Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Open House…a Grand Success January 24, 2014”

Congratulations Goldminers on an amazing turn out for our Open House!  Whether you were able to grace us with your presence or away keeping us lifted in your thoughts and prayers, your energy was appreciated near and far! The bright stars that were present helping the Goldmine to shine were:  Matthew Charity, Janice Silver, Phyllis Kombol, Jennifer Asaro, Gerry Fenner, Dana Mich’elle, Al Minter, Serena Edwards, Joyce Preston, Sam Mullis, Sonny Tolbert, and Jerry Weikle. 

Our meeting was called to order at 8:40 a.m., giving our guests time to get settled.  With a smile on his face, Matthew Charity called the meeting to order as our Presiding Officer.  He presented us with an inspiring thought of the day: Every day is a new beginning; treat it that way! He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and introduced our seasoned Toastmaster of the meeting, the lovely Jennifer Asaro.

Jennifer called on Sonny Tolbert, our hilarious Jokemaster, followed by our astute Grammarian, Janice Silver, who brought us the word of the day: Transformation! Gerry Fenner generously filled the role as Ballot Counter and explained her role concerning the Ah Bell! She gave us a taste of what it sounds like, when during the meeting she hit the bell, while trying to peel a banana! With all eyes on Gerry, she let go of the banana, and probably wished time would move along faster.  Perhaps, Dana Mich’elle could have helped her out, as she graciously served as our Timer.

Jennifer introduced the energetic Phyllis Kombol as our Table Topics Master, who presented three questions to our Table Topics Participants.  Serena Edwards (who cried when first asked to speak years ago, and now can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them) was asked, “How did Toastmasters change your life?”  Al Minter (our well-seasoned yet humble Toastmaster) was asked, “If you met up with someone you hadn't seen in a while, how would today’s meeting be part of you telling them how Toastmasters changed your life?” Both speakers gave insightful and impactful answers!  Though, ultimately it was Steve Boyles who won the Best Table Topics Award, as he painted a vivid and lively picture for us in his answer to the question, “What would happen if you woke up transformed with long purple hair?”  Congratulations Steve!

Our guest speaker Jeff Ireland gave a wonderful 20 minute speech on “Clearing the Fog.”  Very powerful and inspiring! In the end, he challenged us to tweak one phrase in our vocabulary: Change, “I have to” to “I get to!”  This definitely helps to transform how we see things, thanks Jeff!

Next, our evaluators, the jovial Joyce Preston, along with our personal Santa, Sam Mullis, gave Jeff valuable feedback, as we wrapped up the meeting with our drawing.  Congratulations to our winners: Diana Soudy and Barney Barnum!

Thanks to past Governors: Ken Miller and Bryan Walsh for coming out and supporting Goldmine.  Thanks also, to our many guests Joyce O’Neal, Linda Schmickle, Steve Boyles, Barney Barnum, Kayla Ireland, Arlene Ireland, Brett Freeman, Kim Jackson, Tracy McGriff, Deneen Marshall, Pat McDonough, Robin Pope, Glenda Edwards, and Diana Soudy.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Chick-fil-a, Harris Teeter, Olive Gardens, T.G.I. Friday, Sysco Food, and Union Bistro. Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors, you are greatly appreciated; you helped to make our Open House a grand success!

Peace, Blessings, Love & Light,
~Dana Mich'elle~

Friday, January 16, 2015

When the Cat's Away Jan. 10, 2015

When the cat’s away…Goldmine officers were away at training event on January 10, so there was a small group at the Goldmine: Sam, John, Jerry, Sonny, Paul, Phyllis...and repeat guest Joyce.  Jerry started our meeting with a thought about how without winter there would be no spring, and without adversity, no joy. Paul jumped right in with funny little story.
Toastmaster of the Day Sam said "Let's just do all Table Topics" which went very well. Every Goldmine member participated with impromptu speeches of 1-2 minutes:
·       Jerry told of a favorite story/experience from childhood; he was spanked "with a flower"
·       Paul imagined a new experience of riding on a speedboat, maybe as a natural progression from his motorcycle
·       John chose his great grandfather as the person from the past he most wanted to ask questions; he was in the Civil War, perhaps part of Pickens’ Charge
·       Sonny’s choice of a field or profession he might like to try was “Great Communicator” (he aspires to being paid to talk)
·       Sam, as a professional artist would choose to make money drawing in black and white
·       Phyllis remembered a childhood pastime of looking at the world a different way, upside down in her child-sized red rocking chair (winner).
Phyllis served as the Table Topics Master (pulling questions from the Chat Pack box), Paul was timer, Sonny grammarian, Jerry Ah bell/Ballot counter, and John General Evaluator.
We had fun!

