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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. Please wait to receive confirmation before attending.

Due to site requirements, only US Citizens or Permanent US Residents 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

All guests must have a pass and be escorted at all times beyond the lobby. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

If not a US Citizen/Permanent Resident, please see Find A Club for open clubs nearby.

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

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 bring you to the meeting room.
Building security requires presentation of a government-issued photo ID at the front desk (see above).

Contest Coming Soon! Members who will have completed 6 CC Speeches or Level 2 by end of February - consider working on a contest speech (any topic). All other members are eligible to compete in the Evaluation contest.

Meetings are in theCleveland Room, unless otherwise noted. The Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD) coordinates the meeting.

  • February 21st -Garfield Room TMOD: Indu
  • February 28th - Speech Contest TMOD: Ewa
  • March 7th - TMOD: Ali
  • March 14th - TMOD: Anthony
  • March 21st - TMOD: Marcia
  • March 28th - TMOD: Thabie

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.
If you see an empty spot, you can select a speech slot or role. 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 (Neena, Radhika & 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"
  • Beyond the Club

    Toastmasters Leadership Institute

      Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) is a free training for Toastmasters Club Officers
      as well Toastmasters members who are not officers but are interested in learning more about Toastmasters leadership opportunities.
      Club officers should plan to attend one of the sessions below (District 29) or in neighboring District 27 or 36.
      Click the links for more information and registration.
    • Cancelled due to Weather (was Tuesday evening, January 29th) - (to be rescheduled) Reston, VA
    • (SOLD OUT) Tuesday evening, February 19th Washington, DC (District 36)
    • Wednesday evening, February 20th - Arlington, VA (District 27)
    • Saturday morning, February 23rd - Verizon/Quantum 22001 Loudoun County Pkwy Ashburn VA
    • Last chance is in Gaithersburg, also on February 23rd but in the afternoon (District 36)
    Contests/Conferences
    Spring Contests are International Speech and Evaluations.
    Save the Date for the following Contests/Conferences:
    • Area 55 (and 54) Contest - Thursday evening, March 21st POC: Area Director Lynne
    • Division E Contest - Saturday, April 13th POC: Dave
    • District 29 Conference & Contests - Friday evening, May 10th and Saturday May 11th POC: Anthony

    Other Events and Meetings Beyond the Club
    Other events: District 29 Calendar

    Leadership Team

    All officers are here to support you, the member.
    The Club, Area 55, Division E and District 29 are all here to help you and the club meet our communication and leadership goals.
    Here is the team for this Toastmasters year.

    • 2018-2019 U2 Can Speak Club Officers:

      2018-2019 Officers:
      President: Radhika*
      Vice President Education: Neena*
      Vice President Membership: Ali
      Vice President Public Relations: Calvin
      Secretary: Jennifer*
      Treasurer: Indu
      Sergeant-at-Arms: Maria
      Immediate Past President: Donna

      * Member of Education Committee
    • Leadership Team Supporting our Club
      Area 55 Director: Lynne from Sterling Toastmasters (4 Clubs)
      Division E Director: Dave (5 Areas)
      District 29 Leadership: (7 Divisions A-G)
      District Director: Dwight
      Program Quality Director: Dana
      Club Growth Director: Narayanan
    • Our Members Serving Outside the Club:
      Division D Director: Anthony
      Division E Director: Dave (our Division)
      Area 43 Director: Radhika
      Area 44 Director: Marcia
      District Administration Manager: Donna

    Pathways Progress

    Paths in Progress
    Number of U2 Can Speak Members per Path:

    • Dynamic Leadership (3)
    • Effective Coaching (1)
    • Innovative Planning (3)
    • Leadership Development (4)
    • Presentation Mastery (4)
    • Strategic Relationships (1)
    • Team Collaboration (2)
    • Visionary Communication (2)
    • Motivational Strategies (0)
    • Persuasive Influence (0)
    • Engaging Humor (0) (new! Feb 2019)
    Each member chooses a Path from the list of options above. (Dual members before May 2018 received 1 additional path).

    Pathways Level 1
    Speeches/Roles completed:
    Level 1 complete (3 members): KO, NP, MS
    +Ice Breaker speech: AD, AG, CC, ET, IR, IS, JR, RR, SL, TM, YW
    +Evaluation and Feedback speech 1: AD, AG, CC, IS, JR, TM
    +Evaluation and Feedback speech 2: TM, JR
    +Evaluation and Feedback - evaluate another member's speech and have your evaluation evaluated: (let Neena know) JR
    +Researching and Presenting speech:

    Pathways Level 2
    Speeches/Roles completed:
    +Speech 1 (Path Specific: Understanding your Leadership or Communication Style):
    NP (Leadership), MS (Communication)
    +Speech/Role 2: (Path Specific: Understanding your Communication Style, Active Listening or Path Specific Project):
    MS (Path Specific: Effective Body Language)
    +Speech 3: Intro to Toastmasters Mentoring:

    Pathways Level 3
    Required Project (Path Specific)
    First Elective (choose from 9+ options)
    Second Elective

    Pathways Level 4
    Required Project - Workshop or Lead a Team (Path Specific)
    Elective Project (Path Specific - choose from 8+ options)

    Pathways Level 5
    Required Project - Workshop or Lead a Team (Path Specific)
    Elective Project (Path Specific - choose from 5+ options)
    Reflect on Your Path
    Last Updated February 7, 2019

