Monday, July 30, 2012

Goldmine Toastmasters July 28, 2012: Hot!

Goldmine Toastmasters July 28, 2012: It was hot! And so were the Goldmine members!
The meeting was opened by Presiding Officer Phyllis Kombol, Thought of the Day and Pledge by Alex Porter, and with Toastmaster Richard Archer leading our meeting, in spite of his computer being silenced by a virus (he was grateful that most roles were confirmed at the last meeting, so there was little rearranging to be done).
Jerry Weikle told us a joke of biblical proportions: although you may not expect to turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife, watch where you are driving so that you do not turn into a telephone pole!
Mike Hall had a hard time counting our use of vicissitudes since we had a hard time figuring out how to use that word, but he listened carefully for some other interesting phrases which he reported at the end of the evaluation section of the meeting.
Lee Johnston ably kept the time, and noticed when members talked a little too long (Amy & Joyce).
Matthew Charity was kept busy counting the ahs, ums, etc. and gave the “Ah Stick” to Amy Beam at the end of the meeting, since we think she might be building a new house and need some additional wood.
Jessica Keyes gave several of us the option to choose from the “Take Me to Your Leader” Book or the Pink Flamingo categories for our Table Topics participants.  The vicissitudes of both options meant that no one really had any idea what the questions might be about. Jay Johnson (glad to have him here from Florida again) told us about his invention of the roach killer. We have no idea why this has not made him a millionaire!  Roxan and Rook (who came together as visitors from Nevada, recently relocated to Salisbury), together got to address a Pink Flamingo question. We found out that although Rook does not think he has ever been to a party where there were pink flamingos, he has witnessed the wondrous sight of a flock of them taking flight.  Sam Mullis was asked what type of food he might invent , but he told us he did not think there was anything that would top real barbecue, a la Troutman’s (made our mouths water just thinking about it). All qualified; Jay won…I think we could all just imagine that invention in use!
Our prepared speeches were:
1.        “Olympic Excellence” by Karen Boothe (Vocal Variety, CC project #6) where she told us why she might actually stay up past her usual 9 o’clock bedtime to watch the summer Olympics.  The famous athletes she recalled brought vivid memories back for many of us, especially the bit about the “pint-sized bundle of energy,” Mary Lou Retton, the speed of Flo Jo, and the grace of Greg Luganis, among others. She won the best speaker award.
2.       Amy Beam’s “Strangers: Friend or Foe” (CC project #4 How to Say it) showed us her beginning storytelling skills as well as her ability to make positive personal contacts out of encounters with strangers.  She colorfully recounted scenes of waiting at the drug store with an older gentleman needing needles, meeting a marketing expert at a conference, and sharing a row with an AA pilot while reveling in the God’s artistic ability from 30,000 feet.
3.       Phyllis Kombol asked us all to consider being a mentor, or maybe requesting mentoring, by explaining how mentoring benefits the mentee, the mentor, and the whole club. She brought some gadgets (computer and projector) that were challenging to use in the meeting format, but used personal anecdotes to spice up the Toastmasters International Successful Club Series power point to bring us to the point of expressing our mentoring interests on paper.  We expect to have her and Serena continuing the mentoring program at Goldmine, so that we all benefit.
Our Master Evaluator Steve Boles led our evaluator team and gave general comments about how our meeting functioned.
·         Serena Edwards evaluated Karen Boothe’s speech.
·         Shyam Narayan evaluated Amy Beam’s speech, and won best evaluator for his efforts.
·         Joyce Preston evaluated Phyllis Kombol’s speech.
Our business meeting included comments from our 3 guests: Roxan Park (CC, ALB, 7 year TM member) and Rook Wetzel (CC, TM member 1 ½ years) who recently moved from Nevada to the Salisbury area.  She is a career coach, and finds herself needing her own services in finding a job in this area.  Michael Waddell is an insurance agent whose wife gave him the good advice to come to Toastmasters based on a friend’s connection with our own Kim Jackson (who we think of as a “connector”…gets people together in much fewer than 7 degrees of separation).  All gave positive feedback about how they received response to inquiry and/or welcome, and about how they could see the value to come have fun with Goldmine on Saturday mornings. We hope to see them all back soon.
Other business:
·         Recap Annual Banquet last weekend: the 36th Communication and Leadership award was presented to David Goforth, County Horticultural Agent; officers installed by Deb Lee, PDG, and Serena Edwards was awarded Goldmine’s Toastmaster of the Year honors!
·         Phyllis is willing to share and help use projector/computer equipment if you want to incorporate technology into your presentations, as many of us are expected to do so in work situations.  It does take practice to use it smoothly; and we can help each other do it well.
·         Dues…some still due?
·         Be thinking ahead: Humorous and Evaluation contests will be coming up soon. Division B contest will be Oct. 20, so Club and Area will be before that. Would you like to compete or be a contest chair (fits into CL manual (projects 6,8,10)? This leads up to the District Fall Conference Nov. 2-4 at the Hickory Crowne Plaza.
·         Jessica Keyes and Mike Hall plan to do a “Mobile Bookstore” at the fall conference and will need volunteers to help assemble pre-orders…please consider volunteering to help.
·         Induction conducted by President Phyllis Kombol, outgoing VP-Membership Jerry Weikle and incoming VP-Membership Matthew Charity for Amy Beam, presenting her Toastmaster pin and pledging all our participation in the club with her.
·         Next meeting’s plan was reviewed by VP-Education Serena Edwards.  Joyce Preston will be the TMOD; Serena Edwards will be presiding officer in Phyllis’ absence.
Awards were given by Matthew Charity as noted above and the meeting adjourned at 10:10 AM.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Goldmine Meeting on Saturday, July 21

Today's meeting, led by Toastmaster Jessica Keyes, had the theme: "Forgotten Voices"
Phyllis opened the meeting as Presiding Officer.
Kathy Kombol gave a thought and introduced Jessica.
Serena Edwards gave a Joke and took over as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter.
Shyam Narayan was Wordmaster/Grammarian, counting the times we said the Word of the Day: euphemism.
Joyce timed our events.

