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2013-02-07 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2673 Minutes

February 10, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2673, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Congratulations and welcome to our newest Helmsmen Toastmaster, Eugene Burrell! Excellent communication and leadership improvement opportunities await you!


1. Annika L’Ecuyer, Kevin Kloeppel, Samay Thaboun, Damien Butler and Herman Raybon received a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in promoting the Toastmasters education program to the Air Force Pentagon Enlisted Council.

2. From the “lectern” of our VP-Education, Mike Quashne – The Evaluation Contest is 28 February and the International Speech Contest is 7 March! We (the Club) are looking for Contest Chairs to organize the contests. Contests benefit everyone who participates. Yes, we will need Judges, Sergeants at Arms, Contest Masters, Chief Judges, Timers, Ballot Counters, a Model Speaker (for the Evaluation Contest). Contest participation is an excellent opportunity toward achieving the completion of Competent Leadership manual projects. The 2013 Speech Contest Rulebook is attached – Please note the contestant eligibility requirements in paragraph 2, page 5.

Additional contest information…
EVALUATION CONTESTS: All members in good standing are eligible to participate.
As a contestant, you will be presenting a 2-3 minute evaluation of a speaker who gives a Model or Test Speech.
Your evaluation must be within the time limits of no less than 1.5 minutes and no greater than 3.5 minutes.
The same warning light times apply as they do during a normal meeting – Green: 2 minutes, Yellow: 2.5 minutes, Red: 3 minutes

INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTESTS: All members in good standing who have given at least 6 speeches are eligible to participate.
As a contestant, you give a 5-7 minute speech on a topic of your choosing.
Speech must be substantially original and references must be cited when your material is not original.
Your speech must be within the time limits of no less than 4.5 minutes and no greater than 7.5 minutes.
The same warning light times apply as they do during a normal meeting – Green: 5 minutes, Yellow: 6 minutes, Red: 7 minutes.

Don’t wait – Contact VP Education, Mike Quashne, today!!! What is the obstacle in your path?

3. Tool for your Toastmaster’s Toolbox – Link for the Practice Speech Timer –

4. Damien Butler will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

5. We will meet in room B7 in the Pentagon Library and Conference Center next week.



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Mike Quashne was Opener!

Carl Sabath was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “A Day in History: 07 February”

Samay Thaboun was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Megalomania” – Excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm for great or grandiose performance; a delusional mental disorder characterized by fantasies of power, relevance, or personal omnipotence and grandeur.

Annika L’Ecuyer was our Grammarian!

Scott Battle was our Ah-Counter!

Damien Butler was our Timer!

Kevin Kloeppel was our Listener!

Shawn Jackson was our Ballot Counter!

Amy Hunt was our Table Topics Master!

Carlos Arzeno was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Steven Hill, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Breakfast with Shakespeare,” Project 6 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Jill Shanteau

Congratulate Annette, Speaker 2, with her speech, “Priorities…What Are Yours?” Project 2 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Herman Raybon

Congratulate Miriam Michael, Speaker 3, with her speech, “Successful Team Leadership,” Project 8 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Elizabeth Femrite

Table Topics speakers were Royce Edington, Herman Raybon, Eugene Burrell, and Stephanie Pettway

Lillian Wilkinson was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Steven Hill!

Best Evaluator was Jill Shanteau!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Herman Raybon!

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 are not scheduled. We can always fit you in!

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! We are Toastmasters!

Herman Raybon, Jr.
Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412


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