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2013-03-21 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2680 Minutes

March 22, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2680, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Welcome guest Todd Morisak! We hope you will consider joining our Club!

Congratulate Miriam Michael for delivering her 10th speech today and earning the Toastmasters Competent Communicator designation!

Congratulate Larry “Toni” Pride on his promotion to Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army!


1. Easy Speak – A reminder from our President, Lillian Wilkinson, to use and become familiar with Easy Speak. And from our VP Education, Mike Quashne, concerning Easy Speak- As you already know, our club is using a new planning, management, and tracking system. This system requires more input on the part of the user, and helps you to take full advantage of your Toastmasters experience. Users like you will be using the system to indicate whether you will or will not be attending future meetings, volunteer, accept, and reject roles, and even schedule future speeches. I know that a new system can be intimidating, so I’ve put together a quick start guide (attached) which gives the basic information on completing the actions required of members. With the help of this system, Helmsmen Toastmasters will run exceedingly smoothly and your educational achievements will be tracked with pinpoint precision. Please take a look at the guide, log into the system, and take some time to look around, I promise that you can’t break anything that can’t be fixed!

2. Save the date – Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 5:30pm at Bloomberg BNA Offices, 1801 South Bell Street, Arlington Virginia 22202 (near the Crystal City metro) to support Mike Quashne, winner of the Area 11 International Speech Contest and Carlos Arzeno, winner of the Area 11 Evaluation Contest! Both will compete at the Division A International Speech and Evaluation Contest.

3. Dues! Carl Sabath, our Club Treasurer, is collecting semi-annual dues for the April thru September period. Dues are due by 28 March. Elizabeth Femrite and Herman Raybon, Jr. will help collect dues if you cannot get a payment to Carl Sabath during a scheduled Toastmasters meeting.

4. Save the dates – Saturday, May 4, 2013!!! It’s the 2013 District 27 Spring Conference at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311. The District Conference is an exciting educational and networking event for all District 27 Clubs and Members. See the attachments for Conference Flyer, Invitation, and Registration information. More information to follow concerning an opportunity to have lunch [at the Pentagon] with Ryan Avery, the Reigning World Champion of Public Speaking and to attend a follow-on Public Speaking Workshop with Ryan on Friday, May 3, 2013.

5. Miriam Michael will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday, March 28, 2013. We will meet at 7:30am in room B10 of the Pentagon Library and Conference Center.



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Steve Hill was Opener!

Elizabeth Femrite was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “Springtime in Washington, DC”

Yash Sinha was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Xenophobia” – Fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign..

Eugene Burrell was our Grammarian!

Annette Sanks was our Ah-Counter!

Samay Thaboun was our Timer!

Todd Morisak was our Listener!

Shawn Jackson was our Ballot Counter!

Jill Shanteau was our Table Topics Master!

Carlton Hart was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Stephanie Pettway, Speaker 1, with her speech, “What Really Matters” Project 8 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Carlos Arzeno.

Congratulate Scott Battle, Speaker 2, with his speech, “Puns, Palindromes and Tom Swifties” Project 6 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Dan Krall.

Congratulate Miriam Michael, Speaker 3, with her speech, “For the Love of Our Nation” Project 9 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Forte’ Ward.

Table Topics speakers were Amy Hunt, Sandrina Ray, Damien Butler, Todd Morisak, and Carl Sabath.

Amy Hunt was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Scott Battle!

Best Evaluator was Carlos Arzeno!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Todd Morisak!

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. During or immediately following 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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