Youth Leadership Graduation, November 20, 2019

South County Toastmasters sponsored a Youth Leadership program led by Jim Salih.  For the past 8 weeks, youth between the ages of 8 through 16 met each week to learn about public speaking and the basics of Toastmaster meetings.  In recognition of their achievement of completing the program, a graduation was held on Wednesday, November 20th.  Congratulations to all participants.

Members of this class are shown below.  Row 1:  Jim Salih (Program Leader); Jinghuan Xu; Alex Puskarich.  Row 2:  Rich Puskarich (Program Assistant); Ethan Jiang; Allie Puskarich.  Row 3:  Jessie Jiang; Macy Mattison; Reagan Mattison.  Row 4: Zach Smelcer (Program Assistant);  Gabrielle Kellam.  Not shown, Sage Schmidt.

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Welcome New Member Kim Bond

On November 20, 2019, the members of South County Toastmasters inducted Kim Bond into the club as a new member.  Kim is shown below with her mentor, Debbie Young.  Welcome to the club!

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Table Topics Marathon October 30th

On October 30th, South County Toastmasters conducted a Table Topics Marathon with a Halloween theme.  J.D. Perper (aka Mad Scientist) led the marathon and was assisted by Debbie Young (aka Dr. Pain), Rob Van Winkle (aka Arrr Pirate) and Allie Puskarich (aka Princess).   The members present voted for the best table topics after each session.  There were four total winners.  Thanks to J.D. for organizing this fun event!!

The winners of each session of Table Topics as shown below:  Susan McConnell, Brent Stewart, J.D. Perper (leader), Jim Salih and Carl Hendrickson.

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The members and guests who “dressed for the occasion” in Halloween costumes as shown below are:  Judy Perper (J.D.’s sister), Rob Van Winkle, J.D. Perper, Allie Puskarich, Rich Puskarich, Susan McConnell, Debbie Young, Brent Stewart.

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Fundraiser Attended by South County Toastmaster Members Supports Fellow Member Non-Profit Organization

On October 18th, several members of South County Toastmasters attended a special “Mouse Races” fundraiser for the non-profit organization hosted by SCTM member Zach Smelcer.   The event was very successful and a good time was had by all.  The attendees from SCTM are shown in the photo below.  Zach Smelcer is third from the right.

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Welcome New Members Leah and Kat

The members of South County Toastmasters inducted Leah Star and Katsuko Higashino as new members.  Shown in the photo below are:  Eli Hoxha (Kat Higashino’s mentor), Leah Star and Kat Higashino.  Krista Butler (not shown) will serve as a mentor for Leah Star.  Leah and Kat, welcome to the club!

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SCTM Meeting Minutes: October 30, 2019

Meeting Date: 10/16/2019

Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:    Halloween Table Topics Marathon

Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building

Called to Order: 7:01 PM

Presiding Officer: Victor Mattison, President

Officer Reports:

  • Victor Mattison – Minutes approved with amendments
  • Rich Puskarich – Debbie Young is the first person to complete Level 2 of Pathways
  • VIctor Mattison – The search for a new building to host Toastmasters continues
    • Mercy hospital and the nearby church are potential venues
    • It is possible that meetings may be moved to either Tuesday or Thursday at a new building
  • Debbie Young – The 11/06/2019 meeting is to be held at the MAC Toastmasters Club on 405 Washington Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63102
    • The meeting shall last from 5:30 to 6:30
    • Parking is available in the garage behind MAC building. Parking fees are waived due to a voucher
    • Dinner or drinks may be had afterwards

Committee Reports:

  • Victor Mattison – Youth Toastmasters graduation takes place on November 20th. It continues to proceed without any issues

Unfinished Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • None

Correspondence and Announcements:

  • Max Kiser’s health is deteriorating. He currently awaits a kidney transplant
    • Please send thoughts and prayers
    • Visitors are appreciated as are calls and cards 

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster/Master of Ceremonies: JD Perper
Greeter: Susan McConnell
Invocator/CLE: None
Grammarian: Susan McConnell
Time Keeper: Jerry Paul
Vote Counter: Rob VanWinkle
Ah Counter: None
Camera Operator:  None
Table Topics: Debbie Young, Rob VanWinkle, JD Perper, Allison Puskarich
General Evaluator: None
Joke Master: Sean Sheehan

Speakers and Evaluators:

 Table Topics Master
1Debbie Young
2Rob VanWinkle
3JD Perper
4Allison Puskarich


Most Improved:Patrick Hunt
Best Table Topics 1: Brent Stewart
Best Table Topics 2:  Susan McConnell
Best Table Topics 3:Jim Salih
Best Table Topics 4:Carl Hendrickson
Scariest Table Topic:Brent Stewart

Members Present: 

Aden, Abdul
Brandt, Howard
Bridwell, Beth
Bubash, James
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Collier, Bill
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Harr, Jackie
Hendrickson, Carl
Higashino, Katsuko
Hoffman, Casey
Hoxha, Eli
Hunt, Patrick
Jordan, Donna
King, Geoff
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McCarty, Mike
McConnell, Susan
Mestdagh, Laurie
Monteiro, Stanley
Mudjzic, Samira
Paul, Jerry
Perper, JD
Pitkin, Sarah
Puskarich, Rich
Roll, Sandy
Salih, Jim
Sheehan, Sean
Shields, Dick
Smelcer, Zach
Spencer, Mary K
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Stewart, Brent
Terrific, Tom
VanWinkle, Robert
Winheim, Steve
Xu, Sarah
Young, Debbie

Meeting Rating: None

Meeting Adjourned:  9:00 pm 

Attendance:  16/ 42 members in attendance.  – 38.1% attendance 

Visitors:   Judy Perper

Submitted by Patrick Hunt, Assistant Secretary

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No Toastmaster Meeting at Metlife Wed, Nov 6th

South County Toastmasters will be visiting the MAC Toastmaster Club this week.

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