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 ...
Guests - Please fill in the Contact Form to visit our club.
Due to site requirements, all visitors (non-Raytheon employees) must register in advance and be US Citizens or Permanent US Residents.
Please bring a US government-issued photo ID:
- US Citizens: driver's license, passport, or military id
- Permanent US Resident: Permanent Resident ID card required
If not a US Citizen/Permanent Resident, please see Find A Club for open clubs nearby.
All meetings are held on Thursday at noon at 22110 Pacific Boulevard. Please arrive by 11:50 to check-in.
Building security requires presentation of a government-issued photo ID at the front desk (see above).
Meetings are in the Cleveland Room, unless otherwise noted.
Auditorium Roosevelt A/B Room
The Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD) coordinates the meeting.
As members, we can all do our part to help them out by: coming to meetings regularly, RSVP'ing, and asking your mentor if you need help with a role.
To reduce role shuffling, the VPE is only scheduling the TMOD and speakers well in advance.
The TMOD will be filling the other roles using RSVPs and the steps below.
We know things come up at the last minute, so as a group we roll with the role changes, but please try to help out the TMOD!!
To fill a slot when you are the Toastmaster of the Day or find a replacement for your role if you can't make it:
Fall Activities - Contests, Dues and RSVPs
Fall at Toastmasters is Contest season!
The club will hold a humorous speech and table topics contest on October 11th at our regular meeting time and location. Please let Radhika or Neena know if you want to compete or be the Contest Chair. Even if you don't want to compete, we will need everyone to help out as a ballot counter, timer, judge, etc.
Winners advance to the Area Contest on October 27th.
Members - It is also dues time. Please see Ali, Dave, Anthony or Indu to renew your membership for the next half year (October 2018 to March 2019).
Members - please update your RSVPs for the rest of September and October with your intentions. If plans change, you can always change it or let the TMOD know.
Toastmasters Goals and Resources
All Toastmasters members and clubs are always working toward goals.
Goals are related to Communication and Leadership accomplishments for both individual members, officers and the club as a whole.
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.
Toastmasters recently updated the education program. The new program is called Pathways. Pathways is designed to help you build the skills you need to communicate and lead. It is comprised of 10 paths that teach more than 300 unique competencies.
Club Goals: Toastmasters International recognizes high-performing clubs through the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
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:
Toastmasters Listing for our Club (additional contact info)
How to Join
Pathways First Speech - Ice Breaker
Links for New Members:
Paths and Projects (thanks District 4!)
District 29 Pathways Information
Club Meeting Roles
Reference documents (Toa Payoh Central Club)
How To Documents
Links for Members who joined before October 2017 (Traditional Program):
Traditional Program Tracks
(Traditional Prgoram) Education Program
(Traditional Program) Competent Communicator Manual Summary
(Traditional Program) Competent Leadership Manual Summary
(Traditional Program) First Speech - Ice Breaker
Links for Advanced Goals (Traditional Program):
(Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
(Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Goals
(Traditional Program) Advanced Leader Goals
Links Related to Club Leadership:
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
Reports Club Leadership Tools
Club Leadership Handbook
Resources (from District 29)
Club Constitution and Bylaws
(Download) Distinguished Club Program (DCP)
The information below is about the Traditional (legacy) program. The traditional program is grandfathered until June 2020 for all members who joined our club/district before October 2017. Members who joined after that date will work in the Pathways Program.
The Toastmasters Traditional member educational program was based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership.
These tracks can be worked on simultaneously.
New members before Fall 2017 received 2 manuals when they joined: the Competent Communicator (CC) manual (projects related to speeches) and the Competent Leadership (CL) manual (projects mainly based on meeting roles and other leadership skills). (Now new members receive 1 online Pathway)
Communication Goals: The first 10 speeches in the traditional program are the basis of the Competent Communicator (CC) award.
Leadership Goals: In parallel with the communication track, members in the traditional program work toward the Competent Leadership (CL) award by following the manual or accomplishing the listed criteria, mainly by fulfilling club meeting roles.
Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals: On the communication track, members began working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards in the traditional program once a CC was achieved.
The first two advanced manuals were free after the CC was submitted. (Pathways handles this differently). On the leadership track, some of the criteria for the advanced goals may have been met while still working on the initial level.
Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences or projects to accomplish.
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 Auditorium
Employees: Meeting room change on the 3rd Thursdays starting in April 2018: Garfield Room Last Updated January, 2018