Saturday, July 24, 2010

News from the Goldmine, July 24, 2010

Rookie Jerry Weikle hit a grand slam his first time at bat as Toastmaster of the Day, and his 15-member team followed suit for a winning meeting of the Goldmine Toastmasters. The playing field was in great shape thanks to co-Sgt-at-Arms, Jennie Brasefield and Lee Johnston, and after President/Coach Sonny Tolbert welcomed members and guests, Jennie led off with a profound thought of the day: "There's a time to live and a time to die; and it's not what you know, but who you know."

Coach Sonny tactfully tongue twisted his way through his joke, while VP of E/Assistant Coach, Joyce Preston, warmed us up with the word of the day: altruism (unselfish concern for others). Pinch hitter Richard Archer ably filled in as "catcher" of the ahs and the ballots. Timer/Scoreboard keeper, Insook Lee, overcame early technical difficulties and rallied to keep us on time and track.

Pitcher/Table Topics Master, Alex Porter, threw a few wild ones before finding his zone. Insook Lee took a swing at his challenge: "What's the most altruistic name you can think of....for a dog?" Serena Haneline hit it out of the park with "If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?" Bill Batterman hit a line drive over our heads with his response to "If Goldmine Toastmasters went to Ripley's Believe it or Not, who would they keep?" Kim Jackson followed with a long fly to centerfield, almost to the garden with all the tomatoes she referenced when Alex asked her to describe the best way to eat that summertime treat. Last up in the Table Topics inning was Richard Archer, whose crafty bunt brought Shyam/Jake home for the tying run and a memorable way to remember names....maybe.

Next up were the heavy hitters/prepared speakers. Shyam Narayan, spoke from an Advanced Manual, project number 5, "The After Dinner Speech." He knocked it out of the park with his presentation "Top Five Signs You Might Be in a Worthless Meeting," while giving his team plenty of corporate cliches to chew on. Clean up batter Fred Biggers took care of business by bringing culture in to play with his excellent interpretive reading of "The Merchant of Venice," his project number 4 from an Advanced Manual.

After the 7th inning stretch, Toastmaster/Manager Jerry introduced Master Evaluator/Umpire Sam Mullis to give his take on the game so far. Sam's excellent advice included the challenge that everyone on the team should be able to score by giving a winning introduction at a moment's notice. It was also noted that it is of utmost importance to enunciate our words and project our voices in order to properly communicate with the entire audience.

Next in the line-up, Evaluators/Scouts Lee Johnston and Al Minter gave some colorful play by play on what they saw as the positives in Shyam's and Fred's performances as well as suggestion for improvement.

It proved to be a victorious day in more ways than one for the Goldmine Toastmasters when guest Serena Haneline announced that she wants to join our team! And she has already volunteered to help write this blog--thank you, Serena!

Area 35 Governor, Kim Jackson, asked that the Goldmine team reach out to other Toastmaster Teams in our area to ensure that all will succeed this season. She also announced the Area 35 Humorous Speech/Evaluation Contest will be held Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at PGT in Salisbury. Winners of our Goldmine club contest will represent us there.

Speaking of winners, today's scoreboard shows that Richard Archer won best Table Topics; Shyam Narayan was awarded Best Speaker, and Al Minter came out on top as Best Evaluator. Richard did not "catch" a single "AH", so no tongue depressor was awarded today--another victory for our exceptional team!

Bill Battermann is Toastmaster for our July 31st meeting. Be sure to confirm your place on the team with him early this week!

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