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2013-08-29 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2702 Minutes

August 30, 2013

Welcome guest Kim Winborne! We hope you will consider joining our Club!


1. Fall Contests have been scheduled for September 12 and September 19, respectively. The Club Table Topics contest will be held, Thursday, September 12, 7:30am, Room M-5, Pentagon Library and Conference Center. The Club Humorous Speech Contest will be held Thursday, September 19, same time and location. All members are eligible to participate in both contests except if they happen to be District Officers (sorry, Herman). There are no other requirements preventing you from competing! We have a saying, “You’re not complete until you compete!” Round out your toastmasters experience by competing in one or both contests.

John Harms is coordinating the Table Topics Contest and one of you can get Competent Leader credit by chairing/running the Humorous Speech Contest!

If you wish to compete in either or both contest, please contact John Harms or Damien Butler.

2. Dues Reminder! Carl Sabath, Club Treasurer has begun dues collection for the next six month period (Sep-Mar). He is being assisted in this effort by Elizabeth Femrite, Herman Raybon and Annette Sanks. Please make contact with any of them to remit your payment. We need to complete on-time dues submission by the end of September but no need to wait. Thank you for those who have already renewed!

3. Mentor/Mentee Information requested. John Harms is re-organizing the mentor program. Please let John know if you wish to be a mentor or if you need a mentor. If you need a mentor, do you have someone in mind or would you like us to find one for you? Please let John know.

4. Bio/Intro Info. It is really helpful for the TM of the Day to have some biographic information to assist in preparing introductions of speakers and other meeting leaders (i.e., Master Evaluator and Table Topics Master) and sometimes other players. Yash Sinha and Annika L’Ecuyer are working on putting the information into easy-speak so it is available. If you are in easy-speak, you can enter bio information or you can fill out a Bio Form and give it to Yash or Annika. If you have questions, let Yash know.

5. The winners of our Club contest will compete at the Area 11 Contest to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, in the Bloomberg BNA building located on 1801 South Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202 (Across from the Crystal City Metro, with “Bloomberg” signage on top of the building). It should be a great time to hear 4 or 5 humorous speeches and table topics. There is a small cost for food. This is a great time to support the Helmsmen Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contest winners.

6. Membership Drive coming soon. Since we have recovered from the furloughs, we are looking at holding a Membership drive at the Apex 9/10 or even having one of our great meetings in the upper level lounge area of the Pentagon Main Cafeteria one morning to generate some interest. Please let Elizabeth Femrite know of any membership ideas that we can plan for success and put into action.

7. New Club in the Pentagon! There is a new Toastmasters club being formed and is sponsored by Helmsmen Toastmasters Club. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm in the Pentagon’s Main Food Court area up the ramp near the Dunkin Donuts. The Club has now met several times so please help spread the word.


Elizabeth Femrite was our Presiding Officer!

Herman Raybon was our Opener!

Toastmaster of the Day was Herman Raybon with the theme “Labor Day.”

Carlos Arzeno was our Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Euphemism” – a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. (Downsizing is a euphemism for cuts.)

Carmita Cooke was our Grammarian!

Joan Evans was our Ah-Counter!

Jerrick Alexander was our Timer!

Yash Sinha was our Listener!

John Harms was our Ballot Counter!

Elizabeth Femrite was our Tipster!

Eugene Burrell was our Table Topics Master!

Annika L’Ecuyer was our Master Evaluator!

Carl Sabath was our Closer!

Congratulate Damien Butler, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Accepting An Award,” from the Advanced Communicator Manual,
Special Occasion Speeches, Evaluated by Amy Hunt.

Congratulate our Table Topic Speakers: Lillian Wilkinson, Yash Sinha, Kim Winborne, Carlos Arzeno and Carl Sabath.

Best Speaker was Damien Butler!!

Best Evaluator was Amy Hunt!!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Kim Winborne!!

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!

Annette M. Sanks
Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412

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