Kim Jackson was Table Topics Master. She shared some thought-provoking quotes on "Voices":

  • Richard Archer had the quote: "Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God." by George Washington Carver.
  • Kathy Kombol spoke on the quote, "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." by Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Joyce Preston had a thought about the quote, “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow" by Mary Ann Radmacher.

Best Table Topics Speaker: Richard Archer.

Speakers of the Day:
  • Cynthia spoke from the CC manual a speech titled, "I Declare War."
  • Jerry Weikle's speech was "Choose One of Three."
  • Mike Hall spoke from the CC manual with a speech titled, "Duct Tape."
Karen Boothe evaluated Cynthia.
Alex Porter evaluated Jerry.
Sam Mullis evaluated Mike.

Best Speaker: Cynthia
Best Evaluator: Sam
Ah Stick: Mike

Business Meeting:
  • Phyllis thanked all who helped with the Tall Tales Contest.
  • Serena to evaluate Phyllis' Presidential acceptance speech tonight to help her achieve her ACL. 
  • Goldmine Toastmasters turned 50 in 2009! 
  • Recognized Richard Archer as a 36-year Goldmine member.
  • Communication Award Recipient this year, David Goforth, is the third from that organization to receive our award.
 Key Dates:
  1. District 37 Family Weekend, July 26-29 in Boone. Sign up at District 37 website.
  2. Division B Humorous & Evaluation Speech Contest, Oct. 20
  3. Disctrict 37 Fall Conference, Hickory, NC, Nov 2-4
 Meeting began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Goldmine Tall Tales & Ice Cream Contest, July 14, 2012

The Tales were fabulously creative and the ice cream delicious!  The backdrop of Baker's Creek Park and the agreeable weather enhanced our overall experience.  With an audience of more than 30, seven contestants told tales that stirred the imaginations of the young and old alike.  The speech titles provided a hint of what was to come, but the delivery gave each title life.  

We journeyed from  "Silver Linings" through "The Rabbit Hole" with "Minooj the Monkey"and  "The Ringtailed Wompus Cat"  From "Impossible Meetings" to the "North Bans Sex" and "I Don't Know"....somehow we arrived at our final destination. Thanks to all of our speakers and to the judges who arrived at a very difficult decision.

Congratulations to our 2012 Goldmine Tall Tales winners! 

 1st Place - "The Rabbit Hole" by Peggy Beach

 2nd Place - "I Don't Know" by Alex Porter
 3rd Place - "Silver Linings" by Gayle Webber

Nothing delights our tastebuds more than homemade cream.  The Ice Cream Contestants didn't make it easy for the judges who savored the flavors and eventually allowed the crowd to do so as well!

Congratulations to our 2012 Goldmine Ice Cream winner!

1st Place - "Orange U Happy!" by Teresa Porter

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and contributed to the event, and special thanks to our judges, contestants and guests.  We could not have met the Goldmine standard without you!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Goldmine Toastmasters Meeting July 7, 2012

Phyllis Kombol, our new President and today's Presiding Officer, started the meeting at 8:32. A small crew of miners caused us to make minor adjustments to the agenda; however, in usual Goldmine fashion, today's meeting was full of color!  Serena Edwards shared the Thought of the Day and introduced Mike Hall, who stepped in to fill the Toastmaster role. Thereafter he immediately began to educate us on the meaning of our favorite colors. Kathy Kombol effectively filled the role of Jokemaster, while Jessica Keyes and Lee Johnson share the role of Timer. Taking on double duties, Phyllis and Serena also filled the roles of Ah Bell/Ballot Counter and Grammarian, respectively.

Sonny Tolbert kicked off the Table Topics asking Al Minter if he could choose a career and mentor, what and who it would be.  Al chimed in that he loves his current career and then shared his desire to be mentored by Warren Buffet.  He rattled off numerous reasons and only wished he had time to share more.  Serena was asked if she wrote a book, what the title would be and what it would be about.  In true newlywed fashion, Serena said she’d write about “Love”           .  Kathy Kombol responded to the question, “If you had to get up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning and did not attend Goldmine, where would you be.   Kathy noted she’d be asleep or watching Jackie Chan Adventures.  Lastly, Lee Johnston answered the question, “Which animal is your favorite pet?”  He said quite a bit, but the one statement that caught my attention was that most men prefer dogs while women prefer cats.  (Obviously I did not agree with his reference to women and cats, but hey it’s table topics.  I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt!)

Prepared Speakers:

·         Jessika Keyes:  “Beginnings and Endings”

·         Joyce Preston:  “Creating the Best Club Climate”


Al evaluated Jessika and Kathy evaluated Joyce.  Cynthia filled the role of General Evaluator.

·         Best TT Speaker:  Al Minter

·         Best Speaker:  Joyce Preston

·         Best Evaluator:  Al Minter

·         Ah Stick:  Kathy Kombol

Word of the day:  Quandary – A state of perplexity, uncertainty.

Serena attempted to confirm roles for the July 21st meeting and Phyllis reminded everyone that the club will meet at Baker’s Creek Park in Kannapolis next Saturday (July 14) for the Tall Tales Contest.  Serena will post the Tall Tales flyer on the door of the conference room in case guests stop by. 

Phyllis invited everyone to participate in the officer meeting which followed our club meeting.
Minutes prepared by Cynthia Randolph.  Meeting ended at 10:11.