Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 5 Goldmine Truth (lies will come at Tall Tales July 12)

There will be plenty of lies at this coming week' stall tales contest, but on July 5, there was only truth. Our newly elected president, Matthew opened our meeting, and Sonny shared thoughts about the rights we enjoy as we celebrate Independence Day and how 3 of the first 5 presidents of the U.S. died on the 4th of July.

As our joke, Phyllis shared a silly bit of poetry about "one dark morning in the middle of the night..." and our Toastmaster of the Day Serena introduced roles, and noted minimal changes from our printed agenda.  Our periodic visitor Jay responded to Table Topics Master Thomas' question about his most memorable July 4: the most recent one, which he spent at Village Park hearing the Charlotte Symphony. Sonny would take a hot air balloon ride over an area with many fireworks displays, and Phyllis said "never again" would she spend $500 on fireworks. Our prepared speeches were from Gerry CC#4 "How to Say it"  with her "Seasons of Life," Matthew's "And the Journey Continues," and Dana's "Life is all about Choices." Evaluators, coordinated by General Evaluator Eugene,  were Paul, Al, and John, respectively, while Jerry timed, Kemp counted Ah's and ballots, and Georgia listened for uses of the word of the day: ponderous.

Thomas requested dues for July 1-Sept. 30 be either given to him, or mailed to the Goldmine PO Box 902, Kannapolis, NC 28082

RSVP to Georgia about your plans to attend the annual Awards and Officer Installation Banquet at Union St. Bistro in Concord 6-9:30 July 19. The cost is $26 per person, with payments to "Goldmine Toastmasters" to be given to Thomas on or before the banquet date.  Dress is "business" (so dress up a bit), and come hungry (the food will be excellent).  Non-alcohol drinks are included, cash bar available.

Remember Eugene is coordinating the Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest at Baker's Creek Park  on West A St. in Kannapolis in shelter #1. Please come help set up 8:15-8:30 so that the event can begin at 9 on July 12.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meeting on June 21

Sam Mullis led this meeting as Toastmaster and appointed a temporary presiding officer, Sonny Tolbert. The day included previous member (and dearly loved), Richard Archer (who also served as Jokemaster, fellow Toastmaster and guest, Jay Johnson, and new guest, Darcel Spears.

Ray Atkinson took on the Grammarian role, Sonny Tolbert rang the bell and counted ballots as the Ah Bell/Ballot Counter, and John Shepherd not only shared a thought for the day, but also took on the role as Timer.

Jerry Weikle was Table Topics Master and gave out five questions about reunion to the following:
  • Sonny: "You go to your high school reunion and it is an open bar event.  You have a few drinks and then you see the girl/boy that would not go on a date with you.  What do you say?"
  • Richard: "It has been many years since you graduated and you spent most of the time in jail.  You decide to go to the next class reunion.  If you knew there was no information about you on the Internet that someone could find to learn about your jail time, what would you tell everyone you have been doing?"
  • Darcel: "You go to your high school reunion and it is an open bar event.  You have a few drinks and then you see the teacher that did not like you.  What do you say?"
  • Ray: "You go to your next school reunion.  Since you graduated you became a multi millionaire and no one knows it.  Would you be afraid to tell your classmates that you are rich?" 
  • Eugene: "Every year when you go to the family reunion your aunt always pinches your check and says she has not seen you since you were yay high.You are going to the reunion again this year, what do you do if she pinches your check and says she has not seen you since you were yay high…"
 Best Table Topics Winner: Eugene Preston

Paul Junior gave his icebreaker speech, "Who Am I?" in which Jay Johnson evaluated.

Thanks to Sam and Jerry for taking minutes!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meeting on June 14, 2014

Eugene Preston led our meeting today as Toastmaster (for the last time!) Eugene will be attending another Toastmaster group in Charlotte and we will miss him! The theme of the day was "Toastmaster Memories," as Eugene strolled down the road of memories with Goldmine.

Serena opened the meeting as presiding officer and Gerry Fenner gave us a thought for the day. Joyce gave us a joke, Paul was Grammarian (word of the day: "sanguine"), Georgia stepped in as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter, and Serena was Timer.

We had our favorite guest from the sunny state of Florida, Jay Johnson, as well as guests Tom Emery and Robert Woods. Our once guest, and Serena' husband, Kemp Edwards, joined today!

