Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Howling Good Time on April 29, 2012

Is it feasible to have a howling good time?  Here's the definition of howling: To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound. To cry or wail loudly, as in pain, sorrow, or anger.
There was no wailing or crying this week, we hooted and laughed as good Goldminers do.  

Mike Hall was our Toastmaster with a theme of WOLVES - just in time for next week's Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge. We were delighted to see our guest, Doug return, as well as two other 1st time guests, Lisa and Wanda.

 Alex Porter shared his personal Thought of the Day - "Be respectful to the person speaking 
and no heckling
To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.

A good reminder for us all, especially as we "woo" our guests!

Tony Hinson came back with a vengeance as he Joked about a panda who eats, shoots and leaves.

Karen Boothe was vociferous in her quest for good Grammar!

Jessica Keyes was a most creative Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter as someone (me) forgot to bring more "best" awards.

Steve Boles rambled on and on and on (and on) about Time!

Phyllis Kombol tickled our brains with her Table Topics questions:

1.  Alex Porter - If you could have anything delivered to your doorstep daily, what would it                
2.  Steve Boles - What one thing should you throw away, but can't?
3.  Lisa - What's the greatest distance you've ever traveled in one day?
3.  Wanda - What was the most beautiful drive you've ever taken?

There were two speakers today;

Joyce Preston - This I Believe
Cynthia Randolph - The Gift That Takes Away

Sam Mullis served as our General Evaluator , introducing Tony Hinson to evaluate me, Joyce Preston and Shyam Narayan to evaluate Cynthia Randolph.

Jessica presented the awards
Table Topics - Wanda
Speaker - Joyce
Evaluator - Tony Ah Stick - Mike
Most Enthusiastic - Steve & Wanda

Mike was a fantastic Toastmaster today and it was great to see Shyam and Tony!


May 4-5 Spring Conference   GO STEVE!!
May 12 - Officer Meeting
July 14 - Tall Tales                                         date confirmed
July 21 - Officer Installation Dinner             date not confirmed
July 26 - 29 - District 37 KOA Camping      date confirmed

Remember folks,  in the big pizza wheel of life, sometimes you're the hot bubbly cheese and sometimes you're the burnt crust!

Stay Balanced,


April 21, 2012 Meeting

The April 21st Goldmine meeting was full of excitement, 11 members and 1 fantastic guest.  I,  Joyce Preston, had the privilege of being your Toastmaster for the day.  As I nervously fuddled my papers (I haven't been the TM in months), I forgot that Phyllis gave us the Thought of the Day and the Pledge (which I began to recite again).  Our founding fathers would be proud but as a communicator, I have to pay better attention!

Assisting in various roles were;
Grammarian - Cynthia Randolph
Ah Bell - Steve Boles
Timer - Phyllis Kombol
Jokemaster - Alex Porter

Ripped from the headlines, Kim Jackson served as Table Topics Master. She asked Doug Wehrwein  (guest) about his favorite car from the past, Steve Boles about what he'll be doing at the age of 96, and me about my favorite comic strip.

Three fine speeches were given by the following;

Jerry Weikle - 52, 8, 4, & 4.3
Sonny Tolbert - A Spartan Warrior I Shall Become
Karen Boothe - There's No Place Like Home, Til Death Do Us Part

General Evaluator, Alex Porter, worked his "mojo" along with;
Sam Mullis - evaluating Jerry
Kim Jackson - evaluating Sonny
Richard Archer - evaluating Karen

Everyone was a winner today as we increased our thirst for knowledge, communication and leadership.  Special mention goes to;

Doug - Table Topics
Sonny - Speaker
Kim - Evaluator
Doug - Ah Stick



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Goldmine Meeting Saturday, April 14

Today's meeting was a real surprise for the four Toastmasters who showed up! We did a literal grab bag for roles. I (Serena) drew Toastmaster, Jokemaster and volunteered to speak. I practiced a speech I gave to my singles ministry on overcoming fear.

Phyllis Kombol as our Presiding Officer, drew Timer, and Grammarian and also volunteered as speaker, doing speech #3 in "Selling a Product" titled, "PDM."

Sam Mullis drew Thought of the Day, Ah Bell/Ballot Counter and Evaluator, evaluating Serena's speech.

Jerry Weikle drew Table Topics Master, General Evaluator and Evaluator, evaluating Phyllis.

