Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – July 1, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: July 1, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme: Freedom
Meeting Location: Remote Video Meeting
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, Outgoing President & Jerry Paul Incoming President
Submitted By: Kathy Denton, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:

VPE – Kathy Denton (Outgoing VPE) reported the following members earned awards in the traditional education program:

  • Jim Bubash – Advanced Leader Bronze
  • Victor Mattison – Advanced Communicator Gold
  • Sean Sheehan – Competent Leader

Kat Higashishino (Incoming VPE) reported the following members earned Pathways level awards:

  • Jim Salih – Path: Effective Coaching; Level – 1
  • Patrick Hunt – Path: Visionary Communications; Level 1

Committee Reports:  None

Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     Issues concerning returning to in-person meetings were discussed.  Most members are not comfortable with returning to in person meetings Mid-July if that becomes an option.  We may need to pay for the room to retain our slot even if we don’t use it, members were in favor of doing that to retain our slot.  Also, the community center may require we move to an earlier time slot of 6 – 8 pm.  The topic was tabled for future discussion as more information becomes available.

Induction of new officers: Angela Breinan inducted the new slate of officers:

  • President – Jerry Paul
  • VPE – Kat Higashino
  • VPM – Brent Stewart
  • VP-PR – Partick Hunt
  • Secretary – Kathy Denton
  • Treasurer – Kim Bond
  • Sergeant at Arms – Jim Salih
  • Officer at Large – Susan McConnell

Announcements:

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Debbie Young
Table Topics: Steve Winheim
General Evaluator: Jim Salih
Grammarian: Sandy Roll
Time Keeper: Katsuko Higashino
Invocator: George Kiser
Ah Counter: Donald Coupe
Joke Master: Brent Stewart
Vote Counter: Patrick Hunt

Word of the Day:  Liberty used 7 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Susan McConnell Bill Collier
2 Prathyush Viswaroopan Kim Bond
3 Victor Mattison Sean Sheehan

Voting:

Best Table Topics: Brent Stewart
Best Evaluator: Kim Bond
Best Speaker Susan McConnell
Most Improved PV

Meeting Rating:                           9.7

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:50 PM

Visitors:       Angie Breinin, Keith Page
Member Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Collier, Bill
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Stewart, Brent
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Winheim, Steve
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:General Attendance:  This week – 19 Members –  67.8%

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – June 24, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:June 24, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme: “Rebirth”
Meeting Location:Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:    None

Committee Reports:

Sean Sheehan gave a report about the progress the public relations committee has made.  They’re integrating new ideas such as the use of Instagram and Twitter.   They are continuing to be very active and expect to have more to report in the coming weeks.

Victor Mattison shared that we need to make a decision about our meeting room sometime in early July as they will start to take new reservations in mid-June.   They have not been charging us during the weeks they’ve been closed but said there was no discount available if our room capacity is limited upon our return.   It was recommended that this be added to next week’s agenda.

Newly elected officers  will be inducted next week and Angela Breinan will be officiating the proceedings

 Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     None

Announcements: 

Please consider muting your microphones when not speaking and un-muting your phone during the Jokemaster’s remarks as it helps her/him know how the jokes are being received

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Donald Coupe
Table Topics:Susan McConnell
Grammarian:Kim Bond
Time Keeper:Victor Mattison
Invocator / CLE:Prathyush Viswaroopan
Joke Master: George Kiser
Vote Counter:Sandy Roll

Word of the Day:  Regeneration (or any derivation) used 6  times

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Kat HigashinoPrathyush Viswaroopan
2Jackie HaarKim Bond
3Jerry PaulJD Perper

Voting:

Best Table Topics:Jim Salih
Best Evaluator:Kim Bond
Best SpeakerJerry Paul
Most ImprovedKim Bond

Meeting Rating:  Excellent                            

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:40 PM

Visitors:       Keith Page


Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Haar, Jacqueline
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Young, Debbie
Bond, Kim

Secretary’s Attendance Information:General Attendance:  This week – 17 Members –  42.5%

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – June 17, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:June 17, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme: “Gardens and/or Helping Others”
Meeting Location:Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:    None

Committee Reports:

Sean Sheehan reported that his committee is in the process of implementing the ideas shared and approved last week.  Proposed that the club join the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Chamber of Commerce with over 200 corporate and 1000 individual members.

Upon a motion and second, the motion passed without dissent.

We received word that as of July 18th, the city will be allowing organizations to utilize the meeting rooms however with a few changes;

             -New hours – the center will close at 8pm

             -Conference style room (tables/chairs – only 15 people

             -Theater style (chairs only) – 35 people

 We were asked whether we want the room reservation under the new hours (6 -8pm instead of 7 -9, every Wednesday and if we’re ok with the new maximum # of people for the room until St. Louis County allows more.    We should have discussion about this to give some feedback to Sunset Hills soon as we don’t want our night to be reassigned to another group.   However, the final decision should be made by the incoming officer team.  

Debbie Young shared that she is conducting an online Pathways Training session   – Tuesday, June  23, 7:30 – 8:30pm.  It is free and Debbie encouraged all members to attend.  For more information please contact Debbie or register online at https://dist8tm.org/training/

 Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     None

Announcements:    

Please consider muting your microphones when not speaking and un-muting your phone during the Jokemaster’s remarks as it helps her/him know how the jokes are being received

Kathy Denton encouraged everyone to start a Pathways project as we need to make progress towards next year’s President’s Distinguished Award.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Kathy Denton
Table Topics:Steve Winheim
Grammarian:Donald Coupe
Time Keeper:Patrick Hunt
Invocator / CLE:Jerry Paul
Joke Master: George Kiser
Vote Counter:Prathyush Viswaroopan

Word of the Day:  Altruistic or Altruism (or any derivation) used 4 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Victor MattisonSusan McConnell
2Jim BubashDebbie Young
3Tom TerrificDonald Coupe

Voting:

Best Table Topics:George Kiser
Best Evaluator:Susan McConnell
Best SpeakerVictor Mattison
Most ImprovedKeith Page, Visitor

Meeting Rating:                      8.762 out of 10                                                                                         

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:50 PM

Visitors:       Keith Page


Attendance:

Bubash, James
Collier, William
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Terrific, Tom
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie
Bubash, James
Collier, William

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:  This week – 18 Members –  45.0%

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – June 10, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:June 10, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme: “Hope Faith and Trust”
Meeting Location:Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:    None

Committee Reports:

Sean Sheehan asked for the club’s support for the following recommendations by the newly appointed public relations committee:

  1. Outreach to local businesses via email
  2. Update club Facebook Page
  3. Reach out ot The Call and other area newspapers
  4. Articles on individual LinkedIn pages
  5. Launch other social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter)
  6. Outreach to students from local colleges or high school seniors

Upon a motion and second, the motion passed without dissent.

Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     None

Announcements:    

Jim Salih recommended that members mute their microphones when not speaking and that they consider un-muting your phone during the Jokemaster’s remarks as it helps her/him know how the jokes are being received

Kathy Denton reminded us that we need to have someone perform the induction of officers next week.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Kim Bond
Table Topics:Alan Kirby
Grammarian:Steve Winheim
Time Keeper:Sandy Roll
Invocator / CLE:Kat Higashino
Joke Master: Jerry Paul
Vote Counter:Kat Higashino

Word of the Day:  Integrity (or any derivation) used 3 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Patrick HuntKathy Denton
2George KiserJim Salih
3JD PerperKat Higashino

Voting:

Best Table Topics:Patrick Hunt
Best Evaluator:Kathy Denton
Best SpeakerPatrick Hunt
Most ImprovedPatrick Hunt

Meeting Rating:      Excellent                                                                                                         

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:26 PM

Visitors:       Keith Page


Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Stewart, Brent
Terrific, Tom
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:  This week – 50.0%

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – June 3, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:June 3, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme: “Technology”
Meeting Location:Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:  

Kathy Denton shared that there is a new award available to TM clubs, the Online Ovation award.  In summary, clubs must hold online meetings and achieve certain advancement goals.   More information is available via toastmasters.org.

