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2013-02-14 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2674 Minutes

February 15, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2674, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday,
February 14, 2013

Welcome our guests Martin Willig and Tim O’Neil. We hope you will join our


1. Congratulations Shawn Jackson! Shawn was inducted into the Helmsmen
Toastmasters club today as one of our newest members.

2. Congratulate Annika L’Ecuyer as she takes the position of club officer
Vice President Public Relations through the end of June!

3. Dues! Beginning in March, Carl Sabath will be collecting semi-annual
dues for the April thru September period. Carl will send an email in a week
or so about the dues.

4. It’s Contest Time! 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.

Did you know that you can get credit for giving a speech during a contest?
Yes, it’s true. You can use a previously prepared speech, or you can be a
model speaker for the evaluation contest and get credit toward your
Competent Communicator manual.

Additional contest information…

–EVALUATION CONTESTS: All members in good standing are eligible to
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?

5. Herman Raybon, Jr. stated that part of his responsibility as club
Secretary he will keep us informed of the Board of Directors results. The
Board of Directors will meet February 22-23 in Southern California. The
Board held its first in-person meeting after the International Convention in
August. Since that time, the Board’s committees have met virtually, focusing
on topics that support the 2010 Strategic Plan. These virtual meetings have
saved time and travel expenses.

6. Miriam Michael will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday,
February 21, 2013.

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



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Herman Raybon, Jr. was Opener!

Damien Butler was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “Love”

Amy Hunt was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Munificent” – Very
liberal in giving. Extremely generous.

Sandrina Ray was our Grammarian!

Carlton Hart was our Ah-Counter!

Forte Ward was our Timer!

Annika L’Ecuyer was our Listener!

Shawn Jackson was our Ballot Counter!

Cindy Minnifield was our Table Topics Master!

Elizabeth Femrite was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Annette Sanks, Speaker 1, with her speech, “To Love,” Project 3
in the CC manual, Evaluated by Scott Battle

Congratulate Kevin Kloeppel, Speaker 2, with his speech, “A Speech About A
Speech” Project 2 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Carlos Arzeno

Congratulate Miriam Michael, Speaker 3, with her speech, “The Power Within:
To Find It, To Love It, To Use It,” Project 10 in the CC manual, Evaluated
by Carl Sabath

Table Topics speakers were Martin Willig, Larry Curtin, Tim O’Neil

Annette Sanks was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Miriam Michael!

Best Evaluator was Carlos Arzeno!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Martin Willig!

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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