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 ...
We are meeting online!
Guests - To request a visit to our club, please fill in the Contact Form by Wednesday evening.
We will let you know all about our club and how to visit us at our online meeting.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Weekly Meetings on Thursdays at noon (ongoing)
Beyond the Club -
- TLI Toastmasters Leadership Institutue
Navigation so you can find it later: Go to District 29 website (TM D29.org) -> Events
- Other District 29 Events District 29 Calendar Most events are virtual
We are: U2 Can Speak, Club 8224 in Area 54/Division E/District 29
Last updated 7/28/2021
Beyond the Club
There is always something going on in Toastmasters beyond our club meeting. Below are some upcoming events.
- Upcoming District 29 TLI: August 14th
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI)
Learn how clubs run behind the scenes or learn something new in an elective session
Possible Electives: Pathways 101, Hybrid Clubs, Going Beyond Your Club, Membership Building in the 21st Century, Basecamp Manager
- TLI in other Districts
Members can attend free training virtually in 145 countries around the world, where available.
Electives vary but are related to communication, leadership and/or Toastmasters
Google "Toastmasters District X" where X is the District number
Verify the language and time zones work for you!
Officers - please contact the TLI Dean with your name, our club number: 8224 and District: 29
- Pathways 101 - Intro to our educational program. Held during District 29 TLIs
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
2021-2022 Leadership Team
All officers are here to support you, the member. Here are our officers for the 2021-2022 Toastmasters year.
The current Toastmasters years runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
2020-2021 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:
Vice President Education: Ying*
Vice President Membership and Immediate Past President: Srini
Vice President Public Relations: Maya
* Member of Education Committee
The Club Officers, Area 54, 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 Select Distinguished or President's Distinguished Club for the past 8 years and we plan to make this year #9!
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.
MOST TOASTMASTERS CLUBS ARE MEETING ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19
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 the club to find out any schedule changes, site requirements and language (not all are in English).
See their club website for contact information. Usually found in Meeting Information/Directions or Club Calendar or Contact Us.
Many clubs are holding online meetings.
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
Introvert friendly - Community Club
- Wednesday evening Reston/Herndon Toastmasters*
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm in Herndon P
Large group - Community Club
- (also Thursday lunchtime) Ashburn Professional Speakers (APS)*
1st & 3rd Thursdays in December (regularly 2nd & 4th Thursdays)
12-1 pm - Verizon in Ashburn S
Open Corporate Club - some members attend APS on 2nd & 4th Thursdays and U2 Can Speak on the other weeks
- Thursday late afternoon Sterling Toastmasters
1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays 4:00 P
Our sister club down the street.
Open Corporate Club.
- Friday evening Winners Circle
1st & 3rd Fridays 7-9 pm - in Ashburn P
Focus: Round-Robin Evaluations
- Saturday afternoon Speakers Bureau
Meets 3rd Saturday (monthly) 4-6 pm in Reston
Focus: To Become a Professional Speaker - Community Club
- Sunday afternoon Free Spirits Toastmasters
2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30 pm - in RestonP since 1999
- In Maryland: Rivertech*
2nd & 4th Tuesday at noon - Raytheon in Riverdale, MD D
Open Corporate Club
*=some of our members are dual members or club coaches
P = President's Distinguished Club 2020-2021
S = Selected Distinguished Club 2020-2021
D = Distinguished Club 2020-2021
Roles and Online Tips
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 Vice President Education (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 Toastmaster of the Day (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 TMOD or find a replacement for your role if you can't make it:
Avoid asking members who have RSVP'd Will Miss. However, No RSVPs are fair game!
Some tips for online meetings when video is allowed:
-Check your email for the meeting link. For events, check the District 29 website or ask an officer
-Mute when you aren't speaking unless the speaker asks otherwise - press and hold the spacebar in Zoom to briefly unmute.
-Switch between Gallery View (Brady Bunch squares) and Speaker View (focuses on the person talking) in the upper right corner.
-To show applause when muted, wave your hands.
-Laugh and smile if you appreciate the humor.
-Enable the chat window (at the bottom of your screen).
-Please do not chat while someone is speaking, unless the speaker asks for feedback.
-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.
Some online events 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
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.
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
Links for Potential Members:
Toastmasters Listing for our Club (additional contact info)
How to Join
Pathways First Speech - Ice Breaker Fast Track
Links for New Members:
The Navigator (26 page pdf)
Paths and Projects (thanks District 4!)
District 29 Pathways Information
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
Matthew's Value Added Reports
Gates of Excellence - Toastmasters Meeting Cookbook
Pat Johnson Corporate Clubs