JD reminded everyone that we will be voting for the new cast of officers this week.   

Committee Reports:

Jim Bubash was previously asked if he could record speeches and he explored how to record and upload meetings to YouTube.   Upon further inquiry he reported there was a strong objection to having meetings uploaded.  In lieu, he shared how individual members can record their own speeches.

Nominating Committee – Debbie Young presented the slate of officers for the July 1 – December 31 term.   Upon a motion by Victor Mattison which was seconded by Brent Stewart, the slate of officers elected without dissent

  • President – Jerry Paul
  • VPE – Kat Higashino
  • VPM – Brent Stewart
  • VP-PR – Partick Hunt
  • Secretary – Kathy Denton
  • Treasurer – Kim Bond
  • Sergeant at Arms – Jim Salih
  • Officer at Large – Susan McConnell

Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     None

Announcements:    

It was recommended that members mute their microphones when not speaking and that they consider un-muting your phone during the Jokemaster’s remarks as it helps her/him know how the jokes are being received

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Sean Sheehan
Table Topics:Jerry Paul
Grammarian:Patrick Hunt
Time Keeper:George Kiser
Invocator / CLE:Susan McConnell
Joke Master: Donald Coupe
Vote Counter:Jim Salih

Word of the Day:  Abomination (or any derivation) used 5 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Kathy DentonKat Higashino
2Brent StewartVictor Mattison
3Debbie YoungSandy Roll

Voting:

Best Table Topics:Victor Mattison
Best Evaluator:Sandy Roll
Best SpeakerDebbie Young
Most ImprovedKat Higashino

Meeting Rating:  Excellent                                                                                                               

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:36 PM

Visitors:       Keith Page and Ali Abid


Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Stewart, Brent
Young, Debbie
Bond, Kim
Bubash, James

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:  This week – 42.5%

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Book Giveaway Tonight

Tonight, I’m giving away old books and manuals that relate to speaking, presentation skills and old Toastmaster printed materials. These are all free and you just have to let me know if you are interested.

Watch the club Zoom meeting tonight at 7 p.m. – May 27, 2020

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – May 20, 2020

Meeting Date:May 20, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme: “New Companions”
Meeting Location:Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:  

JD reported that at the district meeting some changes were made to the assignment of clubs within the district (i.e. some are changing “area” assignments to help balance resources. He also shared that the national organization has lost about 10% of its members.  Lots of attention is being dedicated to how to grow.

Kathy shared we achieved our President’s Distinguished award and thanked all members

Kathy shared meetings are posted for June.  Due to lower membership numbers some members are being assigned to multiple roles, this being required to fill all the roles.  When you check the schedules, be sure you’re not there twice.

Committee Reports:

Nominating Committee – Jerry Paul presented the slate of officers for the next term (which starts July 1).

  1. President – Jerry Paul
  2. VPE – Kat Higashino
  3. VPM – Brent Stewart
  4. VP-PR – Partick Hunt
  5. Secretary – Kathy Denton
  6. Treasurer – Kim Bond
  7. Sergeant at Arms – Jim Salih
  8. Officer at Large – Susan McConnell

Unfinished Business:     None

New Business:     

Jim Salih proposed that we reduce the number of speakers to three and reinstate the GE role during the time that we’re meeting remotely.  After being seconded there was discussion. The motion was passed overwhelmingly.

Sean Sheehan proposed a motion to form a PR committee that he would chair.  This is part of an award program he’s working on. After being seconded there was no discussion and the motion was passed overwhelmingly.

Jim Salih will be posting the meeting to YouTube.

Announcements:    

Congratulations to Debbie Young for achieving her 4th level in Pathways.   She was recognized for earning the “Triple Crown” at the district meeting.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Kat Hagashino
Table Topics:Patrick Hunt
Grammarian:George Kiser
Time Keeper:Robert Mahacek
Invocator / CLE:Steve Winheim
Joke Master: Debbie Young
Vote Counter:Kim Bond

Word of the Day:  Four or Fore (or any derivation) used 15 times, 8 by Debbie Young

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Alan KirbySandy Roll
2Victor MattisonRobert Van Winkle
3Brent StewartPrathyush Viswaroopan
4Bill CollierDonald Coupe

Voting:

Best Table Topics:Sean Sheenan
Best Evaluator:Donald Coupe
Best SpeakerBrent Stewart

Meeting Rating: Excellent                                                                                                               

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:35 PM

Visitors:    

Elango, a former member who was invited by Jim Salih


Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Stewart, Brent
Van Winkle, Robert
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week:52.5%
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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – May 13, 2020

Meeting Minutes

South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: May 13, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme: What have you liked about the shutdown?
Meeting Location: Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:  

Kathy Denton reported that many members had asked not to be scheduled in June and she may need help getting the roles filled.

JD reminded everyone that the district meeting will be held this weekend via Zoom.   Kathy Denton will attend to vote on behalf of the club.  Jerry Paul said the contests will be as follows:     7:30 Friday – Humorous Speech Contest.   4:45 Saturday – International Speech Contest

Committee Reports:

Nominating Committee – Debbie Young reported that most of the roles have been filled.  She needs someone for Secretary and Sergeant at Arms.

  • President – Jerry Paul
  • VPE – Kat Higashino
  • VPM – Brent Stewart
  • VP-PR – Partick Hunt
  • Treasurer – Kim Bond
  • Officer at Large – Susan McConnell

 Unfinished Business:     None

 New Business:     None

 Announcements:    None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Jim Salih
Table Topics: Donald Coupe
Grammarian: Bill Collier
Time Keeper: Kat Higashino
Invocator / CLE: Bob Mahacek
Joke Master:  Victor Mattison
Vote Counter: Kathy Denton

Word of the Day:  Gravitas, used 5 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Kim Bond Patrick Hunt
2 Steve Winheim Jerry Paul

Voting:

Most Improved: Kim Bond
Best Table Topics: Kathy Denton
Best Evaluator: Jerry Paul
Best Speaker Steve Winheim

Meeting Rating:                            9.7                                                                                             

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:23 PM

Visitors:    

  • Andrew May
  • Mandi


Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Stewart, Brent
Van Winkle, Robert
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week – 47.5% of members

 

 

 

 

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – April 29, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)  

Meeting Date: April 29, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Benefits of Toastmasters
Meeting Location: Remote Video Meeting 
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:   None

Committee Reports:

Victor Mattison shared an overview of the changes that Jim Salih, Kathy Denton and he are proposing to be made to the club’s constitution and bylaws.  A copy of the proposed changes will be sent to all members and we’ll vote on the changes next week.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:  None

Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Kat Higashino
Table Topics: Kat Higashino
Grammarian: Kim Bond 
Time Keeper: Bob Mahaceck
Invocator / CLE: Rob Van Winkle
Joke Master:  Several
Vote Counter: Susan McConnell

Word of the Day:  Myriad, used 3 times

As this was the fifth Wednesday of the month we did a unique meeting which included two rounds of table topics, two rounds of Toatmasters-themed quizzes and a bracket-styled joke contest between 8 members.  Each of the three sections will have a winner.

