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2010-09-09 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2558 Minutes

September 9, 2010

2010-09-09 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2558 Minutes

Helmsmen TM 2558 Meeting Notes – September 9, 2010
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

My fellow Toastmasters: we had another great meeting again today!
Area A3 Governor TM Terry Bartholomew, our very active member, performed an induction ceremony for our new members. This particular ceremony was very special and unique with some history behind it. I am sure we all learned a lot and enjoyed it.

The following five new members were inducted today:

James Adams
Rochelle Unrue
Samuel Unrue
Matthew Unrue
Kevin Unrue, unable to be present, but his wife will bring the new TM pin home to him.
Congratulations to all, and what a breakthrough in TM.

The Unrue family are full participants of “Home Schooling” having the oldest boy in College already. They have taken TM as a curriculum class and the young men are doing their homework and taking full advantage of this program.

Terry also brought as a guest Ms Angela Morrell. She had some great ideas for evaluations, and we hope she will decide to join our club; we may learn more from her.

TM Terry Bartholomew led our meeting as the TM of the Day. His theme was “Long Live the King” celebrating Elvis Presley’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show back in 1957?

Opening was provided by TM Matthew Unrue, and
Closing was done impromptu by TM Rochelle Unrue. She used the lyrics to one of Elvis’ famous songs.

Word of the Day: ENTERTAINMENT provided by TM Jim Adams
Grammarian/Ah Counter was TM Trudie Root
Listener was TM Bert Romero
Timer was TM Samuel Unrue – He did very well.
Table Topics Master was TM Rochelle Unrue, the Master Evaluator noted her excellent performance

Speakers today were:

TM Andrea Clark with a last minute (hip pocket speech) Speech #4 “There is an ELECTION going on, did you know?”

Earl White, club member and our Area Governor for Area A1 was one of the speakers and today he completed his ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR SILVER pin by giving his 10th advanced manual speech!! CONGRATULATIONS Earl !!!! We are definitely on track to exceed our club goals….

Master Evaluator was TM Andrea Clark

Evaluators were

TM Mike Santivasci (welcome back Mike!)
TM Bert Romero

Best Speaker was TM Andrea Clark!!!!!
Best Evaluator was TM Mike Santivasci!!!!!
Best Table Topic Speaker was TM Mike Santivasci!!!!!

Business from President Bert Romero:

Keep up the momentum! Though we get ENTERTAINMENT from attending these great meetings, we are here to learn and reach our goals!

1. Next week’s TM of the Day will be TM Kim Humes for Meeting 2559.

2. September 23, Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests, sign up now. To have a contest we need CONTESTANTS, send us an email telling us you volunteer.. As long as you’re a member in good standing, you can compete.

Plan to participate – hopefully as a contestant in one or both contests and also possibly as the Sgt at Arms, Timer, Ballot Counter, Contest Master, or Chief Judge.

As discussed, contests will be held during normal meeting time/location. Speech contestants will get credit for their speeches. Speeches are to be between 4 and 7.5 minutes maximum. Table Topics must be 1 to 2.5 minutes maximum.

Leadership opportunities exist for being contestmaster or helping to run the contest.

3. Dues is Due in September! Renewing members pay $36 for the next 6 months. Those planning to join as new members, pay $62 for September 2010 – March 2011.
Cash or check payable to Helmsmen Toastmasters are accepted.

Semiannual dues are due, required by Toastmasters International. The club also gets a portion of it to pay for ribbons, pins, ballots, other educational programs. The dues covers your TM magazine subscription as well. To meet our goals, we need to submit payment so it arrives there by 30 September.
So please plan to pay your dues by 23 September, our club contest date.
New this year, we are emailing statements and we will see how this goes.

We thank those who have already paid!

4. Reminder, please be courteous to our TM of the Day and let him/her know how you can help or that you won’t be able to make it.

5. Duty Schedule sign up and how it works. We have a spreadsheet that goes around at the meeting to indicate what role you would like to perform at each meeting. The schedule goes out 4-8 weeks. Most importantly, we’d like you to let us know when you can give your next speech. Help us plan and schedule our upcoming meetings. New members join and we need to incorporate them into the schedule. As you can see, flexibility is the norm.

6. Things change often so when you are ready to give your speech let the TM of the Day know even if you aren’t “scheduled.” We can probably fit you in.

7. Mentors and Mentees – We’ve come with a list of Mentors that we’ll sending for your information. Your mentor is there if:
a- You need help with a speech you are preparing
b- Understanding the TM education program, or the meeting itself
c- you want be the TM of the Day or you already have a specific duty to accomplish
Ask questions, become friends and prepare to reach your goals – USE YOUR MENTOR!!

8. Want to work on your leadership and speech awards simultaneously? Don’t forget to bring in your Speaker and Leadership manuals to every meeting. You can get credit for being Toastmaster of the Day, Evaluator, Table Topics master, Timer and many of the other duties. Right after the meeting or during the meeting, ask your fellow Toastmaster to provide a small evaluation in your leadership book, and ask them to initial the section at the end of the book.

If you need help on this, we should be able to provide a list of duties you have done since January or since you joined and help you catch up in your Competent Leadership Manual. SUGGESTION? Keep the paper agenda for each meeting. Also when you are the TMOD, EMAIL the agenda, that way we will always have the information handy.

9. Distinguished Club Program – The More We Do as Individuals, the More Goals Our Club Gets

President Bert Romero challenges us to complete our individual goals:

Goal 1 — 2 folks complete their Competent Communicator manuals
Goal 2 — 2 more CC’s completed
Goal 3 — 1 Advanced Communicator Award completed —–COMPLETED
Goal 4 — 1 more AC Award completed
Goal 5 — 1 Competent Leader, Advanced Leader or Distinguished TM Award
completed —- COMPLETED
Goal 6 — 1 more CL, AL or DTM completed
Goal 7 — 4 new members join — COMPLETED
Goal 8 — 4 more new members join
Goal 9 — Officers are trained at both Summer and Winter TLI training – Officer completed Summer Training – we’re half way there!
Goal 10 — New Club Officer Lists are handed in on time and Dues submitted to TM Int’l on time. – We are half way there…With our dues submission, this is expected to be completed!

Distinguished Club Program:

Earn 5 Goals – Club is Distinguished
Earn 7 Goals – Club is Select Distinguished
Earn 9 Goals – Club is President’s Distinguished

Bert Romero
President, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Area A1,
Division A, District 27
work email:
home email:
work: 703.695.3443
Cell: 240.216.8448

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