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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. Please wait to receive confirmation before attending.

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).

The Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD) coordinates the meeting.

  • May 30th - TMOD: Dave
  • June 6th - TMOD: Srini
  • June 13th - Open House for Raytheon Employees - Dulles-Auditorium Roosevelt A/B Organizer: Ali
  • June 20th - TMOD: Scott
  • June 27th - TMOD: Russell

Beyond the Club

There is always something going on in Toastmasters beyond our club meeting. Here are some upcoming events:

Educational Events

  • Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
    TLI is a set of educational sessions for officers to learn how best to serve the club and improve their leadership skills. All members are welcome at these free events!
    Dates to be announced soon - TLI sessions will be offered June through August
  • Speechcraft
    -Wednesday, June 12th 7:00 to 8:30 pm - Speechcraft Orientation
    -Wednesday evenings from June 19th to July 31st - Speechcraft Course (fee applies)

Affiliated Clubs
As a member of Toastmasters, you are welcome to visit other clubs. Before visiting, please check their website to find out any site requirements.
  • Tech Toast* 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7-8 pm - NOVA Labs in Reston
  • Ashburn Professional Speakers* 2nd & 4th Thursdays 12-1 pm - Verizon in Ashburn
  • Reston/Herndon Toastmasters* 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm- in Reston
  • Sterling Toastmasters 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 4:00
    Our sister club down the street. Note that Sterling Toastmasters allows virtual participation.
  • Other clubs nearby: Find a Club

  • *=some of our members are dual members

    Contests/Conferences
    Spring Contests are complete locally for 2019. Finals will be in August at the International Convention in Denver, Colorado.

    Congratulations to:
    *** Elisa - First Place for International Speech!
    (We were honored to see a dry run of her speech at one of our club meetings. Good luck at the Regionals!).
    *** Heather - First Place Evaluation Contest
    (Member of our sister club, Sterling Toastmasters)
    For the other results, see: District 29 Contest Results.
    Other Events: District 29 Calendar

    Leadership Team

    All officers are here to support you, the member.
    The Club, Area 55, Division E and District 29 are all here to help you and the club meet our communication and leadership goals.
    Here is the team for this Toastmasters year.

    • 2018-2019 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:

      2018-2019 Officers:
      President: Radhika*
      Vice President Education: Neena*
      Vice President Membership: Ali
      Vice President Public Relations: Calvin
      Secretary: Jennifer*
      Treasurer: Indu
      Sergeant-at-Arms: Maria
      Immediate Past President: Donna

      * Member of Education Committee
    • Leadership Team Supporting our Club
      Area 55 Director: Lynne from Sterling Toastmasters (4 Clubs)
      Division E Director: Dave (5 Areas)
      District 29 Leadership: (7 Divisions A-G)
      District Director: Dwight
      Program Quality Director: Dana
      Club Growth Director: Narayanan
    • Our Members Serving Outside the Club:
      Division Directors: Anthony (Division D), Dave (Division E)
      Area Directors : Radhika (43), Marcia (44)
      District Administration Manager: Donna

    Pathways Progress

    Paths in Progress
    Number of U2 Can Speak Members per Path:

    • Dynamic Leadership (3)
    • Effective Coaching (2)
    • Innovative Planning (4)
    • Leadership Development (4)
    • Presentation Mastery (4)
    • Strategic Relationships (1)
    • Team Collaboration (2)
    • Visionary Communication (2)
    • Motivational Strategies (0)
    • Persuasive Influence (0)
    • Engaging Humor (0) (new! Feb 2019)
    Each member chooses a Path from the list of options above. (Dual members before May 2018 received 1 additional path).