Voting:

  • Table Topics Contest #1: Brent Stewart
  • Table Topics Contest #2:  Kim Bond
  • Toastmasters Content #1:  Jim Salih
  • Toastmasters Contest #2:  Nancy Whately-Blaine
  • Joke Contest: Debbie Young

Speakers and Evaluators:

Meeting Rating:                      Great Remote Meeting                                                                       

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:47 PM

Visitors:    

Nancy Whatley-Blaine, President of Moneta Voices, a corporate club in Clayton

Attendance:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Haar, Jackie
Higashino, Katsuko
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Stewart, Brent
Van Winkle, Rob
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:   This week – 35%

 

 

 

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Meeting Minutes – South County Toastmasters – April 15, 2020

Meeting Minutes Submitted by Kathy Denton

Rob started the meeting and because he was concerned about running out of time (we were using the free version of Zoom), he decided to skip the business meeting and do the speeches first.  We did get our time extended.  It appears a person who is new to zoom gets 3 free extensions.

From Turbobase:
Meeting Date and Time   15 April 2020, 7:00pm
Meeting Title / Theme   Spring showers bring May flowers
Pre Meeting Notes       Gardening, favorite flowers, spring things.

Meeting Minutes and Notes
Toastmaster     VanWinkle, Robert
Table Topics Master     Bond, Kim
Grammarian      Winheim, Steve
Timer   Denton, Kathy
Speaker 1       Kirby, Alan
Speaker 2       Terrific, Tom
Speaker 3       Paul, Jerry
Speaker 4       Salih, Jim
Evaluator 1     Hunt, Patrick
Evaluator 2     McConnell, Susan
Evaluator 3     Young, Debbie
Evaluator 4     Roll, Sandy
Invocator/CLE   Viswaroopan, Prathyush
Joke Master     Hunt, Patrick
Hot Seat        Mattison, Victor
Attendees (I took pictures of the zoom list):
Donald Coupe
Donna Jordan
Jerry Paul
Jim Salih
Kat
Kim Bond
Susan McConnell
Patrick Hunt
PV
Robert Mahacek
Sandy Roll
Steve Winheim
Tom Krauska/Terrific
Kathy Denton
Rob Van Winkle
Jim Salih
Alan Kirby
Brent Stewart
Debbie Young
Jerry Paul

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: April 22, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting
Theme: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
Meeting Location: Remote Meeting via Zoom
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:
None

Committee Reports:

  • Kathy Denton reminded the club that, despite the current plan to meet remotely, we need an event chairperson.
  • The club’s By-Laws are being updated to reflect changes due to Pathways, changes to fees and to streamline the format and organization of the material. An updated version will be sent for the club’s review and comment prior to a vote as to whether the changes will be approved

Unfinished Business:

  • The nominating committee has begun working on candidates for next term. If you are interested to serve in an officer’s role please let them know. The committee includes; Debbie Young, Jerry Paul, and George Kiser

New Business:

  • JD got a call from a district representative about the spring meeting, May 15-16. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Information is available on the district 8 website, http://www.dist8tm.org

Announcements: None

Meeting Roles:

  • Toastmaster: Sandy Roll
  • Table Topics: Jim Salih
  • Grammarian: Bob Mahacek
  • Time Keeper: Jeannie Spurgeon
  • Invocator / CLE: Debbie Young
  • Joke Master: George Kiser
  • Vote Counter: Debbie Young

Word of the Day: Paragon, used 6 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Debbie Young gave a presentation on messaging within Pathways

Speakers

  • Susan McConnell
  • Kathy Denton
  • Jim Bubash

Evaluators

  • Kim Bond
  • Jerry Paul
  • Tom Terrific

Voting:

  • Best Table Topics: Bob Mahacek
  • Best Evaluator: Jerry Paul
  • Best Speaker: Susan McConnell

Meeting Rating: Great Remote Meeting

Meeting Adjourned: 8:43 PM

Visitors: None

Attendance:

Here’s who attended this week:

Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathy
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Stewart, Brent
Terrific, Tom
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week: 50.0%

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Meeting Minutes – March 25, 2020 – South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Minutes – South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: March 25, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Remote Video Meeting – Theme:  Aspiration
Meeting Location: Remote Video Meeting
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  Kathy Denton, Acting President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Business Meeting:       

Due to the special nature of this meeting, our first of this kind, there was no business meeting.

Table Topics:

Upon the recommendation of Debbie Young we held a table topics relay during which each member was asked a table topics question and then, in turn, asked one of another member.    There was some concern about how members would acclimate to the use of video conferencing technology but it was remarkably smooth.

It was good to be together and nice to keep our collective bookmark on our regular meeting date/time.

For our first remote meeting it went very well.  We’ll expand on this idea for future meetings.   

Approximately 15 members attended.

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:00 PM

 

 

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters – Wed, April 1st

Meeting Date:April 1, 2020
Meeting Theme:Roll with the punches
Meeting Location:Virtual Meeting via Zoom
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:Kathy Denton, Acting President
Submitted By:Jim Salih

Officers’ Reports:

  • There were no minutes from the meeting of March 25 to approve.
  • Patrick Hunt reported that there were at least 5 members who he felt were not renewing their membership and there may be more.
  • Sunset Hills Community Center is returning a credit for the meetings that we cannot hold due to the pandemic and that credit can be applied to future meetings, so this time off is costing the club nothing in rent. Patrick will continue to pay SSCC for another month and then stop payments unless we have restarted meetings again which is not likely.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Steve Winheim
Table Topics:Debbie Young
Grammarian:Sandy Roll (malleable – 4 uses)
Time Keeper:Bill Collier
Invocator/CLE:Susan McConnell
Joke Master:George Kiser

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
Kat HigashinoAlan Kirby
Patrick HuntJim Salih
Prathyush ViswaroopanBill Collier

There was no voting for the night.

Meeting Adjourned:  8:15 pm

Attendance:

Bond, Kim

Collier, Bill

Coupe, Donald

Denton, Kathy

Higashino, Kat

Hunt, Patrick

Kirby, Alan

Kiser, George

Mahacek, Bob

McConnell, Susan

Roll, Sandy

Salih, Jim

Spurgeon, Jeannie

Viswaroopan, Prathyush

Winheim, Steve

Young, Debbie

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Leave Feedback for a Member in Base Camp

As we tread into new territory of participating in online meetings, we don’t have to stop giving our speakers feedback.  You can leave feedback for any member, any time in Base Camp.  Following is a short video to walk you through the process:  Post Feedback for a Member in Pathways

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Zoom Video Conference

The Zoom.us basic account is free, but is limited to 40 minutes when you have a crowd. Apparently, what some groups do is have a 40 minute meeting and then after that meeting is done, they have a second meeting.

I installed it on my Chromebook from the Google Play store. It should also work on other systems and devices.

My experience with one other person is that we both had audio problems and could not hear each other. By clicking on different links we worked it out. This does show that you need to watch an instruction video and understand where the controls are.

Here’s a good article on the basics of getting ready for a Zoom call.

Toastmaster Clubs – it appears that many of the online clubs use Zoom as their means of communicating. As of this date, TI doesn’t have any support for video meetings. One thing I have surmised is that Zoom is like Pathways – it takes a while and a few curse words to get everything working, but with practice you can get it to work.

The Basic FREE Plan includes:

  • Unlimited number of meetings (one meeting at a time)
  • No expiration date
  • No time limit for 1-on-1 meetings
  • 40 minute limit on meetings with 3-100 people
Here’s a good video with the basics.
Zoom Security Settings

There are a number of online videos and the Zoom support site does have quite a few longer training videos one can watch.

