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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!

U2 Can Speak Toastmasters meetings are online until further notice.

Guests - To request a visit to our club, please fill in the Contact Form by Tuesday evening.
Our membership team will contact you.

Due to site requirements when we return to in-person meetings, only US Citizens, Permanent US Residents or Raytheon Employees
in the local area can join our club.

Members - please watch your email for additional updates.

Stay safe, everyone!

--Recent Events:


--Upcoming Events:
  • Weekly Meetings on Thursdays
  • Saturday May 23rd District 29 Contests - online - free!
    Come to support Dave - he will be competing in Table Topics at 10 and Tall Tales at 3
    and Heather from our sister club Sterling Toastmasters - she will be competing in Evaluations at 1

Virtual meeting links will be posted on the District 29 Events Calendar or emailed to members.
For contests - please mute your audio, turn off your video and enable the chat window (at the bottom of your screen).
Switch between Gallery View (Brady Bunch squares) and Speaker View (focuses on the person talking) in the upper right corner.
Some contests will have a group picture at the end - it is your choice to enable your video but be ready if you want to be included

--Contest Results:
  • Contest Practice for U2 Can Speak Club - Tall Tales and International Speech (3/5)
    Congratulations, Dave and Radhika! Both advance to Area Contest
  • Area 51/55 Contest (4/3)
    Congratulations, Dave! 1st Place International Speech (other club) and Tall Tales
    Congratulations, Radhika! 2nd Place, International Speech
  • Division E Contest (4/18)
    Congratulations, Dave!
  • District 29 International Speech Contest (5/16)
    1st Place International Speech
    1st Place Tall Tales Congratulations, Dave! 3rd Place International Speech
  • Other results:
    Spring 2020 Contest Results - Tall Tales and International Speech
    Fall 2019 Contests Results - Table Topics and Evaluations

--Other Events:
  • District 29 Events Calendar

    Some tips for online meetings when video is allowed:
    -If you need to move around, try to wait until a speaker finishes and then disable your video.
    -Be aware that speakers may ask to be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, disable your video as an audience member and make it clear in meetings.
    -To show applause when muted, wave your hands.
    -Laugh and smile if you appreciate the humor.


    Members -
    Roles have been assigned in a round-robin fashion to give everyone "a turn".
    Please let the VPE & TMOD know if you want to swap or drop roles. See Toastmasters International role information.

    2019-2020 Leadership Team

    All officers are here to support you, the member.

    2019-2020 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:
    President: Neena*
    Vice President Education: Srini*
    Vice President Membership: Ali
    Vice President Public Relations: Sasha
    Secretary: Jennifer*
    Treasurer: Ewa
    Sergeant-at-Arms: Christy
    Immediate Past President: Radhika
    * Member of Education Committee

    The Club Officers, Area 55 (Sam), 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.

    Our club has been a President's Distinguished Club for the past 6 years and we plan to make this year lucky #7!

    Our Members Serving Outside the Club:
    Division Director: Anthony (Division A)
    Area Directors : Jennifer (43), Marcia (44) both in Division D

    Business Meeting - Each club meeting contains a Presiding Officer section where the business meeting is held.
    If there is quorum, members can vote on routine business.
    Please let the officers know if you would like to add items to the business meeting agenda.

    Beyond the Club

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

    Contests
    Spring Contests are Tall Tales and International Speech and began at the club level in February/early March.
    Winners advance through Club/Area/Division and District.
    For the International Speech Contest, some contestants will continue all the way to the International Convention.
    The winner there is crowned the World Champion of Public Speaking.
    Division winners will compete at the Spring District Conference on May 15th/16th.

    District 29 Contests
    In addition to our own Area 55, Division E and District 29, here are some other contests our members were involved with.
    All events are online now. See District 29 Calendar for details and zoom link.

    • (complete) Area 43 (Jennifer) - Saturday, March 28th
    • (complete) Area 11/12 (Anthony) Saturday, April 4th
    • (complete) Area 44/45 (Marcia) Saturday, April 11th
    • (complete) Division A (Anthony) - Saturday, April 25th
    • (complete) Division D (Jennifer/Marcia helping) - Thursday, April 30th

    Other Clubs
    See Affiliated Clubs below for some clubs our members are also part of or use the
    Find a Club search. If you change the zip code, select Search Option: Open Clubs.

    Other Events: District 29 Calendar

    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) 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"

  • Avoid asking members who have RSVP'd Will Miss. However, "No RSVP"s are fair game!

    Affiliated Clubs

    NO TOASTMASTERS CLUBS ARE MEETING IN PERSON DUE TO COVID-19 (March 2020)
    As a member or guest of Toastmasters, you are welcome to visit other clubs. Although the program is the same, each club has their own personality and unique culture.
    Before visiting, please contact to find out any schedule changes or site requirements. (See Meeting Information/Directions and Club Calendar).
    The clubs below are affiliated with our members but there are many, many others in the area and 16,800+ worldwide!
    Other clubs nearby: Find a Club - Select Search Option: Open Clubs
    PLEASE CONTACT THE CLUB TO CHECK FOR AN ONLINE MEETING

    • Tuesday evening Tech Toast* 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7-8 pm - NOVA Labs in Reston P
      Usually smaller group - introvert friendly - Community Club
      Contact: Ying/Jennifer/Anthony
    • Wednesday evening Reston/Herndon Toastmasters* 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm in HerndonP
      Large group - Community Club
      Contact: Anthony
    • Wednesday evening Tech Tower 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm Herndon Library
      Community Club
      Contact: Rashmi
    • (also Thursday lunchtime) Ashburn Professional Speakers (APS)* 2nd & 4th Thursdays 12-1 pm - Verizon in Ashburn
      Corporate Club - some members attend APS on 2nd & 4th Thursdays and U2 Can Speak on the other weeks
      Contact: Dave
    • Thursday late afternoon Sterling Toastmasters 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays 4:00 P
      Our sister club down the street.
      Corporate Club. Note that Sterling Toastmasters allows virtual participation.
    • Friday evening Winners Circle* 1st & 3rd Fridays 7-9 pm - in Ashburn (Potluck begins at 6:30)
      Focus: Round-Robin Evaluations P
      Community Club held at District Director's home
    • Saturday afternoon Speakers Bureau* Meets 3rd Saturday (monthly) 4-6 pm in Reston
      Focus: To Become a Professional Speaker - Community Club
      Contact: Anthony
    • Sunday afternoon Free Spirits Toastmasters* 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30 pm - in RestonP since 1999
      Community Club
      Ask Jennifer
    • In Maryland: Rivertech 2nd & 4th Tuesday at noon - Raytheon in Riverdale, MD
      Contact: Ying

    *=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:
    In 2017, Toastmasters updated the education program. The newer 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 Fast Track
    Meeting Etiquette

    Links for New Members:
    The Navigator (26 page pdf)
    Paths and Projects (thanks District 4!)
    District 29 Pathways Information
    Pathways Guide
    Club Meeting Roles
    Reference documents (Toa Payoh Central Club)
    How To Documents
    Summary of Pathways Levels
    Pathways Progress for Our Members

    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