Saturday, July 31, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
President - Sonny Tolbert
VP-Ed. - Joyce Preston
VP-Membership - Phyllis Kombol
VP Publicity - Matthew Charity
Secretary - Jerry Weikle
Treasurer - Jay Nodine
Sgt-At-Arms - Lee Johnston - Jennie Brasefield
Webmaster - (Appointed) - Shyam Narayan
It was noted that Kim Jackson and Matthew Charity will serve as Area Governors for the upcoming year.
Monday, June 7, 2010
(Thank you to Toastmaster John Shepherd for submitting this summary of the June 5, 2010 meeting).
With several away for officer training, Goldmine was nevertheless well represented with 12 members in attendance. Al Minter, DTM, presided in the absence of a current officer and introduced the Thought of the Day presenter, Miles Moody. Miles gave a thoughtful reading that set the mood for the morning, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and then introduced the Toastmaster of the morning, John Shepherd.
Using the month of June as the hitching post for the day, John asked the group what first comes to mind when they think of the month of June. Weddings, of course, came to the forefront, followed by a review of the June issue of Toastmaster magazine, which features several couples who either joined Toastmasters together or met through Toastmasters and later married. Wedding trivia and historical events that occurred in June were also presented at appropriate intervals during the meeting.
After Joke Master Richard Archer entertained the group with a joke that qualified (i.e. as being very good or very bad – we’re not saying which), John called on the Timer, Sam Mullis, the co-Ah/Ballot Counters Betty Walker and Pearl Bank-Williams, and visiting semi-Goldmine Toastmaster Jay Johnson, Word Master, to briefly (there being no guests present) explain their roles. The word of the morning was “mirage”.
Then on to Table Topics, with Sherman Greer serving as Topic Master. In an interesting twist, Miles gave the same question to each participant: “What birthday was your favorite and why?” Pearl Bank-Williams, Sam Mullis and Richard Archer were chosen to respond. Timer Sam later reported that Pearl and Richard stayed within the time limits, but that he himself had gone overtime and disqualified.
Table Topics then gave way to the prepared speech segment of our meeting. Alex Porter, speaking from a project in the Entertaining Speaker manual, told the story of an “extroverted hermit” (whose name this writer has forgotten) who befriended Alex while he was working in a summer camp during his youth. The light and smiling mood of Alex’s story turned heavy and sad as he related with some difficulty how his friend had later been found murdered in his home. Fred Biggers, also giving an advance manual speech followed with a “monodrama”, a dramatic recitation of Hamlet’s contemplation of suicide in “To Be or Not to Be”. Hamlet came alive as Fred, personifying one of Shakespeare’s best known characters, pondered whether he should live or die.
After a break, John introduced Master Evaluator Al Minter who in turn introduced Miles Mood, evaluating Alex Porter, and Rajnish Sharma, evaluating Fred Biggers. Each had insightful and useful assessments, but this writer failed to record the details. Word Master Jay Johnson gave his report, noting that the WOD was sparsely used (in fact itself a mirage) and Timer Sam reported that Fred qualified but that Alex had gone overtime and disqualified.
Al Minter led the business session announcing the plans for the Goldmine Invitational Tall Tales Contest, the Officer Installation Banquet and plans to vote on the Communications and Leadership Recipient . John reviewed the program assignments for .
Finally, Pearl presented the awards for the day, with the dreaded “Ah” stick going to Rajnish, Table Topics award to Richard, Evaluator award to Miles and Speaker award to Fred. And that’s no mirage.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
(Thank you to Toastmaster of the Day, Betty Walker, for providing today's News from the Goldmine).
Presiding Officer Joyce Preston opened today's meeting and Alex Porter presented the thought of the day. Miles Moody served as Wordmaster, looking for uses of the word "scour", among other notable words and phrases. Al Minter handled the timing as well as the ah and ballot counting.
Table Topics Master, Jerry Weikle, presented "race-themed" questions as follows: "What would you serve as food and drink at a tailgating party?" (Raj Sharma); "What would you do if given a free ticket to the big race?" (Insook Lee); "What would you say to Bruton Smith if you met him coming out of the bathroom?" (Miles Moody); "Would you run to your car after the race is over or wait till the crowd left?" (Alex Porter).
Prepared speakers were Shyam Narayam and Fred Biggers. Shyam spoke from an advanced manual, "The Entertaining Speaker." His project was "Resources for Entertainment," with a speech titled "Thank the Assistant and Drink Black Coffee." Fred also spoke from an advanced manual, "Communication on Television," and his project was "When You are the Host." Fred conducted a television interview with Alex on his TV "show:" Cabarrus Spin with Alex Porter.
Joyce Preston served as Master Evaluator, and Insook Lee and Miles Moody evaluated the prepared speeches.
The winners were:
Best Speaker – Shyam
Best Evaluator – Miles
Best Table Topics – Alex
Ah Stick – Raj
Business and Events:
Community award nominations are
Toastmasters Leadership Institute
Tall Tales & Ice Cream Contest –
Awards Banquet and New Officers Installation –
Al Minter will be Toastmaster for next week’s meeting. Be sure to confirm your role with him for the May 29th meeting early this week so he can plan accordingly for a GREAT day in the Goldmine!