Monday, May 27, 2013

Goldmine May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013 at Goldmine:  How can we have this much fun, and have it still be legal?!  Makes it worthwhile to get up early on Saturday mornings for this crazy group!

Hal opened our meeting with a thought. Joyce served as our Toastmaster for our meeting themed “Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet.” Serena told a joke and then made us salivate with pictures of pretty food while we pretended to be food critics for Table Topics.  Dale suspected the pretty fruit pie was fake calorie-free material; Georgia thought Thomas was trying to poison her with tomatoes on the Mexican chicken with pico de gallo; Hal was sure we would all want the cherry tart; Jerry was sure Serena had skewers of veggies and Italian-Polish sausage at every cookout. 

Phyllis shared travel tips for preparing to go to Australia; Sonny did an interpretive reading on “Dealing with Disappointment” from “Jay’s Jokes” that had us all remembering Jay and laughing;  and Thomas explained how to install low voltage landscape lighting, and shared some tips and tricks that he’s learned in his recent experience  .

Dale evaluated Phyllis; Phyllis evaluated Sonny; Jerry evaluated Thomas. Jerry was also Grammarian; not that we had much time to contemplate about the word of the day, “contemplative.”
We recruited Georgia to be both timer and ah bell/ballot counter, since we are also recruiting her to resume her membership.
ultitasking was rampant! We are well on our way to having Thomas finish his CC for our 9th Distinguished Club Program goal, which will make Goldmine “President’s Distinguished” again!  Phyllis is also close to done with a second CC, which she will share with her secondary club Funny Bone 2 if Goldmine’s goal is reached.

Joyce, Phyllis, Thomas, Georgia, and Sonny shared highlights about the District 37 conference. The learning sessions were diverse, the youth program had a great turnout (and a surprise bonus of Krispy Crème visitors), the contests were a real treat, as were the keynote speakers.

Georgia closed the meeting by distributing awards: Hal won best Table Topic; Sonny won Best Speaker; Dale won Best Evaluator, and Georgia kept the Ah stick for herself!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Goldmine Meeting May 18

Today's meeting, led by Jerry Weikle, began on time and was presided by VPE Serena Edwards. Alex Porter gave us a brief thought to start the meeting. Bill Battermann shared a (bad) joke. Alex doubled up as the Wordmaster, listening for the word of the day: "banal" (pronounced a multitude of ways, including rhyming with"canal" or "anal"). Sharon Davis listened for "ahs" and other filler words as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Bill also took up the role of Timer at the last minute.

Jerry's last minute theme was "All Stars" for the All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 
Serena led the table topics section with an all star, Dear Abby columnist. She gave unanswered Dear Abby questions and asked for advice:
1. "Dear Abby...I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober."
-Sharon answered that, instead of taking her husband to AA, she should keep alcohol in the house and go to bartender school to make good drinks. And also invest in some good insurance!
2. "Dear Abby...A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid-twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I've never seen a man go into their apartment or come out. Do you think they could be Lebanese?"
- Alex shared a joke about a guy who kept buying a girl in a bar drinks, even though she was a lesbian. He goes up and asks her how is Beirut?

3. "Dear Abby...I am a 23-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him."
-Gerry Fenner shared her advice to the young woman that her boyfriend should share the responsibility and if he can't, it's time to move on!
4. "Dear Abby...My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50 an hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy."
-Bill said that it's not a matter of whether you are crazy or not, it's about not getting any crazier. He shared that instead of reading his Bible, he went to a psychiatrist, but at least it's money not spent on wild living.

The two prepared speakers of the day were:
Hal Levin, whose speech titled, "Do You Mind? Taking Care of Your Mind," is #3 from the Competent Communicator manual.
Al Minter, who spoke on "When Continents Collide" #7 instead of Competent Communicator.

Sam Mullis evaluated Hal and Shyam Narayan evaluated Al. All speakers and evaluators qualified on time.

Guest, Marci Plati, commented on the meeting, saying it's her second or third time (Bill's guest) and she enjoys listening to everyone.
No other business.
Best Table Topics: Sharon
Best Speaker: Al
Best Evaluator: Shyam
Ah Stick: Al (for double clutching)

Meeting ended early at 9:40 a.m.

Friday, May 17, 2013

May 11, 2013 Goldmine talked about mothers.