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Minutes – South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: March 4, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  New Beginnings
Meeting Location: Sunset Hills Community Center (First Meeting in New Location)
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  Victor Mattison, Acting President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

  • Victor Mattison commended Debbie Young for her help in getting the meeting room organized and planned as she’s worked hard for the past few weeks to make sure our first meeting is as smooth as possible.   He also commended her on her great work in updating the website and its content. Bravo, Debbie!

Committee Reports:

  • Jim Salih shared that the Youth Leadership program is scheduled to start in about a week and signups have been slow to come. Please spread the word.

Unfinished Business:    

  • Minutes from the February 26 meeting were approved.

New Business: None

Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Susan McConnell
Table Topics: Patrick Hunt
General Evaluator:  Zach Smelcer
Grammarian: Bob Mahacek
Time Keeper: Steve Winheim
Camera Operator:   Bill Collier
Invocator / CLE: Kat Higasino
Joke Master:  Matt Clark
Hot Seat: Patrick Hunt
Greeter: Victor Mattison
Vote Counter: Bob Mahacek
Ah Counter:   Leah Star

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Krista Butler Jerry Paul
2 Debbie Young Sandy Roll
3 Donald Coupe Sean Sheehan
4 Kim Bond Jeannie Spurgeon

Voting:

Most Improved: Kim Bond
Best Table Topics: Rich Puskarich
Best Evaluator: Sean Sheehan
Best Speaker Debbie Young

Meeting Rating:                            9.3                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  9:00 PM

Visitors:    

  • Brian, first time visitor
  • Pong WeiLin, friend of Zach Smelcer (former Toastmaster)
  • Kyle, friend of Krista Butler

Attendance:

Here’s who attended this week:

Bond, Kim
Brandt, Howard
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Higashino, Katsuko
Hunt, Patrick
Jordan, Donna
Kirby, Alan
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Puskarich, Richard
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Smelcer, Zach
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Star, Leah
Van Winkle, Robert
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

 

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

  • This week:                            60.0%
  • YTD average:                        52.3%
  • YTD highest weekly %:       64.1%, January 8, 2020
  • YTD lowest weekly %:        41.0%, January 22, 2020

 Members with more than 75% attendance:

Butler, Krista 89%
Clark, Matt 89%
Collier, William 78%
Coupe, Donald 89%
Higashino, Katsuko 89%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Salih, James 89%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 78%
Van Winkle, Robert 78%
Young, Debbie 100%

Longest Current Attendance Streaks (consecutive meetings)

9 McConnell, Susan
9 Mattison, Victor
9 Paul, Jerald
9 Young, Debbie
8 Salih, James
7 Higashino, Katsuko
6 Clark, Matt
6 Coupe, Donald
6 Mahaceh, Bob
6 Winheim, Steven
5 Butler, Krista
5 Collier, William
5 Sheehan, Sean
5 Spurgeon, Jeannie
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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – February 26, 2020

Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – February 26, 2020

Meeting Date: February 26, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Falling in Love
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  Matt Clark, Acting President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary


Officers’ Reports:       

  • Susan McConnell prepared some flyers to promote the upcoming Youth Leadership program which she hopes members can help distribute to places such as local libraries.  Please contact Susan if you can help.
  • Debbie Young said that due to the tight pre-meeting timetable she is going to set out meeting agendas, ballots and similar items on the countertop area just inside the meeting room. Members should pick this material up as they come in.   Remember, 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.

Committee Reports:

  • Matt Clark announced that we have received an application for membership from Prathyush Visapooran.   After guests were escorted from the room Prathyush’s membership was discussed and approved after which he was inducted as a new member.  Victor Mattison will serve as his mentor.

Unfinished Business:     None

New Business: None

Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Krista Butler
Table Topics: Rob Van Winkle
General Evaluator:  Debbie Young
Grammarian: Kim Bond
Time Keeper: Zach Smelcer
Camera Operator:   George Kiser
Invocator / CLE: Kim Bond
Joke Master:  Bill Collier
Hot Seat: Kim Bond
Greeter: Donald Coupe
Vote Counter: Donald Coupe
Ah Counter:   Jerry Paul

Word of the Day:  Osculate, used 3 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Matt Clark Donald Coupe
2 Tom Terrific Leah Star
3 Steve Winheim Kat Higashino
4 Susan McConnell Victor Mattison

Voting:

Most Improved: Matt Clark
Best Table Topics: Susan McConnell
Best Evaluator: Victor Mattison
Best Speaker Steve Winheim

Meeting Rating:                            9.5                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  8:55 PM

Visitors: 

  • Pong WeiLin, friend of Zach Smelcer (former Toastmaster)

Attendance:

Here’s who attended this week:

Bond, Kim
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Higashino, Katsuko
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Smelcer, Zach
Star, Leah
Terrific, Tom
Van Winkle, Robert
Viasaroopan, Prathyush
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie


Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

  • This week:                             45.0%
  • YTD average:                        51.4%
  • YTD highest weekly %:       64.1%, January 8, 2020
  • YTD lowest weekly %:        41.0%, January 22, 2020

 

Members with more than 75% attendance:

Butler, Krista 88%
Clark, Matt 88%
Collier, William 75%
Coupe, Donald 88%
Denton, Kathy 75%
Higashino, Katsuko 88%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Perper, James 75%
Salih, James 88%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 75%
Van Winkle, Robert 75%
Young, Debbie 100%


Longest Current Attendance Streaks
(consecutive meetings)

8 McConnell, Susan
8 Mattison, Victor
8 Paul, Jerald
8 Young, Debbie
7 Salih, James
6 Higashino, Katsuko
6 Kiser, George
6 Perper, James
5 Clark, Matt
5 Coupe, Donald
5 Mahaceh, Bob
5 Winheim, Steven
4 Butler, Krista
4 Collier, William
4 Sheehan, Sean
4 Spurgeon, Jeannie

 

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Welcome New Member Prathyush Viasroopan (P.V.)

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Shown above from left to right:  Victor Mattison (mentor);  Prathyush Viasroopan (P.V.); Matt Clark (Acting President)

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the members of South County Toastmasters inducted Prathyush Viasroopan (P.V.) into the Club as a new member.  Victor Mattison will serve as his mentor.   Welcome to South County Toastmasters P.V.!!

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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.

 Announcements:  

  • 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

Voting:

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

Visitors:    

  • Dr. David (former Toastmaster)

Attendance:

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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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – February 12, 2020

The meeting on February 12, 2020 was a makeup for the February 5 meeting.   The club conducted a speech contest.

Humorous Speech Contest:
– Bill Collier – 1st Place
– Kathy Denton – 2nd Place
– Matt Clark – 3rd Place

International Speech Contest:
– Victor Mattison – 1st Place
– Kathy Denton – 2nd Place
– JD Perper – 3rd Place

 

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – February 5, 2020

There was no club meeting on February 5 due to inclement weather.

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Congratulations to International and Humorous Speech Contestants

 

Contest photos SCTM Winners - 600

Pictured above from left to right:  Bill Collier (1st Place, Humorous Speech Contest);  Jim Bubash (2nd Place, Humorous Speech Contest), Victor Mattison (2nd Place, International Speech Contest)

The Area 4 International and Humorous Speech Contests were held on February 22, 2020 at Grand Glaize Library.  Members of South County Toastmasters presented interesting and entertaining speeches.  One of the contestants, Jim Bubash, represented Jeffco Challengers in this contest, but is also a member of South County Toastmasters.  Bill Collier, first place winner of the Humorous Speech Contest, will compete in the Division A contest on March 28, 2020.  Congratulations to all the participants!!

