConnell
    • Officer at Large: Kathy Denton
    • Secretary: Sean Sheehan
    • Treasurer: Rich Puskarich
    • VP PR: Jim Bubash
    • VP Membership: Geoff King
    • VP Education: Debbie Young
    • President: Victor Mattison / Rob Van Winkle (To be voted on via secret ballot)

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Stacy Duncan
Greeter: Kate Schafroth, Brent Stewart
Invocator / CLE: Adam Kutell
Grammarian: Judy Sowers (“Vibrant” – used 10 times)
Time Keeper: Mark Esswein
Vote Counter: Tim Sullivan
Ah Counter: Rob Van Winkle (36 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Phil Gawlak
Table Topics: Jerry Paul
General Evaluator: Jim Salih
Joke Master: Youth Leaders

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 John Paul Angeli
2 Eileen Croxton
3 Mary Grace Angeli
4 Claire Croxton
5 Sarah Pitkin Brent Stewart
6 Geoff King Tom Terrific

Voting:

Most Improved: Stacy Duncan
Best Table Topics:
Best Evaluator: Brent Stewart
Best Speaker: Sarah Pitkin

Meeting Rating:                  10

Meeting Adjourned:         8:55 PM

Members Present:

Bettag, Jack
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Collier, Bill
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
Gawlak, Phil
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hendrickson, Carl
Jennings, Sera
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Paul, Jerry
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Sheehan, Sean
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Attendance:         22 / 38 members present – 57.89% attendance

Visitors:

  • Mary Grace and John Paul Angeli (youth leader speakers) with their parents, Madylyn (mother), Bart (father), Cohnie, Regina, Theresa Angeli
  • Eileen and Claire Croxton with their parents

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                       November 8, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: “Cappuccino ”

Meeting Location:             Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                   7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:                Kathy Denton, President

Officers’ Reports:                NONE

Committee Reports:

  • New retention committee led by Bill Collier. Members include Bill Collier, Sarah Pitkin, Steve Winheim and Vic Mattison

Unfinished Business:

  • Jim Salih announced youth leadership graduation at the next meeting (11/15). There will be 4 youth speakers and 2 toastmaster speakers
  • The nomination committee has been getting volunteers to fill officer roles for next term. We would like to have a candidate for each position by next week. We will announce the slate of officers 11/15 and the 29th (People can still volunteer once read) and vote the first week of December (December 6th).
    • Sergeant at arms
    • Secretary

New Business:

  • The last fall conference is 11/17 and 11/18. The theme is “The big goodbye.” It’s at the Doubletree hotel in Collinsville
  • Jim Bubash announced the inmate scholarship program for the prison inmate toastmasters club. Each toasmasters club is encouraged to create a gift basket to send. Donations for the basket will be accepted at next week’s meeting (11/15).
  • Jim Bubash to send an email with suggestions to end meetings on time.
    • (Sarah Pitkin also wrote a blog on our web page about strategies to keep meetings on time)

Announcements:

  • Sarah reminded everyone about the tall tales contest on 11/29. All roles have been filled, but there is still room to participate if you’d like to. Please send Sarah and email if you are interested. She will also send a separate email about roles and any other necessary correspondence before the meeting. If you have any questions. Please reach out.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: George Kiser
Greeter: ?
Invocator / CLE: Nancy Haparimwi
Grammarian:  Steve Winheim (“Compunction” – used 12 times)
Time Keeper: Mary K Spencer
Vote Counter: Jack Bettag
Ah Counter: Bill Collier (26 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Jerry Paul
Table Topics: Howard Brandt
General Evaluator: Debbie Young
Joke Master: Geoff King

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 James Graves Mark Esswein
2 Susan Carillo Alan Kirby
3 Brent Stewart Carl Hendrickson
4 —– —–

Voting:

Most Improved: James Graves
Best Table Topics: Jerry Paul
Best Evaluator: Alan Kirby
Best Speaker: Susan Carrillo

