Tuesday, February 18, 2014

January 25 Goldmine meeting

       Only ten members were present due to the conflict with TLI in Charlotte. All our officers attended TLI, along with several other members who are officers of other clubs, or work at the TLI bookstore, plus several other members who are assorted Toastmaster big shots (governors and things like that) went to TLI as well.
            We were honored with one very smart young guest, Dana Michelle’s charming daughter. Too bad this writer was not smart enough to write down her name, but he wasn’t and he has forgotten. She told me she wanted to come back and talk. I encouraged her to do so.
            Jerry Weikle served as Presiding Officer, Table Topics victim and Ballot Counter, doing an admirable job in each regard.
            Ray Atkinson was Toastmaster of the Day, his first time as I understand. He chose the theme of “Livable Communities” for the meeting.
            Dana Michelle tried her hand at Grammarian for the first time and also presented the Thought of the Day. Paul Junior was Timer and Ankur Srivastava presented the joke.
            Sunitha Nalla shined like the sun as she asked Table Topics questions.
At Sunitha’s prompting: Jerry Weikle told us the best things he considers part of a livable community; Paul Junior told us what he liked and disliked (mostly liked) about his community; and Alex Porter told what he would try to do if he created a livable community.
            Greenwood, S.C.’s favorite son, Sonny Tolbert, spoke from the Specialty Speech Manual, doing Project 1, Impromptu Speech. His Evaluator, Sam Mullis, gave Sonny the task of telling whether a Corvette or a Thunderbird is better. Sonny went from pillar to post explaining the virtues of Corvettes and Thunderbirds and even managed to throw in some Mustang lore when he became low on T-bird material. Sonny concluded that overall, Corvettes are better, plus we learned that his mother drives one she traded a Mustang convertible for.
            Sonny was followed by Mr. Al Minter. I must have had a senior moment (or maybe a minute) during Ray’s intro of Al, for I missed Al’s manual and title, but he did a very thorough, yet concise and well-presented explanation of Wealth Management, its pitfalls and rewards.
            Alex Porter served as Master Evaluator and introduced Speech Evaluators, Sam Mullis, and Sunitha Nalla, as well as Grammarian Dana Michelle.
            Jerry Weikle, Presiding Officer, conducted a very brief business meeting, then after introducing himself as Ah bell Ringer/Ballot Counter, presented the meeting’s awards.
Best Table Topic Speaker: Alex Porter
Best Prepared Speaker: Al Minter
Best Evaluator: Sam Mullis
Ah Stick Winner: Paul Junior.  

(Written by Alex Porter) 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 8, 2014: Goldmine Improv Event

February 8, 2014 Goldmine Improv!
Paul Marks from OTC Improv led our event. We laughed even more than at a usual Goldmine meeting!
We had a great line-up of our members participating:  Toastmaster and event  organizer Matthew Charity, President Serena Edwards, along with Ray Atkinson, Georgia Carlton,Gerry Fenner, Paul Junior, Thomas Kombol, Al Minter,  Sam Mullis,  Sunitha Nalla, Shyam Naryan, Alex Porter, John Shepherd, Ankur Srivastova, Sonny Tolbert, and Jerry Weikle. Guests Cindy, Julie, Kemp, Linda (our photographer), and Wilfred were joined by our retired and beloved Richard Archer.

Fun facts and activities:
Did you know that almost all 5 year olds will say they can dance, but only a few adults? We can wake up our potential, especially the right brain (creative) side to help us become calm and to solve problems. 
Try these: with a partner, alternate saying 1, 2, 3…then replace first the “one” with a gesture, then both “one”  and “two,”  then replace each number with a gesture…it gets complicated.  You’ll both laugh!
Add instant humor with silly accents and voices: try the Chinese accent, old person or little kid voices.
Write each of the letters of the alphabet backward, with your non-dominant hand, starting at the right edge of your paper.  Now hold the paper up to the light so you can see through from the back side.  How’d you do?  Now try starting in the middle of the page, and use both hands, writing the letters backwards with one hand and forward with the other.  Easier or more difficult?
How about acting out a scene with a partner:  Alternate lines, with each sentence beginning with sequential letters of the alphabet?  If you say “ah” or “um” you have to start back at “A”!!!
Sometimes we laughed at and with each other, sometimes at Paul, often at ourselves.

Want more? Paul Marks and OTC  perform at Actor’s Theater, and he teaches 7 week programs 6-8 pm on Sundays at the Office Suites at the I77 Tyvola exit.  The usual price is $140 but Toastmasters get a 20% discount so just $112.

Next week we’ll be back to our usual meeting format.  Remember that our club contest for Table Topics and International Speech contest is coming March 8.  Serena is your Contest Chair…contact her if you want to be a contestant or are willing to take on a role (judge, timer, Sergeant-At-Arms, ballot counter, etc.), or can help with refreshments.
Thurs. Feb. 27 at 8 AM is Hostmasters’ contest at the Concord Regional Airport.  They have requested help.  So far Ray and I (Phyllis) are going.
See you all Saturday!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 1st, 2014 Meeting

February 1st, 2014 Goldmine Meeting

Our Presiding Officer Serena Edwards called the meeting to order and Sonny Tolbert presented the Thought of the Day.  Our Toastmaster Shyam Narayan announced the meeting's theme this week to be the Super Bowl, in honor of an unfortunate end to a fabulous football season, then introduced our Jokemaster, Jessica Keys.  The Grammarian was Eugene Preston, the Timer was Ankur Srivastava and our Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Matthew Charity.
Serena Edwards gave our Table Topics, which was in the theme of Superbowl Commercials.  Each table topic contestant had to draw an object from a bag, and make a commercial about it.
  • Thomas Kombol pulled M&M's from the bag.  Making the audience laugh, he spoke of the durability of an M&M throughout history.  
  • Sam Mullis pulled a Pepsi can out of the bag with a Bud Light sticker attached to one half of it. 
  • Georgia Carlton pulled a bag of Dorito's out of the bag.
  • Sonny Tolbert temporarily held a Bass Pro Shop Visa card, that he pulled out of the bag.   
The Speakers were:
  • Joyce Preston, completed her project "Bringing a Story to Life."  Her 7-9 minute speech was titled "Beware," the story of Julius Caesar and the Ides of March.
  • Ray Atkinson did a 7-9 minute trial mock interview with Jessica Keys for his speech. 
  • Mike Hall gave a 6-8 minute, visually interactive speech titled "Getting Started with Kiting."  He brought in his examples, and told us a bit about each one, also giving us tips on our next flight attempt.
Kathy Kombol served as our General Evaluator, and introduced our evaluators.  Cynthia Randolth evaluated Joyce Preston, Al Minter evaluated Ray Atkinson, and Hal Levin evaluated Mike Hall.  
All evaluators and prepared speakers qualified on time.  

Best Speaker:  Joyce Preston
Best Table Topics Speaker:  Sam Mullis
Best Evaluator:  Cynthia Randolph

Meeting Ended at 10:10 a.m.