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

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