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 3rd,2015

New beginnings was the appropriate theme for this first meeting of the Goldmine Toastmasters at their new location: Connect Christian Church. Presiding officer Matthew Charity called the meeting to order, followed by the thought of the day: The nicest thing about the future: it always start tomorrow.

Toastmaster Sonny Tolbert welcomed members to explain their assigned roles. Phyllis Kombol tickled our funny bones as Jokemaster. Grammarian John Shepherd  defined and explained  the  usage of the word of the day (URBANE). Ah Bell/Ballot Counter Janice Silver kept track of crutch words and sounds such as, "Uh and um" from anyone who speaks during the meeting, and Sam Mullis, our Timer, made sure the meeting started and ended in a timely manner.

Table Topics Master Matthew Charity gave four members the opportunity to think quickly and respond to a variety of questions. Jay Johnson was asked at what stage of his life did he have a new beginning. He responded that every day was a new beginning. The next question was "If he had two things to fix in the world, what would it be?" John Shepherd said he would fix the addictions of the world. Janice Silver's New Year resolution was the start of each day is a new year. Joyce Preston was put on the hot seat when ask what she thought about climate control and global warming.

Prepared speakers were Phyllis Kombol and Dana Michelle. Phyllis spoke from the CC Manual, Project 6, Vocal Variety.  Her speech was entitled: "What Do We tell Our Sons?"
"Persuade with Power" was Dana's objective with her speech entitled: "Winners Make Adjustments, Not Excuses."

General  Evaluator Serena Edwards  introduced the evaluators for the meeting. Evaluating Phyllis Kombol's speech was Jerry Weikle and Gerry Fenner evaluated Dana Michelle's speech. 

John Shepherd gave the grammarian report, picking out good and bad uses of grammar. Serena Edwards gave her overall evaluation of the meeting, citing areas we do well, as well as areas we can improve.
Presiding  officer  Matthew Charity ask for members comments.

Business: Matthew gave the news that Georgia Carlton resigned as VP of Public Relations. John Shepherd nominated Dana Michelle to be the new VP of Public Relations. She accepted.   

Awards were as  follows: Best Table Topic speech: Jay Johnson. Best Speaker: Phyllis Kombol. Best Evaluator: Jerry Weikle. And the "Ah" stick went to Sonny Tolbert.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m


Saturday, January 3, 2015

End of 2014=Moving Day for Goldmine

The end of the world as we know it….no, not really.  Just the end of the year, AND the end of our stay at Rotary Hall in downtown Kannapolis.  John was our Toastmaster of the day, which we thought fitting, since he was also our Toastmaster of the day our first meeting at Rotary Hall, the first meeting of 2014!

He reviewed the top news stories with us, and shared some of the new words being added to the dictionary for the coming year, and shared an e-mail greeting from Dana who was absent from the group.

Appropriate to the end of the year, Georgia offered as thought of the day a quote from T.S. Elliot: “Last year’s words belong to last year.  Next year’s words await another voice.” Thomas’ joke reminded us of how silly we used to think it was when people apparently talked to themselves, but now we are probably just hearing someone on their cell phone.

John spun our Table Topics from current news events.  Jennifer addressing the question of whether we should be in space since there have been 3 accidents in the space program this year.  Georgia took off from the top 10 weird animal stories reported to share her preference for the black panthers in Florida.  Serena reminded us all about how hard it is to make new good habits stick, and Phyllis won the Best Table Topic award by addressing whether we are “cutting too much slack” for our athletes.
Matthew won Best Speaker with his report on his High Performance Leadership project about his role as sponsorship chair for the District 37 fall conference. Jerry was our other speaker, with a goodwill speech (from the Public Relations advanced manual), “Practice Makes Perfect.” Jay won Best Evaluator, evaluating Matthew’s speech; Thomas was Jerry’s evaluator.

