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2016-09-08 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2847 Minutes

September 12, 2016

Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2847 – 8 September 2016 Minutes

Please congratulate Nekisha Tate, as the TM and Contestmaster of the Day !

Congratulate our Table Topics winners:

Audrey Britton, 1st Place

Yash Sinha, 2nd Place

Welcome our newest Helmsmen Toastmasters: Sheriah Carter, Chanelle Johnson and Eduardo Zayas Sanchez!


1. Toastmaster of the Day for our next meeting 2848, Thursday, September 15th, Humorous Speech
Contestmaster will be Audrey Britton.
If you wish to compete in the Humorous Speech contest, please provide your speech to Audrey Britton by next Tuesday, September 13th. Everyone else will assist as a judge, timer, ballot counter or sergeant at arms. Contestmaster asks that you try to get to the meeting at least 5 minutes before the meeting starts.

All speeches need to be 5-7 minutes; minimum time is 4:30min and maximum time is 7.5 minutes.

3. We need your ideas to expand membership, please contact VP Membership Kimberly Winborne with any suggestions.

4. Dues is Due for Oct 2016-Mar 2017 Semester!

In February 2016, TM International decided to increase its dues, to start in the Fall of 2016, from $36 to $45. Total dues will consist of International dues ($45) plus Club dues ($5) for a total of $50. If you joined Helmsmen Toastmasters after March 2016, the dues you paid covered the time period from when you joined through September 2016; THIS current dues renewal notice will cover your membership from October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017.

Treasurer, Carl Sabath has started collecting dues!

We are now registered with PayPal and for an additional $2 processing fee, you can pay your dues by credit card. As always, cash, money orders and checks are still accepted. Money orders and checks should be made payable to Helmsmen Toastmasters.

As Carl is in the Mark Center, you can also provide your dues to other temporarily “deputized” treasurers 🙂 At the Pentagon — Elizabeth Femrite and Herman Raybon, Jr. — if you can’t attend Thursday’s meeting.

6. Contests are coming! Contests are coming!
Time to compete!!!!!!!!!!!

9/15 – Helmsmen Club Humorous Speech contest
Needed – Contestants, Judges, timer, ballot counter Let’s get the best to go forward to the Area contest!

9/27 – Forté Ward, Area Director will be hosting the Area 11 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests.

TBD – Bert Romero, Division A Director will be hosting the Division A Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests

11/12 – District 27 Conference will host the District Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. See for additional details.

6. TMoD Schedule. Please contact our VP-Education, Lillian Wilkerson to
sign up for future Toastmaster of the Day roles. If you have an issue
with the schedule please try to switch with another TM or call Elizabeth.

9/15 Humorous Speech Contest
9/22 Victor Gonzalez
9/29 Ernie Davis
10/6 Lillian Wilkinson
10/13 Audrey Briton
10/20 Nekisha Tate
10/27 Jackie Wrice
11/3 Steve Coy

7. Distinguished Club Plan: See how well we are doing by going to

8. Previous Meeting Minutes can be seen at


Presiding Officer, President Ernie Davis

Opening, Jerrick Alexander

Ernie Davis gave some points about speech evaluations.
He also led a round robin/table topics session about pointers to improve a table topics presentation.

Contestmaster, Nekisha Tate

Chief Judge, Elizabeth Femrite

Contestants – Audrey Britton and Yash Sinha

We thank Contest Chair, Judges, Timer, Ballot Counter, and Audience Participation
By Jerrick Alexander, Sheriah Carter, Ernie Davis, Elizabeth Femrite, Chanelle Johnson, Eduardo Osorio-Moriyon, Carl Sabath, Lillian Wilkinson , Jackie Wrice , Eduardo Zayas Sanchez

Ballot Counter – Chanelle Johnson

Timer – Ernie Davis

Closing, Eduardo Zayas Sanchez


Reminder, you may still 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, and 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

Happy Speaking,

Carl Sabath for
Secretary Nekisha Tate

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