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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).
Raytheon employees: see Next Meeting for meeting room location.

Events beyond the club this week: (see Beyond the Club below for more details)
Saturday, July 20th - Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) morning/afternoon, Hail and Farewell for District Leaders in the evening

July 20th TLI Electives
Recommended for new members or long-time members:
10 am: Pathways 101 or Art of Effective Evaluations
11 am: Characteristics of Effective Leaders
12:15 (free lunch if you register)
1 pm: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Storytelling for Life, Presenting Skills for Beginning Speakers or Building Your Thinking Power Part 1
2 pm: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Storytelling for Life or Building Your Thinking Power Part 2 (if attended P1)
3 pm: Fundamentals of Public Speaking, New Member Orientation, Presenting Skills with Powerpoint, Judging Workshop for Contestants

Recommended for longer-term members and officers (the above, plus):
10 am: officer training or same as above
11 am: officer training, The Club Success Plan or Characteristics of Effective Leaders
12:15 (free lunch if you register)
1 pm: Mentoring - Pathways Style, How to Be a Club Sponsor/Member
2 pm: Judging Workshop for Judges, Presenting Skills for Advanced Speakers, How to Succeed as a Club Coach (Panel Discussion)
3 pm: Cross Training for Speakers, How to Succeed as a Club Coach (Panel Discussion)

2019-2020 Leadership Team

Happy New (Toastmasters) Year! The Toastmasters year runs from July 1st to June 30th.
The new officer team is listed below.

Thanks to the 2018-2019 officers and all members who worked to achieve the President's Distinguished Award for the 6th straight year!!

All officers are here to support you, the member.
The Club, Area 55, 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.
Here is the team for this Toastmasters year.

  • 2018-2019 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:

    2018-2019 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
  • Leadership Team Supporting our Club
    -Area 55 Director: Sam (4 Clubs)
    --Division E Director: Sabrina (5 Areas)
    ---
    District 29 Director: Dana ((7 Divisions A-G)
    ---District 29 Program Quality Director: Narayanan
    ---District 29 Club Growth Director: Bettie
  • Our Members Serving Outside the Club:
    Division Directors: Anthony (Division A)
    Area Directors : Jennifer (43), Marcia (44)

Beyond the Club

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

Educational Events
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
TLI is a set of educational sessions for all members to improve their skills.
All members are welcome at these free events!
Officers should plan to attend at least one session to learn how best to serve the club.

  • Saturdays: 8 am July 20 (Ashburn), July 27 (Woodbridge)
  • Thursdays: 6 pm Aug 1 (Vienna), Aug 15 (McLean)
  • Complete: June 15 (Fairfax), July 11 (Reston), July 13 (Vienna)
Events begin 30-45 minutes after time listed (come for the food and networking!)
Agendas are listed on each Registration Link listed on the District 29 TLI List (scroll down) - Core sessions for officers are intermixed with general topics in the Saturday morning/Thursday evening dates. Saturday sessions have additional topics in the afternoon. Please register so the organizers know how much food to order.

Special Events
Saturday July 20th 6-9 pm Hail and Farewell Information for Ticket Holders
The Hail and Farewell event honors the 2018-2019 District 29 leaders, installs the 2019-2020 District 29 leaders. All can swap stories and have fun! (registration is now closed - talk to Dwight if you missed the ticket sale deadline)

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.

Contests
Fall Contests - coming soon!
2019 Spring Contest Finals will be in August at the International Convention in Denver, Colorado.
For District 29 Results, see: District 29 Contest Results.

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

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. Login and navigate to Modify for the current week:
1. Select N/A in the “Speech” row. (this is 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"
  • 2018-2019 President's Distinguished!

    It's official!! We are President's Distinguished!
    Our club has received Toastmaster International's highest honor, the President's Distinguished Award again for the 2018-2019 year!!

    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: 9 (President's Distinguished Award)
    Membership: 28 members (as of June 27th)

    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)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 9: Four Pathways Level 1 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal P1)

    Additional Club Goals Completed:
    (bonus) - Two Competent Communicator Awards (CC) (DCP Traditional Goal 1) - 1 completed
    (complete) - Held 47 regular/special meetings between 7/1/18 and 6/27/19 + 3 holidays + 2 weather closings
    (complete) - Held Fall and Spring Club Contests
    (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)
    (complete) - Held Club Elections for the July 1, 2019 to July 30, 2020 Toastmasters year

    Beyond the Club Goals Completed:
    (complete) - Participate in/Organize Area and Division Level Contests - many members participated/contributed
    (complete) - Support District Conference - many members contributed
    ---More Raytheon members and interest (not a DCP goal). 1 member joined, 20 attended Open House

    Beyond the Club Goals:
    ---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.
    DCP Details

    Last Updated June 28, 2019

    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