Joyce was our general evaluator and pointed out some of our top performances. Serena noted some of our creative “non-Ahs” and double clutches as she counted ballots so that she could give out awards at the close of our meeting.

As we reviewed our upcoming plans for our new location, officers and all interested individuals were reminded to go to the D37 website to register for Jan. 10 TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute)…required for officers, but also some of the best (inexpensive) education available.  It will be paid by the club for officers, and held in Cornelius this year.

And then we moved our supplies and meeting paraphernalia to our new location at Connect Christian Church at 3101 Davidson Highway (Highway 73 between I85 and Hwy 29) in Concord.  See you there in the new year!!
Your blogger today was Phyllis.

Friday, December 5, 2014

November 29, 2014 Goldmine prepares for winter!

“Are you ready for winter?” our TMOD Thomas asked. Throughout the meeting, he elicited responses for what types of things might be important to have in your car, for example, to be prepared for winter. Jerry’s Thought of the Day included some suspicion that winter is nature’s way of saying “Up Yours!” Serena shared snowman jokes. Grammarian Georgia explained the word of the day “satiate” and enticed several people to use it, while she also served as timer.
Phyllis asked members to be prepared for being unprepared in Table Topics.  Slips of paper with a verb, animal, color, number, and place were randomly selected with the help of Thomas.  Members were asked to combine all the words into their response. As a result, John told a tender story of going to the mall and eventually (865 fit in there) picked the perfect black dog, Scooter. Matthew reminisced at 42 about the green forest where he and friends played when they we too young to shop, but that one friend outshone all the others with his llama coat. Joyce told joining a choir in ’79 with blue, mountain, & sleep being words from the songs they sang.

Prepared speeches included Janice’s Ice Breaker about her “Colorful Life,” starting in urban Baltimore with 11 siblings (6 girls and half dozen of the other), which seemed to have surprised even her mother, who had been an only child.  She moved to Roanoke Rapids as a young pastor’s wife, but now finds herself “in the country” in Kannapolis, but is delighted to be closer to her daughter in Greensboro. She shared some of the shades of gray in her life: times of darkness, pitfalls, challenges, and death, contrasting with joyful yellows, royal blue, gold, purple, and iridescent green (for her daughter Princess Kim). Her descriptions of these colors in her life were reinforced by her colorful clothing, and she was quite convincing as she told us of her son-in-law who is a great father of the 3 most handsome, intelligent grandsons in the world.

Serena ably used technology of PowerPoint to share the Better Speaker Series topic on body language which gave us all a great refresher on the finer points and rationales for the use of facial expressions, gestures, and whole body movements to attract and keep audience attention, enhance credibility, express emotion, and create connection.

General Evaluator John organized the evaluation part of the meeting, with Joyce and Matthew evaluating Janice and Serena respectively.

Presiding officer Matthew led a short business meeting (*see below), than called on our ah bell and ballot counter Jerry, who awarded Best Seaker to Janice, Best Table Topic AND Best Evaluator BOTH to Joyce.  

We adjourned at 9:58 (Isn’t that some kind of record?)
 *decision to be made/announced next week about new dues structure our move to Connect Christian Church will allow us to make.  Quarterly club dues are due this month, except for the 4 who are prepaid (Phyllis, John, Sonny, Joyce).

*Distinguished Club program update provided by VP-Education Joyce:
For goals #1 & 2: 1 CC done (need 3 more, several people are close)
Goal # 3: Advanced communication: we have 1
Need another Advanced award for Goal 4…Matthew just completed his AC Silver!
Leadership awards for goals #5 & 6 are completed
#7 we need 2 more new members (Goal #8 is 4 MORE new members)
#9 training will be complete if at least 4 officers attend TLI in January (scheduled for January 10 at  Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius; registration will open December 1…club will pay for officers, all welcome – it costs only $8 and several members commented that they’d attended before taking officer roles
Goal #10 is complete (officer lists and dues to TI paid on time)

* Phyllis reminded the group about the opportunity to judge Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation student speech contest 7 PM on Tues Dec. 9 (Matthew is planning to go; Dana is also a possibility, with Phyllis as possible backup if needed).