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South County Toastmasters Well Represented at the Area 4 International and Humorous Speech Contests

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Shown above from left to right:  Bill Collier (1st Place, Humorous Speech Contest); Jim Bubash, currently a member of Jeffco Challengers and South County Toastmasters (2nd Place, Humorous Speech Contest);  Charmin Gans, formerly a member of South County Toastmasters  (1st Place International Speech Contest); Victor Mattison (2nd Place International Speech Contest)

On February 22, 2020,  Bill Collier and Victor Mattison represented South County Toastmasters in the Area 4 International Speech and Humorous Speech Contests.  The other competitors representing Jeffco Challengers in this competition, have been or are currently affiliated with South County Toastmasters. Bill Collier and Charmin Gans will compete in the Division A International and Humorous Speech Contests on March 28 at Grand Glaize Library at 10:00 AM.  Congratulations to the contest winners!!!  The members of South County Toastmasters applaud your success!!

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Youth Leadership Program

Change in PlansThe Saline Fire Department just called me and told me that they forgot to tell me that they have voting on Tuesday, March 10. So, Youth Leadership will not start tomorrow night. It may start the next week if we get enough students which we don’t have at this moment. But no class tomorrow night, March 10, for sure.

Jim Salih

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Starting: Tuesday, March 10 thru May 5 for seven Tuesdays (non-consecutive because of previous Fire Department Schedule).
Graduation will be at the club meeting Wednesday, May 13.
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Place: Saline Valley Fire Protection District building,
1771 Springdale Blvd. Fenton, MO 63026

Class capacity: 12 @ $10.00 per child.
Coordinator: Jim Salih

Contact – hilasmij-yl@yahoo.com
Jim Salih
(314) 706-6434 (call or text)

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Upcoming International and Humorous Speech Contests – February 22, 2020

Victor Mattison and Bill Collier will be representing South County Toastmasters by competing in the Area 4 International and Humorous Speech contests.  Details on time and place are shown below:

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Grand Glaize Library
1010 Meramec Station Road
Manchester, MO 63021
Meeting Room 2
Doors Open: 9:00 am
Briefings: 9:30 am
Contests:10:00 am

Let’s show our support for Victor and Bill by attending these contests on Saturday!!

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Congratulations to Kathy Denton and Matt Clark – Pathways Awards

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Pictured above from left to right:  Kathy Denton, Matt Clark

Congratulations to Kathy Denton and Matt Clark for earning Level 1 Pathways Awards.  Kathy completed the Persuasive Influence Path and Matt completed the Dynamic Leadership Path.  The members of South County Toastmasters commend you for your achievements!!

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Congratulations to Krista Butler and Debbie Young – Pathways Awards

Debbie, Krista awards use this one

Pictured from left to right:  Debbie Young, Krista Butler

Congratulations to Krista Butler and Debbie Young for earning the Pathways Level 2 Awards.  Krista completed the Innovative Planning Path and Debbie completed the Dynamic Leadership Path.  The members of South County Toastmasters commend you for your achievements!!

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Humorous Speech Contest Winners

Bill, Kathy, Matt Contest Only this one

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, South County Toastmasters hosted a Humorous Speech Contest.   Club members were entertained by the stories shared by the contest participants.  The winners are shown in the photo above from left to right:  Bill Collier (First Place); Kathy Denton (Second Place); and Matt Clark (Third Place).  Bill Collier will represent South County Toastmasters at the Area 4 Humorous Speech Contest on February 22, 2020.  Thanks to all the participants for providing an entertaining evening.  Congratulations to all the winners!

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International Speech Contest Winners – Club Level

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On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, South County Toastmasters hosted an International Speech Contest.  All participants presented well prepared speeches on a variety of topics.  The winners of the contest are shown above from left to right:  Victor Mattison (First Place); Kathy Denton (Second Place); and J.D. Perper (Third Place).  Victor Mattison will represent South County Toastmasters in the Area 4 International Speech Contest on February 22nd.  Congratulations to all the winners.

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – January 29, 2020

 

Meeting Date: January 29, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Puzzles
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

President’s Report:   None

Committee Reports:

  • Debbie Young filled the last needed role for the  club speech content which will be held on February 5. There is still room for speaker contestants in each of the Humorous Speaking and International (which means it’s a general speech, not required to be of any particular type or style).   Find here a copy of the 2019-20 Speech Contest Rulebook.   Anyone who is interested to help or speak should contact Debbie.
  • Following up on the discussion of last week and the email summary that was sent to all members, Victor Mattison proposed:

As recommended by a unanimous vote of the club’s officers last week, I move that the club dues be changed to $76 per 6-month term (instead of $51 per term) in order to accommodate the cost of our new location at the Sunset Hills Community Center.

The motion was seconded by Jim Salih and passed by a unanimous vote of the active club.  The dues increase will go into effect on our next renewal in March/April.

  •  A short discussion followed to discuss whether this increase would cost significant membership (which is not anticipated).  The per 6-month dues are spent as follows:
    • $25 – to pay for the costs of our meeting space
    • $45 – is remitted to the Toastmasters International organization 
    • $6 – is retained by the club to be judiciously spent on things to benefit the club.

 Unfinished Business:     

  • Minutes from the January 22 were approved.

 New Business: 

  • JD reminded everyone that Bill Collier is evaluating the best solutions for new signage that can be used in our new location.  

 Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Victor Mattison
Table Topics: Donna Jordan
General Evaluator:  Abdul Aden
Grammarian: Jeannie Spurgeon
Time Keeper: Jim Salih
Camera Operator:   Jerry Paul
Invocator / CLE: Donald Coupe
Joke Master:  Steve Winheim
Hot Seat: George Kiser
Greeter: Donald Coupe
Vote Counter: Kat Higashino
Ah Counter:   Bob Mahaceh

Word of the Day:  Cleve, used 8 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Rich Puskarich Leah Star
2 Jackie Haar Kim Bond
3 Debbie Young Jim Bubash
4 Sean Sheehan Matt Clark

Voting:

Most Improved: Kim Bond
Best Table Topics: Sean Sheehan
Best Evaluator: Matt Clark
Best Speaker Rich Puskarich

Meeting Rating:                            9.5                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  9:05 PM

Visitors:    

  • Prathyuch Visuaroopah
  • David Thompson
  • Matthew Kiser
     

Attendance:

This will later be shared via a link to the attendance records but, for now, here’s who attended this week:

Aden, Abdul
Bond, Kim
Bubash, James
Clark, Matt
Coupe, Donald
Haar, Jacqueline
Higashino, Katsuko
Jordan, Donna
Kiser, George
Mahaceh, Bob
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Puskarich, Richard
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Star, Leah
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week: 53.8%
YTD average: 52.2%
YTD highest weekly % 64.1% January 8, 2020
YTD lowest weekly % 41.0% January 22, 2020


Members with more than 75% attendance:

Bond, Kim 75%
Bubash, James 75%
Butler, Krista 75%
Clark, Matt 75%
Coupe, Donald 75%
Denton, Kathyrn 75%
Higashino, Katsuko 75%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Perper, James 100%
Salih, James 100%
Sheehan, Sean 100%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 75%
Van Winkle, Robert 75%
Young, Debbie 100%

As we get through the next few meetings you’ll see additional statistics such as:

 Attendance Records from January 2020 – present by person

  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • Weekly Award Winners and Words of the Day

 

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Welcome New Member – Bob Mahacek

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The members of South County Toastmasters inducted Bob Mahacek as a new member during the January 21, 2020 meeting.  Shown in the photo above from left to right:  Sean Sheehan (Mentor); Bob Mahacek; and J.D. Perper (President).  Welcome to the club Bob!!

