Friday, December 30, 2011

Goldmine Meeting Report - Saturday, Dec 24

Sorry Goldminers! This is soooo late...been a crazy last few weeks.

We had a great time on Christmas Eve at the Goldmine! Betty Walker was our wonderful, peppy Toastmaster with Phyllis as Presiding Officer. Roles included:
  • Jerry as Jokemaster and Timer
  • Kim as Grammarian (word of the day: "hypothesis": supposition as a basis for reasoning; assumption)
  • Serena shared a Thought of the Day: "It's not the things you get at Christmas, it's the Christmas things you do all year through." 
  • Brian as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter (for the first time in Goldmine!)
  • Richard as General Evaluator
Rajesh was our Table Topics Master for the FIRST time. The theme was "Holidays." Table Topic participants were:
  •  Jay Johnson: "What was your most memorable Christmas memory to date? He said when he was a child in Rockwell and received a play garage with a cool elevator that took your car up to a second story parking lot. Found out this actually exists in New Orleans!
  • Sonny Tolbert: "Do you have any New Year's resolutions?" He said he has no resolutions until about 30 seconds before midnight. 
  • Kim Jackson: "If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?" Her answer was "where there is snow (but NO skiing please!).
  • John Shepherd: "If you were given a gift of one million dollars and had to spend it in one day, what would you do with it? He said he would give 10% to family and the rest to charities.

Prepared Speakers & Evaluators:
  • Brian Woolf (CC#10), "I Would Be Lying to You" with Serena evaluating
  • Phyllis Kombol (Specialty Speeches, #2, "Come On, Get Involved with Youth" with John evaluating
***BEST SPEAKER: Phyllis Kombol
***BEST EVALUATOR: John Shepherd
No "Ah" stick today! Yay!!

Business Session:
  • Goldmine received a Christmas card from Fairfield Inn
  • Will be accepting donations to Jay Nodine's church (Parkwood Baptist) through Jan. 1
  • Jan 14: TLI (need at least four officers to attend; open to all)
  • Dues are DUE by Dec. 30!! $60 per quarter
  • Reviewed next week's schedule: Kim Jackson as Toastmaster

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Goldmine Meeting Report - Saturday, Dec 17

Today was both a joyous and sad occasion as we remembered the late great "Mr. Wonderful": Jay Nodine in our meeting that definitely had us laughing. (Just as Jay would have wanted!)

Members in attendance: Joyce, Presiding Officer and Toastmaster of the Day.
Thought of the Day: Our newest member, Karen Boothe, who shared a poignant Thought: "To everything there is a season...a time to be born, and a time to die...a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
Shyam, as Jokemaster, shared his son's favorite "Jay Joke" out of Jay's book.
John Shepherd: Grammarian (word of the day: neophyte - which was said quite a bit!)
Timer: Betty and  Ah Bell/Ballot Counter: Phyllis
General Evaluator: Jerry
Other members in attendance: Serena and Jay Johnson. Special Guests: Logan Burchette and Kemp Edwards (Serena's "boyfriend" - yes, Joyce, he's a real, live person!)

Table Topics Master: Richard Archer gave out some interesting sentences as table topics:
  • Serena Haneline finished the sentence: "I opened my door and was surprised to see..." Rudolph standing at her door. But lo, and behold, it wasn't Rudolph, after all. It was her boyfriend dressed up like Rudolph! 
  • Jay Johnson's sentence was: "The Highway Patrol pulled up in my driveway because..." an alligator was in his backyard! (This is in his home in Florida, where the alligators play).
  • Betty Walker finished the sentence, "For the umpteenth time, I screamed, 'Where did you put my...?'" sleigh, screamed Richard Archer! Always losing that sleigh! 
Table Topics Winner: Serena! Beating out the Table Topic Champs for her FIRST win! (Jay Nodine: You would have been proud!)

Our speakers for the day shared some humorous stories, befitting the spirit of Jay Nodine. Sonny spoke on "Reindeer Food" and we learned that Rudolph's father was Donner. Who knew? And Kim Jackson talked about "Looking for Gifts in All the Wrong Places." The most meaningful gifts this Christmas are not the ones we put under the tree; it's the ones we find in the most unexpected places. You may be entertaining angels unaware!

Rajesh, first time evaluator, evaluated Sonny's speech, doing a terrific job! Insook evaluated Kim Jackson, also doing a fantastic job.

