Sunday, September 30, 2012

Goldmine Meeting Sept. 29

The Sept. 29 meeting was  small but quite entertaining. Sam Mullis led the meeting as Toastmaster. All members present took on roles or multiple roles to make the meeting a slamming success. Mike started the meeting with these thoughts: “A word to the wise isn’t necessary, it’s stupid ones who need advise” and “A day without night.”

Jessica gave us a joke (basically, the reason or no reason for the clich√©, “a bat out of hell.”
She also was our Grammarian/Wordmaster, listening for the word of the day, “heinous.” Only three people used the word of the day. Matthew kept the time and Mike counted the “Ahs” and “Sos,” etc.

Shyam Narayan led us in an interesting Table Topics session. However, in the middle, his mind “went blank because I’m on medicine...and not the illegal ones.” He wrote three words on our board, “Elephant,” “McDonalds,” and “Cows.” As he called on someone, he/she had to pick a word and then the question was given.

Matthew Charity was chosen first. His choice was “McDonalds.” The question was he was in the streets of Mumbai, India and had a choice of two Indian foods, KFC or McDonalds. Which one would he choose?” Being someone who doesn’t eat fast food, Matthew said he would have to be starving to choose any of them. Then he told of his fast food experience in Saudi Arabia where the women would get behind the men.

Mike Hall chose the word “Elephant.” His question was, he is also in the streets of India and encounters an elephant walking along the street. What does he do? His answer was he would leave the beast alone, watching for elephant “landmines” or if it started to charge, would get away fast.

Karen Boothe was left with “Cows” so her question was on the streets of India where there are no street lights or stop signs, and just seeing a line of cows cross the street unharmed,  how is she going to get across the street to get to the Indian deliquesce? She would do it “New York style” – that is, being bold enough to go into the street, risking her life for a Dosai.  

Best Table Topics Speaker: Congratulations Karen!

Our prepared (or rather unprepared) speakers included Steve Boles, who as backup speaker, stepped up to do a speech for “The Entertaining Speech” called “Old Words Ring True.” Cynthia evaluated his speech.

Serena Edwards’ speech was “The Impromptu Speech” from the Specialty Speeches Advanced Manual. Her evaluator, Karen, picked her topic at the meeting. She spoke on “Before and After Toastmasters.”

Best Speaker: Serena Edwards

Cynthia also filled the role as General Evaluator.
The “Ah” Stick was awarded to Steve Boles.

Business Meeting:
  • Area 14 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest is October 6 at Fairfield Inn at 11:00 a.m., right after the Goldmine meeting. Please plan to stay and help out and/or support Phyllis and Steve!

  • Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest will be on October 22 at Fire Station #9 in Concord.

  • Jessica Keyes will be heading up a Youth Education Program at the District 37 Conference Nov. 3-5 in Hickory. She needs any volunteers to help her with this.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Goldmine Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest

It was a fun contest at the Goldmine this week, with good-natured competition, and even more laughter than usual! It also was apparently "couples' time" as we had multiple spouses in attendance. Visitors from the Lowe's at Night club (Sharon & Timothy Brown), and from Yawn Patrol Zone (Kathy and Charlie Ferguson), as well as Karen Boothe's husband joined us for the contest, to make a trio of couples.  Betty Walker was our special guest.
Karen did a grand job preparing the contest as our contest chair, then went on to also serve as sergeant-at-arms, ballot counter, and (with her husband's collaboration) backup timer!  Serena Edwards also earned more stars for her Toastmaster of the Year award from this past year, as she had also been part of the planning team, produced the program, served as presiding officer, and was the contest master, doing a splendid job of making it all look easy (though we know it wasn't).

Matthew Charity also made it look easy to be our chief judge. Charlie Ferguson was official timer, and Kathy Ferguson counted ballots. Shyam Narayan provided our target speech for the evaluation contest, with "It's So Boring, It Should Be Abolished," speaking about professional golf.  It would be a shame to abolish it without first trying some of the recommendations he made about how to spice it up.  With new locations, risqu√© uniforms, goalies at each hole, the wiggle, and victory dance competitions, I think we might all be willing to become fans!   Richard Archer and Phyllis Kombol evaluated, with the judges selecting Phyllis' evaluation as first place.

For our humorous speech contest, Alex Porter told us about how he could "Act Naturally" instead of spending a lot of time, effort, and money to look stupid, and Steve Boles shared his "Third Grade Epiphany" in Miss Efird's class with us.  We all laughed and enjoyed both stories. The judges selected Steve's as first place.

