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.

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