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.

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