Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Goldmine

Kinetic: having much high-spirited energy. Our "Word of the Day" aptly described our meeting this morning! President Joyce Preston enthusiastically greeted 18 members, including our newest member, Rajesh Gopalakrishnan, who inspired us with his thought of the day.

Alex Porter, fresh off his 1st place win at the Area 24 Humorous Speech Contest, took the reigns  as Toastmaster and capably led our meeting-- even while wearing mismatched socks.
Jovial Joyce shared a joke which will make us all think twice about going to B-u-r-g-e-r K-i-n-g
and Grammarian and Wordmaster John Shepherd introduced our word of the day, kinetic, which was communicated far more in our behavior than it was used in our sentences.  Jay Nodine handled the Ah Bell/Ballot Counting duties and Jerry Weikle manned the timing lights.

Santa Sam Mullis focused on a different holiday with his table topics theme: Halloween. Based on their responses, it seems Sonny Tolbert needs no mask, Phyllis Kombol can't bear to cut in to an innocent gourd, Steve Boles is a personal friend of Dracula, Insook Lee is confident humor and fright don't translate across cultures, and Lee Johnston is not a fan (of Halloween).  

We welcomed Al Minter back to our circle of friends and enjoyed his educational and inspirational speech, "Characteristics of Leaders."  Jessica Keyes and Mike Hall presented a tandem speech, working together to "Sell a Product," in this case, Lyndt chocolate. The speech and the samples were both outstanding!

Betty Walker evaluated Al Minter; Kim Jackson evaluated Jessica Keyes, and Joyce Preston evaluated Mike Hall.  Wordmaster John Shepherd reported on the lack of use of our word of the day, but our stellar use other words and phrases. General Evaluator Shyam Narayan gave the meeting excellent reviews.  

Everyone who participated in a timed role qualified for voting.  Ballot Counter Jay Nodine awarded Best Table Topics to Insook Lee; Best Speech to Al Minter; Best Evaluator to Joyce Preston and Ah Stick to Mike Hall.

Shyam Narayan will be Toastmaster of the Day for our meeting on October 29th.  Please make every effort to support his leadership next week. Several members will be absent in order to attend the Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest which is being held in Hickory at 9:30 a.m.  Alex Porter will be representing Goldmine in the Humorous Speech Contest.  Sonny Tolbert will be "waiting in the wings" in case the first place winner in our area contest is unable to compete in the Evaluation portion of the contest. 

Phyllis Kombol distributed fliers for our Open House on November 5th and encouraged each member to personally invite friends, co-workers, and family members as well as use emails and social media to get the word out so we'll have a good turn out of guests for our Open House.

The meeting officially concluded at 10:06 a.m., but the kinetic conversation continued.

Submitted by Kim Jackson using Jerry Weikle's meeting minutes.

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