Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd @ Goldmine

Although it was raining outside, the Goldmine crew brought the sunshine with them.  Fourteen members were present and Dale Wagstaff brought two guests: Tracy & Todd Browning.
Phyllis Kombol, our president and presiding officer called the meeting to order.  She was immediately followed by Gerry Fenner who brought the Thought for the Day and introduced Thomas Kombol, our Toastmaster.  Roles filled by other members are as follows:

Alex Porter
Shyam Narayan
Ballot & Ah Bell Counter
Cynthia Randolph
Jerry Weikle
Table Topics Master
Richard Archer
General Evaluator
Phyllis Kombol
Evaluator 1
Alex Porter
Evaluator 2
John Shepherd
Evaluator 3
Steve Boles

  Richard facilitated Table Topics by asking the following questions:
·         Why keep the dollar with the advent of the debit card?   Cynthia said, “Because it is a good budgeting tool.”
·         Why keep signals on cars when people don’t use them?  Gerry said, “She doesn’t use them herself, but will because it helps to avoid accidents. “
·         Give the best argument for discontinuing the use of the US penny? Jerry said, “Because the penny is more expensive to produce than its valued and it is not widely used.”
·         Do you pay your bills electronically online?  If not, why? “Phyllis said, she doesn’t pay her bills at all.  Her husband does.“

Thomas, our Toastmaster, introduced the following individuals who delivered prepared speeches:
·         Karen    “You may be broke, but not broken” (CC Manual, Speech #8)
·         Dale       “Sad outcomes you can prevent today” (CC Manual, Speech #10)
·         Sam       “Not all receive medals”

Phyllis filled the role of General Evaluator and called on the following individuals to complete evaluations:
·         John evaluated Dale
·         Alex evaluated Karen
·         Steve evaluated Sam

Best Table Topics Speaker:  Phyllis Kombol
Best Prepared Speaker:  Sam Mullis
Best Evaluator:  John Shepherd
Ah Stick:  Thomas Kombol and Karen Boothe

Business Meeting:
·         Next meeting will be a Backwards meeting
·         Area Contest – April 18, Steve & Phyllis (1st and 2nd Place GM International Speech Contest winners)  and Shyam  & Steve(1st & 2nd place Table Topics winners ) will represent Goldmine; The Division contest will be held May 4th.
·         District Spring Contest will be held May 17-19th. Early Bird rate has been extended until 3/29. 

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 am.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Goldmine Contest Results from March 16

Contests are a chance to push ourselves to do our very best.  Getting better at any skill requires practice and pitting yourself against those who are more skilled than you. Goldmine contests are among the best! We certainly appreciated Karen’s role as contest chair, Thomas as Contest Toastmaster, Serena as Presiding Officer, Sam as Sergeant at Arms, and Joyce as Chief Judge. Special thanks to the other judges, to our timers, ballot counters, and to all who brought refreshments.

March 16, we had 6 contestants for the International Speech Contest:

  • ·       Steve Boles “You Are My Hero”
  • ·       Matthew Charity “Life Defining Moments”
  • ·       Phyllis Kombol “Who IS Papa?”
  • ·       Shyam Narayan “Moments that Take Your Breath Away”
  • ·       Cynthia Randolph “What Was I Thinking?”
  • ·       Dale Wagstaff “What Shall We Say Then”

We could have proudly sent any of these speakers to represent Goldmine at the Area contest!  All showed their best Toastmaster skills!  It was said that the judges really had their work cut out for them!
Steve won first place, Phyllis second, Matthew third. Congratulations to all!
In the Table Topics contest, the question was “If you could have the answer to any question without a doubt, what question would you want to know the answer to?”
Steve Boles, Phyllis Kombol, Hal Levin, Shyam Narayan, and Dale Wagstaff gave it their best shot to answer that one.  Shyam won first place, Steve second, Phyllis third.  Again, all contestants represented themselves and the club very well.
The top 2 will represent Goldmine at the Area 14 contest on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cannon School.  Come support your contestants!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

3/9/13 At the Mine

I'm so excited about the International Speech and Table Topics Contests taking place this week that I forgot the blog!  The memories, however, still exist and what a fantastic meeting we had!!

Serena served as the Presiding Officer promptly at 8:30 AM.