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Meeting Minutes South County – Toastmasters (#1957) – January 22, 2020

 

Meeting Date: January 22, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Success Through Synergy
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

President’s Report:

  • JD shared that he will be away from the club starting in mid-February for about 6-weeks.  Per the club’s governing documents the EVP, Kathy Denton, is the second in command and will assume leadership of the club in JDs absence.

Committee Reports:

  • Debbie Young announced the club speech content will be held on February 5. There is a need for both contest officials and speakers.   The contest will include both Humorous Speaking and International (which means it’s a general speech, not required to be of any particular type or style).   Find here a copy of the 2019-20 Speech Contest Rulebook.   Anyone who is interested to help or speak should contact Debbie.
  • Victor Mattison shared that the club officers met prior to the meeting to discuss the relocation of the club to the Sunset Hills Community Center and the additional cost this will incur.  Our first meeting will be held there on March 4. met to discuss options to address this additional cost.    We discussed several options (which have been previously shared with the club) but, in the end,  voted unanimously to recommend to the club membership that this cost be paid for by increasing the per-term cost to $76 per member.   Here’s how that covers the incremental $2,000 per year. Our membership moves up and down but is, on average, about 40 members. So, at $50 per member per year ($25 for each of the two 6-month terms) we can pay for the upgrade to a new and better meeting place.   We recognized that this increase may cause hardship to some and we feel STRONGLY that we not lose members due to any members’ temporary cash-crunch (which we’ve all struggled through from time to time). If this is your circumstance, DO NOT QUIT – please see the club Treasurer (Patrick Hunt) who has been authorized to help.  In such a case, Patrick will confirm his intent with the club President (JD Perper) and your request for assistance will otherwise be kept in confidence. The other officers and club members will not be told the name of anyone who requests help. Victor said this plan will be shared via this email so everyone has a chance to read and understand it.  We will vote on a motion for this to be adopted at the regular club meeting next week, January 29, 2020.
  • Kathy Denton shared details about the VPE role and how meetings are scheduled.   She reminded members that the VPE sends a notice out a few weeks before the start of each month asking for any role requests or days you’ll be unavailable.   She uses this information to plan meetings. If a member plans to be absent it’s important to so notify the VPE prior to that month’s scheduling. If you don’t indicate you’ll be absent or with other instructions you are subject to being scheduled for any role, including that of speaker.   She recommends that all members check their email sufficiently often as to timely receive these important planning emails. Once the month’s meetings have been scheduled and posted, if you can not attend a meeting it is your responsibility to find a replacement and notify the Toastmaster and GE of that meeting.

Unfinished Business:     

  • Minutes from each of the January 8 and January 15 meetings were approved.

New Business: 

  • The club welcomed new member Bob Mahacek.  Sean Sheehan has been asked to serve as his mentor.

Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Jerry Paul
Table Topics: Kat Higashino
General Evaluator:  George Kiser
Grammarian: Kathy Denton
Time Keeper: Jim Salih
Camera Operator:   Sean Sheehan
Invocator / CLE: Jerry Paul
Joke Master:  Rob Van Winkle
Hot Seat: Sandy Roll
Greeter: Kathy Denton
Vote Counter: Jim Salih
Ah Counter:   Make McCarty

Word of the Day:  Lassitude, used 2 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Bill Collier Victor Mattison
2 Alan Kirby JD Perper
3 Jackie Harr Susan McConnell

Voting:

Most Improved: Jackie Harr
Best Table Topics: Kathy Denton
Best Evaluator: Susan McConnell
Best Speaker Bill Collier

Meeting Rating:                            9.0                                                                                            

Meeting Adjourned:                  8:45 PM

Visitors:    None

Attendance:

This will later be shared via a link to the attendance records but, for now, here’s who attended this week:

Butler, Krista
Collier, William
Denton, Kathyrn
Haar, Jacqueline
Higashino, Katsuko
Kirby, Alan
Kiser, George
Mattison, Victor
McCarty, Michael
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Van Winkle, Robert
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

This week: 41.00%
YTD average: 51.30%
YTD highest weekly % 64.10% January 8, 2020
YTD lowest weekly % 41.00% January 22, 2020

 

Members with more than 75% attendance:

Butler, Krista 100%
Denton, Kathyrn 100%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Perper, James 100%
Salih, James 100%
Sheehan, Sean 100%
Van Winkle, Robert 100%
Young, Debbie 100%

As we get through the next few meetings you’ll see additional statistics such as:

  • Attendance Records from January 2020 – present by person
  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • Weekly Award Winners and Words of the Day
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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – January 15, 2020

Meeting Minutes, South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date: January 15, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme: Regular Meeting – Theme:  Optimism
Meeting Location: Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order: 7:00 PM
Presiding Officer:  JD Perper, President
Submitted By: Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

President’s Report:

  • The JeffCo Challlengers club speech contest is being held next week and they need judges and other contest roles filled.  Please see Jim Bubash if you can help
  • There is a new club opening at Moneta Group in Clayton and an email went out asking for volunteers for a demo meeting on Thursday, January 16.  Victor Mattison agreed to serve as General Evaluator for that meeting.
  • A new committee is being formed to make signs for our new location.  Bill Collier will be asked to serve on this committee given his company’s expertise in signage.

Committee Reports:

  • Kathy Denton lead a discussion about our club speaking contest.  It was agreed this would be held on the 1st Wednesday of February, February 5.  The contest will include both Humorous Speaking and International (which means it’s a general speech, not required to be of any particular type or style).   Find here a copy of the 2019-20 Speech Contest Rulebook 

 Unfinished Business:     

  • Minutes from last week’s meeting had not been posted so they will be reviewed and approved at the next meeting

 New Business:   None

 Announcements:  None

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Debbie Young
Table Topics: Sean Sheehan
General Evaluator:  Sandy Roll
Grammarian: Matt Clark  
Time Keeper: JD Perper
Camera Operator:   Donald Coupe
Invocator / CLE: Donald Coupe
Joke Master:  Jim Bubash
Hot Seat: Donald Coupe
Greeter: Krista Butler
Vote Counter: Kathy Denton
Ah Counter:   Kim Bond

Word of the Day:  Cosmeticize, used 3 times

Speakers and Evaluators:

Speakers Evaluators
1 Jerry Paul Rich Puskarich
2 Rob Van Winkle Patrick Hunt
3 Victor Mattison Jeannie Spurgeon
4 Jim Salih Krista Butler

Voting:

Most Improved: Jeannie Spurgeon
Best Table Topics: Matt Clark
Best Evaluator: Patrick Hunt
Best Speaker Rob Van Winkle

Meeting Rating:                            9.7                                                                                            

 Meeting Adjourned:                  9:05 PM

Visitors:  

  • Bob Mahacek

Attendance:

This will later be shared via a link to the attendance records but, for now, here’s who attended this week:

Bond, Kim
Brandt, Howard
Bubash, James
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathyrn
Hunt, Patrick
Mattison, Victor
McConnell, Susan
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Puskarich, Richard
Roll, Sandy
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Van Winkle, Robert
Young, Debbie

 

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

  • This week:
48.7%
  • YTD average:
56.4%
  • YTD highest weekly % 
64.1% January 8, 2020
  • YTD lowest weekly % 
48.7% January 15, 2020