    2018-2019 DCP Status Details

    Our club has received Toastmaster International's highest honor, the President's Distinguished award, for the past 5 years!
    We are on our way toward a sixth year. 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 (2018-2019 year)

    Goal: President's Distinguished (9+ out of 10 possible)
    Goal Breakdown: 5 Education (3 Traditional + 2 Pathways), 2 Membership, 1 Training and 1 Administration
    Goals Achieved: 4.5
    Goals Planned/In-Progress: 5.5
    Membership: 23
    20 members required on June 30, 2019 to qualify for awards

    Club Goals Summer/Fall (goal met! 4.5 planned/4.5 complete)
    Training Goals Summer/Fall (All Officers)
    ---complete Club Goal 1a: Four Officers Trained by Sept 1st (DCP Goal 9a)
    Results: 6 trained. (Note: Club Goal 1b/DCP 9b planned for Winter)
    Administration Goals Summer/Fall (Secretary/Treasurer)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 2: Fall On Time Submittals (a & b required) (DCP Goal 10a/b)
    10a: (complete) Officer List submitted by July 1st
    10b: (complete) Fall dues submitted by Oct 1st
    Educational Goals Fall (VPE and individual members)
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 3: One Leadership Goal (CL/AL-B or beyond) (DCP Traditional Goal 5)
    Results: Radhika CL
    ---COMPLETE - Club Goal 4: One More Leadership Goal - CL/AL-B or beyond (DCP Traditional Goal 6)
    Results: Radhika AL-B + bonus: Dave AL-B
    ----complete - Fall Contest (not a DCP goal)
    Membership Goals Summer/Fall (VPM/VP PR)
    ---COMPLETE- Club Goal 5: Four New Members: (DCP Goal 7)
    Results: 4 members joined (S,E,L, T)

    Club Goals Winter/Spring(4.5 planned and in-progress)
    Training Goals Winter (All Officers)
    ---Club Goal 1b: Four or More Officers Trained by March 1st (DCP Goal 9b)
    Winter goal: 7 trained
    Results: 3 trained + 4 scheduled
    Educational Goals Winter/Spring (VPE and individual members)
    ---Club Goal 6: Four Pathways Level 1 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal 1)
    Results: 3 complete: Maria, Kristi, Neena
    In-Progress: 1+ L1s: T, J and others
    ---Club Goal 7: Two Pathways Level 2 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal 2)
    In-Progress: 2+: M, N, K
    ---Club Goal 8: Two Competent Communicator Awards (CC) (DCP Traditional Goal 1)
    Results: 1 CC complete Dave
    In-Progress: 1 more CC
    ---(Alternate Club Goal 8: Two More Pathways Level 2 Awards (DCP Pathways Goal 3)
    ---Spring Contest - planned (not a DCP goal)
    Administration Goals Spring (Secretary/Treasurer)
    ---(Next Year's Goals) Progress for Additional Pathways Level 1 Awards - all new and traditional members
    ---DCP Goal 10c: Spring dues submitted by April 1st (planned)
    Membership Goals Winter/Spring (VPM/VP PR)
    ---Spring Open House - planned (not a DCP goal)
    ---Club Goal 9: Four More New Members: (DCP Goal 8)
    In-Progress: 1 member joined (CS). Many Guests attending


    The officer(s) responsible for tracking the award are listed in the award category.
    However, the club achieves its goals when the club works together to help members achieve their goals.

    Acronyms and awards:
    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)
    Pathways Level 1: 4 speeches + evaluate a speech
    Pathways Level 2: Varies by path - 2 speeches + 1 role or additional speech
    See Pathways Progress for other levels
    Last Updated January 29, 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 10 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
    Club Meeting Roles
    Reference documents (Toa Payoh Central Club)
    How To Documents

    Links for Members who joined before October 2017 (Traditional Program):
    Traditional Program Tracks
    (Traditional Prgoram) Education Program
    (Traditional Program) Competent Communicator Manual Summary
    (Traditional Program) Competent Leadership Manual Summary
    (Traditional Program) First Speech - Ice Breaker

    Links for Advanced Goals (Traditional Program):
    (Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Manual Summaries
    (Traditional Program) Advanced Communicator Goals
    (Traditional Program) Advanced Leader Goals

    Links Related to Club Leadership:
    Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Report
    Reports Club Leadership Tools
    Club Leadership Handbook
    Leader Letter
    Resources (from District 29)
    Club Constitution and Bylaws
    (Download) Distinguished Club Program (DCP)

    Traditional Program

    The information below is about the Traditional (legacy) program. The traditional program is grandfathered until June 2020 for all members who joined our club/district before October 2017. Members who joined after that date will work in the Pathways Program.
    The Toastmasters Traditional member educational program was based on two tracks - Communication and Leadership.
    These tracks can be worked on simultaneously.

    New members before Fall 2017 received 2 manuals when they joined: the Competent Communicator (CC) manual (projects related to speeches) and the Competent Leadership (CL) manual (projects mainly based on meeting roles and other leadership skills). (Now new members receive 1 online Pathway)

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

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

    Advanced Communication and Leadership Goals: On the communication track, members began working toward the Advanced Communicator (AC) awards in the traditional program once a CC was achieved.
    The first two advanced manuals were free after the CC was submitted. (Pathways handles this differently). On the leadership track, some of the criteria for the advanced goals may have been met while still working on the initial level.
    Each Advanced Leadership level has a list of leadership experiences or projects to accomplish.
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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 Auditorium
    Employees: Meeting room change on the 3rd Thursdays: Garfield Room
    Last Updated December, 2018