Table Topics:
  • Serena talked about her biggest pet peeve (stupid drivers)
  • Sam answered if he died tomorrow, what he would want to be remembered for (someone who made an impact)
  • Phyllis was asked if she could live in any state, what would it be? (state of gratitude!)
Best Table Topics: Sam
Best Speaker: Serena
Best Evaluator: Jerry
No "Ah" Stick award

Phyllis to send out schedule (Toastmaster unknown)
Betty's husband back in the hospital
Officer meeting next week (April 21)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Dirty Dozen at Goldmine - April 7, 2012

Twelve Toastmasters formed a commando squad, headed by Sergeant Serena (TM of Day) with the mission of improving our communication and leadership skills.

Amy Beam briefed us on her Thought of the Day.

Richard Archer (who could be a cross between Lee Marvin and Earnest Borgnine) prepared our spirits for battle by humoring us with his Joke of the Day. I, being a war movie- watching charlatan, introduced the Word of the Day. What ever made me start this theme? Cynthia Randolph, armed with bell in hand, had the task of Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Richard Archer, who has too much hair to be compared to Telly Savalus, kept time with the latest artillery, Jerry's Smart Phone.

After debriefing us on the history of Easter, Sergeant Serena introduced Major Matthew Charity as the Table Topics Master. He drilled Cynthia about her craziest purchase on credit but she would not withdraw to the woes of using credit cards! With military precision, he then branched out worldwide to ask Amy what book should be required reading over the globe. Amy trained us for combat by suggesting The Secret & The Power.

With some Secret Powers herself, Sergeant Serena Introduced our two speakers. Alex Porter warned us of the cold, brutal life of the inchworm Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You! In an effort to annihilate non-listeners, Kim Jackson gave us her thoughts on active listening in Two Ears - One Tongue. (note to self - Richard does resemble Donald Sutherland).

General Jerry Weikle commanded attention as the Master Evaluator. He called upon First Class Phyllis Kombol (evaluating Kim) and Second Class Sonny Tolbert (evaluating
Alex) to deliver the latest strategies. Thank goodness there was no bloodshed!

Cynthia Randolph commissioned Kim as Best Speaker, Phyllis as Best Evaluator and herself as Best Table Topics. Charge!!!! Amy gathered the shrapnel for the Ah Stick. Special Commendation to Richard on his use of the Smart Phone.

As military secrets do exist, the best kept one of the day was Insook Lee. She was our Military Advisor and flew under the radar for a role. Camouflage becomes you!.


This Saturday, if you're not at the mine, please be in Cornelius as we support Steve Boles in the Division Contest.

Save the Date - Division 37 Family Weekend, KOA-Boone, Boone NC. July 26 to July 29th. City slickers need not apply! Yep - that's me!

Our condolences on the loss of Ken Miller's mother. May she rest in the loving arms of God.

Role to consider - Memory Master

Exciting Educational Classes to be offered at the conference on May 5th. Go to District 37 web site for details.

Cynthia informed us about updating our information in the Charlotte Business Journal. Thank you Cynthia and Matthew for updating it.

Remember - Officers Meeting on April 21st with our Area Governor, Tim Edwards.

Have a Blessed Easter!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In spite of a snafu, we managed to put a good meeting together. Someone had gone to a lot of trouble and effort to prepare the room for a birthday party Saturday afternoon. But we were able to get a meeting together, and hopefully did not disrupt the birthday decorations too much.

Attending were : Serena, Sonny, Lee, Karen, Insook, Sam, Mike, Jessica, Amy, Richard, and Alex.

Serena as presiding officer opened the meeting and introduced Sam who presented the thought of the day and introduced the Toastmaste, Mike.

Mike continued the meeting by introducing: Lee Johnson as the joke master, Serena as the timer, Karen as the ah bell/ballot counter, and Sam as wordmaster. Alex as Table Topics Master called on Karen, who talked about thousands of gorillas hanging from trees, Serena responded to the statement "You idiot, how could you let things go this far." and Lee who talked about the loud noise from the kitchen.

Jessica was the first prepared speaker. She talked about hidden treasure.
Amy talked about the three letters (DUI)

Insook evaluated Jessica and Richard evaluated Amy.

Best Table Topics: Karen Booth
Best Speaker: Amy Beam
Best Evaluator: Richard Archer
Ah Stick: Mike Hall

Serena is the TMOD next week. Jessica needs volunteers to help with a youth leadership program Sunday 9:30 to 12 and volunteers to help with the bookstore at the conference.

Serena added: "Congrats to Sam Mullis for winning 1st prize in a story contest and 2nd place in a poetry slam!"