Monday, December 24, 2012

Cold but Warm Dec. 22 at Goldmine

It might have been cold outside, but it was warm and wonderful as always at the Goldmine meeting December 22, 2012.  Maybe everyone was so glad that the world had not ended….

Al’s opening thought focused us  on serving others, Mike told us a “fake” joke, Jay served as grammarian to help us figure out how to use “foment.”  Serving as our Toastmaster of the day, Karen’s theme “Call to Action” was represented very well in her actions as well as some factoids between speakers.  One that stood out was the 63 million hours of volunteered in the US annually; find your way to serve!

During Table Topics, Steve teased us by sounding just like Santa, even though our own Santa Sam was not present. Then he turned right to his work, asking Richard to tell us about favorite holiday food (black eyed peas?!), Kathy about gift recycling (she “can’t recall”—oh what political skills!), and Jerry about favorite toys (we could envision him building with those Lincoln logs).

Sonny served us a great story, using vocal variety very well according to Phyllis’ evaluation of his “Three Questions for Santa Claus.” We hope he’s recording these stories for his grandson to enjoy again later.
In his second CC speech, Thomas did a great job as he told us about the hospitality, service, and care he experienced during a summer journey in “Iceland.” Richard’s evaluation commented that he could have strengthened his conclusion with a call to action.

Service to others echoed the “Call to Action” theme in Jessica’s presentation on learning, guiding, and teaching.  She punctuated her talk with the card from her young Bible students and a Tolstoy quote about service to humanity being the sole meaning of life.

Serena, serving as General Evaluator and VP-Education coordinated evaluations, commented on our overall process, and served a preview for next week’s meeting roles. Come one, come all, come early!

Phyllis had guests Kathy and Candace comment on the meeting & we received reminders about:

  • RSVP the social event at Shyam’s on Dec. 29 (no meat to be served, but wear your crazy socks!)
  • always bringing CL/CC manuals; never give an evaluation-free speech; never serve in a role without receiving evaluation and credit toward potential annual CC and CL awards that serve to help at many levels (hone skills of all members, Distinguished Club Program, as well as area, division, district value) 
  •  Dues are due: $60 per quarter please to Sonny, who serves as our Treasurer 
  •  Suggestions for using Matthew’s (VP-M) invitations to Goldmine and anticipated business cards 
  •  Jessica explained the Sergeant-At-Arms role 
  •  TLI coming Jan. 19; for all officers, potential officers, and committee members (everyone!)

Hal counted ahs, ums, y’knows, sos, and double clutches, AND the ballots.  To close the meeting he served up the awards:
Best Table Topic: Kathy (guest)
Best Evaluator: Joyce
Best Speaker: Sonny
Jessica: the Ah stick (for double clutches)

Friday, December 21, 2012

12/15/12 - Last Meeting Until the End of the World!

Dear Goldminers and Friends,

I've waited until what was supposed to be the end of the world at 6:00 PM today to write this blog.  I didn't want to waste your time if the end had transpired.  I could just tell you in heaven, or...oh never mind!

I was graciously introduced as your Toastmaster of the day by Hal, our Thought of the Day spokesman.  Being short on members but big on thoughts, I delivered the joke of the day.
Phyllis assiduously served as the Wordmaster (and speaker).  Jerry kept us on our toes as Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter (and speaker).  I told you we were short on members - perhaps they too were preparing for the end of times!  Jay, our dear Floridian, served as timer today.  He even lit the red light when it was 9:55AM, indicating the meeting should end soon.  I like that Jay!

Shyam, feeling quite festive as Table Topics Master, had everyone write 1 holiday word and 1 non-holiday word.  He placed them in boxes and had me draw one from each box for our participants.  They were to use the two words in the same response.

Jay - sand & lights - There are 7 different Boat Parades by Jay's house so he sees the lights go by while his feet are in the sand.

Karen - chicken & Miracle on 34th Street - Karen's favorite Christmas movie, especially in black & white.  Get some chicken and join her!

Al - hamburgers & peace on Earth, goodwill to all men - Men like eating red meat, hamburgers or steak, so this is good for peace and men!!!!

