Monday, December 24, 2012

Cold but Warm Dec. 22 at Goldmine

It might have been cold outside, but it was warm and wonderful as always at the Goldmine meeting December 22, 2012.  Maybe everyone was so glad that the world had not ended….

Al’s opening thought focused us  on serving others, Mike told us a “fake” joke, Jay served as grammarian to help us figure out how to use “foment.”  Serving as our Toastmaster of the day, Karen’s theme “Call to Action” was represented very well in her actions as well as some factoids between speakers.  One that stood out was the 63 million hours of volunteered in the US annually; find your way to serve!

During Table Topics, Steve teased us by sounding just like Santa, even though our own Santa Sam was not present. Then he turned right to his work, asking Richard to tell us about favorite holiday food (black eyed peas?!), Kathy about gift recycling (she “can’t recall”—oh what political skills!), and Jerry about favorite toys (we could envision him building with those Lincoln logs).

Sonny served us a great story, using vocal variety very well according to Phyllis’ evaluation of his “Three Questions for Santa Claus.” We hope he’s recording these stories for his grandson to enjoy again later.
In his second CC speech, Thomas did a great job as he told us about the hospitality, service, and care he experienced during a summer journey in “Iceland.” Richard’s evaluation commented that he could have strengthened his conclusion with a call to action.

Service to others echoed the “Call to Action” theme in Jessica’s presentation on learning, guiding, and teaching.  She punctuated her talk with the card from her young Bible students and a Tolstoy quote about service to humanity being the sole meaning of life.

Serena, serving as General Evaluator and VP-Education coordinated evaluations, commented on our overall process, and served a preview for next week’s meeting roles. Come one, come all, come early!

Phyllis had guests Kathy and Candace comment on the meeting & we received reminders about:

  • RSVP the social event at Shyam’s on Dec. 29 (no meat to be served, but wear your crazy socks!)
  • always bringing CL/CC manuals; never give an evaluation-free speech; never serve in a role without receiving evaluation and credit toward potential annual CC and CL awards that serve to help at many levels (hone skills of all members, Distinguished Club Program, as well as area, division, district value) 
  •  Dues are due: $60 per quarter please to Sonny, who serves as our Treasurer 
  •  Suggestions for using Matthew’s (VP-M) invitations to Goldmine and anticipated business cards 
  •  Jessica explained the Sergeant-At-Arms role 
  •  TLI coming Jan. 19; for all officers, potential officers, and committee members (everyone!)

Hal counted ahs, ums, y’knows, sos, and double clutches, AND the ballots.  To close the meeting he served up the awards:
Best Table Topic: Kathy (guest)
Best Evaluator: Joyce
Best Speaker: Sonny
Jessica: the Ah stick (for double clutches)

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