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2014-03-20 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2727 Minutes

March 28, 2014

Minutes for Meeting 2727, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, March 20, 2014

A warm welcome to our esteemed guests LaVerne Douglas, Travis Herbranson and John Sabado. We hope you’ll join our Helmsmen Club.

Congratulations to TM Kimberly Scott on her recent selection for promotion to Senior Master Sergeant in the US Air Force.

Congratulate Yash Sinha, Damien Butler and Lillian Wilkinson for delivering very compelling and educational “Better Speakers Series Speeches!


1. Come out and support our contest winners as they compete in the next
level of competition — the Area Contest!

— Jill Shanteau for the Evaluation Contest

— Yash Sinha for the International Speech Contest

The winners from our club contest will compete in the 2014 Spring Area 11
and Division A Contest and here is the information (also on attached
flyer), AREA 11 CONTEST INFORMATION, International Speech Contest and
Evaluation Contest, WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pm,
WHERE: Bloomberg BNA, 1801 South Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202, (Across
from the Crystal City Metro, with “Bloomberg” signage on top of the
building), Note: Attendance is free; $5 donation requested for refreshments.

DIVISION A CONTEST INFORMATION, International Speech Contest and Evaluation
Contest, WHEN: Monday, March 31, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, WHERE: Bloomberg
BNA, 1801 South Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202, (Across from the Crystal City
Metro, with “Bloomberg” signage on top of the building), Note: Attendance is
free; $5 donation requested for refreshments.

2. Club dues! Please give your dues to Carl Sabath our Treasurer.
Elizabeth Femrite and Herman Raybon, Jr., are assisting Carl during this
membership renewal period. Herman and I are in the building. Contact us to
make arrangements.

3. Lillian Wilkinson, VP-Education, announced an opportunity for members to
participate in The Better Speakers Series. The Better Speakers Series is a
set of presentation offering instruction on basic speaking skills. Designed
to be delivered by members in their clubs, presentations in this series
provide new speaking techniques and facts that can help all club members
develop their communication skills. The presentations come with an outline
to develop your speech and a set of PowerPoint slides and is a 10 to 15
minute speech. You will get credit for a speech and the speech will also be
evaluated, so there will be credit for an evaluator. Contact Lillian
Wilkinson for more information, phone 571-256-8673, email:,

The next speeches will be given, Thursday, March 27 2014 during our normal meeting,
and continue over the subsequent weeks. Please invite and bring guests.

We have the following line-up with speakers, topics, and dates for the next
3 speeches and need volunteers to fill the other slots:

–Elizabeth Femrite “Concluding Your Speech” March 27 2014
–Yash Sinha “Creating an Introduction” March 27 2014
–Annette Sanks “Preparation and Practice” March 27 2014
–Open “Controlling Your Fear” dated TBD
–Open “Using Body Language” date TBD
–Open “Know Your Audience” date TBD
–Open “Impromptu Speaking” date TBD

4. The District 27 Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, 3 May 2014,
Crowne Plaza National Airport, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202
To register go to the District 27 Website: The finalist
from the Evaluation and International Speech Contest in our District 27 will
complete during this event. You will hear from the best evaluators and
speakers from the clubs within District 27. Since we are DCP Club all our members may
attend the Spring Conference for at a discounted rate of $60. Please see attachments.


Damien Butler was Presiding Officer!

Royce Edington was our Opener!

Toastmaster of the Day was Carlos Arzeno with the theme “Teachers.”

Carlos Arzeno was our Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Enunciation”(noun) -to pronunciation; grammar, style and tone; articulate.

Carl Sabath was our Grammarian!

Rich Santiago was our Ah-Counter!

Herman Raybon, Jr was our Timer!

Eugene Burrell was our Listener!

Jerrick Alexander was our Ballot Counter!

Carmita Cooke was our Closer!

Steve Hill was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Yash Sinha, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Selecting Your Topic”, Better Speaker Series #5 Evaluated by John Durish.

Congratulate Damien Butler, Speaker 2, with his speech, “Organizing Your Speech”, Better Speaker Series #7, , Evaluated by Jill Shanteau.

Congratulate Lillian Wilkinson, Speaker 3, with her speech, “Beginning Your Speech”, Better Speaker Series #1, Evaluated by Elizabeth Femrite.

Best Speaker was Yash Sinha!

Best Evaluator was Elizabeth Femrite!

Great Helmsmen say, “Yes!”

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 Sanks
Club Secretary

Sent on behalf of Annette Sanks,

Elizabeth Femrite
ACSIM Installation Services
Soldier and Family Readiness Division
CML: 571-256-8674
DSN: 260
Fax: 571-256-8700

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Good Afternoon Helmsmen Toastmasters,

On behalf of all District 27 Toastmasters, we have verified your Club as being President’s Distinguished for the 2013-2014 Toastmasters Year!!! Well Done!!!

By doing so, your Club has qualified for the DCP Bowl. That means every member of your Club can attend the entire District 27 Spring Conference for the discounted Early Bird Registration fee of $60.

Please go to the following website: At the bottom of the list of tickets, there is a link that says Enter promotional code. Once you click that link, a box will open up, enter the discount code and hit the apply button. The cost of ticket will drop to $60 and you can order it. You can also use the registration form in the Attachments. For the record, USPTO’s discount code is: DCP2412, and it’s ready for immediate use.

If you get any additional members between now and the end of the Early Bird Registration Period, please pass this code on to them. Please note the code is only for Helmsmen Members.

Congratulations and I look forward to seeing each of you at the District 27 Spring Conference, Saturday, 3 May 2014, at the Crowne Plaza National Airport!!!

A good time is sure to be had by all!!!

Yours in Toastmastering…


Ralph T. Jones, Jr., DTM

District 27 Governor


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