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 - To request a visit to our club, please fill in the Contact Form by Tuesday evening.
First time visitors - please wait to receive confirmation before attending. (Raytheon Employees are welcome to drop in.)
Returning visitors - please let Ali know if you plan to attend so we can update your visitor pass
Due to site requirements, only US Citizens, Permanent US Residents or Raytheon Employees can join our club.
We will contact you to obtain information needed for a virtual visitor pass.
We also want to say hello and answer any questions you may have.
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
- Raytheon employees: just come to the meeting room - see Next Meeting
All guests must have a pass and be escorted at all times beyond the lobby.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Upcoming Meetings & Events
All regular club meetings are held on Thursday at noon at 22110 Pacific Boulevard.
Once we let you know your visitor pass is approved, please arrive by 11:50 to check-in. We will meet you in the lobby and bring you to the meeting room.
Building security requires prior approval and presentation of a government-issued photo ID at the front desk (see above).
Contests This Week that our members are involved with:
- Division A Contest (Anthony's) - Saturday October 19th
(see Beyond the Club for Details)
Save the Date:
- Division E Contest (our Division - Dave competing) - Wednesday evening, October 23rd
- Division D Contest (Jennifer/Marcia supporting) - Thursday, October 24th
Raytheon employees: see Next Meeting for meeting room location.
2019-2020 Leadership Team
All officers are here to support you, the member.
2019-2020 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:
Vice President Education: Srini*
Vice President Membership: Ali
Vice President Public Relations: Calvin
Immediate Past President: Radhika*
* Member of Education Committee
The Club Officers, Area 55 (Sam), Division E and District 29 are all here to help you meet your communication and leadership goals.
Achieving your goals contributes to the club meeting the goals set by Toastmasters International for a healthy club.
Our club has been a President's Distinguished Club for the past 6 years and we plan to make this year lucky #7!
Our Members Serving Outside the Club:
Division Director: Anthony (Division A)
Area Directors : Jennifer (43), Marcia (44) both in Division D
Beyond the Club
There is always something going on in Toastmasters beyond our club meeting. Below are some upcoming events.
Fall Contests are Table Topics and Evaluations
Winners advance from Club->Area->Division (and then the District in the Spring)
- (complete) U2 Can Speak Club Contest
Congratulations to our contestants and thanks to everyone for the team effort!!
Table Topics: Christy, Rashmi, Srini
Evaluations: Rashmi, Srini, Christy
- (complete) Area 55/51 Combined Contest - October 9th
Congratulations to our members who competed and our sister club Sterling Toastmasters!
Area 55 Table Topics: Christy 3rd place
Area 55 Evaluations: Srini 3rd place
Area 51: Dave 1st in Evaluations and Table Topics (representing dual club Ashburn Professional Speakers)
- Division E Contest - Wednesday, October 23rd 6 - 9 pm
Eastern Federal Lands Office 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA
Competing: Dave (for Area 51), Heather from Sterling Toastmasters (for Area 55) plus Area 52/53/54
Contact: Division E Director Sabrina
Contests for U2 Can Speak:
District 29 Contest Calendar
Please double-check the District calendar before you go, in case something changed.
Volunteer by contacting the Area or Division Director in advance, if possible. Each Area Director is listed on their related Division page.
Other Area Contests (4-5 clubs competing per Area)
- (complete) Area 43 Contest (Div D) - October 2nd, evening
Area 43 Director Jennifer would like to thank Ying, Neena, Marcia & Anthony from U2 Can Speak for helping make this an awesome event!
- (complete) Area 11 Contest (Div A) - October 5th, morning
- (complete) Area 12 Contest (Div A) - October 5th, afternoon
- (complete) Area 53 & 54 Contest (Div E) - October 5th afternoon - Rashmi competed for Tech Tower
- (complete) Area 44 & 45 Contest (Div D) - October 12th afternoon
Area 44 Director Marcia would like to thank Anthony & Jennifer for helping make this an awesome event!
Other Division Contests (4-5 Areas competing)
- Division A Contest - Saturday October 19th 12:30 - 4 pm
Apple Federal Credit Union: 4097 Monument Corner Drive, 1st Floor Fairfax, VA
Contact: Division A Director Anthony
- Division D Contest - Thursday, October 24th 6:30 pm
Oracle: 1900 Oracle Way Reston, VA
Contact: Division D Director Rick (or Jennnifer/Marcia)
As a member or guest of Toastmasters, you are welcome to visit many of the 16,600+ other clubs worldwide.
Before visiting, please check their website to find out any site requirements.
Find a Club If you change the zip code, select Search Option: Open Clubs.
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) sessions are held in the Summer and Winter. TLI is a set of educational sessions for all members to improve their skills.
A list of all District 29
TLIs Completed can be found on the District 29 website under Events.
Other Events: District 29 Calendar
Pathways Progress for U2 Can Speak
The Toastmasters Pathways learning experience, is an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs.
All new and existing members join Pathways.
Members who joined before Fall 2017 have until June 2020 to submit traditional awards.
Pathways Progress for our members
In this Summary of Levels you can see all have required projects, based on the path
and higher levels also have electives, chosen by the member.
Pathways Level 1
All paths are the same for Level 1: 4 speeches + 1 evaluation required
Ice Breaker Pathways Project
+Project: Ice Breaker (speech)
Evaluation and Feedback Pathways Project
+Project: Evaluation and Feedback 1 (speech)
+Project: Evaluation and Feedback 2 (speech)
+Project: Evaluation and Feedback (evaluation role): evaluate another member's speech and have your evaluation evaluated: (let VPE team know) JR (+ L1 complete)
Researching and Presenting Pathways Project
+Project: Researching and Presenting (speech)
Members: To update the agenda on our website for a Pathways Speech:
After logging in, navigate to Meeting Schedule and click Modify for the current week.
1. Select N/A in the “Speech” row. (this is used for the Traditional/Legacy program)
2. In the Pathways section, select your Path and Level.
3. Select the right "Project" (see above for Level 1)
4. Enter the timing (green=minimum, yellow=warning, red=maximum)
5. Enter your speech Title
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit.
As members, we can all do our part to help the meeting be successful by: coming to meetings regularly, RSVP'ing, and asking your mentor if you need help with a role.
Roles are assigned using a combination of VPE scheduling and member self-assignment on our website (in Members Only->Meeting Schedule).
If you see an empty speech slot or role within the upcoming month, usually it is up for grabs, but check with the VPE or TMOD to confirm.
Each week, the TMOD will be filling unassigned 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:
As a member or guest of Toastmasters, you are welcome to visit other clubs.
Before visiting, please check their website to find out any site requirements.
The clubs below are affiliated with our members but there are many, many others in the area and 160,000+ worldwide!
Our sister club down the street. Note that Sterling Toastmasters allows virtual participation.
Usually smaller group - introvert friendly
Other clubs nearby: Find a Club - Select Search Option: Open Clubs
*=some of our members are dual members or club coaches
P = President's Distinguished Club 2018-2019
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 11 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 Links
Links Related to Club and District Leadership
Club Leadership Tools
Club Leadership Handbook
(Download) Distinguished Club Program (DCP) and Club Success Plan
Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
Resources (from District 29)
Club Constitution and Bylaws
Matthew's Value Added Reports
Alternate Room Locations: Garfield (102-R12-2 above lobby) and Auditorium
Employees: Meeting room change on the 3rd Thursdays: Garfield Room Resources Last Updated July, 2019