Friday, December 5, 2014

November 29, 2014 Goldmine prepares for winter!

“Are you ready for winter?” our TMOD Thomas asked. Throughout the meeting, he elicited responses for what types of things might be important to have in your car, for example, to be prepared for winter. Jerry’s Thought of the Day included some suspicion that winter is nature’s way of saying “Up Yours!” Serena shared snowman jokes. Grammarian Georgia explained the word of the day “satiate” and enticed several people to use it, while she also served as timer.
Phyllis asked members to be prepared for being unprepared in Table Topics.  Slips of paper with a verb, animal, color, number, and place were randomly selected with the help of Thomas.  Members were asked to combine all the words into their response. As a result, John told a tender story of going to the mall and eventually (865 fit in there) picked the perfect black dog, Scooter. Matthew reminisced at 42 about the green forest where he and friends played when they we too young to shop, but that one friend outshone all the others with his llama coat. Joyce told joining a choir in ’79 with blue, mountain, & sleep being words from the songs they sang.

Prepared speeches included Janice’s Ice Breaker about her “Colorful Life,” starting in urban Baltimore with 11 siblings (6 girls and half dozen of the other), which seemed to have surprised even her mother, who had been an only child.  She moved to Roanoke Rapids as a young pastor’s wife, but now finds herself “in the country” in Kannapolis, but is delighted to be closer to her daughter in Greensboro. She shared some of the shades of gray in her life: times of darkness, pitfalls, challenges, and death, contrasting with joyful yellows, royal blue, gold, purple, and iridescent green (for her daughter Princess Kim). Her descriptions of these colors in her life were reinforced by her colorful clothing, and she was quite convincing as she told us of her son-in-law who is a great father of the 3 most handsome, intelligent grandsons in the world.

Serena ably used technology of PowerPoint to share the Better Speaker Series topic on body language which gave us all a great refresher on the finer points and rationales for the use of facial expressions, gestures, and whole body movements to attract and keep audience attention, enhance credibility, express emotion, and create connection.

General Evaluator John organized the evaluation part of the meeting, with Joyce and Matthew evaluating Janice and Serena respectively.

Presiding officer Matthew led a short business meeting (*see below), than called on our ah bell and ballot counter Jerry, who awarded Best Seaker to Janice, Best Table Topic AND Best Evaluator BOTH to Joyce.  

We adjourned at 9:58 (Isn’t that some kind of record?)
 *decision to be made/announced next week about new dues structure our move to Connect Christian Church will allow us to make.  Quarterly club dues are due this month, except for the 4 who are prepaid (Phyllis, John, Sonny, Joyce).

*Distinguished Club program update provided by VP-Education Joyce:
For goals #1 & 2: 1 CC done (need 3 more, several people are close)
Goal # 3: Advanced communication: we have 1
Need another Advanced award for Goal 4…Matthew just completed his AC Silver!
Leadership awards for goals #5 & 6 are completed
#7 we need 2 more new members (Goal #8 is 4 MORE new members)
#9 training will be complete if at least 4 officers attend TLI in January (scheduled for January 10 at  Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius; registration will open December 1…club will pay for officers, all welcome – it costs only $8 and several members commented that they’d attended before taking officer roles
Goal #10 is complete (officer lists and dues to TI paid on time)

* Phyllis reminded the group about the opportunity to judge Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation student speech contest 7 PM on Tues Dec. 9 (Matthew is planning to go; Dana is also a possibility, with Phyllis as possible backup if needed).

This blog post prepared by Phyllis, who will be updating out new site info on FaceBook and MeetUp, asking members to “like,” converse, comment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Meeting for November 15, 2014

Today's meeting was called to order at 8:30 am by presiding officer Matthew Charity. He welcomed guest Ken McCoy to the meeting and introduced Jerry Weikle, who gave the Thought of the day.

Toastmaster, Joyce Preston, took control of the meeting and introduced the theme: Tips to Tolerate Family. Roles were explained as follows: Jokemaster: Phyllis Kombol, Wordmaster: Gerry Fenner, Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter: Sonny Tolbert, and Timer: Janice Silver.

