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2010-02-11 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2529 Notes

February 11, 2010

2010-02-11 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2529 Notes

Subject: Helmsmen TM Meeting 2529 Notes

Hi All,

Congratulations! Our theme was Presidents’ Day but we also celebrated
Valentine’s Day and the beginnings of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The
meeting was led by TM of the Day Carl Sabath, who also provided the word of
the day.

Word of the day was: NOETIC

We had 2nd-time guest Tanasha Hardy attending and helping with our Opening
and our Timing duties. We hope you will join our club. Thanks again for

Katrina Patillo was officially inducted as a new Helmsmen member. Today she
provided us with a Tip of the Day and a Closing from President Kennedy.

Earl White presented “Honoring Tony”, objective was Mastering the Toast, the
1st speech from the Special Occasion speeches manual

Mike Santivasic provided Earl’s evaluation and Listener duties.

Matthew Hall presented this week’s table topics and provided Grammarian/Ah

Best Table Topics Speaker today also was enjoyed by Mike Santivasci.


1. Next meeting is February 25. We will be in Room M-3. Looking for a TM
of the Day.

2. President Earl White indicated an Executive Officer meeting will be held
this weekend. At that time a date will be discussed for the Club’s
International Speech and Evaluation Contests. The club contests take place
during the normal club time and depending on the number of contestants in
each contest, the contests may need to be spread over 2 meetings.

Please provide Earl and me feedback as to which would be your preferred
dates for the contest. Since the Area contests will be held Thursday
afternoon/evening March 25, our contests could be held March 11 or 18 or
25. Often, during the club meeting before the contest, we have a regular
meeting but allow our winning contestant to practice and we provide
additional feedback.

The International Speech contest. Contestants normally need to have given 6
speeches to compete. This is the speech that goes from Club, to Area, to
Division, to District and then to International. This speech is usually an
inspirational type speech meaning you’ve had some experience over which you
have triumphed. It can contain humor as well.

Evaluation contest. Yes this is a contest of how well folks evaluate
speeches. There is what is called a Model Speaker who gives a 5-7 minute
speech which all the evaluation contestants will evaluate in 2-3 minutes.
Only qualification is that contestants be members in good standing of their

Please consider being a contestant. If being a contestant seems really
challenging, there are other ways to participate. You can be the
Contestmaster, Chief Judge, a regular Judge, Timer/Ballot Counter, Sgt at
Arms, Model Speaker.

Note all speeches during contests are given manual speech credit; if
participating, make sure you get another club member to evaluate your

3. Today with our schedule of duties listing, I passed around our
current status in the Distinguished Club Program that I spoke about last
week. Currently, we have met 6 of the 10 goals. Already we are a
Distinguished Club for 2009-2010 year. Let’s keep it up — maybe we can
become Select or President’s Distinguished.

Congratulations, Everyone!

4. Marketing —
The club is more energetic with more members. More members
bring in more ideas! Also if you have an intranet on which you can
advertise the club, please do so.

Happy Speaking!


Carl Sabath
Vice President – Public Relations, Helmsmen Toastmasters
Club 2412, Area 1, Division A, District 27
work email:
home email:
work: 703-695-2804

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