Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jan. 19, 2013 Goldmine Mice

When the cat's away, the mice will play!  With several of our members away at the TLI training this morning, we were FEWER in number than usual (only 11 members), but those of us who were the "home mice" or going to  the afternoon training session had a squeakingly good time.  We squeaked by with 11 members and 2 guests (Gerry Fenner and Sharon's mother Miss Bettye), by having some people do double roles.

Our theme, set by our Toastmaster of the Day, Serena, had to do with MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech so Alex started us off with a Charles Dickens quote about people not being useless in this world as long as they lighten the load for others.  Jerry's joke about aces being a higher power left us needing a joke diagram until we finally caught up with him...we must've been dreaming! Then Al continued our Dream Theme as Table Topics Master.  Time Traveler Shyam's response, even though he is a Star Trek fan, was to travel back in time (not back to the future) to see dinosaurs, Astronaut Jerry, decided to "go west" (away from the sun?) to explore the other planets and their moons in our solar system. Ain't right Alex dreamed someone was chasing him, but I am still not sure whether it was the table topic or Shyam's dinosaur!  That was about as confusing as some dreams I've had!  As a matter of fact, I have no recall or record of who won!

I woke up a bit more for the prepared speeches: Alex's evaluation of Al's "Dynamics of Leadership" challenged him to "act like Steve" but that would be a really weird dream! Jerry praised Sharon's "Giving an Award" as Sam stood in as her award recipient, and challenged her to add more emotion and drama.  I won best evaluator for picking on Steve's gestures in his Impromptu Speech (topic randomly selected from 5 choices) "What do you think about Gun Control," and he won best speaker, by incorporating stories, logic, and persuasion.

Thomas timed very competently, and gave us the good news that we'd all stayed within our qualifying times, and Sam hit his award response spot-on the 1 minute mark. Sam's general evaluation was brief, Jerry's grammarian report also was brief since we'd used the word of the day "cacophony" only a few times, and the business meeting was also brief (mentioning a Weds afternoon demo meeting at Cabarrus Co. Gov't Center at 4pm--contact Tim Edwards if you can go!). 

Hal, having counted all the ah's, double clutches, etc. found only a FEW so he gave the awards (including the Ah stick to Serena for just a FEW infractions), and closed our meeting,having squeaked by a bit early, just a FEW minutes before 10.

At the end of the meeting we welcomed back Gerry Fenner as a new (returning) member of Goldmine and hope to hear her Ice Breaker speech next month.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 12, 2013 - Theme - Words

Never an insipid meeting at Goldmine Toastmasters, we succeeded in exceeding our expectations with an illustrious morning.

Phyllis greeted us as the Presiding Officer and introduced Matthew, Our Thought of the Day presenter.
Matthew quoted one of my most inspirational speakers, Professor Randy Pausch.  If you haven't read his book or seen his speech given at Carnegie Mellon University, you certainly owe it to yourself to check it out!

Cynthia, our poised, polished and professional Toastmaster of the Day, chose the theme of Words
as she shared some interesting tidbits of the English language.  Sam entertained us as Jokemaster with a tale of his wife, Sheila forgetting her glasses on a recent road trip.  Sharon, the Grammarian,  (quite a ring), listened intently at our use of the word insipid, and other creative used of grammar, good or bad.
Shyam was ready and waiting to ring the AH bell and count the ballots for the day.  And I had the luxury of serving as the Timer of the Day.

Hal, Mr. Table Topics Master, posed some insightful questions to our members and guests.

Joyce - synergy of yin & yang - I spoke about my 26 year marriage to my husband Gene
Georgia - dichotomy  - Georgia offered some insight about the opposing forces in politics, and life.
Sam - conundrum - Sam gave us a history lesson about George Washington and how he was able to blend two political parties.

With 3 speakers scheduled, Cynthia continued to lead the way to our next portion of the meeting.  Here's the "scoop".

Sonny spoke about The Path to Prosperity - an investors intro.
Thomas poetically took us on The Sunday Drive - in his 5 speed vehicle
Jessica inspired us with Man Overboard,  giving us hope, help and heart to follow through on commitments. She quoted, amongst others, Steve Maraboli -
                "  INTENT reveals desire; ACTION reveals commitment."

Mike , the General Evaluator, introduced Alex, Karen and Serena to comment on the aforementioned speakers. 

Guests in attendance were Ashley, Betty and Georgia (former member who we welcome back to join again - hint hint!)

Winners were Joyce - Table Topics
                             Serena - Evaluation
                            Jessica - Speech
                             Joyce - Ah Stick - sort of, sort of, sort of, like, you know, ummmm, YUK!

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                   Randy Pauch

Have a blessed week,
Joyce Preston

Friday, January 11, 2013

Goldmine Meeting January 5, 2013

The first Goldmine meeting of the year yielded the largest cast of members we’ve had in quite a while.   Phyllis Kombol opened the meeting as Presiding Officer, shared the Thought of the Day and introduced Shyam as Toastmaster. Shyam introduced today's theme, “New Year’s Resolutions and quickly assessed that the great attendance was the result of a number of resolutions.

Sonny was the Jokemaster and Hal filled the Wordmaster role (word of the day: Recapitulate). Kathy took over the Ah Bell (few rings were heard, although counting occurred) and Ballot Counter. Al assumed the role of Timer.

