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Who We Are ...

U2 Can Speak Toastmasters is a company club that meets weekly on Thursdays at lunchtime at Raytheon in Dulles, Virginia. 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!

Where We Are ...

Raytheon Company, 22110 Pacific Blvd Sterling, VA 20166 [Map]

News and Events ...

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Our next meeting is on Thursday. This week will be a special Speech Marathon with 4 speeches, instead of our usual 2.

Guests - please Contact us in advance so we can have your visit request approved by the site.
Policies require thatvisitors must be US Citizens, Permanent US Residents or Employees. If not, we'd recommend Toastmasters Meetup to find another great club nearby.

Once you have been registered to attend, please meet us in the lobby at 11:45 am.
(Employees can meet us in the lobby or come directly to the room)

Employees - Room Changes:
3/30 Hayes (2nd floor near copiers)
Everyone: please meet in the lobby, as usual.

Contest Dates

The Spring Contests are International Speech and Evaluations. Winners from each level advance to the next level. The International Speech Contest goes all the way to the Toastmasters Convention, where the winner is crowned World Champion of Public Speaking!

  • (complete) U2 Can Speak - Congratulations, Donna & Radhika! Thanks to everyone who helped!
  • (complete) Area 55 - Congratulations, Radhika! 2nd place in both contests!
  • Division E - Saturday, April 8th , Contest Begins at 2 pm
    1:00 pm - Registration Opens/1:30 pm - Briefings/5:00 pm - Adjourn
    Location: Ashburn Library, Storytime Room
    43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA
  • District 29 Conference - Saturday, May 13th

You are also welcome to attend any of the contests in District 29.

Distinguished Club Program

Toastmasters International recognizes clubs for meeting goals related to the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
The Toastmasters year runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Official Report at Toastmasters International

U2 Can Speak Plans for 2016-2017: President's Distinguished (9+ goals, 20+ members on June 30, 2017)
Status as of March 23rd: 9 Goals Complete! April renewals received so far: 17
plus additional communications, leadership and membership goals are in progress!

Members who have Completed Individual Goals this Toastmasters Year:

  • Ying - Advanced Leader-Silver (ALS)
  • Ying - High Performance Leadership (HPL)
  • Radhika - Competent Communicator (CC)
  • Kristi - Competent Communicator
  • Michael M - Competent Communicator
  • Jennifer - Advanced Communicator-Gold (ACG)
  • Anthony - Advanced Communicator-Bronze (ACB)
  • Istvan - Competent Communicator
plus many half-CCs/half-ACs (5+ speeches)
Congratulations to all!

Toastmasters Goals and Resources

All Toastmasters members and clubs are always working toward goals. The Toastmasters member educational program is based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership. These tracks can be worked on simultaneously. All new members receive manuals to guide them through 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.

Communication Goals: The first 10 speeches are the basis of the Competent Communicator (CC) award.

Leadership Goals: In parallel with the communication track, members work toward the Competent Leadership (CL) award by following the manual or accomplishing the listed criteria, mainly by fulfilling club meeting roles.

New members receive 2 manuals when they join: the Competent Communicator (CC) manual (projects related to speeches) and the Competent Leadership (CL) manual (projects mainly based on meeting roles).

Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals: On the communication track, once a CC is achieved, members begin working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards.
The first two advanced manuals are free after the CC is submitted! On the leadership track, some of the criteria for the advanced goals can be met while still working on the initial level.
Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences or projects to accomplish.
Becoming a club officer is an easy way to get started meeting one of the Advanced Leadership goals.
Even new members can serve as officers.

Club Goals: Toastmasters International runs a program to recognize high-performing clubs through the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
Goals are related to Communication and Leadership accomplishments for both individual members, officers and the club as a whole.
When the club focuses on meeting these goals, it can help the members meet their individual goals. Reports are updated at least weekly: DCP Report for Club 8224
We are: District 29, Division E, and Area 55, Club 00008224


Links for Potential Members:
About Toastmasters
Toastmasters International - Educational Program
Toastmasters listing for our club (additional contact info)
First Speech (Ice Breaker)

Links for New Members:
Competent Communicator Manual Summary (thanks District 4!)
Competent Leadership Manual Summary
Club Meeting Roles
CL Tracking Form (Excel download)
How To Documents

Links Related to Club Leadership:
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
Club Leadership Handbook
Leader Letter
Resources (from District 29)
Club Constitution and Bylaws
(Download) Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

Links for Advanced Goals:
Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
Advanced Communicator Goals
Advanced Leader Goals
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Our default conference room is the Cleveland Conference Room (101-R12-2 - 1st floor, just off the lobby).
Alternate Room Locations: Garfield (102-R12-2 above lobby) and rooms by the copiers: Hayes - 2nd floor/Grant - 3rd/Lincoln - 5th or Buchanan - 6th