Sunday, December 1, 2013

November 30th Goldmine Meeting (Club #241)

November 30th Goldmine Meeting

Our Presiding Officer Shyam Narayan called the meeting to order and Phyllis Kombol presented the Thought of the Day.  Our Toastmaster Eugene Preston announced the meeting's theme this week to be "Shopping Madness," in honor of Black Friday, then introduced our Jokemaster, Thomas Kombol.  The Grammarian was Joyce Preston, the Timer was Phyllis Kombol and our Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Thomas Kombol.
John Shepherd gave our Table Topics, which centered around the theme of shopping madness and Black Friday.  

  • Shyam Narayan talked about his Black Friday, and the shopping madness he experienced back when the world was going to end in 2012.  His table topic was more on the humorous side.
  • Jerry Weikel told us the negative side of Black Friday, being that it takes away from the Thanksgiving holiday.  He made valid points that most stores should be closed for Thanksgiving, but are staying open for early shoppers.
  • Natashia Stewart told us how shopping is usually fun on Black Friday, but this year was not so fun for her.  
  • Joyce Preston told us what she thought about internet shopping vs. store shopping.  
The Speakers were:
  • Georgia Carlton,  Georgia's speech was titled "Why you should lock your doors and stay inside on Black Friday."  She gave her audience reasons why they should take advantage of their Friday without shopping.  Her speech was 5-7 minutes long.
  • Cynthia Randolph's speech was titled "Evaluate to Motivate."  She told us about the importance of evaluations in toastmasters, and how to "tell and sell."  She left the audience feeling motivated and kept our focus during her 10-12 minute speech.  
Jerry Weikel served as our General Evaluator, and introduced our evaluators.  Gerry Fenner evaluated Georgia Carlton and Hal Levin evaluated Cynthia Randolph.  
All evaluators and prepared speakers qualified on time.  

Best Speaker:  Cynthia Randolph 
Best Table Topics Speaker:  Joyce Preston
Best Evaluator:  Hal Levin

Order of Business:
  • We will be moving to our new location at the Rotary Club on January 1, 2013.
  • The time that we will have the open house to our new location will be announced at a later time.
  • TLI East will take place on Saturday, January 18th at the Duke Campus.  Exact times and locations will be announced closer to the event.
  • Shyam has announced that his holiday party will be held on December 22nd.  

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