May 11, 2013 at Goldmine we were small in number but big in fun.
Jessica started us off with a thought of the day.
Joyce’s joke had us thinking about the number and type of companies that might be “after” a worker requesting a raise, when it seemed that those companies might not be competitors so much as those hoping to get a part of the paycheck!
We were multitasking and juggling roles a bit, with Mike as Toastmaster inserting some interesting facts about Mother’s Day since that was our theme of the day. Originally honoring Greek goddesses, in the 1600’s Mothering Sunday was set aside to honor both the Virgin Mary and earthly mothers. In 1872, Julia Ward Howell (writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) was a supporter, but it was not signed into law until May 8, 1914 advocated by Anna Jarvis.
Cynthia as Ah Bell/Ballot counter and Table Topics master of course asked some mother-related  questions:
Phyllis was asked what her mother instilled that has stuck with her.  The “Are you crazy?!” question she and her sister giggled about has become a reminder to think through the consequences of actions.
Our guest, former member Georgia Carlton,  told of a couple situations that her mother has been in that made for laughter: an episode trying on shoes when the fire extinguisher threatened to fall; and the story of threatening a tiny bug with a hammer made us laugh, too.
Joyce told of a creative disciplinary action she’d used when having to wear dirty clothes was the natural consequence of one of her children not bringing their dirty clothes to the laundry room.
Our prepared speeches were Shyam’s Leadership Excellence Series presentation on “Giving Effective Feedback.” He used fabulous examples and a great handout to help us all absorb some recommendations. Sharon evaluated his speech with style.
Thomas used beautifully descriptive language get us excited about  the pleasures of “Mountain Biking” and to explain how it exercised all parts of the body and the mind as well. Jessica evaluated with both positive feedback and some ideas for building on his skills.
“Reflections on Mother’s Day” by Phyllis pointed out that motherhood as an ideal is highly overrated, suggested that mothers are just human, and offered some advice about showing appreciation to mothers. Joyce offered suggestions for refining presentation skills, but went a bit over the time allotted.
Serena acted as general evaluator and reviewed roles for the next meeting, which may also require some creativity to get all roles filled since several of our regular participants will be at the District 37 conference, including contests.
Since we were about multitasking, it seemed reasonable that Phyllis won both best Table topic and Best speaker, while Jessica won both Best Evaluator and the Ah Stick.
Reminders: officer voting coming soon; Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream Contest July 13 at Shelter #1 at Kannapolis’ Baker’s Creek Park on West A St., some strategizing about reaching our final Distinguished Club Program goals (need 1 more CC—probably Thomas, with Phyllis as possible backup plan; hoping to get 2 more new/dual/reinstated members)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Small Crowd, But Big Laughs on Saturday, May 4, 2013

Our meeting started a couple of minutes late as we prepared for what would be an abbreviated Goldmine meeting.  With an unusually small crowd in attendance, Shyam Narayan, our presiding officer, called the meeting to order and introduced Sunitha Nalla shared the thought of the day and introduced Sam Mullis, the Toastmaster for the meeting.  

Sam immediately shared how excited he was to fille the role of Toastmaster and relayed that in the designated hour, he planned to pose several Table Topics questions.  But before beginning that segment of the meeting, he called on John, our Jokemaster.  While we may have been initially stumped by the simplicity of the question, thereafter most of us caught on. 

John:  How do you  put a giraffe in the refrigerator?  Blank stares.... John:  Open the door, put the giraffe in and close the door.  Us:   Ah........   John:  How do you put and elephant in the refrigerator?  Shyam:  Open the door, take the giraffe out, put the elephant in and close the door.  John:  you're catching on. Now, the Lion is having a conference and all of the other animals went except one.  How do you get across the river filled with alligators to get to the conference.    Lots of gasping.....   John:  Swim across - All of the alligators are at the confernce.  :)

Filling the role of Grammarian, Shyam explained his role and defined the word, "Condign," which means fit, appropriate, deserved.   Shyam acknowledged Sam's use of the word in his initial introduction. Thereafter Hal and John explained their roles as Ballot  & Ah Counter and Timer, respectively.

Sam introduced himself as the Table Topics Master and shared the reason we have a table topics segment.  Although he did not introduce a theme, his initial questions were about current events:

What do you thing of tax payer funding for the Bank of America Football Stadium?  John answered that he doesn't know a lot about the topic, but as long as Jerry Richardson is able to ride in his yacht, he sees no reason for taxpayers to fund a venture that will be to his benefit.

What do you think of Charlotte Douglas airport being run ba a regional airport authority?  Hal said although not aware of the details, he suspected it would be a good idea because it removes politics from the picture.

In general, what are your thoughts about taxpayer funding for private enterprise?  Shyam - Given the very name of the business - "private" and where the resulting benefits go, he does not support taxpayer funding for private enterprise.

Tell us about yoru favorite beverage?  Sunita  - Coffee
Tell us about your favorite vacation?  Anna Parra (a guest)  talked about a vacation in Williamsburg, Va.

Lastly, Sam asked one of the members to ask him a question.  John asked Sam, "During Christmas, if you could be anyone other than Santa, who  would you be?  Sam said Grandfather Chrismas and proceeded to tell the difference in Santa's and Grandfather Christmas's costumes.  We collectively told Sam he sandbagged with his answer and laughed.  I guess since Sam is in the business of being Santa, he just couldn't himself in one of the other characters shoes.  

Sam called on Cynthia to evaluate the meeting which was short but very effective.  Hal awarded Shyam the best Table Topics Speaker Award and Sunitha received the coveted Ah Stick. 

The meeting adjourned at 9:16 so that members could attend the District 37, Division B Spring 2013 International Speech and Table Topics Contest.  Steve Boles, a member of Goldmine was competing in both the International Speech and Table Topics Contests.