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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 ...

Welcome!

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.
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).
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:
President: Neena*
Vice President Education: Srini*
Vice President Membership: Ali
Vice President Public Relations: Calvin
Secretary: Jennifer*
Treasurer: Ewa
Sergeant-at-Arms: Russell
Immediate Past President: Radhika*
* Member of Education Committee

The Club, 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.

Educational Events
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
TLI is a set of educational sessions for all members to improve their skills.
All members are welcome at these free events!
Officers should plan to attend at least one session to learn how best to serve the club.

  • Thursday, Aug 15 6 pm (McLean) This event is sold out
  • Thursday, Aug 29 6 pm (Vienna) LAST TLI! Added based on popular demand
    6 pm Dinner and sign-in
    6:30 pm Group session (plenary)
    7:25 and 8:25 Officer Courses/Electives
    Registration and Details
  • Additional events in MD & DC: District 27 & District 36

District 29 Complete: June 15 (Fairfax), July 11 (Reston), July 13 (Vienna), July 20 (Ashburn), July 27 (Woodbridge), Aug 1 (Vienna) Events begin 30-45 minutes after time listed (come for the food and networking!)
Agendas are listed on each Registration Link listed on the TLI List - District 29 core sessions for officers are intermixed with general topics in the Saturday morning/Thursday evening dates. Saturday sessions have additional topics in the afternoon. Please register so the organizers know how much food to order.

Other Clubs
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.

Contests
Fall Contests - coming soon! Table Topics and Evaluations
2019 Spring Contest Finals will be in August at the International Convention in Denver, Colorado.
For District 29 2018-2019 Results, see: District 29 Contest Results.

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.

Roles

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:

  • For Speakers, contact TMOD. TMOD contact VPE Team (Srini, Neena, Jennifer, Radhika) for backup speaker list
  • For AH Counter/Timer, first look for new members who have Last Time in Role as "Never"
  • For other roles, check Role History for longest number of "Weeks Since"
  • Affiliated Clubs

    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!

  • Ashburn Professional Speakers* (lunchtime) 2nd & 4th Thursdays 12-1 pm - Verizon in Ashburn
  • Sterling Toastmasters (afternoon) 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 4:00 P
    Our sister club down the street. Note that Sterling Toastmasters allows virtual participation.
  • Tech Toast* (evening) 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7-8 pm - NOVA Labs in Reston P
  • Reston/Herndon Toastmasters* (evening) 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm- in Reston P
  • Speakers Bureau* (Advanced Club - weekend) - Meets 3rd Saturdays 4-6 pm in Reston
  • Free Spirits Toastmasters* (evening) 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30 pm - in Reston P every year since chartered in 1999
    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.

    Individual Goals:
    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

    Resources

    Links for Potential Members:
    Toastmasters Listing for our Club (additional contact info)
    About Toastmasters
    How to Join
    Pathways First Speech - Ice Breaker

    Links for New Members:
    Paths and Projects (thanks District 4!)
    District 29 Pathways Information
    Pathways Guide
    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
    Leader Letter
    Additional Reports
    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