Best Speaker: Sonny Tolbert (Kim's speech was disqualified for going over time!)
Best Evaluator: Insook Lee
Ah Stick Winner: Kim Jackson

Business Session:
  • Jay's funeral at Parkwood Baptist Church, 2 p.m.
  • Visit Jay's Caring Bridge Website and leave a comment at:
  • We are collecting donations to go toward Jay's church (Parkwood Baptist) this week and next.
  • Reminder: Dues are DUE by Dec. 30 ($60 per quarter)
  • Reviewed next week's schedule. Toastmaster is Betty Walker. Please confirm your roles with Betty this week!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What a difference a week makes. I am quite late in posting the details of our December 10th meeting due to unforeseen circumstances. Or perhaps they weren't so unforeseen, just wishful thinking about different results. Jay, my friend, I know you are at rest and suffering no more. Praise God!

Jessica Keyes jingled her way into our hearts with a Christmas themed meeting - complete with music, cookies and the best looking Charlie Brown christmas tree I've ever seen. Insook added a prophetic thought of the day, as always. The joke was NOT on John as we chuckled our way forward. Serena judiciously served as Grammarian for the day. Rajesh stayed busy counting ballots and Ahs all morning! With Sonny keeping time, how could Santa possibly be late.

We were delighted to have 3 great speeches;
Betty - Right, Wrong & In Between
Mike - Pool Fundamentals
Shayam - I Will Have the Lunch Please (that still cracks me up Shayam)

Our Table Topics Master, Kim, kept the holiday theme going by asking;
Karen - What's a perfect N. C. Christmas?
Rajesh - What's in the Christmas Box?
Sonny - What's your favorite Christmas movie?

Our general evaluator, Brian, introduced the following evaluators;

Everyone was a winner as Jessica led us through a perfect holiday theme, complete with elves (her children) passing out reindeer food for the big day.

The voters selected;
The Grinch, uh, I mean Sonny for Table Topics
Betty who kept us right. not wrong, but sometimes in between with her speech
Joyce for her evaluation today

It's great to be surrounded by such a terrific bunch of people - your commitment, fellowship and love are the best Christmas present! Until next time...


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Goldmine Meeting Report - Saturday, Dec 3

Sorry for the delay in posting!

Members in attendance: Sonny, Richard, Rajesh, Serena, Insook, Kim, Jerry, Phyllis, Joyce, John, Betty, Lee and Bill. Guests: Ken Miller and Nathan Taylor.

Presiding officer, Joyce, opened the meeting. Bill gave a thought, Phyllis shared a joke, Jerry took the time, Kim counted the ballots and the "ahs," and Joyce was grammarian for the word of the day, "imperative."

Richard was Toastmaster and introduced Table Topics Master John who asked the following:
  • Ken Miller answered the question, "If you had a crystal ball, what would you want to know about yourself?" He said he would want to know what was ahead for his four grandchildren. 
  • Betty Walker answered the question, "What is worse: too high expectations or no expectations?" She said the worse was no expectations. She will expect good things in life and accept disappointment, developing new expectations.
  • Guest, Nathan Taylor, said he would spend his ideal day in Japan site-seeing and watching "kabuki" (Japanese dance-drama). 
  • Lee Johnston answered "If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?" We found out Lee has a vindictive streak as he said his enemies should "watch out!"
Rajesh gave his second speech, "Should We Stop Writing" about analyzing handwriting, which sparked both excitement and anxiety. Rajesh was evaluated by Serena. Insook gave a compelling speech, "What Does a Piece of Paper and Tape Have to Do with Our Life?" Insook took home the Best Speaker award. Sonny evaluated Insook and took home the Best Evaluator award.

Phyllis gave a great evaluation as the General Evaluator.

Business Session:
  1. Youth speech contest (Lee and Phyllis will be judging).
  2. TLI will be at Cannon School on Jan. 14. Need coordinator and other volunteers
  3. Ken Miller announced and gave out Distinguished Area awards to Matthew Charity and Kim Jackson, past area governors. He also reiterated that Toastmasters can get a CC every year for every club you are a member of. 
  4. Nathan, 2nd time guest, said that guests are the lifeblood of a group. AMEN!
  5. Reviewed next week's schedule
  6. Reminder to be at the weekly meeting BY 8:15 if you have a role!