The book "Crucial Conversations" was presented in appreciation to our target speaker, and to each of our contest winners. Steve and Phyllis will go on to represent Goldmine at the Area 14 Contest Oct. 6, which will be held at the Fairfield Inn meeting room at 11:00 AM, following the regular Goldmine meeting.

We thank Richard and Karen for supplying refreshments that made our morning even more special.  Watch for Shyam's photos from this event to appear on our Facebook page. You may also want to look in YouTube for the newly released trailer for the Harrison Ford movie that Steve is in, entitled "Forty-Two."

Congratulations to all for a contest well done, with true Goldmine style and class!  

Written by Phyllis Kombol

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 15, 2012

If you heard loud laughter on Saturday morning but weren't at Goldmine, was us!   As Kim Jackson has so eloquently referred to our meetings, we were truly a learning and LAUGHTER lab.

Our very own Jessica began the meeting with TWO thoughts of the day! An excerpt from Louis L'Amour
Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and the movements and changes in the world around him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, 'This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.' The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds. 

-Louis L'AmourThe Walking Drum Pub date: May 1, 1985


“As you walk and eat and travel, be wherever you are, otherwise you will miss most of your life”

― buddha

So much to ponder!  Alas, our Toastmaster awaits in the wings to continue our journey. TM  Karen Boothe gave us a few thoughts of her own, well, actually read,  on a T shirt, probably in Wal Mart.

The unofficial favorite - My girlfriend says I need to be more affectionate.  Now I have two girlfriends!

Mike (who dressed appropriately in his funny T shirt) told us a cute joke about a duck in a bar wanting quackers.

Sonny, our Wordmaster muddled through his plaintive word of the day.  Following suit, Kim gave us an excellent example of "what Not to Say" as Grammarian.  Serena, the Presiding Officer and Timer of the day explained her role with great finesse. 

Table Topics Master, Alex Porter presented 3 questions to the group, allowing the 1st contestant to select which one he/she preferred.  The 2nd contestant selected from the remaining two and so on.

1.  Tony Danza  - "I'd like to apologize to every teacher I had".  What teacher would you like to apologize to and why?
Shyam - Are you kidding, the teachers owe ME an apology!

2.  Give me directions or advice as I travel to Dilworth.
Matthew - Since we no longer have the days when gas station attendants could assist you, listen carefully!

3.  Try to remember the days of Sept. when.....  Alex then presented an alternate question.  Who should review teachers, administrators, parents or students.
Jessica - Students would be excellent evaluators as they are the ones who spend most of the time with the teacher.

Best Table Topic - Jessica Keyes

There were two Prepared Speakers today.

Richard - "My Swing Coach"  in which Richard demonstrated his golf swing to the audience.  John, please come back soon and take him to the golf course - he's out of control.

Joyce (me) - "Apple is a Fruit" explaining the day I found out the difference between a Maxi Pad and a Max I Pad.  A technologically challenging speech>

Best Speaker - Richard Archer

Steve and Sam served as Evaluators today. They were both soooo funny that Sam lost control of his thoughts and could not stop laughing, hysterically!  If laughter is the best medicine, we overdosed this Saturday.

Best Evaluator - Sam Mullis

Jerry served as Master Evaluator, trying to keep Steve & Sam intact. 

Ah Stick - Kim Jackson

Business Section

Club contest next week
Division Contest date change - MONDAY- OCT. 22
Shyam - accepting suggestions for a tag line for our club
            -building profiles for our members

Kim will not be renewing her Goldmine membership.  On a personal note, Kim is the reason I joined Toastmasters.  I remember walking into my first meeting, sitting between Wayne Jones and Lee Johnson, not knowing what to expect.  It was Kim's professionalism, friendliness and confidence that impressed me the most!  We'll miss you Kim.

Joyce P.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happenings at Goldmine - September 8, 2012

Phyllis Kombol, our President and today's Presiding Officer, started the meeting at 8:32. Karen Boothe shared the Thought of the Day charging us to be present rather than thinking about the past or the future.  Cynthia Randolph, our Toastmaster, established “New Beginnings” as the theme for the day.  She said, “It’s not over; it’s not ending; it’s not finished. It’s only the beginning when God is in it. All things are new. When one season of our lives ends, another begins.  Look forward to the new beginning. Serena Edwards, our Jokemaster, followed with stupid laws still on the books in the state of North Carolina, while our Wordmaster Phyllis Kombol introduced “Adroit,” our word of the day. Joyce Preston and Kim Jackson filled the roles of Ballot Counter and Timer, respectively.   

