Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lucky 13 on May 24th at Goldmine

We were the "Lucky 13" on May 24th at Goldmine!

It was getting hot and we were getting ready for a fabulous Memorial Day weekend, so our theme was “Condiments.”  Serena opened our meeting as the Presiding Officer, and handed it off to Phyllis for our thought of the day, a reminder about our induction pledge to serve our club and fellow Toastmasters: “Ask not what your TM club can do for you; ask what you can do for your club!” She introduced Joyce as her mentor and our TMOD who ably managed our meeting.  Al doubled as our Jokemaster and Ah Bell and ballot counter. Sam, our Grammarian for the day, asked us to consider “altruism” our word of the day, which connected well with the veterans we honored this weekend, including our very own: Matthew and Sam.

Kathy (in her farewell meeting as she is moving to New Orleans for at least the summer) was our Table Topics master.  Gerry responded “Mayo, mayo, and mayo,” to a question about which 3 condiments would be most important to take to another planet, but then thought she might take mustard and relish if she had to take 3 different condiments. Kemp (as our guest and timer, soon to be member!!) talked about how yummy honey mustard dressing could make different foods when asked to go beyond the various kinds of ranch dressings available.  Our winner was Sam, who compared failure to the simulation of black pepper, taking off from a Truman Capote quote about failure being the spice to stimulate renewed effort.

Our prepared speeches included Georgia’s CC#6 “The Highs and the Lows” which described some of the recent great and not so great moments of her life, using vocal variety very nicely, and ending on a high note with an evaluation from Jerry. Both Serena and Sonny were working from the Interpretive Reading advanced manual.  Serena presented the poetry of “David’s Psalms of Deliverance,” evaluated by Phyllis (Best Evaluator award for the day).  Sonny orated as Patrick Henry, ending with the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” winning the Best Speaker award and an evaluation from Thomas (who took home the Ah stick for y’knows  and double clutches). Matthew was our General Evaluator.

Our business meeting included sharing information about upcoming events:
·       Social event at Bill Battermann’s 2-5 pm on June 28 (Ask Phyllis for details/carpool info?)
·       TLI West on June 21 at UNC-Charlotte
·       Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest (contact Eugene if you plan to enter)
·       July 19 Awards Banquet and Officer Installation (details TBA, Georgia is coordinating) 

Our nominating committee (Phyllis, Joyce, Sonny) are finalizing the slate of officers for the coming year so that we can VOTE at the last meeting of the month NEXT SATRUDAY MAY 31.
You’ll want to be there!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Goldmine Meeting Saturday, May 17, 2014

Greetings Goldminers! Today’s meeting was called to order at 8:42 a.m. with Serena as the presiding officer.  We were honored to have Tom and Kemp (Serena’s husband) as our guests, as they graced us with their presence.  Kemp hinted that he may be joining us as a Goldminer next month, and Tom may be on the same path.  Certainly, these gentlemen would be a wonderful addition to our Goldmine family!

Members in attendance included Serena, Dana, Joyce, Al, Shyam, Matthew, Sam, and Ray. Ray gave us the thought of the day, and led us into the pledge of allegiance, before introducing our Toastmaster.  Matthew was our lively Toastmaster for the morning, with the theme being “Spring”.  He shared with us, just when he thinks it’s safe to pack away his sweaters, here comes a chilly day, that will cause him to go digging them out again!  He jokingly stated, “Don’t say that springtime  has come until you can put your feet on 9 daisies.”

Al was our ballot counter, Kemp stood in as our timer, and Serena served as our grammarian.  The word of the day was diminutive; miniature, petite. Though there was nothing diminutive about the laughter that followed the joke of the day.  Matthew was our jokemaster, who shared a joke about three boys who were bragging about their fathers.  The first one said, “My father runs so fast he can fire an arrow, start running, and get there before the arrow!”  The second one said, “That’s nothing! My father can shoot a gun, start running, and get there before the bullet!” The third boy just smiled.  That’s nothing.  My father works at the post office.  He gets off work at 5 and is home before 4!”

Ray did a wonderful job as our Table Topics Master.  The Table Topic speakers included: Al, Shyam and Serena.  Al engaged us as he spoke of the disadvantages and advantages of different transportation.  Shyam entertained us with the man on the screen being Clark Kent, knowing he has to go after the bad guys and need us to help him for direction!  Serena brought it home by sharing her thoughts on the University eliminating parking spaces and whether or not she agreed.

Dana gave her Icebreaker!  She challenged us that as we live “Life in Transition” to have the courage to follow our heart. She provoked the thought for us to ask questions so that we are truly living the life and purpose we came here to live, and not someone else's.  This leads us into Joyce’s speech “Ask the Question.” She pointed out, when we ask questions it turbo charges success, enables leaders to solve problems, and can help us to find our purpose and passion, stating we must be lifelong learners.