Joyce was Table Topics Master who asked some questions as we once again strolled down memory lane. Her "victims" included the following:
  • Georgia who responded to the question: "Tell us something sanguine about Toastmasters." After joining Goldmine, Georgia said she has learned more about being a leader and by doing Table Topics, has learned to speak up more in class.
  • Paul's question was " Why did you join Toastmasters and what do you get out of it?" He said he has had meetings with his team and had not been effective in communication He joined Goldmine to grow himself, which he said, "is the most important part of being me."
  • Gerry Fenner was asked "What obstacle have you overcome?" She said, "Moments like this." She said she was looking down, hoping she would not be called on. She likes to be prepared, and table topics takes away control. 
  • Our newest member, Kemp, has the question, "Why did you join Toastmasters?" He said to be "crazy" like everyone, and also to be a better speaker. (We're not really "crazy"...just like to have crazy fun!)
  • Our guest, Robert Woods, agreed to answer a question, which was, "What brought you to Toastmasters today?" He said he is here to perfect his ability to speak in front of others. He has also been put in leadership roles, and would like to correct his imperfections, and grow. Since this [life] is not a "dress rehearsal."
Table Topics Winner: Robert Woods (way to go!)

Our prepared speakers were Thomas Kombol, who spoke from Interpretive Reading (project #2: Interpreting Poetry). The title of his speech: "The Raven." Time: 8:43 for 8-10 minute speech. Sam Mullis spoke from the Competent Communicator manual (project #10). His title was "Avoiding Monsters." His time for 5-7 minute speech was 6:31.

Best Speaker: Sam Mullis

Jay Johnston stepped in a our General Evaluator, leading the evaluation portion of the meeting. Matthew evaluated Thomas (time: 2:59) and Phyllis evaluated Sam (time: 3:29). Jay evaluated our meeting, giving us kudos for warmly greeting him and the other guests.

Best Evaluator: Phyllis Kombol

Serena led the business portion of the meeting. Announcements included:
  • June 21: TLI (Toastmaster Leadership Institute). Incoming officers will be attending. Those include: President: Matthew Charity, VPE: Joyce Preston, VPM: Serena Edwards, VPPR: Georgia Carlton, Secretary: Gerry Fenner, Treasurer: Thomas Kombol, SAA: Al Minter. **NOT just for officers! Kemp Edwards will be attending to be learn Sergeant At Arms (SAA) role to assist Al. Register here: District 37 TLI West register
  • June 28: Bill Battermann's party (engagement/homewarming). Phyllis and Gerry will be carpooling. If interested, contact Phyllis.
  • July 12: Tall Tales and Ice Cream Contest at Baker's Creek Park. 
  • Youth Summit in Mooresville either August 9 or August 16. If you can help, contact Jessica Keyes at
Officer meeting was held after the meeting, which ended at 10:10 a.m.   

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 7, 2014 was D-Day at Goldmine

Our D-Day theme started with Matthew as presiding officer and presenter of the Thought of the Day which sounded like great advice for a canine…and really for people, too! “Take naps, run/romp/play daily, avoid biting when a growl will do, enjoy life!”

Our Toastmaster of the Day was Jerry, and our group of 15 had a great meeting. Joyce’s joke had us chuckling, while Grammarian Eugene challenged us to use the word anecdotal, Phyllis timed, and Thomas rang the bell as he counted Ahs/filler words and ballots.

Sam’s Table Topics started off with a bang as he launched right into having Matthew explain the purpose of D-Day.  Many people agreed with Matthew (a veteran who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm) that they really did not know why it was called that. As he explained, he accumulated enough ah’s and fillers that he went home with the Ah Stick at the end of the meeting.

Jay, our Florida friend, who we discovered was actually born in Pennsylvania, (though he grew up here), explained “Flight or Flight” in relation to D-Day.  Joyce won best Table Topic when she added  “Freeze” to the mix, though she admitted she’d scream first because she described herself as “scared of my own shadow.” Eugene followed up last week’s speech that included information about the atomic bomb, by explaining how he thought that bombing was related to D-Day.

Our prepared speakers included Ray who used visual aids (videos) to explain a “Road Diet for Loop Road” as a practice session for his anticipated opportunity to present this information at the Kannapolis City Council meeting Monday night June 9. Gerry evaluated his presentation, and gave him some good suggestions.

Al won best evaluator for his comments on John’s “Best Speaker” Ice Breaker where he reminded us of the three most important dimensions of his life: family/faith, long ago & far away, and storytelling as he advised us to glean happiness from all of our experiences.

