Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meeting on June 21

Sam Mullis led this meeting as Toastmaster and appointed a temporary presiding officer, Sonny Tolbert. The day included previous member (and dearly loved), Richard Archer (who also served as Jokemaster, fellow Toastmaster and guest, Jay Johnson, and new guest, Darcel Spears.

Ray Atkinson took on the Grammarian role, Sonny Tolbert rang the bell and counted ballots as the Ah Bell/Ballot Counter, and John Shepherd not only shared a thought for the day, but also took on the role as Timer.

Jerry Weikle was Table Topics Master and gave out five questions about reunion to the following:
  • Sonny: "You go to your high school reunion and it is an open bar event.  You have a few drinks and then you see the girl/boy that would not go on a date with you.  What do you say?"
  • Richard: "It has been many years since you graduated and you spent most of the time in jail.  You decide to go to the next class reunion.  If you knew there was no information about you on the Internet that someone could find to learn about your jail time, what would you tell everyone you have been doing?"
  • Darcel: "You go to your high school reunion and it is an open bar event.  You have a few drinks and then you see the teacher that did not like you.  What do you say?"
  • Ray: "You go to your next school reunion.  Since you graduated you became a multi millionaire and no one knows it.  Would you be afraid to tell your classmates that you are rich?" 
  • Eugene: "Every year when you go to the family reunion your aunt always pinches your check and says she has not seen you since you were yay high.You are going to the reunion again this year, what do you do if she pinches your check and says she has not seen you since you were yay high…"
 Best Table Topics Winner: Eugene Preston

Paul Junior gave his icebreaker speech, "Who Am I?" in which Jay Johnson evaluated.

Thanks to Sam and Jerry for taking minutes!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meeting on June 14, 2014

Eugene Preston led our meeting today as Toastmaster (for the last time!) Eugene will be attending another Toastmaster group in Charlotte and we will miss him! The theme of the day was "Toastmaster Memories," as Eugene strolled down the road of memories with Goldmine.

Serena opened the meeting as presiding officer and Gerry Fenner gave us a thought for the day. Joyce gave us a joke, Paul was Grammarian (word of the day: "sanguine"), Georgia stepped in as Ah Bell/Ballot Counter, and Serena was Timer.

We had our favorite guest from the sunny state of Florida, Jay Johnson, as well as guests Tom Emery and Robert Woods. Our once guest, and Serena' husband, Kemp Edwards, joined today!

Joyce was Table Topics Master who asked some questions as we once again strolled down memory lane. Her "victims" included the following:
  • Georgia who responded to the question: "Tell us something sanguine about Toastmasters." After joining Goldmine, Georgia said she has learned more about being a leader and by doing Table Topics, has learned to speak up more in class.
  • Paul's question was " Why did you join Toastmasters and what do you get out of it?" He said he has had meetings with his team and had not been effective in communication He joined Goldmine to grow himself, which he said, "is the most important part of being me."
  • Gerry Fenner was asked "What obstacle have you overcome?" She said, "Moments like this." She said she was looking down, hoping she would not be called on. She likes to be prepared, and table topics takes away control. 
  • Our newest member, Kemp, has the question, "Why did you join Toastmasters?" He said to be "crazy" like everyone, and also to be a better speaker. (We're not really "crazy"...just like to have crazy fun!)
  • Our guest, Robert Woods, agreed to answer a question, which was, "What brought you to Toastmasters today?" He said he is here to perfect his ability to speak in front of others. He has also been put in leadership roles, and would like to correct his imperfections, and grow. Since this [life] is not a "dress rehearsal."
Table Topics Winner: Robert Woods (way to go!)

Our prepared speakers were Thomas Kombol, who spoke from Interpretive Reading (project #2: Interpreting Poetry). The title of his speech: "The Raven." Time: 8:43 for 8-10 minute speech. Sam Mullis spoke from the Competent Communicator manual (project #10). His title was "Avoiding Monsters." His time for 5-7 minute speech was 6:31.

Best Speaker: Sam Mullis

Jay Johnston stepped in a our General Evaluator, leading the evaluation portion of the meeting. Matthew evaluated Thomas (time: 2:59) and Phyllis evaluated Sam (time: 3:29). Jay evaluated our meeting, giving us kudos for warmly greeting him and the other guests.

Best Evaluator: Phyllis Kombol

Serena led the business portion of the meeting. Announcements included:
  • June 21: TLI (Toastmaster Leadership Institute). Incoming officers will be attending. Those include: President: Matthew Charity, VPE: Joyce Preston, VPM: Serena Edwards, VPPR: Georgia Carlton, Secretary: Gerry Fenner, Treasurer: Thomas Kombol, SAA: Al Minter. **NOT just for officers! Kemp Edwards will be attending to be learn Sergeant At Arms (SAA) role to assist Al. Register here: District 37 TLI West register
  • June 28: Bill Battermann's party (engagement/homewarming). Phyllis and Gerry will be carpooling. If interested, contact Phyllis.
  • July 12: Tall Tales and Ice Cream Contest at Baker's Creek Park. 
  • Youth Summit in Mooresville either August 9 or August 16. If you can help, contact Jessica Keyes at
Officer meeting was held after the meeting, which ended at 10:10 a.m.   

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 7, 2014 was D-Day at Goldmine

Our D-Day theme started with Matthew as presiding officer and presenter of the Thought of the Day which sounded like great advice for a canine…and really for people, too! “Take naps, run/romp/play daily, avoid biting when a growl will do, enjoy life!”

Our Toastmaster of the Day was Jerry, and our group of 15 had a great meeting. Joyce’s joke had us chuckling, while Grammarian Eugene challenged us to use the word anecdotal, Phyllis timed, and Thomas rang the bell as he counted Ahs/filler words and ballots.

Sam’s Table Topics started off with a bang as he launched right into having Matthew explain the purpose of D-Day.  Many people agreed with Matthew (a veteran who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm) that they really did not know why it was called that. As he explained, he accumulated enough ah’s and fillers that he went home with the Ah Stick at the end of the meeting.

Jay, our Florida friend, who we discovered was actually born in Pennsylvania, (though he grew up here), explained “Flight or Flight” in relation to D-Day.  Joyce won best Table Topic when she added  “Freeze” to the mix, though she admitted she’d scream first because she described herself as “scared of my own shadow.” Eugene followed up last week’s speech that included information about the atomic bomb, by explaining how he thought that bombing was related to D-Day.

Our prepared speakers included Ray who used visual aids (videos) to explain a “Road Diet for Loop Road” as a practice session for his anticipated opportunity to present this information at the Kannapolis City Council meeting Monday night June 9. Gerry evaluated his presentation, and gave him some good suggestions.

Al won best evaluator for his comments on John’s “Best Speaker” Ice Breaker where he reminded us of the three most important dimensions of his life: family/faith, long ago & far away, and storytelling as he advised us to glean happiness from all of our experiences.

Sonny gave a brief evaluation of the whole meeting as General Evaluator, so we got on with reminders about TLI June 21 at UNC Charlotte, and upcoming events: Tall Tales and Homemade Ice Cream contest July 12 (Eugene is coordinating), Awards and officer installation banquet July 19 (Georgia is coordinating). We also talked briefly about Bill Battermann’s engagement party in Etowah June 28 (Gerry has offered to drive) and a Health Walk Sept 6 that she is working on with the city of Kannapolis which is scheduled to start right after Goldmine’s regular meeting on that day.