Table Topic Master, Sharon Semidey, gave four members and guest, Ken McCoy, cards to choose from that had great topics to respond to. Phyllis Kombol read, "Who's the best practical joker you know?" Jennifer Asaro's question was, "If one of your friends moved in, who would it be?" "What are your goals for the next five years?" was Ken McCoy's question. "Life!" was Dana Michelle's answer to the question, "What would your free advertisement be about?" Jerry Weikle then told what was the funniest story he'd ever heard.

The prepared speakers had our attention with two great speeches. Matthew Charity told how he would "Communicate A Vision" and Sam Mullis, using visual aids, explained how "Electricity Can Become Clean Energy" Al Minter evaluated Matthew Charity's speech, and John Shepherd evaluated Sam Mullis' speech.

General Evaluator, Jennifer Asaro, invited Gerry Fenner to give her report for the Word Of The Day, (facetious). Jennifer concluded the meeting with her overall evaluation of the meeting. Afterward, she gave control of the meeting back to presiding officer, Matthew Charity. Matthew invited Ken to comment on the meeting. Any news and comments from members were welcomed also.

On the business side:  
*  TLC training will be Jan 10th, 2015. 
*  Officer meeting postpone until November 22. 
*  Club's newest member, Jennifer Asaro, was officially inducted into the Goldmine Toastmasters.
*  Next week's agenda roles reviewed.

Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter, Sonny Tolbert, had the honor of presenting the Ah Stick and Communication Awards. Winners: Best Table Topics: Dana Michelle; Best Speaker: Sam Mullis; Best Evaluator: John Shepherd; and the Ah Stick went to Matthew Charity.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Meeting on November 1, 2014

We had eight members and no guests this day, as Sam Mullis was our Toastmaster. The theme of the day was "Technology Impact." Sam shared some technology (industrial) facts with us. Janice shared a thought and Sharon Semidey stepped in at the last minute to share a joke.

Jerry Weikle took on dual roles of Wordmaster and Ah Bell/Ballot Counter. Sonny Tolbert was timer and Serena Edwards led the Table Topics. The theme was "technology words" and had the following members pick out three words and use all of them PLUS the word of the day, "capricious," in their response.
  • Al Minter: download, unzip, microchip
  • Janice Silver: QWERTY, database, domain
  • Jerry Weikle: megahertz, cybetspace, wavelength
  • Sonny Tolbert: safemode, digital, wireless
  • Sharon Semidey: multimedia, virus, internet
Speakers included Dana Michelle who gave her 6th speech from the CC manual, titled "How Badly Do You Want It?" and Sonny Tolbert who spoke from the advanced manual, Interpersonal Communication, Project #4, titled "The Coach." Al Minter evaluated Dana's speech and Janice (her first evaluation) evaluated Sonny's speech.

Sonny also doubled as General Evaluator and led the evaluation portion of the meeting. Serena Edwards took over as Presiding Officer with the district conference in Greensboro that weekend. Business meeting: Reminder to turn in member interest surveys and announcement of possible new location at Connect Christian Church (will be visiting it next week).

Winners for the day:
Best Table Topic: Jerry
Best Speaker: Dana
Best Evaluator: Al
Ah Stick: Sonny

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Goldmine's meeting at the church

Oct.11, 2014 Goldmine met at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s multipurpose room as we were on hiatus  (our word of the day, presented by our Grammarian Serena) from our usual location because of another event at the Rotary Hall.  Appropriately, Jerry and Matthew both ended up on their knees, since they had a table instead of a lectern. It was an intensely fun group who welcomed our newest member, Janice.

Laura was our Toastmaster of the day, and kept us thinking about Fall Scenery, so Jerry’s Table Topics questions were all about Fall Foliage. Serena could not pick a single favorite fall leaf color, but won Best Table Topic! Joyce would’ve sent her hubby out to deal with a neighbor who blew all his leaves onto her lawn, Laura said it would not be hard at all to miss fall colors if she had a work assignment in Hawaii, and Phyl considered the possibility of making her 250 bags of leaves into an economic boon.