Mike Hall initiated the Table Topics segment by asking “Would You Rather?” questions:

Would you rather live to 100 or age 60 knowing what you know today?
Phyllis said she’d rather live to 100. As a matter of fact she expects to surpass 100 and at some point start counting backwards.
Would you rather have x-ray vision or the ability to read minds?
Kim said she does not want either of those abilities, but rather discernment so that she does not offend.  She believes having the life experiences enables the personal growth that knowing everything negates.
Would you rather have steam blow out your ears every time you’re angry or a long tongue that rolls down to the floor whenever you see someone attractive?
Karen said she’d take the steam blowing out of her ears any day over the long tongue.  Even though the steam blowing out of her ears would let others know when they’ve gotten to her.  

Prepared Speakers:
·         Al Minter:  “The Next Transformation”
·         Alex Porter:  “I’ll Have One of Those”
·         Steve Boles:  “The Search for Meaning”

Jessica evaluated Al, Serena evaluated Alex and Joyce evaluated Steve.  Sonny filled the role of General Evaluator.
·         Best TT Speaker:  Kim Jackson
·         Best Speaker:  Steve Boyles
·         Best Evaluator:  Joyce Preston
·         Ah Stick:  Sonny Tolbert

Word of the day:  Adroit – clever, skillful, quick in thought.
Club & Other News:

·       Phyllis talked about the impact our club has at the area, division, and district levels and on Toastmasters International.  She introduced Karen Booth as the contest chair for our Humorous and Evaluation Contest on September 22nd and Karen passed around signup sheets for the various roles and other needed items.
·      Toastmasters District Fall Conference Early Bird Registration continues through 9/20. The total
      for early birds is $130.
·       Sonny announced that he achieved his ALB.  Additionally, his club in Mooresville will be hosting a contest at Mountain State University on 9/27@ 6:30 pm.

Minutes prepared by Cynthia Randolph.  Meeting ended at 10:10.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Goldmine Meeting

We were few in number today but high in energy. Al Minter led the group as Toastmaster of the Day with

Serena Edwards giving a thought of the day:
"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift." Mary Manin Morrissey

Al gave us a variety of  presidential questions, meant to stump but apparently we have some president historical geniuses in our midst. Tony Hinson was the "winner" of the president's quiz, as he answered Al's questions before he finished them!

Al took over the jokemaster as well. Kim saddled both Grammarian and General Evaluator. Serena took up the ah bell and counted the ballots. Joyce kept the time for all.

In attendance: Sam, Bill, Tony, Kim, Joyce, Serena, Phyllis, Al and Alex. Guest: Candice Fritz (Serena's friend).

Phyllis led the Table Topics:
  • "What political office would Honey Boo Boo run for? - Sam Mullis said she could run for state legislature, Governor or even President, but he thinks she could run for Sheriff.
  • "What would it take for teachers to motivate their least motivated student?" Tony Hinson talked about his microbiology teacher who kept his students guessing when he changed his grading system for every test.
  • "Tell about an adventure you have had with a service technician." Al Minter talked about his adventures with the Time Warner Cable technicians.
Prepared Speakers:
  • Alex Porter: Speaking to Inform: Demo Speech: "I'm Better than They Are."
  • Phyllis Kombol: Storytelling #2: "The Swine of 4708 Fieldbrook Drive."
  • Bill Battermann: CC #10: "Our Workers."
Joyce evaluated Alex (3:18)
Tony evaluated Phyllis (3:07)
Sam evaluated Bill (3:21)

Best Table Topics Speaker: Tony Hinson
Best Speaker: Phyllis
Best Evaluator: Sam
AH Stick: Tony

Business Session:
  • Humorous/Evaluation Contest: Sept. 22, Contest Chair: Karen Boothe. If you are interested in being a part of the contest (participants, judge, ballot counter, or timer), please contact Serena or Karen.
  • Area Contest: Oct. 6
  • Division Contest: Oct. 20
  • Fall Conference: Nov 2-4, Hickory
  • DUES ARE NOW DUE! Please send in dues to Treasurer Sonny Tolbert
  • Funny Bones meeting in Greensboro on Sept. 8 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Officer Meeting
  • Happy Birthday Betty Walker! (her birthday is today!)