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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!


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) - Members please RSVP
  • Thursday, Sept 29 -Club Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest (during our regular meeting)
  • Tue, October 4th 7 pm -Area 54 & 53 Contests
    Mon, October 3rd at 7 pm - Dry Run for contestants and officials
  • Tue, October 25th 6:30 pm -Division E Contests
  • All District 29 Contests
  • 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 9/21/2022

2022-2023 Club 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, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

2022-2023 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:
President: Andy
Vice President Education: Jennifer*
Vice President Membership and Immediate Past President: Dave
Vice President Public Relations: Maya
Secretary: Simbiat*
Treasurer: Neena
Sergeant-at-Arms: Ying
* 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 many times and we plan to achieve this award again this year!

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 events.
(You may need to scroll for District 29 News events).

  • Educational Sessions/Speech Crafts/Open Houses (organized by clubs) District 29 News
All events are online unless noted.

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 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 it is up for grabs. TBD roles are necessary for the speech to be considered official (Timer, Evaluator).
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:

  • For Speakers, contact TMOD. TMOD contact VPE Team (Jennifer, Ying) to see if there is a 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 RSVPs are fair game!

    Online Tips
    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.
    Pin the speaker to keep them in the active window
    -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

    Affiliated Clubs

    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 - Reston area (online only for now) S*
      Introvert friendly - Community Club
      Contact: Ying/Jennifer
    • Wednesday evening Reston/Herndon Toastmasters*
      2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm in Herndon D*
      Large group - Community Club
    • (also Thursday lunchtime) Ashburn Professional Speakers (APS)*
      2nd & 4th Thursdays (except 1st & 3rd Thursdays in November/December)
      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
      Contact: Dave
    • Thursday late afternoon Sterling Toastmasters
      1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays 4:00 D*
      Our sister club down the street.
      Open Corporate Club.
    • Friday evening Winners Circle
      1st & 3rd Fridays 7-9 pm - in Ashburn S
      Focus: Round-Robin Evaluations
      Community Club
    • 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
      Community Club
    • In Maryland: Rivertech*
      2nd & 4th Tuesday at noon - Raytheon in Riverdale, MD
      Open Corporate Club
      Contact: Ying

    Some of our members are dual members or former club coaches of the above clubs

    Last Year's DCP Results Key:
    P = President's Distinguished Club 2021-2022
    S = Selected Distinguished Club 2021-2022
    D = Distinguished Club 2021-2022
    P*, S* or D* = met all the goals except minimum number of members

    U2 Can Speak 2021-2022: D*
    2021-2022 DCP Results for all District 29 Clubs

    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 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 54, 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:
    New Member Orientation
    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
    Corporate Toastmasters
    Gates of Excellence - Toastmasters Meeting Cookbook
    Pat Johnson Corporate Clubs

    Inclement Weather

    Note: In the event of inclement weather or other reasons, the club will decide whether to cancel by 10:30 am Thursday morning. Please check your email for updates.