Hal - refrigerator & joy of giving - there's a joy in giving by connecting with others and food!

John - making Christmas easier & Jamaica - make it easier by skipping it altogether and heading to Jamaica.  Choose a charity or family to sponsor rather than satisfying ourselves, as we already have so much.

Winner - Jay - who will be hosting next year's parade for all Goldminers to attend in Florida!
Speaking of party, I can't wait to attend Shyam's soiree on December 29th.  Wear your crazy socks!

Our first speaker was Jerry, who caused us to Think Cabarrus First.  In a well researched speech, he shared with us the benefits of supporting our local businesses.

Our second speaker was Phyllis, giving her ice breaker speech, President's Role in Goldmine - How Does That Work?    She shared with us her growth in the club and in life!

Winner - Jerry

Our Master Evaluator was Karen who introduced Al and John respectively.  We're talking about two DTM's (Distinguished Toastmasters) here so the evaluations were cordial, concise and constructive!

Winner - Al

Was there a theme ?  Yes and no!  Originally it was Holiday Traditions but in light of the recent events in Connecticut, I wasn't feeling very festive so I "piggybacked" on Hal's thought about miracles and we focused on the future.

Special thanks to Phyllis who came up with a speech at 8:29 AM!!!!  A miracle, not when your a Goldminer because we IGNITE YOUR POTENTIAL. SPEAK. LEAD. SUCEED.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Phyllis, our Presiding Officer, called the meeting to order and called on Shyam Narayan, who delivered the thought for the day, “If you must love your neighbor for yourself, it is at least fair to love yourself as your neighbor.” Thereafter, he introduced Cynthia Randolph, the Toastmaster of the day.  In true goldmine flair, Cynthia adjusted the agenda ensuring that all speaking roles were filled, and introduced the theme of “Christmas.” 

As the theme stirred in our minds, Joyce shared a joke, Steve Boles spoke and defined the word “sagacity” in the role of Wordmaster and Matthew Charity and Sharon Davis filled the roles of Ballot Counter and Timer, respectively.   Jay Johnson, our Table Topics Master posed questions that encouraged each of us to get into the Christmas spirit.

1.       What’s on your Christmas tree?
Richard answered, “A pickle hidden for good luck.”
2.       This season is called Advent (waiting). What are you waiting for?
Bill responded, “Submitting grades for his Religious Studies Class.”
3.       What is it about the Holidays that makes you feel at peace?
Matthew said, “Reflecting on Christmas’ past and appreciating what is really important.”
4.       What irritates you about Christmas?
Steve answered, “All of the people waiting on Mayan prophecy to come true rather than enjoying the day that the Lord has provided.”

Table Topics Winner:   Steve Boles
Our prepared speakers of the day were: 
1.       Hal Levin, CC Manual #1, “  My Journey to Me”
2.       Phyllis Kombol, Storytelling Manual #1, “How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears”
3.       Joyce Preston, CC Speech #3, “ Evaluating is as easy as 3.2.1”

Prepared Speech Winner:  Phyllis Kombol
Richard was the General Evaluator, Karen evaluated Hal, Bill evaluated Phyllis and Shyam evaluated Joyce.

Best Evaluator:  Shyam Narayan
Ah Stick Winner:   Bill Battermann

Business Meeting
Sharon Davis and Hal Levin were inducted as new members.  Phyllis welcomed Jay Johnson and Lee Johnson back and confirmed roles for our 12/15/12 meeting.   

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Goldmine Meeting Saturday, Dec. 1