This blog post prepared by Phyllis, who will be updating out new site info on FaceBook and MeetUp, asking members to “like,” converse, comment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Meeting for November 15, 2014

Today's meeting was called to order at 8:30 am by presiding officer Matthew Charity. He welcomed guest Ken McCoy to the meeting and introduced Jerry Weikle, who gave the Thought of the day.

Toastmaster, Joyce Preston, took control of the meeting and introduced the theme: Tips to Tolerate Family. Roles were explained as follows: Jokemaster: Phyllis Kombol, Wordmaster: Gerry Fenner, Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter: Sonny Tolbert, and Timer: Janice Silver.

Table Topic Master, Sharon Semidey, gave four members and guest, Ken McCoy, cards to choose from that had great topics to respond to. Phyllis Kombol read, "Who's the best practical joker you know?" Jennifer Asaro's question was, "If one of your friends moved in, who would it be?" "What are your goals for the next five years?" was Ken McCoy's question. "Life!" was Dana Michelle's answer to the question, "What would your free advertisement be about?" Jerry Weikle then told what was the funniest story he'd ever heard.

The prepared speakers had our attention with two great speeches. Matthew Charity told how he would "Communicate A Vision" and Sam Mullis, using visual aids, explained how "Electricity Can Become Clean Energy" Al Minter evaluated Matthew Charity's speech, and John Shepherd evaluated Sam Mullis' speech.

General Evaluator, Jennifer Asaro, invited Gerry Fenner to give her report for the Word Of The Day, (facetious). Jennifer concluded the meeting with her overall evaluation of the meeting. Afterward, she gave control of the meeting back to presiding officer, Matthew Charity. Matthew invited Ken to comment on the meeting. Any news and comments from members were welcomed also.

On the business side:  
*  TLC training will be Jan 10th, 2015. 
*  Officer meeting postpone until November 22. 
*  Club's newest member, Jennifer Asaro, was officially inducted into the Goldmine Toastmasters.
*  Next week's agenda roles reviewed.

Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter, Sonny Tolbert, had the honor of presenting the Ah Stick and Communication Awards. Winners: Best Table Topics: Dana Michelle; Best Speaker: Sam Mullis; Best Evaluator: John Shepherd; and the Ah Stick went to Matthew Charity.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Meeting on November 1, 2014

We had eight members and no guests this day, as Sam Mullis was our Toastmaster. The theme of the day was "Technology Impact." Sam shared some technology (industrial) facts with us. Janice shared a thought and Sharon Semidey stepped in at the last minute to share a joke.

Jerry Weikle took on dual roles of Wordmaster and Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Sonny Tolbert was timer and Serena Edwards led the Table Topics. The theme was "technology words" and had the following members pick out three words and use all of them PLUS the word of the day, "capricious," in their response.
  • Al Minter: download, unzip, microchip
  • Janice Silver: QWERTY, database, domain
  • Jerry Weikle: megahertz, cybetspace, wavelength
  • Sonny Tolbert: safemode, digital, wireless
  • Sharon Semidey: multimedia, virus, internet
Speakers included Dana Michelle who gave her 6th speech from the CC manual, titled "How Badly Do You Want It?" and Sonny Tolbert who spoke from the advanced manual, Interpersonal Communication, Project #4, titled "The Coach." Al Minter evaluated Dana's speech and Janice (her first evaluation) evaluated Sonny's speech.

Sonny also doubled as General Evaluator and led the evaluation portion of the meeting. Serena Edwards took over as Presiding Officer with the district conference in Greensboro that weekend. Business meeting: Reminder to turn in member interest surveys and announcement of possible new location at Connect Christian Church (will be visiting it next week).

Winners for the day:
Best Table Topic: Jerry
Best Speaker: Dana
Best Evaluator: Al
Ah Stick: Sonny