Thomas led Table Topics with the following theme “New Year’s Resolutions.”  Sharon responded to the question, “If you knew you could achieve one New Year’s Resolution, what would it be? Her answer:  Self made millionaire.  Georgia responded to the question, “If you could have anything delivered to your doorstep, what would it be?  Her Answer:  A Farmhand to complete her chores before she gets up.  Lastly, Sonny answered the question, “How long has one of your New Year’s Resolutions lasted?”  Sonny said he keeps the same resolution from one year to the nextHave Fun!   

Cynthia spoke from the Competent Communicator Manual, Project #8. Her speech entitled, “Why?” spoke to the mass shooting tragedies we’ve recently experienced and suggested the root cause and remedy.   Alex shared the speech, “In the Offing,” from the Advanced Manual. His speech, which cleverly used boating words throughout, was followed by a question and answer session.  Jerry spoke from the Advanced Manual, Project #5.  During his speech, “Help Me; I’ve Fallen,” Jerry talked about the fiscal cliff and the challenges our government faces.

Today’s General Evaluator was Karen who introduced the evaluators of the day: Sam evaluated Cynthia’s speech. Steve evaluated Alex’s speech and Matthew evaluated Jerry’s speech.

Business Meeting:

Phyllis recognized visitors and reviewed roles for the 1.12.13 meeting. She also updated the group on Richard, who is at home recovering
  • New members Sharon and Geri (Former Member who has returned) were matched with mentors.
  • Dues are due! Give your dues to Sonny or mail them to him (an email sent out with his address)
  • Jan 12: Officer Meeting
  • Jan. 19: TLI. Available to all members.  Goldmine pays for all officers.  Each officer should register online and pay at the door. Sonny will then cover the fees at the door.
  • Additional announcements:  Matthew – New Goldmine Toastmasters business cards have arrived.  Everyone should have several to promote our club.  Sonny mentioned Goldmine’s annual gift to the staff at the hotel.

Today's Awards:
Best Table Topic Speaker: Sonny Tolbert
Best Speaker: Alex Porter
Best Evaluator: Matthew Charity
Ah Stick: Matthew Charity

Meeting started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 10:14 a.m.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goldmine Meeting Dec. 29, 2012

The last Goldmine meeting of 2012 had few attendees, but was lots of fun, as always. Phyllis Kombol opened the meeting as Presiding Officer and Jerry stepped in sharing a Thought of the Day and introducing himself as Toastmaster of the Day. Today's theme was "Resolutions."

Shyam shared a joke as Jokemaster, as Joyce filled in as Wordmaster (word of the day: riant). There was some discussion about the proper pronuniation of this word, which means "laughing, smiling, cheerful." Goldmine Toastmasters are a riant bunch indeed!

Phyllis took over the Ah Bell (ringing it diligently) and Ballot Counter. Jay Johnson (glad to have him visiting us from sunny Florida) stepped in as Timer.

Serena Edwards shared with us some New Year's theme questions, asking Phyllis: "What goal would you make if you knew you could accomplish it?" Her answer was that of being more grateful. Jay received the question, "What was your best and worst New Year's ever?" Jay didn't have a worst New Year's, and his best was coming to North Carolina, meeting Jay Nodine, and getting involved in Toastmasters. Shyam's question was "Who have you lost touch with that you would like to contact?" He said his roommate and friend from Michigan Tech.

Leading prepared speakers was Steve Boles, who spoke from the Entertaining Speaker advanced manual (#5). The title of his speech was "Three Stories About Acting: My Approach to the Business." This speech was both entertaining and enlightening. His speech was an 8-10 minute speech (time: 10:17).
Matthew Charity spoke from the Successful Club Series: Keeping the Commitment. He used a Power Point presentation and told us more about the Toastmaster Promise. Time limit: 12-15 min. (time: 12:29)
Thomas Kombol shared a speech from the Competent Communicator #3. Title was "What Causes Ice Ages?" We learned some quite interesting facts about the way our planet spins and some creative terms. This was a 5-7 minute speech (time: 3:02).

General Evaluator today was Karen Boothe who introduced our evaluators of the day: Shyam evaluated Steve's speech. Joyce evaluated Matthew's speech and Jerry evaluated Thomas' speech.

Business Meeting:
  • Reminder of the party at Shyam's house that night.
  • Dues are due! Give your dues to Sonny or mail them to him (an email sent out with his address)
  • Jan. 19: TLI. Email Phyllis if you are interested. She will be doing a group registration for all who are interested in attending! There will be morning and afternoon sessions. Registration is only $5! Even if you're not serving as a club officer this term, "electives" are being offered that cover a variety of topics you're sure to find of interest.
  • Johnny Campbell, DTM, Accredited Speaker, will be speaking at Cannon School on January 8 at 7 p.m. at Yawn Patrol's meeting. (Joyce sent out an email about this). 

Today's awards:
Best Table Topic Speaker: Jay Johnson
Best Speaker: Steve Boles
Best Evaluator: Jerry Weikle
Ah Stick: Thomas Kombol

Meeting started at 8:32 a.m. and ended at 10:10 a.m.