    Note: Initials of members who completed the goal are listed
    Pathways Level 1
    Speeches/Roles completed:
    Level 1 complete (3 members): KO, NP, MS
    +Ice Breaker speech: AD, AG, CC, CS, ET, IR, IS, JR, MM, RG, RR, SJ, SL, TM, TS, YW
    +Evaluation and Feedback speech 1: AD, AG, CC, ET, IS, JR, RR, SL, TM
    +Evaluation and Feedback speech 2: CC, JR, TM
    +Evaluation and Feedback - evaluate another member's speech and have your evaluation evaluated: (let Neena know) JR
    +Researching and Presenting speech: TM

    Pathways Level 2
    Level 2 complete (1 member): NP, MS
    Speeches/Roles:
    +Questionnaire & Speech 1:
    Understanding Your Leadership Style: NP
    Understanding Your Communication Style: MS
    Engaging Humor (Path Exclusive): Know Your Sense of Humor

    +Speech/Role 2: (Varies by Path)
    Presentation Mastery (Path Exclusive): Effective Body Language: MS
    Leadership Development (Path Exclusive): Managing Time: NP
    Strategic Relationships (Path Exclusive): Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Team Collaboration/Motivational Strategies/Persuasive Influence: Active Listening (AH Counter/Grammarian Role)
    Dynamic Leadership/Effective Coaching/Visionary Communication - Understanding your Communication Style
    Innovative Planning/Engaging Humor - Connect with Your Audience

    +Project & Speech 3: Intro to Toastmasters Mentoring: NP, MS

    Pathways Level 3
    +Required Project (Path Specific) -
    Persuasive Speaking: MS
    +First Elective (choose from 9+ options)
    +Second Elective

    Pathways Level 4
    +Required Project - Workshop or Lead a Team (Path Specific)
    +Elective Project (Path Specific - choose from 8+ options)

    Pathways Level 5
    +Required Project - Workshop or Lead a Team (Path Specific)
    +Elective Project (Path Specific - choose from 5+ options)
    +Reflect on Your Path
    Last Updated May 23, 2019

    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 (Neena, Radhika & Jennifer) 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"
  • 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:
    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
    Club Meeting Roles
    Reference documents (Toa Payoh Central Club)
    How To Documents

    Links for Members who joined before October 2017 (Traditional Program):
    Traditional Program Tracks
    (Traditional Program) Education Program
    (Traditional Program) Competent Communicator Manual Summary
    (Traditional Program) Competent Leadership Manual Summary
    (Traditional Program) First Speech - Ice Breaker

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

    Links Related to Club Leadership:
    Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
    Reports Club Leadership Tools
    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 June 2020 for all members who joined our club/district before October 2017. Members who joined after that date will work in the Pathways Program.
    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: Garfield Room
    Resources Last Updated December, 2018

    2018-2019 DCP Status Summary

    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 and 20 members by June 30th)
    Current Goals Achieved: 8 (Select Distinguished Award)
    Membership: 27 members (as of May 16th)

    Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Goals Completed:
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 1: Four or More Officers Trained Fall and Summer (DCP Goal 9)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 2: Fall On Time Submittals (DCP Goal 10a/b)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 3: One Leadership Goal (DCP Traditional Goal 5)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 4: One More Leadership Goal (DCP Traditional Goal 6)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 5: Four New Members (DCP Goal 7)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 6: Advanced Communicator Award (Traditional Goal 3)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 7: Four More New Members (DCP Goal 8)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 8: Two Pathways Level 2 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P2)

    Additional Club Goals Completed:
    (complete) - Held Fall and Spring Club Contests
    (complete) - Held 33 regular meetings since July 1, 2018 (as of April 1st)
    (complete) -Spring dues submitted by April 1st (required to keep club charter active)
    (complete) -20+ members after Spring renewals (required by June 30th to be eligible for awards)

    Beyond the Club Goals Completed:
    (complete) Participate/organize Area and Division Level Contests - many members participated/contributed
    (complete) Support District Conference - many members contributed

    Club Goals In-Progress:
    ---Club Goal 9: Four Pathways Level 1 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P1)
    ---Club Goal 10 (bonus): Two Competent Communicator Awards (CC) (DCP Traditional Goal 1)
    ---Two or More New Raytheon members (not a DCP goal)
    ---Continue to hold weekly meetings (6 more Thursdays from May 23 to June 27)

    Beyond the Club Goals In-Progress:
    ---District Roles - many members holding roles above the club level, goal is for Areas and Divisions to be Distinguished
    ---Club Coach - many members helping other clubs to be Distinguished by June 30th

    The club is here to support each individual member's goals - the DCP is just a way for the world to know what an awesome club we have. Every speech and evaluation given, role filled, Table Topic answered and guest brought in continue to help us all learn and grow.