Sonny gave a brief evaluation of the whole meeting as General Evaluator, so we got on with reminders about TLI June 21 at UNC Charlotte, and upcoming events: Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest July 12 (Eugene is coordinating), Awards and officer installation banquet July 19 (Georgia is coordinating). We also talked briefly about Bill Battermann’s engagement party in Etowah June 28 (Gerry has offered to drive) and a Health Walk Sept 6 that she is working on with the city of Kannapolis which is scheduled to start right after Goldmine’s regular meeting on that day.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lucky 13 on May 24th at Goldmine

We were the "Lucky 13" on May 24th at Goldmine!

It was getting hot and we were getting ready for a fabulous Memorial Day weekend, so our theme was “Condiments.”  Serena opened our meeting as the Presiding Officer, and handed it off to Phyllis for our thought of the day, a reminder about our induction pledge to serve our club and fellow Toastmasters: “Ask not what your TM club can do for you; ask what you can do for your club!” She introduced Joyce as her mentor and our TMOD who ably managed our meeting.  Al doubled as our Jokemaster and Ah Bell and ballot counter. Sam, our Grammarian for the day, asked us to consider “altruism” our word of the day, which connected well with the veterans we honored this weekend, including our very own: Matthew and Sam.

Kathy (in her farewell meeting as she is moving to New Orleans for at least the summer) was our Table Topics master.  Gerry responded “Mayo, mayo, and mayo,” to a question about which 3 condiments would be most important to take to another planet, but then thought she might take mustard and relish if she had to take 3 different condiments. Kemp (as our guest and timer, soon to be member!!) talked about how yummy honey mustard dressing could make different foods when asked to go beyond the various kinds of ranch dressings available.  Our winner was Sam, who compared failure to the simulation of black pepper, taking off from a Truman Capote quote about failure being the spice to stimulate renewed effort.

Our prepared speeches included Georgia’s CC#6 “The Highs and the Lows” which described some of the recent great and not so great moments of her life, using vocal variety very nicely, and ending on a high note with an evaluation from Jerry. Both Serena and Sonny were working from the Interpretive Reading advanced manual.  Serena presented the poetry of “David’s Psalms of Deliverance,” evaluated by Phyllis (Best Evaluator award for the day).  Sonny orated as Patrick Henry, ending with the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” winning the Best Speaker award and an evaluation from Thomas (who took home the Ah stick for y’knows  and double clutches). Matthew was our General Evaluator.

Our business meeting included sharing information about upcoming events:
·       Social event at Bill Battermann’s 2-5 pm on June 28 (Ask Phyllis for details/carpool info?)
·       TLI West on June 21 at UNC-Charlotte
·       Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest (contact Eugene if you plan to enter)
·       July 19 Awards Banquet and Officer Installation (details TBA, Georgia is coordinating) 

Our nominating committee (Phyllis, Joyce, Sonny) are finalizing the slate of officers for the coming year so that we can VOTE at the last meeting of the month NEXT SATRUDAY MAY 31.
You’ll want to be there!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Goldmine Meeting Saturday, May 17, 2014

Greetings Goldminers! Today’s meeting was called to order at 8:42 a.m. with Serena as the presiding officer.  We were honored to have Tom and Kemp (Serena’s husband) as our guests, as they graced us with their presence.  Kemp hinted that he may be joining us as a Goldminer next month, and Tom may be on the same path.  Certainly, these gentlemen would be a wonderful addition to our Goldmine family!

Members in attendance included Serena, Dana, Joyce, Al, Shyam, Matthew, Sam, and Ray. Ray gave us the thought of the day, and led us into the pledge of allegiance, before introducing our Toastmaster.  Matthew was our lively Toastmaster for the morning, with the theme being “Spring”.  He shared with us, just when he thinks it’s safe to pack away his sweaters, here comes a chilly day, that will cause him to go digging them out again!  He jokingly stated, “Don’t say that springtime  has come until you can put your feet on 9 daisies.”

Al was our ballot counter, Kemp stood in as our timer, and Serena served as our grammarian.  The word of the day was diminutive; miniature, petite. Though there was nothing diminutive about the laughter that followed the joke of the day.  Matthew was our jokemaster, who shared a joke about three boys who were bragging about their fathers.  The first one said, “My father runs so fast he can fire an arrow, start running, and get there before the arrow!”  The second one said, “That’s nothing! My father can shoot a gun, start running, and get there before the bullet!” The third boy just smiled.  That’s nothing.  My father works at the post office.  He gets off work at 5 and is home before 4!”

