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2013-04-11 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2683 Minutes

April 11, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2683, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Congratulations and welcome to our newest Helmsmen Toastmaster, Kathryn A. “Katie” Dawson!

Welcome guests Kristen Clark and Allison Maas! We hope you will consider joining our Club!


1. CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Quashne, winner of the Division ‘A’ International Speech Contest and Carlos Arzeno, winner of the Division ‘A’ Evaluation Contest! Both will compete at the 2013 District 27 Spring Conference on Saturday, May 4, 2013! The 2013 District 27 Spring Conference will be held 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.

2. Easy Speak – 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 can use 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!

NOTE: When following the section entitled “Book a Speech” in the attached EasySpeak guide, the process enters a ‘request’ to speak; it does not automatically schedule you. The VP-E or TMOD will sort through requests and schedule accordingly.

3. Forté Ward will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday, April 18, 2013. We will meet at 7:30am in room B7 of the Pentagon Library and Conference Center.



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Bert Romero was Opener!

Amy Hunt was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “Apollo 13.”

Carlos Arzeno was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Combustible” – Capable of violent agitation; easily excited.

Steve Hill was our Grammarian!

Kristen Clark was our Ah-Counter!

Forté Ward was our Timer!

Carl Sabath was our Listener!

Eugene Burrell was our Ballot Counter!

Samay Thaboun was our Table Topics Master!

Damien Butler was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Yash Sinha, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Apollo 13 Explosion – root causes,” Project 5 – Bringing History to Life from the Storytelling Manual of the AC Series, Evaluated by Scott Battle.

Congratulate Stephanie Pettway, Speaker 2, with her speech, “Childlike Faith,” Project 9 – Persuade with Power in the CC manual, Evaluated by Royce Edington.

Congratulate Herman Raybon, Speaker 3, with his speech, “Influences,” Project 1 – Impromptu Speaking from the Specialty Speeches Manual of the AC Series, Evaluated by Elizabeth Femrite.

Table Topics speakers were Bert Romero, Kristen Clark, Katie Dawson, and Dan Krall.

Annika L’Ecuyer was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Stephanie Pettway!

Best Evaluators were (tie) Elizabeth Femrite and Royce Edington!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Dan Krall!

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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