Monday, December 23, 2013

Elves at Goldmine December 21, 2013

Elves were Everywhere at Goldmine December 21, 2013!

Our Toastmaster of the day, Jessica (Puddin Sugar-Socks), had us each identify our elf names (based on the first letter of first name and month of birth, then she added some snacks, small gifts as awards, holiday recipes for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza…AND fun facts about things such as National Eggnog Day (who would’ve thought there was one?!). Twinkle Monkey-Buns (Mike) started us off with a thought about the real spirit of Christmas.

Guests Paul (now our newest member) “Jingle Plum-Pants”, and Dana “Happy Peppermint” got right into the swing of the craziness with us.

Sugar Plum Plum-Pants (Thomas, our Treasurer) served as Presiding Officer in the absence of our other officers and was also our General Evaluator.  Elvis Superplum (Sunitha) took her first turn as wordmaster/grammarian, with “observant” being the word of the day. Jingle Pickle-Pants (Phyllis) timed while Tootsie Monkey-Buns (Hal) counted Ahs and Ballots.

Visiting TM from Florida “Puddin Plum-Pants” (Jay) was Table Topics Master.  Puddin Pickle-Pants (Jerry) told about his favorite holiday movie (“It’s a Wonderful Life”), Jolly Pickle-Pants (Ray) told about special holiday foods that while memorable, were not necessarily his favorite,  Tootsie Monkey-Buns (Hal) shared memories of favorite activities/events which for him involved fireworks.  The winner was Jingle Pickle-Pants (Phyllis) with commentary about favorite gifts to give & receive being services rather than things.

Our 2 very experienced speakers were Santa himself (Sam) who shared the U.S. Marines’ version of “The Night Before Christmas,” Puddin Plum Pants Also (John) who won best speaker using some fabulous audiovisuals to show how both digital and paper photographs can be preserved and collected into Photobooks. 

Evaluators were another Elf Elvis (Sonny) Jolly Pickle Pants (Ray), respectively, with Sonny receiving the best evaluator award.

During the business meeting we discussed the plan to move meetings to the Rotary Hall at 211 West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis, starting with the first January 2014 meeting.  Our new Post Office box address was also announced: P.O. Box 902, Kannapolis, NC 28082-0902, with the reminder that dues will be due January 1, so members are reminded to send in checks for quarterly dues of $60 either by mail or in person to our Treasurer Thomas.

The December 20 evening social event at Shyam’s was declared a success by those who were able to attend, with fun table topics and crazy sox, in addition to many bits of delicious food and drink.

According to the published schedule, our Toastmaster for the coming week’s meeting on December 28th (our final meeting at the Fairfield Inn) will be Matthew, and a preliminary review of roles confirmed several, with a number of roles still needing confirmation or substitutes.

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