 

 Members with more than 75% attendance:

Bond, Kim 100%
Brandt, Howard 100%
Bubash, James 100%
Butler, Krista 100%
Clark, Matt 100%
Coupe, Donald 100%
Denton, Kathyrn 100%
Hunt, Patrick 100%
Mattison, Victor 100%
McConnell, Susan 100%
Paul, Jerald 100%
Perper, James 100%
Salih, James 100%
Sheehan, Sean 100%
Spurgeon, Jeannie 100%
Van Winkle, Robert 100%
Young, Debbie 100%


As we get through the next few meetings you’ll see additional statistics such as:
 

  • Attendance Records from January 2020 – present by person
  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • Weekly Award Winners and Words of the Day

 

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Meeting Minutes South County Toastmasters (#1957) – January 8, 2020

Meeting Minutes, South County Toastmasters (#1957)

Meeting Date:January 8, 2020
Meeting Type/Theme:Regular Meeting – Theme:  Aspiration
Meeting Location:Metropolitan Life Building
Called to Order:7:00 PM
Presiding Officer: Victor Mattison, outgoing president & JD Perper, incoming president
Submitted By:Victor Mattison, Secretary

Officers’ Reports:       

President’s Report:

  • TLI leadership training event is being held January 11 at First Free Church, 1375 Carmen, Ballwin, MO – 9:30am – 2:30pm.  This is required for all incoming officers but is a great idea for any member who wants to further develop or brush up on leadership skills.  Everyone is encouraged to attend
  • The past 6-months have been very productive thanks to the contribution of many members.  The leadership team met in July and outlined our goals for the term. Here are a list of things that were accomplished:
    • Membership grew to 41 members
    • We reduced attrition 
    • 100% of all members are now on Pathways – this is a huge accomplishment
    • Recruited many newer members as first time officers
    • Most officers had an “assistant” in their role that helped fill in as needed and helped create a stronger bench of up-and-coming members
    • We instituted a new mentoring program which has been quite effective
    • A Club-Swap was done with the MAC Toastmasters, we visited their club in November and they came to ours in December
    • Successful open House
    • Completed a great Youth Leadership program graduating the largest number ever
    • SCTM has provided 4 Area Directors in past 2 years (King, Mattison, Paul and Bubash).  This is something we should continue.
    • We made a great early jump on the requirements for President’s Distinguished.  After January TLI we have only education goals to complete and have a good handle on how those will come together.
    • Created a new streamlined the new member packet replacing a costly and outdated binder with a 2-sided card/email that includes links to relevant resources.
    • Created a club calendar that shows annual activities and schedules (such as when elections are held, when nominating committees should be formed, when dues must be submitted, …
    • We found a new location.  After more than a decade at MetLife SCTM is moving to Sunset Hills Community Center starting on March 4.
  • The president passed out a trophy to each member as a demonstration that everyone can, indeed, be a winner.  What do you think about that, Steve Winheim and Sean Sheehan?

Committee Reports:

  • Kathy Denton presented a well deserved special award, the “Lifetime Achievement Award,  to our club’s founder, Howard Brandt who has been a part of Toastmasters for 56 years.

Unfinished Business:     

  • Minutes from last week’s meeting were reviewed and approved.

New Business:   

  • Officer installation – Phil Munro, Area 8 Director, was asked to conduct our new officer inductions.  He did a great job and was the first to welcome our new officers for the term of January 1 – June 30, 2020.  Those officers are:
    • President – JD Perper
    • Vice President, Education – Kathy Denton
    • Vice President, Membership – Matt Clark
    • Vice President, Public Relations – Susan McConnell
    • Treasurer – Patrick Hunt
    • Secretary – Victor Mattison
    • Sergeant at Arms – Debbie Young
    • Officer at Large – Jim Salih

Announcements:

  • JD Perper reminded everyone about the TLI on January 11.

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster:Donald Coupe
Table Topics:Jeannie Spurgeon
General Evaluator: Victor Mattison
Grammarian:Eli Hoxha
Time Keeper:Patrick Hunt
Camera Operator:  Michael McCarty
Invocator / CLE:Donna Jordan
Joke Master: Steve Winheim
Hot Seat:Kathy Denton
Greeter:Howard Brandt
Vote Counter:Susan McConnell
Ah Counter:  Kat Higashino

Speakers and Evaluators:

SpeakersEvaluators
1Matt ClarkBill Collier
2Kim BondJerry Paul
3Jim BubashAbdul Aden
4Krista ButlerDebbie Young

Voting:

Most Improved:Kim Bond
Best Table Topics:Rob Van Winkle
Best Evaluator:Bill Collier
Best SpeakerKrista Butler

Meeting Rating:                            9.7                                                                                            

Meeting Adjourned:                  9:00 PM

Visitors:   

  • Mike, friend of Abdul’s
  • Millie, friend of Abdul’s
  • Elisha Simmons
  • Judy Perper, JD’s sister


Attendance:

This will later be shared via a link to the attendance records but, for now, here’s who attended this week:

Aden, Abdul
Bond, Kim
Brandt, Howard
Bubash, James
Butler, Krista
Clark, Matt
Collier, William
Coupe, Donald
Denton, Kathyrn
Higashino, Katsuko
Hoxha, Eli
Hunt, Patrick
Jordan, Donna
Mattison, Victor
McCarty, Michael
McConnell, Susan
Mujdzic, Samira
Paul, Jerald
Perper, James
Salih, James
Sheehan, Sean
Spurgeon, Jeannie
Star, Leah
Van Winkle, Robert
Winheim, Steven
Young, Debbie

Secretary’s Attendance Information:

General Attendance:

  • This week:
64.1%
  • YTD average:
64.1%
  • YTD highest weekly % (January 8, 2020)
64.1%
  • YTD lowest weekly % 

As we get through the next few meetings you’ll see additional statistics such as:

  • Attendance Records from January 2020 – present by person
  • Longest Current Streaks per person
  • YTD Attendance ranked by attendance
  • 75% Attendance Records – recognizing those who make 75% of the meetings
  • Weekly Award Winners and Words of the Day

Below are the assignments February 12.  Since Feb 5 is our club contest, the Feb 5 schedule will be posted later when the roles are filled.
Note that I have left the 4th speaker slot open on the 12th and 19th for the winners of our club contest to practice their speeches prior to the area contest.

As a reminder, if you can not fill your role you will need to find a replacement and let the Toastmaster and GE know who that will be.
Thank you,
Kathy

Meeting Date and Time : 12 February 2020, 7:00pm

Roles:
——
Toastmaster : Kiser, George
Table Topics Master : Hoxha, Eli
General Evaluator : Mattison, Victor
Grammarian : Monteiro, Stanley
Timer : Roll, Sandy
Speaker 1 : Higashino, Katsuko
Speaker 2 : McConnell, Susan
Speaker 3 : Clark, Matt
Speaker 4 : Contest winner
Speaker 5 :
Evaluator 1 : Denton, Kathy
Evaluator 2 : Butler, Krista
Evaluator 3 : Perper, James D
Evaluator 4 : Salih, Jim
Evaluator 5 :
Camera Operator : Star, Leah
Invocator/CLE : Sheehan, Sean
Joke Master : Hunt, Patrick
Hot Seat : Paul, Jerry
Greeter : Jordan, Donna
Vote Counter : Spurgeon, Jeannie
Ah Counter : Smelcer, Zach