As Thought of the Day presenter, I utilized the word of the day, meticulous.
Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous.  Mark Caine

Al Minter dished up some goodies as our Toastmaster of the Day!  Thank you Al.

John entertained us with his Joke of the Day while Gerry kept us grammatically erect as Wordmaster.
Sharon took no prisoners as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter as Karen kept us punctual as Timer.

On to Table Topics as Al allowed me to present this function today.

Shyam - Do you push the elevator button more than once & do you believe it makes the elevator go faster?
Sunitha - If you had to move to another state or country, where would you go?
Serena - Would you reduce your life by 10 years to be drop dead beautiful or famous?
John - Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Karen - How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

Best Table Topics - Shyam, who stepped out of the room to continuously hit the elevator button!

Two speakers graced us with their wisdom today.
Mike  - CC Manual #2 -" Getting Started in RC " (Remote Control)
Dale - CC #6 - "Who Are You Attracting?"

Best Speaker - Dale

Jerry served as General Evaluator with meticulous precision.  He introduced our Evaluators for the day;

Richard - evaluating Mike
Jessica - evaluating Dale

Best Evaluator - Jessica

Business Section

Comments were shared about Speak and assistants (Shyam, Cynthia & Matthew) were thanked.
Contest details were confirmed by Karen as we prepared for the Contests!!!!
Jessica requested help for Toastmasters at the Lake Contests on March 21st at 6:00 PM.  Your assistance is appreciated!

The meeting ended at 9:48 AM - Al - you truly are a Distinguished Toastmaster.  Great Job!

Joyce Preston

Friday, March 8, 2013

What a Roomful!

Twenty-three Goldmine members & four visitors. I do not want to type my finger off with all those names, so Goldminers included everyone except Jerry Weikle, Gerry Fenner, and Lee Johnston. Visitors were Elizabeth Davis, Ted McCrae, Bob Boylan, and Catherine Borell.  Miss Elizabeth came with her daughter, Sharon Davis. Ted was a guest of Karen Boothe, Bob is a former Goldminer back for a visit, and Catherine read about us on line.

Phyllis gaveled the meeting to order and introduced thought provoking Serena Edwards. Bill Battermann, Toastmaster of the Day, introduced the meeting’s theme, “Coming in like a Lion,” Dale Wagstaff gave us a joke about two guys who worked at a zoo dressed like a lion and a gorilla. That was the last we heard of lions or coming in like one. If there was more, I must have fallen asleep. Matthew Charity ardently served as Grammarian.  Richard Archer claimed he could hear just fine and counted ahs and ballots. Steve Boles timed.

Table Topics
John Shepherd was Table Topics Master. He asked his victims to draw from a collection of quarters he had carefully laundered. They were to tell of something that happened during the year their coin was minted.
·         Bob Boylan chose 1978, the year he joined Toastmasters.
·         Sunitha Nalla told us about her marriage in 1997.
·         Hall Levin turned 40 in 2000.
·        Mike Hall recalled that 2001 was the year he bought his first new vehicle and worked
second shift at Pass & Seymour.
·        Cynthia Randolph recalled not only was her second child, son Miles, born in 1989…it was the year she elected to have no more children.

Prepared Speeches
In prepared presentations: Sharon Davis, speaking from the Special Occasions Manual, accepted an award in “Thank you for this Award;”  Thomas Kombol worked from the Competent Communicator manual and, using lots of body language and humor, told us about “My Dog named Louie;” Shyam Narayan closed out the segment with his original and touching story entitled “Could Not Say Goodbye Again.”

Al Minter evaluated “Thank You for this Award”, Sam Mullis evaluated “My Dog Named Louie,” and Karen Boothe gave her thoughts on “Could Not Say Goodbye Again.”

Other Roles
Timer Steve Boles noted only one disqualification. Hall Levin proved to probably be entirely too honest to fill out his allotted time during Table Topics. Grammarian Matthew Charity and General Evaluator Jessica Keyes presented their reports. Both did thorough and thought provoking jobs.

Awards were presented by Richard Archer:

Best Speaker: Cynthia Randolph
Best Evaluator: Karen Boothe
Best Table Topics Speaker: Shyam Narayan
Ah Stick: Bill Battermann

New Member Induction
Sunitha Nalla and Dale Wagstaff were formally inducted into Goldmine Toastmasters.

Blog written by: Alex Porter