Meeting Rating:                  9.9

Meeting Adjourned:         8:56 PM

Members Present:

Bettag, Jack
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Clark, Eric
Coco, Nicholas
Collier, Bill
Cripps, Grace
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
Foster, Ginny
Gawlak, Phil
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hatten, Kyle
Hendrickson, Carl
Jennings, Sera
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Palusci, Joumana
Paul, Jerry
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Sheehan, Sean
Schaper, Jim
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Attendance:         24 / 47 members present – 51.06% attendance

Visitors:

  • Jack Carter, former member

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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Meeting Minutes – October 25

Meeting Date:                    October 25, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: “Halloween”

Meeting Location:            Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:            Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:

  • We will have an officer’s meeting the first Wednesday of November (November 1st) at 6:30 at the Metlife building before the regular meeting. If you are an officer please plan on attending.

Committee Reports:

  • Jim Bubash sent out an email asking for thoughts around dates and suggestions of venues. Please reach out to Jim with any suggestions you may have.
    • First Wednesday of December looks like the best of as of now

Unfinished Business:

  • We will have a tall tales contest on November 29, please reach out to contest chair, Sarah Pitkin, if you’d like to participate
    • We are also in need of the following roles:
      • Chief judge, 5 voting judges, tie breaking judge, 3 counters, 2 timers
    • So far our only contestant is Carl Hendrickson

New Business:

  • Motion for a secret Santa for the holiday party by Kate Schafroth
    • Jim Bubash explained that we do have a white elephant gift exchange
    • Motion passed that we will have a participatory secret Santa, coordinated by Kate Schafroth. If you’d like to participate, please reach out to Kate.

Announcements:

  • Tim Sullivan announced that he got in touch with Jim Schaper who is going inactive for now, hoping to return in the spring
  • One last meeting for youth leadership on November 7 at Achieve Wellness
    • Youth Leadership graduation at the meeting on November 15 – we will have 5-6 youth leadership speakers and 2 active toastmasters speak that night

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Tim Sullivan
Greeter: James Graves
Invocator / CLE: Brent Stewart
Grammarian: Sarah Pitkin (“Aghast” – used 13 times)
Time Keeper: Jim Salih
Vote Counter: Gary Brown
Ah Counter: Susan Carillo (12 crutch words used – counting um and like)
Camera Operator: Debbie Young
Table Topics: Nancy Haparimwi
General Evaluator: Kate Schafroth
Joke Master: Susan McConnell

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 Adam Kutell Tom Terrific
2 Howard Brandt Rob Van Winkle
3 Stacy Duncan Rich Puskarich
4 Jim Bubash Phil Gawlak

Voting:

Most Improved: Phil Gawlak
Best Table Topics: Debbie Young
Best Evaluator: Tom Terrific
Best Speaker: Adam Kutell

Meeting Rating:                  9.5

Meeting Adjourned:         9:04 PM

Members Present:

Bettag, Jack
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Clark, Eric
Coco, Nicholas
Collier, Bill
Cripps, Grace
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
Foster, Ginny
Gawlak, Phil
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hatten, Kyle
Hendrickson, Carl
Jennings, Sera
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Palusci, Joumana
Paul, Jerry
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Sheehan, Sean
Schaper, Jim
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Attendance:         19 / 47 members present – 40.4% attendance

Visitors:

  • Erin Gissel – visiting with Adam Kutell
  • Lalage Katunga, was in a youth program in HS and decided to check out the club

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2017

Meeting Minutes
South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:                     October 18, 2017

Meeting Type/Theme:      Regular Meeting – Theme: “Unforgettable mentors”

Meeting Location:            Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order:                 7:00 PM

Presiding Officer:              Kathy Denton, President

Officers’ Reports:                NONE

Committee Reports:         NONE

Unfinished Business:        NONE

New Business:

