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2013-04-25 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2685 Minutes

April 25, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2685, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Congratulations and welcome to our newest Helmsmen Toastmaster, John Durish!

Welcome to our guest, Sean Hunt! We hope you will consider joining our Club!


1. Save the date – To support 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. The key note speaker is Ryan Avery, the 2012 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking. See the attachments for Conference Flyer and Registration information.

a. Note the Early Bird Registration Rate ($95) for the 2013 District 27 Spring Conference ended Monday, 22 April 2013! The current registration rate is $110 until Monday 29 April 2013, then it goes up to $125 until the day of the event.
Register at
Send your check or money order payable to “Toastmasters” to:
Rhonda Bello
14730 4th St, Apt 433
Laurel MD 20707

b. The location for lunch with Ryan Avery and his wife Chelsea on Friday, May 3rd at 1100 has changed to the PLCC, room B1. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please contact Ralph Jones (District 27 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training) at Ryan will also be speaking at 5pm on May 3rd at BNA in Crystal City (same spot as Division contest). The fee is $30 in advance, $40 at the door for the BNA event. Please see the attached flyer for POC information.
NOTE: There will not be a speaking workshop it the afternoon of May 3rd, as previously reported.

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. We are still expecting to do our Membership drive on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, despite a possible change in location. Details are forthcoming.

4. Herman Raybon will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday, May 2, 2013. We will meet at 7:30am in room B7 of the Pentagon Library and Conference Center.



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Herman Raybon was Opener!

Tim O’Neil was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “Special April Daze.”

Bert Romero was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Crux” – A puzzling or difficult problem: an unsolved question; a main or central feature.

Lillian Wilkinson was our Grammarian!

John Durish was our Ah-Counter!

Stephanie Pettway was our Timer!

Sean Hunt was our Listener!

Carl Sabath was our Ballot Counter!

Amy Hunt was our Table Topics Master!

Jill Shanteau was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Eugene Burrell, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Enjoying the Journey, Establishing a Legacy,” Project 1 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Scott Battle.

Congratulate Annika L’Ecuyer, Speaker 2, with her speech, “Unplug,” Project 3 in the CC manual, Evaluated by Yash Sinha.

Congratulate Damien Butler, Speaker 3, with his speech, “The Art of Failure,” Project 1 – The Entertaining Speech from the Entertaining Speaking Manual of the AC Series, Evaluated by Herman Raybon.

Table Topics speakers were Carlos Arzeno, Sean Hunt, and John Durish.

Bert Romero was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Eugene Burrell!

Best Evaluator was Herman Raybon!

Best Table Topics Speaker was John Durish!

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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