Serena evaluated Dana’s speech giving her some valuable pointers and feedback for her first speech.  In Sam’s evaluation of Joyce’s speech, he commented on the usage of “constantly evolving” and being “lifelong learners.  He also commented on the usage of Blah, blah, blah, which ironically both speakers stated.  So the joke was, be lifelong learners and blah, blah blah! Of course as Sam reminded us, we are practicing using words to express ourselves, and as we do it helps to develop our intellect by asking questions (bringing it back to the speeches) so let us walk in excellence with our speech.  Shyam was our General Evaluator.  In the end only Sam and Al qualified, congratulations to them both! Shyam (as well a Joyce) pointed out not to use being small in number (amount of members present) as a negative.  For though we were small in number we were powerful in presence, and we will continue to evolve.

~Dana Mich’elle~                

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meeting on May 10, 2014

Sonny Tolbert led our meeting today as Toastmaster with the theme "Jiggy with the Piggy." Fitting for the day because the Jiggy Jam Festival was going on right outside the doors! 

Joyce Preston opened the meeting with a thought for the day. Serena Edwards shared some church bulletin typos as Jokemaster of the day. Our Grammarian/Wordmaster was Hal Levin who shared the word of the day: "laborious" meaning arduous or strenuous. Serena also took on the role of Timer. Ballot Counter and Ah Bell ringer was Thomas Kombol. 

Table Topics Master, Jerry Weikle, asked some "piggie" questions, drawing out our imaginations:
1. "You had a pet pig growing up and one day you found your dad had grilled your pet pig. How did you react?" Sonny told of how his dad cooked his pet hamster and was told it was quail. He cooked his pet rabbit and was told it was chicken. Now his pet pig gets roasted and he's told its Boston butt. No matter how many pets good ole Dad cooked, he always got him another one!

2. "You raised pigs. What is your favorite piggie?" Paul Junior got this question and said even though he is not a "pet person," he saw a piggie on the side of the road and took him home. However, piggie kept running away. So he told him if he didn't come home, he would cook him for dinner!

3. "You have a pet pig. How much did you practice dancing with your pig?" Thomas told of the many, many hours of practice dancing with his pig to win the Jiggy with the Piggy dancing contest. His pig, Norman, and him practiced all year long. He even filed his feet so Norman could glide across the dance floor!

Table Topics Winner: Sonny

Our prepared speakers included Sam Mullis who spoke from the CC manual (#9). The title of his speech was "A Tell of Two Tales." Phyllis evaluated Sam's speech. Both qualified on time.
Eugene Preston's speech, "The History of Scuba-Diving," was speech #7 of the CC manual. Joyce evaluated his speech. Eugene qualified on time; Joyce did not.
Cynthia Randolph shared her heart in a speech titled "20-20 Vision" (#1 CC). Paul evaluated her speech. Cynthia went over in time. Paul qualified.

Best Speaker: Sam Mullis
Best Evaluator: Phyllis Kombol

The General Evaluator was Jerry Weikle. Hal shared his Grammarian Report. Serena Edwards, presiding officer, led the business meeting that included the announcement that the Tall Tales/Ice Cream Contest will be on July 12 at Baker's Creek Park in Kannapolis. The Awards Banquet does not have a date/place yet...more info to come. Thomas closed the meeting with awards. Ah Stick Winner: Eugene Preston.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 3, 2014 Meeting

Since several members were attending the District 37 Conference, a smaller than normal group attended the meeting. Shyam Narayan, who served as Presiding Officer, called the meeting to order and Jerry Weikle presented the Thought of the Day. Shyam also served as Toastmaster so announced "Cinco de Mayo" as the theme of the meeting. He introduced Al Minter, who provided a joke. The Grammarian was Gerry Fenner, the Timer was Dana Michelle and the Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Paul Junior.

Shyam's son led Table Topics, which centered around Cinco de Mayo. He did a great job and looks like a future Toastmaster!

  • Paul attempted to share how he would react to Cinco de Mayo
  • Jerry shared how he would react to Cinco de Mayo
  • Gerry attempted to discuss a myth about Cinco de Mayo
  • Dana shared her most embarrassing moment at a Cinco de Mayo party
  • Al shared the perfect disk he would see at a Cinco de Mayo party
The prepared speakers were:
  • Sonny Tolbert read a play using different vocals for each character in the play.
Al served as the General Evaluator. Ray Atkinson evaluated Sonny Tolbert's speech. Jerry, Dana and Al qualified on time for their table topics. Sonny's speech and Ray's evaluation qualified on time. Al provided several helpful suggestions during his general meeting evaluation, including the need to be more prepared before the meeting starts.

Best Table Topics Speaker: Dana
Best Speaker: Sonny
Best Evaluator: Ray

Order of Business:
We need volunteers for the Jiggy with the Piggy event.