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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).

This week's meeting is the Evaluation and Table Topics Club Contest (September 12th, regular meeting time and place).
POC: Contest Chair Neena

Save the Dates (see Beyond the Club for details):

  • Area 55 Contest - Wednesday evening, October 9th
  • Division E Contest - Wednesday evening, October 23rd

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.

Contests
Fall Contests are Table Topics and Evaluations
Winners advance from Club->Area->Division (and then the District in the Spring)


    Contests for U2 Can Speak:
  • (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
  • Area 55/51 Combined Contest - October 9th 6:30 pm
    Cascades Library: 21030 Whitfield Pl, Potomac Falls, VA
    Contact: Area 55 Director Sam
    Come to support our 1st and 2nd place winners!
  • Division E Contest - Wednesday, October 23rd 6 - 9 pm
    Eastern Federal Lands Office 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA
    Contact: Division E Director Sabrina

Other Contests:
District 29 Contest Calendar
(also good to double-check before you go in case something changed - the District calendar should have the latest)
  • Free Spirits Club Contest - Sunday, September 22nd 3:30 pm
    North County Government Center 1801 Cameron Glen Dr Reston, VA
    Contact: Area 43 Director Jennifer
  • Tech Toast Club Contest - Tuesday, September 24th 6:30 pm
    NOVA Labs 1916 Isaac Newton Square W Reston, VA
    Contact: Ying or Jennifer
  • Area 43 Contest - Wednesday, October 2nd 6:30
    Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr Reston, VA
    Contact: Area 43 Director Jennifer - can use your help!
  • Area 44 & 45 Contest Saturday October 12th 1-4
    Ashburn Library 43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA
    Contact: Area 44 Director Marcia
  • Division A Contest Saturday October 19th
    Apple Federal Credit Union: 4097 Monument Corner Drive, 1st Floor Fairfax, VA
    Contact: Division A Director Anthony
  • Division D Contest - Thursday, October 24th
    Oracle: 1900 Oracle Way Reston, VA
    Contact: Division D Director Rick (or Jennnifer/Marcia)


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.

Educational Events
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.

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

    2019-2020 DCP Status Details

    Our club has received Toastmaster International's highest honor, the President's Distinguished award, for six years in a row!
    We will work this year to make it 7! The Toastmasters Year started on July 1st.
    All clubs work on group goals that help members meet their individual goals.
    Clubs that meet 5 or more of 10 possible goals receive recognition from Toastmasters International as part of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).

    Official Report at Toastmasters International (2018-2019 year)

    Overall Goal: President's Distinguished (9+ out of 10 possible)
    Current DCP Goals Achieved: 0.5
    Goal Breakdown: 5 Education, 2 Membership, 1 Training and 1 Administration
    Membership: 28
    20 members required on June 30, 2019 to qualify for awards

    Club Goals Summer/Fall (4.5 planned/0.5 achieved)

    • Training Goals Summer/Fall (All Officers)
      ---(in-progress) Club Goal 1a (half point): Four or More Officers Trained by Sept 1st (DCP Goal 9a)
      Goal: 7 out of 7 officers trained
    • Administration Goals Summer/Fall (Secretary/Treasurer)
      ---(planned)- Club Goal 2: Fall On Time Submittals (a & b required) (DCP Goal 10a/b)
      10a: (complete - (half point) Officer List submitted by July 1st
      10b: (planned ) Fall dues submitted by Oct 1st
    • Educational Goals Summer/Fall (VPE and individual members)
      ---Traditional Goals
      In-Progress: all members working toward legacy goals to be completed by June 2020. Many are committed to complete their DTM!!
      ---Pathways Goals
      In-Progress: all new members and some traditional members
      ---(planned)- Club Goal 3: Two Pathways Level 3 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P3)
      Results: L3 Complete:
      ----(planned)- Club Goal 4: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B/DTM) (DCP Traditional Goal 5)
      Results:
      ---(planned)- Club Goal 5: Four Pathways Level 1 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P1)
      Results: L1 complete:
      ----planned - Fall Contest (not a DCP goal)
    • Membership Goals Summer/Fall (VPM/VP PR)
      ---(planned)- Club Goal 6: Four New Members: (DCP Goal 7)
      ---(planned) More Raytheon members (not a DCP goal)

    Club Goals Winter/Spring (5 planned)
    • Training Goals Winter (All Officers)
      --(planned)- Club Goal 1b (half point): Four or More Officers Trained by March 1st (DCP Goal 9b)
      Goal: 7 out of 7 officers trained
      Goal 1a + Goal 1b = 1 point total (DCP Goal 9)
    • Educational Goals Winter/Spring (VPE and individual members)
      ---(planned)- Club Goal 7: Two Pathways Level 2 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P2)
      Results: L2 Complete:
      ----(planned)- Club Goal 8: One More Leadership Goal (or more) - CL/AL-B/DTM (DCP Traditional Goal 6)
      Results:
      ---(planned) Spring Contest - (not a DCP goal)
    • Administration Goals Spring (Secretary/Treasurer)
      ---(planned) - Spring dues submitted by April 1st (DCP Goal 10c)
    • Membership Goals Winter/Spring (VPM/VP PR)
      ---planned ---Club Goal 9: Four More New Members: (DCP Goal 8)
      planned : Open House


    The officer(s) responsible for tracking the award are listed in the award category.
    However, the club achieves its goals when the club works together to help members achieve their goals.

    Traditional Goals
    ---(bonus) Two Competent Communicator Awards (CC) (DCP Traditional Goal 1)
    Results:
    ---Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) award (Traditional Goal 3)
    Results:

    Acronyms and Awards:
    CC = Competent Communicator - first 10 speeches
    CL = Competent Leader - initial 10 leadership projects
    AC = Advanced Communicator (B=Bronze, S=Silver, G=Gold) - additional 10 speeches + other
    AL = Advanced Leader (B=Bronze, S=Silver) - additional leadership objectives, such as being a club, area or district officer
    DTM = Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM=ACG + ALS)
    L1 - Pathways Level 1
    L2 - Pathways Level 2
    etc
    See Pathways Progress for Pathways Level award criteria

    Last Updated July 1, 2019