Roles:
——

Meeting Date and Time : 19 February 2020, 7:00pm
Toastmaster : Butler, Krista
Table Topics Master : VanWinkle, Robert
General Evaluator : Young, Debbie
Grammarian : Bond, Kim
Timer : Bridwell, Beth
Speaker 1 : Spurgeon, Jeannie
Speaker 2 : Terrific, Tom
Speaker 3 : Winheim, Steve
Speaker 4 : Contest winner
Speaker 5 :
Evaluator 1 : Coupe, Donald
Evaluator 2 : Kirby, Alan
Evaluator 3 : Higashino, Katsuko
Evaluator 4 : Mattison, Victor
Evaluator 5 :
Camera Operator : Clark, Matt
Invocator/CLE : Brandt, Howard
Joke Master : Collier, Bill
Hot Seat : Salih, Jim
Greeter : Hoxha, Eli
Vote Counter : Hunt, Patrick
Ah Counter : McConnell, Susan


Meeting Date and Time : 26 February 2020, 7:00pm
——
Toastmaster : McConnell, Susan
Table Topics Master : Perper, James D
General Evaluator : Smelcer, Zach
Grammarian : Haar, Jacqueline
Timer : Winheim, Steve
Speaker 1 : Butler, Krista
Speaker 2 : Young, Debbie
Speaker 3 : Coupe, Donald
Speaker 4 : Bond, Kim
Speaker 5 :
Evaluator 1 : Paul, Jerry
Evaluator 2 : Roll, Sandy
Evaluator 3 : Terrific, Tom
Evaluator 4 : VanWinkle, Robert
Evaluator 5 :
Camera Operator : Collier, Bill
Invocator/CLE : Monteiro, Stanley
Joke Master : Clark, Matt
Hot Seat : Hunt, Patrick
Greeter : Brandt, Howard
Vote Counter : Hoxha, Eli
Ah Counter : Star, Leah

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Holiday Party – December 18, 2019

 

The South County Toastmasters Holiday Party was held at Jefferson Barracks’ Lemay Pavilion on December 18, 2019.  Members, spouses, former members and friends were invited to attend.  Thanks to Jim Bubash, Kathy Denton and Donna Jordan for organizing this fun event.

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Xmas party 2

 

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New Club Officers – January 8, 2020

Officers 2020 Use this one

The members of South County Toastmasters installed new officers during the January 8, 2020 meeting.  As shown in the photo above:  Kathy Denton – VP Education; Susan McConnell – VP Public Relations; Victor Mattison – Secretary; Matt Clark – VP Membership; J.D. Perper – President; Jim Salih – Officer at Large; Patrick Hunt – Treasurer; Debbie Young – Sergeant-at-Arms.  Thank you all for serving as officers for this term.

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2019 Anniversary Awards Listing

The Anniversary Awards given to members of South County Toastmasters in 2019 are listed in the December 18, 2019 Holiday Party Program shown in the link below.

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Anniversary Awards – Founding Member, Howard Brandt

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the founder of South County Toastmasters, Howard Brandt.  Howard has been a member of Toastmasters for 56 years.  His dedicated service to the Club has been the key to the success of South County Toastmasters.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Howard for all he has contributed to the progress of our Club.  Howard is shown below with Victor Mattison, President and Kathy Denton, Anniversary Award coordinator.

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Anniversary Awards – Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to individuals who have been members of South County Toastmasters for over 25 years.  The following members were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards during the Holiday Party on December 18, 2019:  Bill Collier (26 years); Brent Stewart (36 years); Steve Winheim (26 years).  Congratulations and thank you to Bill, Brent and Steve for your years of service to the Club.

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Anniversary Awards – 20 Years

During the Holiday Party on December 18, 2019, the members of South County Toastmasters recognized George Kiser for his 20 years of membership in the Club.  Thank you George for your years of service to South County Toastmasters!

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Anniversary Awards – One Year

During the Holiday Party on December 18, 2019, the members of South County Toastmasters recognized Donna Jordan and Krista Butler for their one year membership in South County Toastmasters.  Congratulations to Donna and Krista for their membership in the Club.

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Reminder: Toastmaster Leadership Training – Sat., January 11th

District 8 Leadership Training will be offered at First Free Church, located at 1375 Carman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021 starting at 8:30 am. Any Toastmaster can attend and it is entirely free. You are welcome to attend the entire conference or just come for one or two of the events. It is an excellent opportunity to network and learn more about Toastmasters. To view the agenda and access the sign-up link, click here.

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SCT Meeting Minutes 12-11-19

South County Toast Master Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2019

Call to order: 7:00 pm

Meeting Roles:

Toastmaster: Kathy Denton

Sergeant-At-Arms: Zach Smelcer

Table Topics Master: Debbie Young

Grammarian: Samira Mujdzic – Word of the evening “noisome” was used 4 times

Wizard of Ahs: Matt Clark  – 33 clutch words, phrases and ahs

Timer: JD Perper

Vote Counter: Sandy Roll

Camera Operator: Leah Star

CLE: Victor Mattison

Officers Reports

Officer Training : Victor Mattison reported TLI – Was held last weekend – SCT had 2 attendees. Additional training will be held in January with the next one slated for January 11th by District 8. Check Dist8tm.org for details.

Change in location for Club meetings: Victor reported the move will occur March 4th. First payment to be made tomorrow. The Club will always be 1 month ahead in payments.

Committee Reports

Holiday Party: Kathy Denton reminded the attendees the party will be held Dec. 18th at J B. Park in the Lemay Pavilion. Party starts at 6:30 – 8:30, then clean up until 9:00 pm. Kathy will not be able to attend the party and requested volunteers to help w/decorations and cleaning up. Anniversary awards will also be distributed.

Nominating Committee: Sean Sheehan read the list of members nominated to be officers next term:

President – JD Perper
VP Education – Kathy Denton
VP Membership – Matt Clark
VP Public Relations – Susan McConnell
Treasurer – Patrick Hunt


Secretary – Victor Mattison
Sgt at Arms – Debbie Young
Officer at Large – Jim Salih  

A motion was made by Brent Stewart to accept the slate of  members to the positions listed approved. Rob Van Winkle seconded the motion. Sandy Roll filling in for the Secretary noted we had a quorum. The Club voted and all nominated members were approved. A motion was also made by Sean Sheehan to disband the Nominating Committee to which Matt Clark seconded and it was approved by Club vote.  Officers will be installed January 8, 2020.

Unfinished Business – None

Announcements

Bill Collier is collecting toys at the Christmas Party for a Toy Drive. Steve Winheim will accept toys tonight in Bill’s absence.

Speakers & Evaluators

  1. Beth Bridwell evaluated by Brent Stewart
  2. Kat Higashino evaluated by Jim Salih
  3. Abdul Aden evaluated by Donna Jordan
  4. Howard Brandt evaluated by Donald Coupe

Awards

Best Table Topics: Rob Van Winkle

Best Speaker AND Most Improved: Abdul Aden

Best Evaluator: Jim Salih

Meeting rating: 9.8

Meeting adjourned 8:59

Attendees:

Abdul Aden, Howard Brandt, Beth Bridwell, Krista Butler, Matt Clark, Donald Coupe, Kathy Denton, Jacqueline Haar, Katsuko Higashino, Patrick Hunt, Donna Jordan, Kim Bond, Victor Mattison, Susan McConnell, Samira Mujdzic, JD Perper, Sandy Roll, Jim Salih, Sean Sheehan, Zach Smelcer, Jeannie Spurgeon, Leah Star, Brent Stewart, Robert Van Winkle, Steve Winheim and Debbie Young.

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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

Voting:

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

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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