Matthew’s Best Evaluator Joyce had to pick one of 5 topics he’d identified as possible speech topics for his project on “impromptu speaking, so he accepted he challenge of telling us about the benefits of volunteering.

Even though our timer Serena noted that both Matthew and Phyl went over time, Phyl received the Best Speaker  award from Gerry, by presenting an Ice Breaker from her 3rd CC (evaluated by John), telling about how a recent book had her contemplating Roads not Taken.

We congratulated Joyce on winning the Division Humorous Speech contest, and noted that Steve Medlin (former Goldmine member) won the evaluation contest.

See you all at the Rotary Hall this Saturday, as Goldmine's meeting is followed by a free CPR event taught by local firefighters......This week's blogger, Phyllis Kombol

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20th Goldmine Meeting

September 20th Goldmine Meeting

Our Presiding Officer Matthew Charity called the meeting to order and Serena Edwards presented the Thought of the Day.  Our Toastmaster Al Minter announced the meeting's theme this week to be "Shoot for the Moon," which was inspired by a quote he gave by Les Brown.  "Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  Next, he introduced our Jokemaster, Sam Mullis.  The Grammarian was Sam Mullis as well, the Timer was Phyllis Kombol and our Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Georgia Carlton.
Jerry Weikle gave our Table Topics, which centered around the theme of shooting for the moon.  
  • Serena Edwards talked about her first (unexpected) encounter with a movie star's wife, at The Bass Pro Shop at Concord Mills!  She may not be of the Celestial Stars, but it was still a cool experience.
  • Joyce (our Guest) told us whether she would play it safe or shoot for the stars when playing Roulette.  She said why not shoot for the stars, if we're already playing Roulette??? 
  • Matthew Charity told us about what he would do if he shot for the moon, and failed miserably.  He would try and try until he succeeded!  
  • Georgia Carlton decided it would be better for her to choose Caramel Popcorn to take to the moon than Cinnamon Porkskins.  She has more of a sweet tooth than a skin tooth.
The Speakers were:
  • Joyce Preston,  Joyce practiced her Humorous Speech, "It's About Time."  She enlightened us on how the world could be improved if only they would add Menopausal Parking in the grocery stores!!!  She brought laughter to the audience as she described her Tollhouse Cookie Roads and exit lanes every 500 feet.  God bless this sweaty woman!!!  
  • Gerry Fenner,  Gerry's speech was titled "Memory Card Full," which was a speech about her mother, Virginia, also called Ms. Jenny.  She told us all how she has been blessed to have the memories that were stored up on her mother's mind (memory card), although she could no longer remember them as she fell to Alzheimer's Disease.  She told us her mother's words to her, asking if she was living or was she only existing?  Which made us all think about how we are living our own moments.
Matthew Charity served as our General Evaluator, and introduced our evaluators.  Kemp Edwards evaluated Joyce Preston.  Sonny Tolbert evaluated Gerry Fenner.  All speakers, evaluators and Table Topics participants qualified today!!!  All in all, it was a great meeting, followed by our Area 13 Humorous Speeches and Evaluation Contest, which was a great turnout!

Best Speaker:  Gerry Fenner
Best Table Topics Speaker:  Matthew Charity
Best Evaluator:  Sonny Tolbert

Order of Business:
  • Dues are due for this coming quarter, so if you have your checks, you can either send them into our P.O. Box in Kannapolis, or you can give your checks directly to our Treasurer Thomas Kombol.
  • The Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests will be held on Thursday October 9, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 PM at Concord Fire station #9 (1020 Ivey Cline Rd near I-85 and Pitts School Road.)  So come and support our Division Leaders!  
  •  The Fall 2014 conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro from October 31 - November 2, 2014.   It will feature the  Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests, and educational sessions.  To register, visit the d37toastmasters page.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Humorous & Evaluation Contest Saturday, September 13, 2014"

Greetings Goldminers!  We had a wonderful time at the Contest!  Steven (our weekly guest) brought chocolate chip cookies to sweeten things up a bit! Matthew graciously served as our Chief Judge.  Al Minter gave a warm welcome as Sergeant At Arms, before leading us in The Pledge of Allegiance, and introducing our Contest Master; (who did a beautiful job) Glenda Edwards.  For our Humorous Contest, we had the one and only (literally) Joyce Preston, with a speech titled, “It’s Time.”  Joyce engaged us with humor as she spoke about having parking spaces for menopausal women! Well, you have my vote!