Mike Hall led today's meeting as Toastmaster of the day with the them of "Firsts." Phyllis called the meeting to order as Presiding Officer. No guests attended today but we welcomed our newest member, Sharon Davis. 
Richard Archer shared a thought and Jessica a joke. Serena took over Wordmaster/Grammarian, listening for the word of the day: "verity." Jerry Weikle rang the bell and counted the ballots as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Phyllis Kombol operated the stopwatch as our Timer. 
Cynthia Randolph shared some Zig Ziglar quotes as the Table Topics Master. The first Table Topics Speaker was Sonny who shared his thoughts on something good that happened as a result of something bad. His answer was a new car from a car accident. Serena shared her thoughts on "There are no traffic jams on the extra mile" though she did not agree with that statement. Jerry talked about the quote, "A goal properly set is halfway reached."
Our prepared speakers of the day were:
  • Karen Boothe (#7, CC) - "Keep That Thing Away From Me."
  • Jessica Keyes (#4, CC) - "The Power of P."
  • Joyce Preston (Storytelling Manual) - "Better a Crowded Home Than a Lonely Mansion."
 Sonny Tolbert took the role of General Evaluator. Matthew Charity evaluated Karen's speech. Sharon Davis took on evaluating Jessica's speech and Al Minter evaluated Joyce's speech.

Best Table Topics: Sonny Tolbert
Best Speaker: Joyce Preston
Best Evaluator: Matthew Charity
Ah Stick: Mike Hall AND Karen Boothe

During the business session, Sonny explained his role as Treasurer, which includes:
  • Submit new member applications and dues to Toastmasters International.
  • Pay bills as due.
  • Keep records of all financial transactions.
  • Present verbal and written financial reports quarterly.
  • Receive completed new member applications and dues.
  • Announce when dues are due and explain dues structure.
 Serena also explained her role as Vice President of Education: 
  • Scheduler: Oversees the creation of the club's schedule and ensures all meeting roles are fulfilled. Email the meeting schedule regularly.
  • Education Awards Expert: Help members complete education awards. Verify, sign and date manual projects as members complete them and submit award applications to Toastmasters International.
  • Speech Contests Expert: Plan club contests during the term of office.
  • Mentor Program Supervisor: Assign every new member a mentor and keep track of who is mentoring whom. Give mentors credit in their Competent Leadership manual. Phyllis is heading up the mentor committee. 
Next week's Toastmaster: Cynthia Randolph. Confirm your roles or sign up for one!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Talking Turkey Nov. 24, 2012

Talking Turkey Nov. 24, 2012 at Goldmine…About Turkeys, not To

That’s right, we did talk turkey at the November 24 Goldmine meeting, but none of the people present were turkeys, not our members Phyllis Kombol, Mike Hall, Jessica Keyes, Al iner, Jerry Weikle, Hal Levin, Bill Battermann, John Shepherd, nor Serena Edwards…not even our guest (recent member) Kathy Kombol, who was here to visit over Thanksgiving break!

Serena served ably as Toastmaster, interspersing funny questions from the Butterball Turkey Line.  Table Topics Master Mike asked some Thanksgiving food questions.  Kathy explained that her favorite Thanksgiving tradition was to get stuffed. Jerry (who had a thought for the 3rd week in a row, and multitasked as our grammarian as well), extolled the virtue of cranberries: It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them, because they have curb appeal! Phyllis won by declaring that she was “pro” fruitcake, since some of her best friends (maybe even Goldmine members) are like fruitcakes…a little nutty.

Bill shared poetry in “The Blessed Rage for Order” but talked a bit too long to qualify, according to our timer, Hal.  The Best Speaker award went to Jessica, who was also multitasking by giving an impromptu speech from the Specialty Speeches advanced manual. Her “Naughty and Nice List for Marketing Clients” gave us all some food for thought.

General Evaluator, Al, organized the evaluation part of our meeting.  Jessica evaluated Bill’s speech, and Steve won the Best Evaluator award for his evaluation of Jessica’s speech.

In our business meeting, we reviewed our Club Success Plan for the Distinguished Club Program, shared a message from Betty Walker and feedback from Dr. Fred Motley’s Nov. 10 storytelling event at Barber-Scotia College (which will occur again Dec. 1st), and discussed opportunities for judging the Cabarrus County Soil and Water Conservation speech contest Dec. 3 at 7 pm, and the Traveler program.  We recognized Mike for having just received his Competent Communicator award; and for winning the Ah stick as well, though for only a few little ones, according to our Ah Bell and Ballot counter John.

Next week’s Toastmaster will be Mike.  Please watch for his e-mails and respond accordingly!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov. 17, 2012 at the Mine

Could our meeting get any better with Steve Boles as Toastmaster?  Well actually YES!!

