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2010-09-30 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2561 Minutes

September 30, 2010

2010-09-30 Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting 2561 Minutes


Congratulations all!

Welcome our newest member: Todd Oja

Congratulate Sheila Lane for putting the program together!

“What Makes You Laugh” was her theme!

Opening was provided by Bert Romero
and Closing was provided by Sheila

Word of the Day: MOIETY was provided by Terry Bartholomew and Andrea Clark

Grammarian / Ah Counter was: Carl Sabath

Listener was Trudie Root

Timer was Todd Oja

Ballot Counter was Andrea Clark

Tip: After a speaker is introduced, clapping continues from that point
until the speaker is at the lectern and shakes the hand of the Toastmaster
of the Day. We encourage speakers to sit close to the lectern.

Contestant protocol: Don’t forget ——–
“Mr. Contestmaster, Fellow Helmsmen and Most Welcome Guests” and we also
have our Area Governors Earl White and Terry Bartholomew, so don’t forget to say—-
“Mr. Area Governors, Mr. Contestmaster, Fellow Helmsmen and Guests!”

Table Topics Master was Bert Romero

Area A1 Governor Earl White spoke from one of the Advanced Communications
Manuals on Public Relations:
“What Can Toastmasters Do For Me?”

Congratulations to Carl Sabath for completing the Competent Leadership

Master Evaluator was Carl Sabath

Earl White’s Evaluator was Kim Humes

Best Table Topic Speaker was Todd Oja !!!!!

Business from President Bert Romero:

The moiety of the glass is always full at Helmsmen!


Next week’s TM of the Day will be shared by Bert Romero and Carl Sabath for our Contest.
(If someone else would like to get credit toward their leadership award for
being a Contestmaster or running the contest, please let us know. It is not difficult!)

Speech Contestants: Speeches will be 5-7 minutes
Speeches less than the minimum of 4.5 minutes and over 7.5 minutes will be disqualified And please send your Speech Title to Bert and Carl

Table Topics Contestants: Please let us know of your plans to compete.
Responses less than 1 minute and greater than 2.5 minutes will be
disqualified Table topics are 1-2 minutes

Key is to have fun!

Everyone else: We are going to have a great meeting so plan to come early and plan on being a ballot counter, a judge, timer, sergeant at arms.

Remember the Club pays the contest winners’ cost of the Area Contest!

Also Speech Contestants will get credit toward a manual speech for their
Speech Goals!

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

2. Other contests

Area A1 Contest: Friday, October 15 at Aurora Hills Recreation Center, 735 S.Hayes St, Arlington, VA — down the street from Macy’s across from the Pentagon. Time 6-9pm

Division A Contest: Thursday, October 28 at Aurora Hills Recreation Center, 735 S.Hayes St, Arlington, VA — down the street from Macy’s across from the Pentagon. Time: 6-9pm

District 27 Conference: Saturday, November 13, full day of conference and goodies including the District 27 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests.

3. We are getting to the end of the dues cycle (yeah!) Dues is Due in
September! Renewing members pay $36 for the next 6 months. Those planning to join as new members, pay $56 for October 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.

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. Great Helmsmen say “YES!”

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 – Let us know who you would like to be mentored by or be a mentor to. The TM education program and meetings have a lot to learn from and sometimes we need help with a speech, understanding the TM education program or have questions about how club meetings are run….so let us know.

8. Why not work on your leadership and speech awards simultaneously? Don’t forget to bring in your Speaker and Leadership manuals.

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.

We will try to provide a list of duties you have done since January or since
you joined and We can catch you up in your Competent Leadership Manual. (A couple of you have already asked and will be provided With the list of duties you have performed at previous meetings.)

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

Goal 4 — 1 more AC Award completed

Goal 5 — 1 Competent Leader, Advanced Leader or Distinguished TM Award

Goal 6 — 1 more CL, AL or DTM completed

Goal 7 — 4 new members join

Goal 8 — 4 more new members join

Goal 9 — Officers are trained at both Summer and Winter TLI training

Goal 10 — New Club Officer Lists are handed in on time and Dues submitted to TM Int’l on time.

Distinguished Club Program:

Earn 5 Goals – Club is Distinguished

Earn 7 Goals – Club is Select Distinguished

Earn 9 Goals – Club is President’s Distinguished

Happy Speaking!


Carl Sabath
Treasurer, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Area A1,
Division A, District 27
work email:
home email:
work: 703-695-2804

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