There were three wonderful contestants for the Evaluation Contest; Thomas Kombol, Joyce Preston, and Jerry Weikle. In the end, we have to say congratulations to Joyce and Jerry for first and second place. We say a job well done to all of our contestants for giving very thorough and insightful evaluations. Tim Edwards served as the target speaker, as he gave a very interesting and engaging speech titled “Camping is Fun!” He shared it in such a way, that we could imagine being right there, in the midst of all the action! Our humble and seasoned judges were; John Shepherd, Al Minter, and Sam Mullis—joined by the lovely Serena Edwards and Laura Levin representing the ladies on the panel! Laura is our latest addition to our Goldmine family, who died to who she was (Hal) to become who she is now…welcome Laura!

Making sure everything stayed on schedule in a timely manner, was our terrific timers—Gerry Fenner and Georgia Carlton, with Dana Mich’elle and Laura Levin as our ballot counters…Thank you ladies!

Sonny Tolbert was scheduled to join us in the humorous contest, but the flu held him hostage!  You can’t keep a good Toastmaster down, so we’ll look to see you, Sonny, at the next meeting! We’re thankful for a safe return for Phyllis, and a Happy Birthday shout out with many blessings, to Ms. Gerry Fenner (September 16, 2014)!  To all of you who were not able to join us; know that you were missed!
Congratulations to Joyce for placing first in the humorous and evaluation contests.  Congratulations to Joyce and Jerry for moving on to the Area 13 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests to represent Goldmine on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Again, congratulations to ALL of our contestants for a job well done!  

Peace and Blessings,

~Dana Mich’elle~

Disclaimer: There was a mix-up Saturday and I (Dana Mich’elle) was inaccurately congratulated as Contest Chair. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, but I cannot in good faith take credit for this.  Hats off to everyone for helping making the contest a success!    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Laughter and Applause Sept. 6, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014—If you were standing outside, you’d have wondered what all the laughter and applause was about.

Al Minter opened our meeting as the Sergeant at Arms, Joyce Preston  as Presiding Officer and General Evaluator, Phyllis Kombol as Toastmaster of the day where “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants” was the theme for our dozen attendees, including returning guests Joyce O and Stephen.
Kemp Edwards, who doubled as Timer, offered a Thought of the day (from Joel Osteen) that challenged us not to think so much about what will be as what you are now, as even God announced himself as the great “I AM” not the “I will be.”

Georgia Carlton started us laughing with a joke about a couple who died on the way to get married, and then contemplated both marriage and divorce possibilities in heaven, to the dismay of St. Peter. Jerry Weikle challenged us to use our word of the day: burgeon, and he listened for creative uses of the language as well, and ended up pointing out some of the unintentional “fur” and “tuh” usage he heard in place of “for” and “to.” (Another one: gonna for going to.) He challenged us to be aware of these.

Serena Edwards’ Table Topics questions asked Paul Junior about what gets him upset (not being able to communicate as well as he’d like), Kemp Edwards’ about his perfect job (full time ministry), Joyce Preston’s about whether technology lives up to its promises (not so much), and Jerry Weikle about persons from history he’d like to know (many). Our winner was John Shepherd, the mad scientist, who created audience participation opportunities telling us about his newest invention, the space-time continuum machine.

In our prepared speeches, Sonny Tolbert explained Successful Negotiation from the advanced Interpersonal Communication manual.  After he explained principles, he enlisted John to role play a car purchasing negotiation that erupted into unexpected humor from some unintentional miscommunication, and included a Q&A session for more audience participation.

The kid from St. Louis, Al Minter, won best speaker by sharing lessons learned from his compassionate teacher mother, his father who taught him diverse skills, and the Dominican Drill Sergeant Disciplinarian Catholic nuns. The imagery his stories called to mind some of our own childhood memories.