John Sheppard, our lost sheep,  returned to the fold, Hal is now a member of the fold and Sharon joined the fold!!!  That and shy little Stevie at the helm, OMG!

Phyllis, our President, opened the meeting and introduced Jerry with an intellectually stimulating Thought of the Day. "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it." by Calvin Coolidge. 

John told us a joke about Lester, who lives in the mountains.

I served as Grammarian with the word sardonic. Jerry's joke may have fit that category!

Serena was our ah bell/ballot counter and Sonny rounded out the group by being our timer.

Hal, Sharon and our guest, Dana were the Table Topic recipients as they told us about the new books they published.  As Table Topics Master, I had everyone write a short quote and put it in a cup before I told the group what would transpire. Dana's "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" won .

Matthew gave a motivational reading about experiencing victory, the winner.
Shyam's speech involved a great story about the day he walked with lions. It was a really long walk as he exceeded his time.
Both speakers were well prepared and really hit an emotional cord with the audience. 

Did I mention that Steve, as Toastmaster, teased and taunted Sonny all morning as he loves to speak and was not being timed today.  The meeting lasted 3 days!

Back at the helm, Phyllis served as the General Evaluator, introducing Phyllis and Jerry as evaluators today.

Best speaker - Matthew
Best Evaluator - Cynthia
Ah Stick - Quite frankly, I do not recall but I think it may have been Sonny, or Jerry , or, I have no idea!  I do recall Jerry making an audible sound, perhaps it was he??

Here's a quote I'd like to share!

  • Charles Spurgeon
    Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.

Have a Blessed Holiday,


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Goldmine Meeting- Nov. 10, 2012

Today's meeting was a "Celebration" with Toastmaster Matthew Charity sharing all the interesting November celebrations including "Deviled Egg Day" on Nov. 2, "Chaos Never Dies Day" on Nov. 9 and of course, "Veteran's Day" on Nov. 11.

Phyllis Kombol presided over our meeting and Jerry Weikle opened us up with the same thought he had last week (but there were only three people, so most of us hadn't heard it). The thought was from Woodrow Wilson speaking on the topic of public speaking: "If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."

Shyam shared a joke as Jokemaster (something about a guy drinking for his two brothers whose doctor told him to stop drinking. Yes, people laughed!) Alex Porter counted our uhs and such as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Steve Boles listened for our Word of the Day: auspicious and for good and bad uses of grammar. Jessica Keyes took over Timer (except during Table Topics when Mike helped out).

Jessica was also the Table Topics master and in her typical creative form, gave us a unique Table Topic experience. The theme was: "What Does This Song Make Me Think Of?" She then asked the women present to pick a number. Serena picked #8. Jessica then played the song "Shake Your Groove Thing." Steve Boles was then called upon to give his thoughts. In his most dramatic voice, Steve said it took him back to Studio 54, a time when he had hair and disco was the thing.
Phyllis then chose #2, which was "Copacobana." Alex Porter was chosen and though he remembered the song and liked it, it wasn't from his time. And not to mention, the beginning of it reminded him of a toothache. (He ain't right).
Joyce picked #4 and guest, Hal Levin, got to talk about his thoughts on the song, "Love Potion #9." His choice of music though is hard rock and that kind of music does not get him dancing. He said it reminded him of simpler times.

Our prepared speakers for the day all spoke from the Advanced Manual, Storytelling.
1- Joyce Preston: Project #1 Folk Tale, "The Story Keeper."
2- Phyllis Kombol: Project #4 Touching Story, "Adopting Reggie."
3- Shyam Narayan: Project #1 Folk Tale, "Hanuman: The First Super Hero."

Richard Archer evaluated Joyce's speech.
Serena Edwards evaluated Phyllis' speech.
Mike Hall evaluated Shyam's speech.

Table Topics Winner: Steve Boles (that's why he was our Area Table Topics Champ!)
Best Prepared Speaker: Phyllis Kombol
Best Evaluator: Serena Edwards
"Ah" Stick: Mike Hall

Meeting began at 8:32 a.m. and ended at 10:20 a.m.

