Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 26, 2014: The Fabulous Five at Goldmine

April 26, 2014: The Fabulous Five at Goldmine

We were a small but fantastic, fabulous, funny group at the Goldmine celebrating our theme “Family and Money” between 8:34 and 10:08 Saturday 4/26. Our word of the day, “bifurcate” was almost the opposite of our activities as we did not divide much, but piled the roles on in layers to the five (5) brave and capable attendees.

This week’s blogger, that’s me, Phyllis, was Toastmaster of the meeting, and responded to a Table Topics question about building a log home in the mountains with money left by the passing of a rich uncle (or as really happened, mom).  As Saturday approached, seeing that there were several roles open, some preliminary work was done to assemble TT questions, prepare for the Wordmaster/Grammarian, and set up the room for the meeting. Matthew filled in as presiding officer, gave a speech “Your Signature on the Signature Line” (Persuade with Power #9 from CC manual on his 2nd time through it), and served as Table Topics Master.

Hal started us out with the Thought and Joke of the day, then won best Table Topic by explaining how he’d leave an education fund as his legacy to his children, served as General Evaluator AND evaluated Eugene’s speech “D-Day” (#6 Vocal Variety in CC manual) which won best speaker.  Eugene followed his speech with an evaluation of Matthew’s speech that won him the best evaluator award…and the Ah stick by the time he gave his grammarian report.

Paul truly rose to the challenges of the day as well, capably serving as both Timer and Ah Bell/ Ballot Counter, AND taking a turn at a Table Topic question about why he really did not want to have any already passed on family members to return, since he was sure they would interfere with his life!

During our segues and business session to briefly discussed the Penny War, conference, speechathon, speechcraft, and the value of repeating CC and CL manuals up to once each year to keep those basic skills well-oiled.

Hal’s starting thought about how we don’t see things as they really are…but how WE are seemed especially appropriate as we all rose to the challenge of juggling multiple roles, and still made it a fun and productive meeting. We will be missing him for several meetings as he will be filling in for a colleague for several Saturdays in the next couple months, but we look forward to a reunion later in the summer.

The upcoming weekend is the District 37 conference: check D37Toastmasters website for more information.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Goldmine April 19, 2014 Easter themed meeting

Easter Theme at Goldmine April 19, 2014
We moved the tables to be able to face each other. What a help that was to feel like we were really connecting! Twelve Goldmine members and our guest Kemp Edwards enjoyed each other’s company.
Cynthia’s thought of the day addressed that very personal connection we have had at Goldmine, something we’ve all valued and want to sustain.

Ray was challenged to tell rather than read his joke, and he rose to the challenge describing the hand washing behaviors of an architect (used the towel thoroughly), an engineer (used lots of towels),azznd dn the planner (arranged not to need to….)...oh, you had to be there!! He did share with the group that he was accepted to all 3 of the graduate schools he'd applied to.

Serena was our TMOD for our Easter themed meeting. She of course made it look smooth and easy. She shared factoids about the ingredients in Peeps, among other trivia. Phyllis served as our Grammarian/Wordmaster, with the word: nexus, a central connection or node.

Paul was our Table Topics master and he had already talked with Serena about the theme and the time available.  He asked Matthew to recall a nexus to Easter from the past, which got him remembering how he received a new outfit of clothes for Easter because he’d grown out of the previous year’s clothes.  Sonny won best Table Topic as he described why Easter, as a time of rebirth, was important to him. Eugene made a connection between being with extended family and playing games, such as Quell.  Phyllis tried to figure out why Easter had come to be associated with bunnies.
Our timer, Ray reported that both of our prepared speeches went over time, but Thomas was voted best speaker for his Interpretive Reading project that had him read the story: Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves. Shyam used our technology resources to present “Scheduling for Success” for a project in the Speaking to Inform manual.

Sam evaluated Thomas, Georgia (the Ah stick winner, based on the report from our Ah bell & ballot counter, Sonny) evaluated Shyam, and Eugene gave a general evaluation of the meeting.
During the business meeting, we were reminded to nominate a community member who has exemplified excellence in communication and leadership for our annual Communication and Leadership Award.  Georgia is working on the officer installation/awards banquet tentatively scheduled for July 19.  Eugene is coordinating planning for the Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest (an invitational, open to all D37), which is tentatively set for July 12. Potential contestants are asked to notify Eugene.

We also received greetings from our retired member Richard Archer, as Phyllis met up with him and his wife just before the weekend.
Today's blogger: Phylllis

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 5, 2014 Meeting

Serena Edwards, who served as Presiding Officer, called the meeting to order and Georgia Carlton presented the Thought of the Day. Hal Levin, who served as Toastmaster, announced the meeting's theme is "Spring." He introduced Eugene Preston, who provided a joke. The Grammarian was Thomas Kombol, the Timer was Bill Batterman and the Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Eugene Preston. 

Cynthia Randolph led Table Topics, which centered around vociferous (word of the day). The definition of vociferous is expressing feelings or opinions in a very loud or forceful way. This is the first time I have heard the word of the day used as the theme for table topics.

  • Serena Edwards struggled with her table topic. 
  • Joyce Preston shared a story about a loud person in her life. 
  • Paul Junior shared his perspective on spring time. 
  • Eugene Preston talked about how loud it can get at his family's dinner table.

The prepared speakers were:

  • Sam Mullis' speech was titled "The year without a summer." He provided a historical perspective and spoke about the changing seasons. As always, his speech was well prepared and thoughtfully executed.

  • Phyllis Kombol's speech was titled "Excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr." Through reading the excerpts with such energy and passion, she made the audience feel like it was listening to Martin Luther King Jr give the speech himself.

Joyce Preston served as the General Evaluator. Gerry Weikle evaluated Sam Mullis's speech and Serena Edwards evaluated Phyllis Kombol's speech. Everyone except for Serena qualified on time for their table topics. Phyllis qualified on time for her speech and Serena qualified on time for her evaluation. Joyce provided several helpful suggestions during her general meeting evaluation. She asked for written evaluations to be legible with the author's signed name, people to be on time, and people to look up work of the day on monthly calendar. Sam Mullis suggested people to always have back up jokes and thoughts in case someone is late or absent.

Best Table Topics Speaker: Joyce Preston
Best Speaker: Phyllis Kombol
Best Evaluator: Serena Edwards

Order of Business:
  • There will be Penny Wars at the Spring District Contest, so bring all the pennies you can find to raise money for our district.  If you can't find your pennies, bring any other currency you can find.  The contest will be April 12th.  
  • Be sure to sign up for the next District 37 Contest on their website:  The contest will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord from May 2nd-4th.  So feel free to bring your family to enjoy one of North Carolina's largest water parks, while you are in the conference.  
  • Joyce Preston's Parliamentary Procedure 101 will be directly after this meeting from 10:15 - 11:15 am in the Rotary Hall.
  • There will be an officer meeting on April 19th
  • If you are interested in an officer position next quarter, please contact Serena Edwards.