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

  • Feb 22nd - TMOD: Contact Radhika to volunteer
  • March 1st - Club Speech Contest - Contest Coordinator: Ali
    Talk to Ali to volunteer! We'll need members to compete and support the contest with various roles.
    Six speeches are required to compete in the International Speech Contest, but any member can compete in the evaluation contest.
  • March 8th
  • March 15th
  • March 22nd
  • March 29th

  • 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, try to find a replacement for your role and let the TMOD know.

    Contest Season

    Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year, Toastmasters around the world compete in the Evaluation and International speech contests in the Spring, and other contests in the Fall.

    Requirements: Six speeches are required to compete in the International Speech Contest, but any member can compete in the evaluation contest.

    Contest Dates for our members:

    • March 1st - U2 Can Speak Club Speech Contest
      Regular meeting time and Location
      Talk to Ali to volunteer!
    • March 24th (evening) - Area 55 & 56 Contest
      Sterling Library - 22330 Sterling Boulevard Sterling, VA
      Winners of club contests nearby compete
      Our Area includes: AOL & Asurion, Ashburn Professional Speakers and Orbital Orators
      Talk to Dave to help out
    • April 14th (afternoon) - Division E Contest
      Ashburn Library - 43316 Hay Road Ashburn, VA
      Winners of six Area contests compete
      Talk to Div E Director Gary to help out!
    • May 12th - District 29 Conference and Contest
      Capital One Headquarters - 1680 Capital One Drive McLean, VA
      Winners from seven Divisions (A-G) compete
    • August - World Championship of Public Speaking
      District winners from around the globe compete for the title of World Champion!
      This year's will be held in Chicago, Illinois


    Every World Champion begins at the club level. Just as in other clubs around the world, our club will hold a contest this Spring. Ali has volunteered to coordinate our club contest, so please talk to him to volunteer for a role. We'll need all members available to either compete or participate by supporting the contest in another role. In addition to contestants, we'll also need: timers, ballot counters, judges, and more.

    You are also welcome to attend other Toastmasters contests in District 29 and beyond. They are always looking for volunteers to help out.

    Toastmasters Leadership Institute

    Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) provides a free training curriculum for
    Toastmasters Club Officers as well as non-officers
    interested in learning more about Toastmasters leadership opportunities.

    District 29 TLI Schedule Information and Registration
    Please register! The agenda and additional information are included on District 29.
    Upcoming District 29 dates are: 2/17 Woodbridge, 2/24 Fredericksburg

    Other TLIs in nearby District 27 and District 36 : 2/15 SW DC or 2/15 NW DC

    This Year's Goals

    Members - have you planned your goals for this Toastmasters year? Work with your mentor and let the officers 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)


    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
    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