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Minutes: May 27, 2014, Executive-Committee Meeting

Colville Toastmasters

Executive Business Meeting Minutes

May 27, 2014


Members Present: (need 4 for quorum)

Roberta Carney, Treasurer X Katharine Hansen, President X Laura Hepler, VP-Education
X Lisa DesRosiers, VP-Membership   Jason Hart, Sergeant-at-Arms X Linda LR Murphy, VP-Public Relations
X Jan Greco, Secretary        


Business meeting was called to order by Kathy Hansen at 4:32 PM.


Motion was made by Linda Murphy and seconded by Lisa DesRosiers to approve the minutes of April 27, 2014 as presented. Majority voted in favor; motion passed.



  • Tentative dates for club officer training (June 14, 5 hours) and district officer training (July 12). Kathy shared that TI has developed new standardized training that provides a richer experience than in the past and much more solid information for individual officers.
  • Possible change in meeting venue. No new information.
  • Reviewed final details for June 3 discussion on meeting format changes.
  • Possible uses for $100 TI gift certificate from last year’s “Beat the Clock” award.
    • Kathy: would like to institutionalize educational awards and provide plastic name badges for members completing their first CC. Will research options.
    • Laura: would like to purchase small items to use for prizes. Will research options.
  • Prospective members to complete DCP goal #8
    • Brian Elliot
    • Danielle Chambers
    • Michele Moffitt
    • CJ Wolfe
  • Plans for July 1 Officer Installation and group photo in preparation for press release.


Executive Officer Reports

  • Sergeant-at-Arms Jason Hart: Absent
  • Treasurer Roberta Carney : Absent
  • Secretary/Immediate Past President Jan Greco: Area C3 has achieved Distinguished Area.
  • VP Public Relations Linda Murphy: Poster distribution going well
  • VP Membership Lisa DesRosiers: Eager to get going on membership projects; Beat the Clock
  • VP Education Laura Hepler: Preparing educational award tracking spreadsheet for incoming VPE
  • President Kathy Hansen: Nothing in addition to discussions above


Next meeting: June 24, 2014, 4:30 PM


Meeting adjourned at 5:15 PM

Meeting Synopsis: May 27, 2014: International Cuisine Day

Theme: International Cuisineinternational_cuisine


Best Speaker: Don Elliot
Best Table Topics: TIE: Dave Engell and Lisa DesRosiers
Best Evaluator: Jan Greco

Role substitutions: None

Guests: Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers, Jay Lancaster, Jesse Huddleston, and Sophronia

Word of the Day:


Senseless; silly, foolish


Meeting Synopsis: May 20, 2013

Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Michelle Lancaster
Best Table Topics: Connie Richart
Best Evaluator: Linda Murphy

Role substitutions: None

Guests: Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers

Word of the Day:


1. a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen.
“the men set off in fear and trepidation”
synonyms: fear, apprehension, dread, fearfulness, fright, agitation, anxiety, worry, nervousness, tension, misgivings, unease, uneasiness, foreboding, disquiet, dismay, consternation, alarm, panic; informalbutterflies (in one’s stomach), jitteriness, the jitters, the creeps, the shivers, a cold sweat, the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the shakes, jim-jams, collywobbles, cold feet
“he sat in the waiting room, full of trepidation”


Meeting Synopsis: May 13, 2014: Darla Swander Elected as New Member

Darla Swander was inducted as new member.

President Kathy Hansen inducts Dalra Swander into the club.

President Kathy Hansen inducts Darla Swander into the club.












Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Michelle Lancaster
Best Table Topics: Lisa DesRosiers
Best Evaluator: Laura Hepler

Role substitutions: Laura Hepler and Kyle Chambers switched evaluation positions.

Guests: Cyrus Murphy, Suzanne Chambers, Laura Huddleston’s spouse Jesse.

Word of the Day:


1. serving as a sign or indication of something.
“having recurrent dreams is not necessarily indicative of any psychological problem”
synonyms: symptomatic, expressive, suggestive, representative, emblematic, symbolic; typical, characteristic
“the results are indicative of a possible warming trend”


Colville Toastmasters Shows Its Achievements at D9 Spring 2014 Conference



Clockwise from top left: Colville’s contribution to the Silent Auction, a quilting-supplies basket, was claimed in a winning bid by District 9 Lt. Gov. Education and Training Natalie Palmer; VPE Laura Hepler surveys silent-auction baskets; Club President Kathy Hansen holds a gift she received for her service as Public Relations Officer from 2012-2014; the club finally received long-awaited $100 in gift certificates for meeting its goal in the 2013 Beat-the-Clock Membership Drive; Kathy Hansen served as Toastmaster for the District Evaluation Contest and is shown in right photo interviewing Target Speaker Wayne Engel; Colville’s banner on display at conference; Kathy Hansen in procession of district officers (District Secretary Debra Kroon Yates in background) shortly after being elected as District 9 Lt. Gov. Marketing for 2014-2015. Center: Laura’s trophy for winning 3rd place in the Evaluation Contest.

Minutes for April 2014 Executive-Committee Meeting

Executive-Committee Meeting Minutes. April 29, 2014

You can download minutes here.

Minutes for General Business Meeting, May 6, 2014

Minutes for General Business Meeting, May 6, 2014

You can download minutes here.

2014/15 Colville Toastmasters Club Officers Elected

On May 6, 2014, the nominating committee report was presented by Immediate Past President Jan Greco:

2014/15 Colville Toastmasters Club Officer Nominations

  • President: Laura Hepler
  • VP Education Jan Greco
  • VP Membership Lisa DesRosiers
  • VP Public Relations Linda Murphy
  • Treasurer Roberta Carney
  • Secretary Kathy Hansen
  • Sergeant at Arms Rick Henderson

Floor was opened for nominations. No other nominations were offered. Secretary was instructed to cast one vote for each officer on this slate. This is the final club officer list for 2014/2015.

Officers will be installed the first meeting in July.

Congratulations, officers!

Meeting Synopsis: May 6, 2014 – New Member: Darla Swander

Darla Swander (pictured below) voted in as new member.


2014-2015 officers elected.

Theme: n/a


Best Speaker: Randall Hansen
Best Table Topics: Steve McGee
Best Evaluator: Joe Greco

Role substitutions: None

Guests: None


Word of the Day:



1. an official order or commission to do something. “a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners”

synonyms: instruction, directive, decree, command, order, injunction, edict, charge, commission, bidding, ruling, fiat; LAW

a commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.

2. the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election.

“a sick leader living beyond his mandate”

synonyms: authority, approval, acceptance, ratification, endorsement, sanction, authorization

verb: mandate; 3rd person present: mandates; past tense: mandated; past participle: mandated; gerund or present participle: mandating

1.give (someone) authority to act in a certain way. “other colleges have mandated coed fraternities” synonyms: instruct, order, direct, command, tell, require, charge


Meeting Synopsis: Social Open House, April 29, 2014


Many thanks to Judy and Larry Cressey for putting on a nice event!

Darla Swander submitted membership application!

Lisa DesRosiers attended!

Theme: Open House/Social

Bests: None

Role substitutions: None

Guests: Brian Elliot and friend Magally (sp?), Cyrus Murphy, Darla Swander


Word of the Day:


1. the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay.
“parity of incomes between rural workers and those in industrial occupations”
synonyms: equality, equivalence, uniformity, consistency, correspondence, congruity, levelness, unity, coequality More
the value of one currency in terms of another at an established exchange rate.
plural noun: parities
a system of providing farmers with consistent purchasing power by regulating prices of farm products, usually with government price supports.
(of a number) the fact of being even or odd.