U2 Can Speak Toastmasters is a company club that meets weekly on Thursdays at lunchtime at Raytheon in Dulles, Virginia (new location!). We provide a friendly atmosphere for acquiring and practicing public speaking skills which aid in giving business presentations, answering on-the-spot questions with finesse, and feeling comfortable in front of an audience. Our club also offers plenty of Leadership Opportunities which will help you become a better leader and/or manager.
Sound like something you can benefit from? We are always looking for new members. Please drop us a line using the Join Us form to the left, give one of the officers a call or drop by a meeting as a guest. We will tell you all about Toastmasters, and how you can join the fun!
Raytheon Company, Building 65 (22265 Pacific Blvd Sterling, VA 20166 - default room: Africa - just off lobby) [Map]
Weekly Meetings every Thursday at noon. Location is 22265 Pacific Blvd, unless otherwise noted.
Guests - Please let us know if you are planning to attend. We are meet in a secure facility will need to process you through security at least a day in advance.
Upcoming special events:
- (beyond the club) Saturday, December 7th, January 11th or February 8th Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) (details below)
- December 12th - Members - Please try to come a little early for the new check-in procedure. We will be back in the Africa Conference Room this week.
- December 19th - Holiday Meeting
- December 26th - No Meeting - Happy Holidays!
The Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
provides a free training curriculum that helps club officers learn how to effectively run the club. Training is required for all Toastmasters Club Officers. Of course, any member with an interest in leadership can attend these free sessions, as well!
Officers - please plan to attend one of the training sessions below. Watch the District 29 website for additional details and other dates.
- Saturday, December 7th, 2013 8:45 am (registration opens at 8)
Location: Neustar Headquarters 2175 Ridgetop Circle Sterling, VA 20166
—8:45 to 9 Plenary Session
—9 to 12 Training
—(Optional) 12 noon Panel Lunch - $10 lunch donation requested (Optional)
- Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Location: Stafford County Government Center
- Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Location: Fairfax County
You can also get credit for attending TLI in District 27 (scroll through calendar)
(inside the beltway) or District 36
(mostly in Maryland).
As of December 5th, 2013, we have met 7 out of 10
possible goals. This is excellent news!
Toastmasters International always has the latest status: DCP Report for Club 8224
We are: District 29, Division E, Area 52, Club 00008224
About the DCP: Toastmasters International runs a Distinguished Club Program (DCP) to recognize clubs for their efforts. We have been recognized as a Distinguished Club for the past 2 years (and more) and are already well on our way to one of the prestigious awards for the 2013-2014 year. (The Toastmasters year ends on June 30th, 2014). 5 goals are required to be considered for the Distinguished Club award, along with a minimum number of members. The next level award is Select Distinguished, which requires 7 goals. The ultimate award is President's Distinguished for clubs that achieve 9 out of 10 goals. Watch this site for additional progress!
All Toastmasters members and clubs are always working toward goals. The basis of the Toastmasters member educational program is based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership. These tracks can be worked on simultaneously. All new members receive the Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership manuals which serve as a guide to the program. Members and clubs who work toward the Toastmasters International goals learn a great deal and are recognized by Toastmasters International in the form of awards. More information about the educational award system can be found on the Toastmasters International website: Toastmasters International - Educational Program
The first 10 speeches are the basis of the Compentent Communicator (CC) award. All Toastmasters receive the CC manual when they join. Competent Communicator Manual Summary (thanks District 4!)
In parallel with the communication track, members work towards the Competent Leadership (CL) awards by following the manual or achieving the listed criteria. All Toastmasters receive the CL manual when they join. Competent Leadership Manual Summary
... CL Project Completion Form (list of projects on pg 2)
...CL Tracking Tools (at bottom of page)
Effective Evaluation Guide (many CL projects relate to Evaluation - may need to login)
Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals:
Once a CC is achieved, members begin working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards. However, some of the criteria for the Advanced Leadership goals can be met while still working on the CL. The Advanced Communicator (AC) and Advanced Leadership (AL) awards both have Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Each AC level requires 10 speeches, plus additional criteria for the silver & gold levels. The first 2 advanced manuals are free when your CC is submitted!
Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
Advanced Communicator Goals
Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences to work on. Becoming a club officer is an easy way to get started meeting one of the Advanced Leadership goals. The officer role can be held while still working on the CC/CL.
Advanced Leader Goals
Each year, the club also works on goals as part of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP)
. Many of the member goals also help the club meet its goals. DCP Report
We are: District 29, Division E, Area 52, Club 00008224 District 29 Club List
To contact any of the Governors from the Area/Division or District, use the pattern listed here:
District Contact Info
Here are some ways that you can work toward individual goals and in turn, help the club meet its goals (Note: you can work toward CC and CL goals at the same time):
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For more information, please refer to Toastmasters' policy and protocol, page 167.
- (anytime) Competent Communicator (CC)/Advanced Communicator (AC) goals - Give Speeches. Volunteer to be fast-tracked to reach your CC/AC faster (talk to the VPE). Or, just give speeches as you are assigned - all manual speeches count toward an award eventually! Are you going for a CC, AC or "Half CC" award this year?
- (anytime) Competent Leader goals (CL) - Attend meetings, fill roles and have them evaluated in the CL manual.
- (various times) CL goals - Chair one of the following: a public relations campaign (anytime) a membership building campaign (anytime), or a club contest (Fall & Spring).
- (May/June or if an opening occurs) Advanced Leader-Bronze (AL-B) goals - Volunteer to become an officer and Attend Training (summer & winter) Holding an office counts toward AL-B, even if you haven't completed your CL yet
- (anytime) Advanced Leader-Bronze goals (AL-B) - Conduct programs from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series.
- (anytime) Club membership goals - Bring a guest to the meeting to let them see what Toastmasters is all about!
- (anytime) Club membership goals - Talk about Toastmasters everywhere you go!