    Last Updated May 16, 2019

    2018-2019 DCP Status Details

    Our club has received Toastmaster International's highest honor, the President's Distinguished award, for the past 5 years!
    We are on our way toward a sixth year. 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)
    Planned Goal Breakdown: 5 Education (3 Traditional + 2 Pathways), 2 Membership, 1 Training and 1 Administration
    Current DCP Goals Achieved: 8 (Select Distinguished Club Award)
    DCP Goals Planned/In-Progress: 1+ more
    Membership: 27
    20 members required on June 30, 2019 to qualify for awards (requirement met!)

    Club Goals Summer/Fall (goal met! 4.5 planned/4.5 complete)

    • Training Goals Summer/Fall (All Officers)
      ---(complete) Club Goal 1a (half point): Four or More Officers Trained by Sept 1st (DCP Goal 9a)
      Results: 6 trained.
    • Administration Goals Summer/Fall (Secretary/Treasurer)
      ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 2: Fall On Time Submittals (a & b required) (DCP Goal 10a/b)
      10a: (complete) Officer List submitted by July 1st
      10b: (complete) Fall dues submitted by Oct 1st
    • Educational Goals Fall (VPE and individual members)
      ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 3: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) (DCP Traditional Goal 5)
      Results: RR - Competent Leader (CL)
      ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 4: One More Leadership Goal - CL/AL-B or beyond (DCP Traditional Goal 6)
      Results: RR Advanced Leader Bronze (AL-B) + bonus: DK AL-B
      ----complete - Fall Contest (not a DCP goal)
    • Membership Goals Summer/Fall (VPM/VP PR)
      ---COMPLETE- Club Goal 5: Four New Members: (DCP Goal 7)
      Results: 4 members joined (S,E,L, T)

    Club Goals Winter/Spring (4 complete + 1 in-progress)
    • Training Goals Winter (All Officers)
      --COMPLETE Club Goal 1b (half point): Four or More Officers Trained by March 1st (DCP Goal 9b)
      Results: 7 out of 7 officers trained (special Golden Toastmaster award)
      Goal 1a + Goal 1b = 1 point total (DCP Goal 9)
    • Educational Goals Winter/Spring (VPE and individual members)
      ---COMPLETE ---Club Goal 6: Advanced Communicator (ACB, ACS, ACG) award (Traditional Goal 3)
      Results: RR (Advanced Communicator Silver)
      ---COMPLETE Club Goal 8: Two Pathways Level 2 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P2)
      Results: L2 Complete: NP, MS
      ---(in-progress) Club Goal 9: Four Pathways Level 1 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P1)
      Results: L1 complete (3): MS, KO, NP
      In-Progress (need 1): T, J and others
      ---(in-progress) Club Goal 10 (Bonus): Two Competent Communicator Awards (CC) (DCP Traditional Goal 1)
      Results: 1 CC complete DK
      In-Progress: 1 more CC
      ---(complete) Spring Contest - (not a DCP goal)
      ---(in-progress) Next Year's Goals (See below)
    • Administration Goals Spring (Secretary/Treasurer)
      ---(in-progress) DCP Goal 10c: Spring dues submitted by April 1st
    • Membership Goals Winter/Spring (VPM/VP PR)
      ---COMPLETE ---Club Goal 7: Four More New Members: (DCP Goal 8)
      Results: 4 members joined (C, M, S, M). And many guests attending.
      ---(in-progress) Two or More New Raytheon members (not a DCP goal)
      Planning: Open House and Monthly Raytheon PR Drives


    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.

    Next Year's Educational Goals
    ---Traditional Goals
    In-Progress: all members working toward legacy goals to be completed by June 2020
    ---Pathways Goals
    In-Progress: all new members and some traditional members

    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 May 16, 2019