Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It's Winter Outside, but always Heartwarming at Goldmine

With a theme of winter, Phyllis Kombol, our presiding officer and Toastmaster for the day, shared why she believes her move from New Hampton, Iowa to the Concord/Kannapolis area of North Carolina was a good one. An average of two inches of snow here versus 55 inches in her home town had a lot to do with it.

While our Goldmine meetings are filled with heartwarming laughter, each is unique just like snowflakes. Once the meeting was called to order, Bill Battermann provided an impromptu Thought for the Day. Experiencing something versus having an experience are two very different things. Experiencing is passive while having an experience is actually shaping what happens. His thought perfectly fits the Goldmine Toastmasters – intentionally Speak, Lead , Succeed. Thereafter, Matthew’s joke evoked laughter which drove away any winter blues that may have been in the air.

Richard facilitated Table Topics by asking each responder to explain an old expression:

· Bill “There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself,”

· Jerry “You’re preaching to the choir,”

· Al “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step,”

· Steve “He who hesitates is last,” and

· Dale “He doesn’t have a clue.”

Phyllis, our Toastmaster, introduced the following individuals who delivered prepared speeches:

· Gerry “Promises, Promises, Promises (CC Manual, Speech #1)

· Hal “Live Stronger” (CC Manual, Speech #2)

· Cynthia “Please Help My Child & Others Like Her” (CC Manual, Speech #9)

Alex filled the role of General Evaluator and called on the following individuals to complete evaluations:

· Joyce evaluated Gerry

· Matthew evaluated Hal

· Thomas evaluated Cynthia

Best Table Topics Speaker: Jerry Weikle

Best Prepared Speaker: Cynthia Randolph

Best Evaluator: Thomas Kombol

Ah Stick: Bill Battermann

Business Meeting:

·        Speech Contests, Club - March 16 – See Thomas Kombol; Area – April 18; Division May 4, Division May 17-18

·        Speak, the movie will be shown March 7th, Ebenezer Baptist Church. See the District 37 Website for details.
·         Next week we’ll induct new members:  Gerry, Dale & Barb

Monday, February 18, 2013

Too Short, Too Long, Just Right, but not Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldmine 2/16/2013 
Too Short, Too Long, Just Right, but not Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Our guest, Sunitha, got another view of the fun and craziness that can happen at a Goldmine meeting. Sonny was pressed into duty as Thought of the Day presenter, reminding us that one should always be prepared for the unexpected.   He pointed out to us that he was not prepared, as he had not combed his hair (though he mostly kept it under his hat, literally). Jessica tried valiantly to keep up on track as Toastmaster with the theme of “Heart.” Phyllis ventured back to hair with a joke about shampoo for dry hair and challenged members to use “exiguous” in her Wordmaster/Grammarian  role, which several members were able to do!

Joyce followed the Heart theme with Table Topics questions based on quotes about relationships:

  • Gerry explained that yes, a good marriage is like a casserole; that only those responsible know what goes into it. She said love, patience, laughter, understanding, and good cultivation as for a garden were in her recipe.
  • Serena agreed that love IS about sharing your popcorn (Charles Schultz’ quote), since as newlyweds of 8 mos. she and her sweetie have agreed that his stuff is her stuff and her stuff Is her stuff, but she DID share her Valentine chocolates with him even though she LOVES chocolate.  Now that’s true love!
  • Mike was overly succinct (too short), but said he was pretty sure that a guy knows he is in love when he loses interest in his car for a couple days (as Tim Allen suggested), based on his own experience of having his video gaming buddies notice that he’s less into gaming.
  • Dale explained that the Spanish Proverb “a kiss without a mustache is like an egg without salt” was true as he now is back to having a mustache on the advice of his kissee after trying it both ways.
  • Phyllis, who did remember who Jack Benny was, took off from his quote “Mary and I have been married 47 years but never have had an argument that made us consider divorce; murder maybe, but not divorce.” Do you think we should warn her hubby that she thinks murder would be a lot better solution? Apparently not, since she won with her explanation!

Alex entertained us too well (and too long) with 5 vignettes from his new fall enterprise banding trees from canker worm moths in “Sticky Business Business” for the “Let’s Get Personal” project in the Storytelling manual. Mike’s evaluation of Alex’s presentation was just right, for which he won the Best Evaluator award.

Our best speaker of the day was “Just Right Jerry Weikle,”as he demonstrated how to “Go for the Sale” as a children’s bookstore owner in an advanced project with 3 parts (informative, role play, discussion) from the Persuasive Speaking manual.  He put it together with some books as props to make our room into a makeshift bookstore, with Joyce as a customer looking for a reason to buy “real books” over electronic media for a young niece, and discussion from the observers.  Dale was too long in his evaluation, so he did not qualify for an award, though he offered good feedback from his background in sales. Apparently he was hoping for more time in his evaluation since the project was a longer one.

Shyam served as our general evaluator, with a brief  overall evaluation, and our business session included reminders about upcoming International Speech and Table Topics contests: 

  • Club contest March 16 (Karen is contest chair so contact her if you are interested in being a contestant; Thomas will be contest master on that date), 
  • Area contest will be April 18 (location TBA), 
  • Division will be May 4 at the Poplar Tent exit of I85’s Fire Station community room
  • District contests will be at the Spring Conference when we will “meet in the middle” of the state in Greensboro the weekend of May 18.