Business Session:
  • Congratulations to Hal Levin for joining Goldmine Toastmasters! Welcome our new member!
  • Goldmine received a card from John Shepherd who will be returning soon.
  • Dec. 3rd is the 45th Annual Conservation Public Speaking Contest at 7 p.m. They need Toastmasters to be judges. If interested, please contact Phyllis.
  • Conference Update: The youth leadership program went very well, our area was well-represented at the conference, congrats to Phyllis for participating in the District Evaluation Contest. 
  • Toastmasters are offering Triple Crown awards for those completing three goals in a year.
  • Barber Scotia College had a Storytelling Event on Saturday and an Art Exhibit. They are in need of support.
  • Visitor, Sharon Davis, is planning to come back next week and possibly join, as well as bringing a friend.
  • If you are interested in speaking more often, Yawn Patrol, who meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at Cannon School, may could use a speaker. Or you could do another role for your CL manual at their meeting. Don't forget to fill out a form for Toasters Travel Club if you attend (more info:
  • Don't forget to bring your CL manuals every week so you can count your roles! 
  • If you are interested in redoing a CC manual, you don't have to buy the whole manual. Just the evaluations are for sell at Toastmasters International for $1.50 (
  • Membership kits are available for all members to invite people to check out Goldmine. If you haven't received one, see VP of Membership, Matthew Charity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Three's Company @ Goldmine, Saturday November 3, 2012

Our VP of Public Relations, Shyam Narayan, filled the role of Presiding Officer and called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.  Jerry Weikle shared the Thought of the Day and introduced Cynthia Randolph as the Toastmaster.   Recognizing the number of Goldminers expected at the meeting given the fall conference, Cynthia declared "Three’s Company".  In other words, three would be enough for us to have a very good meeting.

In the role of Jokemaster, Cynthia told a joke about three elderly sisters who had memory issues.  This prompted laughter from Jerry and Shyam at the potential implication.  However, given that Jerry and Shyam were challenged to open the lock to our supply cabinet after each tried numerous times and Cynthia came to the rescue opening the cabinet immediately, there was a similarity that could not be overlooked. 
Below are the roles that were covered by the three:

Grammarian:  Cynthia (Word of the Day:  Deride)
Timer:  Jerry, Shyam, Cynthia
Ah Bell:  Jerry, Shyam, Cynthia

Instead of prepared speeches, the Toastmaster elected to have table topics rounds.  Each member present posed two table topics questions. Thereafter, members evaluated each other’s responses and offered alternative ways to respond much like a workshop. 

[Questions posed by Cynthia Randolph]

Table Topics Question 1:  I’ve heard people refer to someone as smarty pants.  Please explain how the expression evolved.  Shyam answered, “it had to do with a individual who was really smart and wore a suit.“

Table Topics Question 2:  Some people find it difficult to say what they mean. Why is this often referred to as “beating around the bush?” “Jerry said it had to do with a couple who were in love and on opposite sides of a bush.  The male used a stick to beat the bush to and encourage the female to come closer.”

[Questions posed by Shyam Narayan]

Table Topics Question 3: If you could be any video game character, which would you be? Jerry responded, “I don’t play video games, but if I had to be a character, I’d be a superhero so that I could help someone.”

Table Topics Question 4:  If you could be any fairy tale character, which would you be? Cynthia answered “Cinderella because although Cinderella was an underdog, she didn’t let that keep her down.  Ultimately her story ended happily. “

 [Questions posed by Jerry Weikle]

Table Topics Question 5:  I noticed two clowns in the parking lot.  Where are they going? Shyam answered, “The presidential debate.”

 Table Topics Question 6:  Please talk about a bad customer service experience you had last week.  Cynthia said her bad experience after she purchased a bucket of chicken at Harris Teeter that did not have all of the pieces identified on the container.  Harris Teeter, however, more than corrected the situation.”

 Business Meeting: 

·       Officer Meeting will be held on November 10th.
·        Kim Jackson emailed an update on her status. She is traveling, but hopes to rejoin Goldmine in January. 
·       Sam’s wife is in the hospital.

 Shyam adjourned our meeting at 10:00 am.