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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 ...

Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting will be on Thursday.

Guests: Please contact us by Tuesday evening if you want to visit.
Visitors must be US citizens, permanent US residents or employees. We will need to add you to the company visitor registry, so please respond to the follow-up phone or email promptly.
US Permanent Residents - please bring your resident id card ("Green Card"). All other visitors, please bring your driver's license or US passport.
If not, please consider another club nearby: Toastmasters Meetup

Employees: Our usual conference room is Cleveland. Alternate room on the third Thursday: Hayes (8/17), Garfield (9/21, 10/19)

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastmasters Leadership Institute is a great opportunity for you to ramp up your own
Toastmasters experience, learn and refresh, and make new friends.
Trained club officers are the best predictor of club success. All members welcome!

Only one more Summer TLI left in Northern Virginia! Please RSVP if you plan to attend: TLI RSVP

  • Thursday evening, August 10th - Vienna (Navy Federal Credit Union) Please RSVP:TLI RSVP
If you miss that one, the last chance is in Maryland: District 36: Silver Spring (8/13) or Rockville (8/17)

Fall Contests

Members: Compete in the upcoming Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest!
Our whole club will work together to run a fun and fair contest at a regular meeting.
The winners will advance to the Area Contest on Saturday, September 16th.

More details to be announced soon!
Contest Info from the District District Calendar

Toastmasters Goals and Resources

All Toastmasters members and clubs are always working toward goals.
The Toastmasters member educational program is based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership.
These tracks can be worked on simultaneously. All new members receive manuals to guide them through the program.
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.
More information about the educational award system can be found on the Toastmasters International website.

Communication Goals: The first 10 speeches are the basis of the Competent Communicator (CC) award.

Leadership Goals: In parallel with the communication track, members work toward the Competent Leadership (CL) award by following the manual or accomplishing the listed criteria, mainly by fulfilling club meeting roles.

New members receive 2 manuals when they join: the Competent Communicator (CC) manual (projects related to speeches) and the Competent Leadership (CL) manual (projects mainly based on meeting roles).

Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals: On the communication track, once a CC is achieved, members begin working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards.
The first two advanced manuals are free after the CC is submitted! On the leadership track, some of the criteria for the advanced goals can be met while still working on the initial level.
Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences or projects to accomplish.
Becoming a club officer is an easy way to get started meeting one of the Advanced Leadership goals.
Even new members can serve as officers.

Club Goals: Toastmasters International runs a program to recognize high-performing clubs through the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
Goals are related to Communication and Leadership accomplishments for both individual members, officers and the club as a whole.
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 International - Educational Program
Toastmasters listing for our club (additional contact info)
First Speech (Ice Breaker)

Links for New Members:
Competent Communicator Manual Summary (thanks District 4!)
Competent Leadership Manual Summary
Club Meeting Roles
CL Tracking Form (Excel download)
How To Documents

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)

Links for Advanced Goals:
Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
Advanced Communicator Goals
Advanced Leader Goals
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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 rooms by the copiers: Hayes - 2nd floor/Grant - 3rd/Lincoln - 5th or Buchanan - 6th

This Year's Goals

Members - have you planned your goals for this Toastmasters year? 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)

Club Goals:
--DCP Goal 1 Two Competent Communicators (CC)
1a: First CC: TBD
1b: Second CC: TBD
--DCP Goal 2: Two more CCs
2a: First CC: TBD
2b: Second CC: TBD
--DCP Goal 3: One Advanced Communicator (AC) Goal - TBD
--DCP Goal 4: One More Advanced Communicator (AC) - TBD
--DCP Goal 5: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) - TBD
--DCP Goal 6: One More Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) -TBD
--DCP Goal 7: Four New Members: 2 out of 4 so far
--DCP Goal 8: Four More New Members: (planned)
--DCP Goal 9: Officers Trained (min 4 each)
9a: Summer: 4 attended so far
9b: Winter: (planned)
--DCP Goal 10: On Time Submittals
10a: officer list (complete)
10b: Fall dues (planned)
10c: Spring dues (planned)

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)

Officers:
President: Donna
Vice President Education: Radhika
Vice President Membership: Dave
Vice President Public Relations: Marcia
Other officers: Rachel, Anthony, Jennifer
Immediate Past President: Marianne

Last Updated August 9, 2017

U2 Can Speak is President's Distinguished!!

Our club is President's Distinguished for the 2016-2017 year!!
Toastmasters International recognizes clubs for meeting goals related to the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
The Toastmasters year ran from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
We met all the requirements for the highest distinction that Toastmasters awards, for the 4th year in a row!
Official Report at Toastmasters International


U2 Can Speak Plans for 2016-2017: President's Distinguished (9+ goals, minimum 20 members)
Status as of June 30, 2017: 9 Goals Complete! 25 Members

Members who have Completed Individual Goals for the 2016-2017 Toastmasters Year:

  • Ying - Advanced Leader-Silver (ALS)
  • Ying - Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
  • Radhika - Competent Communicator (CC)
  • Kristi - Competent Communicator
  • Michael M - Competent Communicator
  • Jennifer - Advanced Communicator-Gold (ACG)
  • Anthony - Advanced Communicator-Bronze (ACB)
  • Istvan - Competent Communicator
plus many half-CCs/half-ACs (5+ speeches)
Congratulations to all!

DCP Status Details

DCP Details for 2016-2017 year

Officers:
President: Marianne
Vice President Education: Radhika
Vice President Membership: Donna
Vice Presidents Public Relations: Michael M/Marcia
Other officers: Dave, Melissa, Jennifer

COMPLETE (9 goals)
DCP Goal 1 Two Competent Communicators (CC)
1a: First CC (Istvan)
1b: Second CC (Michael M)
DCP Goal 2: Two more CCs
2a: First CC (Kristi)
2b: Second CC: (Radhika)
DCP Goal 3: One Advanced Communicator (AC) Goal (Anthony - AC-Bronze)
DCP Goal 4: One More Advanced Communicator (AC) - Jennifer -AC-Gold
DCP Goal 5: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) - Ying (AL-Silver)
DCP Goal 7: Four New Members: 4 out of 4: Ken, Juan, Pat, Marcia
DCP Goal 8: Four More New Members 10 out of 4: Srikala, Kristi, Ross, Jason, Rachel, Cynthia, Steve, Tracey, Dee, Sid
DCP Goal 9: Officers Trained (min 4 each) (Summer: 6 attended/Winter: 6 attended)
DCP Goal 10: On Time Submittals officer list (complete)/Fall dues (complete)/Spring dues (complete)

ADDITIONAL (1 goal)
DCP Goal 6: One More Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) (many members close)

Half CCs (5 or more speeches):
Ali (7 speeches completed)
Michael S (7 speeches completed)
Cholina (6+ speeches completed)
Melissa (6 speeches completed)

Half ACs (1 advanced manual completed):
Donna

and possibly others that are dual members.
Many new members broke the ice and spoke to our club for the first time.

About the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). All clubs work on group goals that help members meet their individual goals.
Clubs that meet 5, 7 or 9 out of 10 goals receive recognition from Toastmasters International as part of the Distinguished Club Program.

*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 February 12, 2017