Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 27 2013 at Goldmine

April 27 at the Goldmine
Steve got us thinking about how our thoughts set the stage for our heart.
As Toastmaster, John’s theme about speaking tips and tricks included:
*the audience wants you to succeed
*write out the speech completely, make note cards, rehearse, then throw away the notes and talk
*eye contact….hold it
Hal cracked us up with a joke about a dumb blonde’s response to a ventriloquist…
Thomas kept the time.  Sam counted the votes, ahs/ums, and gave awards: 
Best Table Topic was awarded to Serena and her commercial for lightly smoked sardines in olive oil.
Matthew’s other creative table topic questions went to Thomas who was asked to demonstrate finding out he had the winning lottery ticket a day too late, and to Sunitha who described meeting Bill Gates at a celebrity ball.
Shyam received the Best Speaker award for bringing history to life (from the Storytelling manual) as he took us to the banyon tree to feel the power of the birth of the Bagavad Gita.  Jessica got us thinking about the uniforms of our lives, and entertained us with hat stories.
Joyce's evaluation of Jessica's speech was a little too long, so Mike won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Shyam’s story…and also received the Ah stick.
As part of our business meeting, Shyam assisted members with MeetUp, explaining how it has helped us connect with interested people outside our group.
Upcoming important dates:

  • Division contest: May 4 from 10:15-noon at Poplar Tent exit from I85 Fire Station
  • District conference: May 17-19 at Greensboro, including contests, division pride baskets (contact Joyce if you have something to contribute), and Youth Leadership and Communication programs (contact Jessica if you want to help).
  • July 13 will be the annual invitational Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest, at Baker’s Creek Park in Kannapolis (shelter #1) 9-noon. Serena will be contest chair & Phyl contest master.  Invite friends and family!And start preparing your 5-7 minute tales!

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