Georgia Carlton wandered off the beaten path a bit evaluating Al, so went over time. Paul Junior won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Sonny’s presentation, demonstrating his improving speaking skills.

Joyce reminded us to try to not acknowledge the ah bell, and that the evaluation is to be about the speaker’s skills, not the content of the speech. She also reviewed the line-up for 2 weeks ahead and reminded us that this coming Saturday is the Humorous and Evaluation club contest, from which 2 members can advance to the area contest.

In other news, John may be missing a couple meetings as he is having cataract surgery first in one eye and then the other. We thought we might just avoid his path if he wanted to try driving without being able to see….though it might be better if someone just went and picked him up and drove him to the meeting!

Kemp took home the Ah stick, as we came in “on a wing and a prayer” about 10 minutes after the hour. Several of us then visited Gerry Fenner and the Fit Focus group display in the parking lot next to Rotary hall.
                                                                                           This blog entry written by Phyllis Kombol.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 23, 2014's Dozen Goldminers

Goldmine’s August 23, 2014 dozen were called to order by President Matthew Charity who also served a timer for the meeting.  We started with a bonus thought from local optometrist, Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and Rotary activist Eric Atkinson who described an opportunity for what he called a “Bridging Event” between community groups coming in September.  There is a plan to have free CPR education taught by the local fire dept. following one of our meetings (probably after the meeting Sept. 13 or 27), from 11-1  at the Rotary Hall.  Notify Phyllis Kombol if you would like to be one the 20 participants (she will send info back to Eric). This has potential to become a quarterly activity.

Before introducing Georgia Carlton as our Toastmaster of the Day, our own John Shepherd offered this thought: Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.

Since Georgia selected the theme “for the love of cheese,” Thomas Kombol’s joke described the results of an explosion at a French cheese factory: debris/the brie was everywhere!  Georgia explained her theme’s relationship to being a cheese-head (fan of the Packers) and shared factoids about the history of cheese, amount consumed, and common pairing with beef in the US. 

Table Topics master Kemp Edwards called on Thomas to explain how smart people are not necessarily wise, which he thought might happen if overthinking decreased spontaneity.  Sonny Tolbert used his changeable work situation in his response to “You are a piece of paper. How will you be used before being recycled?” John told us why he would consider changing his name to a variety of things (Mr. Ducks, Buck, Chip, Rocky, Handsome) before settling on “Matthew” since that is the first Gospel. Our Canadian guest with local history and connections, Kim Carlton (lovely mom to the lovely Georgia), was our Best Table Topics winner with her comments on what the problems of being rich might be, though she claimed not to be thinking about monetary riches when she shared that she is rich with both a large local family and as part of the huge historical family of the infamous Genghis Kahn! Kemp also challenged General Evaluator Phyllis to tell about “the worst experience ever” which she imagined would be the absence of Goldmine Toastmasters.

Our Ah bell and ballot counter Joyce did not have to be a real prophet to be vatic about the winner of our best speaker and evaluator awards.  Our best (sole) speaker was Serena Edwards who treated us to an oratorical presentation of the Sermon on the Mount to fulfill project #5 in the Interpretive reading manual. Her astute best evaluator was Al Minter.

As Grammarian, John who had introduced vatic as our word of the day, reported about its use along with some other comments about what he noticed about our use of the language.

During the business meeting, Joyce recruited participants for the upcoming Humorous and Evaluation contest expected to be held in place of our regular meeting Sept. 13. Please contact her or Dana Michelle, our contest chair, if you are interested in participating.  We discussed some perspectives on Goldmine’s status and membership, along with some ideas for advocacy. We’re going for the Smedley award which we will receive if we have 5 new members by Sept. 30.  Discussion was to be continued in the officer meeting which followed our regular meeting. 

We also received the sad news that Sam Mullis’ wife, Sheila is hospitalized at Duke with recurrence of her cancer. 

Serena will be out Toastmaster for the coming Saturday.

At the end of the day, Thomas took home the Ah stick as the meeting was adjourned at 10.

Today's blogger was Phyllis Kombol.