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.