Our Ah Bell and Ballot counter, Gerry Fenner, did not have to count many ballots to give some of the awards because of time disqualifications, but did count enough Ahs to give the Ah Stick to Serena, who was also our timer.

We made it all happen between 8:31 and 10:02.  Now that really was “just right!”

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2/9/13 - Love is in the Air

With Valentine's day around the corner, we were practicing our most amorous words at Goldmine this week. And joining us for this event were a plethora of guests; Wilfred & Cybil, Sunitha, Dale, Barbara, Kathy & Kim (former members), Ken Miller (Lt. Gov. of Education & Training)  & Shyam's kids (future Toastmasters).

Phyllis welcomed everyone as we scurried to find more seats - a club's dream!

Sam shared his words of wisdom as the Thought of the Day presenter.
With a smile on his face and sparkle in his eye, Matthew Charity graced us as Toastmaster this week with the theme of Valentine's Day.

Karen listened intently as Grammarian as Hal kept us on time as Timer. Gerri humored us as Jokemaster as John counted the Ah's (and ballots).

As Table Topics Master, Jerry was feeling the love as he asked;
Richard - Will I (Jerry) be your Valentine?
Thomas - What gift will you buy me?
Dale - What restaurant will you take me to?
Mike - Have you purchased my card yet?

On to the speakers:
Sonny - The Little Black Cloud
Shyam - The Crane & the Crab
Jessica - The Coffee Connoisseur

As General Evaluator, Steve called upon:
Alex - to evaluate Sonny
Cynthia - to evaluate Shyam
Serena - to evaluate Jessica

Everyone was a winner today as we learned, laughed and loved the company!  Noted are"
Best Table Topic - Dale
Best Speaker - Sonny
Best Evaluator - Cynthia
"Ah " Stick - Steve

Don't forget to register for Speak - the Toastmaster Movie. Just go to the District website or directly to eventbrite.com for the FREE March 7th showing.

Welcome new members, Barbara & Dale!

Contests are around the corner - let's do this and WIN!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Goldmine Meeting Feb. 2

**NOTE: We did not have a meeting on January 26 due to inclement weather**

 Today's meeting was low on numbers, yet high in fun (as always). We had nine members in attendance (Phyllis, Sam, Alex, Serena, Gerry, Joyce, Jerry, Thomas, and Cynthia) and two guests: Georgia Carlton (previous member) and Dale Wagstaff (member of People Growing Together Toastmaster club in Salisbury).

Cynthia Randolph shared a great thought for the day: the acronym HALT. If you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, that is a recipe for temptation and disaster.

She introduced Mr. "Ain't Right," Alex Porter, led our meeting as the Toastmaster of the Day with the theme "Well-Grounded," with Ground Hog Day being that day. He even brought a "ground hog" as a visual aid (a sausage biscuit).

Sam Mullis started us off with a joke. Our newest member, Gerry Fenner, took over as Timer; Thomas Kombol took up the bell as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter; and Georgia Carlton did the Grammarian role.

Sam Mullis led the Table Topics section with some creative questions:
  • "President Obama is nominating someone for a new cabinet position. What would make you a good Secretary of Hijinks and Mayhem?" Georgia Carlton responded to this question. She said it is easier to fund the mayhem than to get rid of it. She would help the cities first, but this would be a job for Superman!
  •  "A major corporation is creating a new department. Why would you be a good Vice President of Mischief and Fun?" Dale Wagstaff answered this question with gusto. He said he would be perfect for this job because he was been doing this his whole life. He recounted a story of one particular April Fool's Day when he told his grandpa the toilet was leaking. When his grandpa returned, he told him, "You're going to be a terror when you grow up."
  • "There is a new school at UNC Charlotte. Why should you be hired as Dean of the first School of Practical Jokes?" Serena Edwards (that would be me) hardly attempted this question. She lasted 21 seconds before deciding to vote for Dale. 
No surprise; the Table Topics Winner: Dale Wagstaff!

Our speakers for the day were:
Phyllis Kombol's speech was for the Storytelling Manual, Project #3. The title of her speech, "Lessons for Linda."
Joyce Preston's speech, "Smove," was for the Competent Communicator manual, project #5, Your Body Speaks. All of life is about "smiling and moving."

Best Speaker: Joyce Preston

Evaluators were Cynthia for Phyllis and Jerry for Joyce. Serena Edwards did her evaluation as General Evaluator, loving it when a plan comes together! Best Evaluator: Jerry Weikle.

The meeting started on time and ended early (9:55 a.m.)!

Business Meeting:
  • Card passed around for Richard Archer (still healing)
  • Next Officer Meeting on Feb. 9 (to plan for speech contests)
  • Karen to be the Contest Master. If interested in participating in International Speech contest, have to have 5 CC speeches completed. 
  • Joyce presented $75 in gift certificates to Goldmine Club for reaching President's Distinguished last year.
  • "Speak" the movie will be presented on March 7 at 7 p.m. at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Charlotte. Great time to invite someone who may be interested in Toastmasters!