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2012-02-02 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club Meeting 2623 Minutes

February 5, 2012

Minutes for Meeting 2623, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, February 2, 2012

Good Morning Toastmasters,

Welcome guests Tami Kim and Ed Blankenship! We hope you’ll decide to join
our club! Tami was a guest of Lillian’s and Ed was a guest of Steve’s.
We also thank you for being up for the challenge of participating in several meeting roles!

What a full house, 3 speakers for the 2nd week in a row and a wonderful meeting! Let’s keep it going — keep our VP, Education Mike Quashne happy –who has volunteered to start a standing-room only section at our club!

Jim Adams, our President, read a letter from Toastmasters International, congratulating Helmsmen Toastmasters on its upcoming 55th Anniversary, in early March!


1) We have had 6 out 7 officers attend training thus far. We hope to get to 7 out of 7, which will earn the club the District 27 — Golden Toaster Award!

2) President Jim Adams took his first leap into parliamentary procedure. We had a void with our VP, Public Relations officer, Kristina O’Brien expecting to be transferring to Bolling AFB shortly. A motion was made and seconded for Elizabeth Femrite to take the position. Discussion as well as the yeas and nays ensued with us welcoming Elizabeth Femrite into her new position. She’s already trained and ready to go!

3) Contests are coming, Contests are coming. Every spring, we hold the International Speech and Evaluation contests which start at the club level and go to the Area, Division, District and to the International level at the Toastmasters International Convention. The Area Contests have been scheduled for March 28.

The Club Contest date has been set for March 1st with the alternate date set as March 8th. The Club contests are held during club meeting time and would be in lieu of regular meetings. International speech contestants should have given 6 speeches by the contest date. As for the Evaluation contests, all members in good standing (dues paid) are eligible to compete.

There are opportunities to receive credit for speech and leadership activities! Speech participants will get book evaluations and speech credit. Those who participate as Contestmasters also get credit. Of course there will also be opportunities for judges, timers, ballot counters, sergeant at arms and a Model speaker (the speech used for the evaluation contest)

4) Distinguished Club Program. This is the program where clubs are judged as to how well they are carrying out the TM goals for educational and leadership awards, officer training, membership, dues and paper/online administrivia. Our club is doing a fantastic job and has already met 9 of 10 goals (President’s Distinguished) however we will not stop there! We want to make sure everyone is in line to meet his/her speaking and leadership goals, from newest members through most experienced ones!

5) Dues are coming. Initial notices for renewing members will be sent out mid-February.

6) New website coming mid-February.

7) Next week’s Toastmaster of the Day will be Mike Quashne, our VP-Education.

———– Roles were as follows———–

Jim Adams, ACB, CL was Presiding Officer

Jennifer Mitchell provided the Opening

Bert Romero, CTM, CL was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme “Groundhog Day”

Lillian Wilkinson, the Wordmaster, provided the Word of the Day — “Obstinate”

Tami Kim was Listener

Congratulate Dvija Malovic, Speaker 1, with her speech “It’s Not Just Leaves Falling”,
Competent Communicator Project #9, Persuade with Power, evaluated by
Carlton Hart.

Congratulate Toni Pride, Speaker 2, with his speech “Determination”, Competent Communicator Project #1,Ice Breaker, evaluated by Herman Raybon.

Congratulate Steve Hill, Speaker 3, with his speech “Defining Moments”,
Competent Communicator Project #1, Ice Breaker, evaluated by Jim Adams, ACB, CL.

Table Topics Master was Earl White, DTM

Table Topics Speakers were Tami Kim, Ed Blankenship, Mike Quashne.

Master Evaluator was Mike Quashne

Closing was Mary Johnson

Best Speaker was Steve Hill!

Best Evaluator was Herman Raybon!

Best Table Topics Speaker Mike Quashne!

Great Helmsmen say “YES!”


Remember that you can always be on the “Hot seat” for last minute changes.

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 almost always fit you

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.

Distinguished Club Program – The More We Do as Individuals, the More Goals
Our Club Achieves. If you go to club central and go to Distinguished Club
Program (DCP) reports, you can view the latest status of the goals for
Helmsmen Toastmasters club

Did you know that our Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting Minutes are on line at

Check it out.

Happy Speaking!

Carl Sabath
Treasurer, Club 2412, Area 11, Division A, District 27

Service Design/Transition
Systems Engineering Branch
Solutions Development Division

phone: 703-695-2804
fax: 703-697-3600

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