Ray did a wonderful job as our Table Topics Master.  The Table Topic speakers included: Al, Shyam and Serena.  Al engaged us as he spoke of the disadvantages and advantages of different transportation.  Shyam entertained us with the man on the screen being Clark Kent, knowing he has to go after the bad guys and need us to help him for direction!  Serena brought it home by sharing her thoughts on the University eliminating parking spaces and whether or not she agreed.

Dana gave her Icebreaker!  She challenged us that as we live “Life in Transition” to have the courage to follow our heart. She provoked the thought for us to ask questions so that we are truly living the life and purpose we came here to live, and not someone else's.  This leads us into Joyce’s speech “Ask the Question.” She pointed out, when we ask questions it turbo charges success, enables leaders to solve problems, and can help us to find our purpose and passion, stating we must be lifelong learners.

Serena evaluated Dana’s speech giving her some valuable pointers and feedback for her first speech.  In Sam’s evaluation of Joyce’s speech, he commented on the usage of “constantly evolving” and being “lifelong learners.  He also commented on the usage of Blah, blah, blah, which ironically both speakers stated.  So the joke was, be lifelong learners and blah, blah blah! Of course as Sam reminded us, we are practicing using words to express ourselves, and as we do it helps to develop our intellect by asking questions (bringing it back to the speeches) so let us walk in excellence with our speech.  Shyam was our General Evaluator.  In the end only Sam and Al qualified, congratulations to them both! Shyam (as well a Joyce) pointed out not to use being small in number (amount of members present) as a negative.  For though we were small in number we were powerful in presence, and we will continue to evolve.

~Dana Mich’elle~                

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meeting on May 10, 2014

Sonny Tolbert led our meeting today as Toastmaster with the theme "Jiggy with the Piggy." Fitting for the day because the Jiggy Jam Festival was going on right outside the doors! 

Joyce Preston opened the meeting with a thought for the day. Serena Edwards shared some church bulletin typos as Jokemaster of the day. Our Grammarian/Wordmaster was Hal Levin who shared the word of the day: "laborious" meaning arduous or strenuous. Serena also took on the role of Timer. Ballot Counter and Ah Bell ringer was Thomas Kombol. 

Table Topics Master, Jerry Weikle, asked some "piggie" questions, drawing out our imaginations:
1. "You had a pet pig growing up and one day you found your dad had grilled your pet pig. How did you react?" Sonny told of how his dad cooked his pet hamster and was told it was quail. He cooked his pet rabbit and was told it was chicken. Now his pet pig gets roasted and he's told its Boston butt. No matter how many pets good ole Dad cooked, he always got him another one!

2. "You raised pigs. What is your favorite piggie?" Paul Junior got this question and said even though he is not a "pet person," he saw a piggie on the side of the road and took him home. However, piggie kept running away. So he told him if he didn't come home, he would cook him for dinner!

3. "You have a pet pig. How much did you practice dancing with your pig?" Thomas told of the many, many hours of practice dancing with his pig to win the Jiggy with the Piggy dancing contest. His pig, Norman, and him practiced all year long. He even filed his feet so Norman could glide across the dance floor!

Table Topics Winner: Sonny

Our prepared speakers included Sam Mullis who spoke from the CC manual (#9). The title of his speech was "A Tell of Two Tales." Phyllis evaluated Sam's speech. Both qualified on time.
Eugene Preston's speech, "The History of Scuba-Diving," was speech #7 of the CC manual. Joyce evaluated his speech. Eugene qualified on time; Joyce did not.
Cynthia Randolph shared her heart in a speech titled "20-20 Vision" (#1 CC). Paul evaluated her speech. Cynthia went over in time. Paul qualified.

Best Speaker: Sam Mullis
Best Evaluator: Phyllis Kombol

The General Evaluator was Jerry Weikle. Hal shared his Grammarian Report. Serena Edwards, presiding officer, led the business meeting that included the announcement that the Tall Tales/Ice Cream Contest will be on July 12 at Baker's Creek Park in Kannapolis. The Awards Banquet does not have a date/place yet...more info to come. Thomas closed the meeting with awards. Ah Stick Winner: Eugene Preston.