  • Vic Mattison called for a vote on November meetings
    • Vote to not meet the night before Thanksgiving – vote passed – we will not have a meeting the night before Thanksgiving
    • Motion for contest on last Wednesday of November
      • Tall tales contest on the 29th of November
        • Motion passed – Sarah Pitkin will be contest chair
      • Jim Bubash mentioned Christmas party
        • Adam motioned to have Jim Bubash lead the Christmas party – passed

Announcements:

  • Adam Kutell talked to Elaine Curry about the Pathways program which will roll out to region 5 in February
    • We are expected to phase out the current program (CLE) within 2 years of that
  • Adam Kutell congratulated George and Kathy on where they finished in their contests
  • Adam is competing in a table contest Saturday, October 28 – Division F, 3 p.m.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Stacy Duncan
Greeter: Susan McConnell
Invocator / CLE: Howard Brandt
Grammarian: Mark Esswein (“Cacoethes” – used 8 times)
Time Keeper: Tim Sullivan
Vote Counter: Judy Sowers
Ah Counter: Jack Bettag (10 crutch words used)
Camera Operator: Sean Sheehan
Table Topics: Jim Salih
General Evaluator: Sarah Pitkin
Joke Master: Steve Winheim, Sarah Pitkin, Jerry Paul

Speakers and Evaluators:

  Speakers Evaluators
1 Alan Kirby Bill Collier
2 Max Kaiser Jr. George Kiser
3 Jim Bubash Susan McConnell
4 Carl Hendrickson Brent Stewart

Voting:

Most Improved: Stacy Duncan
Best Table Topics: Hugh (Tim’s father in law, guest)
Best Evaluator: Bill Collier
Best Speaker: Max Kaiser

 

Meeting Rating:                  9.6

 

Meeting Adjourned:         9:06 PM

 

Members Present:

Bettag, Jack
Bone, Dean
Brandt, Howard
Brown, Gary
Bubash, James
Carrillo, Susan
Clark, Eric
Coco, Nicholas
Collier, Bill
Cripps, Grace
Denton, Kathy
Domian, Dave
Duncan, Stacy
Esswein, Mark
Foster, Ginny
Gawlak, Phil
Graves, James
Haparimwi, Nancy
Hatten, Kyle
Hendrickson, Carl
Jennings, Sera
Kaiser Jr, Max
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Kutell, Adam
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Palusci, Joumana
Paul, Jerry
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Salih, Jim
Schafroth, Kate
Sheehan, Sean
Schaper, Jim
Shields, Dick
Sowers, Judy
Spencer, Mary K
Stewart, Brent
Sullivan, Tim
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Willard, Gina
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Attendance:         23 / 47 members present – 49% attendance
Visitors:

  • Jake Broner, guest of Sarah Pitkin – second time coming
  • Shawn Finney, guest of Sarah Pitkin
  • Debbie Powers – friend of Susan McConnell
  • Hugh St. Onge. – Tim’s father in law
  • Annie Esswein – Mark’s wife
  • Zac Zigmann – works with George and Sean
  • Rebecca V – work with Sean and George
  • Barb – invited by Adam (Adam’s mentor)

Submitted by Sarah Pitkin, Secretary

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Guest night and open house Oct. 18th

The members of South County Toastmasters welcome you to attend our upcoming open house meeting on October 18th 2017.

Snacks and beverages will be provided

 Toastmasters provides you with the tools to become a great communicator and leader, or to hone skills that you already have. Be prepared so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.

Our meetings include prepared speeches with an oral evaluation, impromptu speaking, networking opportunities, and experiences in running a business meeting.

Contact Tim Sullivan for more information:

email: twilimsulli@gmail.com

cell#: 330-968-8085
Location: MetLife Building
13045 Tesson Ferry Rd Saint Louis, MO 63128-3407  United States
Our club website: https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/00001957-south-county-toastmasters-club

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