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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 - Please fill in the Contact Form to visit our club.

Due to site requirements, all visitors must be US Citizens or Permanent US Residents.
If not, see Meetup for other clubs in the area.

Upcoming Meetings and Special Events

All meetings are on Thursday at noon in the Cleveland Room, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive by 11:50 to check-in.

Members - please contact Radhika if you have a preferred speaking date or roles you want to fill.

  • May 24th - U2 Can Speak meeting - Auditorium-McKinley A/B
  • May 31st - U2 Can Speak meeting and Officer Elections - Cleveland Room
  • June 7th - Open House for Raytheon Employees - Auditorium-McKinley-A/B
    Current members - please plan to attend and help with this special event. Coordinator: Dave
  • June 14th - U2 Can Speak meeting - Cleveland Room
  • June 21st - U2 Can Speak meeting - Garfield Room
  • June 28th - U2 Can Speak meeting - Cleveland 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.
    If you can't make it, please try to find a replacement for your role using Role History/Last Time in Role and let the TMOD know.
    We know things come up at the last minute, so as a group we roll with the role changes, but try to help out the TMOD!!
  • For Speakers, contact TMOD
  • For AH Counter/Timer, look for new members who have Last Time in Role as "Never"
  • For other roles, check Role History for longest number of "Weeks Since"
  • Contest Results

    There were a lot of excellent speeches and evaluations given during the spring contest season.
    If you'd like to see who won all the Area, Division and District contests, head over to District 29 for the Results.

    Congratulations to the District 29 Contest Winners - both from our Division E!!
    District 29 Evaluation Contest - Drew
    District 29 International Speech Contest - David
    Good luck in Chicago this summer at the World Championship of Public Speaking!!

    Distinguished Club Plan Status

    Members - are you working toward your goals for this Toastmasters year? Work with your mentor and let the VPE, Radhika, know your plans.
    Come to meetings regularly and you'll be on your way!

    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 (2017-2018 year)
    Current Status: 7.5 out of 10 goals achieved (Select Distinguished)
    End of Toastmasters Year: June 30th
    We plan to reach President's Distinguished (9+ out of 10)

    Officers:
    President: Donna
    Vice President Education: Radhika
    Vice President Membership: Dave
    Vice President Public Relations: Marcia
    Secretary: Rachel
    Treasurer: Anthony
    Sergeant-at-Arms: Jennifer
    Immediate Past President: Marianne

    Report in the link updates weekly

    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 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

    Resources

    Links for Potential Members:
    About Toastmasters
    Toastmasters listing for our club (additional contact info)
    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) Education Program
    Traditional Program Tracks
    (Traditional Program) Competent Communicator Manual Summary
    (Traditional Program) Competent Leadership Manual Summary
    First Speech (Traditional Program) - Ice Breaker

    Links for Advanced Goals (Traditional Program):
    (Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
    (Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Goals
    Advanced Leader Goals

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

    Traditional Program

    The information below is about the Traditional (legacy) program. The traditional program is grandfathered until at least October 2019 for members who joined our club/district before October 2017.
    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.
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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 Auditorium
    Employees: Meeting room change on the 3rd Thursdays starting in April 2018: Garfield Room
    Last Updated January, 2018

    2017-2018 DCP Status Details

    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 (2017-2018 year)

    Current: 7.5 out of 10 completed (1.5 more planned)
    We plan to reach President's Distinguished (9+ out of 10)
    Current Membership: 24 members (20 required to qualify for awards)

    Club Goals:
    Note: Goals 1-6 can also be filled by Levels in the new Pathways Program
    ---(planned) DCP Goal 1 Two Competent Communicators (CC)
    (complete) 1a: First CC: (Ali)
    1b: Second CC: to be submitted (DK)
    --(planned) DCP Goal 2: Two more CCs
    2a: First CC: planned (CD)
    2b: Second CC: planned (MM)
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 3: One Advanced Communicator (AC) Goal - Donna
    ---(stretch goal)--DCP Goal 4: One More Advanced Communicator (AC)
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 5: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) Donna - CL
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 6: One More Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) Donna - ALB
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 7: Four New Members: 4 out of 4
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 8: Four More New Members: 9! out of 4 needed
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 9: Officers Trained (min 4 each)
    9a: Summer: 6 attended (complete)
    9b: Winter: 6 attended (complete)
    ---(COMPLETE) DCP Goal 10: On Time Submittals (a & b required)
    10a: Officer List (complete)
    10b: Fall dues (complete)
    10c: Spring dues (complete)

    Note: 20 members must be on the books on June 30, 2018 for the club to qualify for DCP awards.
    *Acronyms:
    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)

    Last Updated May 18, 2017