Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20th Goldmine Meeting

September 20th Goldmine Meeting

Our Presiding Officer Matthew Charity called the meeting to order and Serena Edwards presented the Thought of the Day.  Our Toastmaster Al Minter announced the meeting's theme this week to be "Shoot for the Moon," which was inspired by a quote he gave by Les Brown.  "Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  Next, he introduced our Jokemaster, Sam Mullis.  The Grammarian was Sam Mullis as well, the Timer was Phyllis Kombol and our Ah Bell/Ballot Counter was Georgia Carlton.
Jerry Weikle gave our Table Topics, which centered around the theme of shooting for the moon.  
  • Serena Edwards talked about her first (unexpected) encounter with a movie star's wife, at The Bass Pro Shop at Concord Mills!  She may not be of the Celestial Stars, but it was still a cool experience.
  • Joyce (our Guest) told us whether she would play it safe or shoot for the stars when playing Roulette.  She said why not shoot for the stars, if we're already playing Roulette??? 
  • Matthew Charity told us about what he would do if he shot for the moon, and failed miserably.  He would try and try until he succeeded!  
  • Georgia Carlton decided it would be better for her to choose Caramel Popcorn to take to the moon than Cinnamon Porkskins.  She has more of a sweet tooth than a skin tooth.
The Speakers were:
  • Joyce Preston,  Joyce practiced her Humorous Speech, "It's About Time."  She enlightened us on how the world could be improved if only they would add Menopausal Parking in the grocery stores!!!  She brought laughter to the audience as she described her Tollhouse Cookie Roads and exit lanes every 500 feet.  God bless this sweaty woman!!!  
  • Gerry Fenner,  Gerry's speech was titled "Memory Card Full," which was a speech about her mother, Virginia, also called Ms. Jenny.  She told us all how she has been blessed to have the memories that were stored up on her mother's mind (memory card), although she could no longer remember them as she fell to Alzheimer's Disease.  She told us her mother's words to her, asking if she was living or was she only existing?  Which made us all think about how we are living our own moments.
Matthew Charity served as our General Evaluator, and introduced our evaluators.  Kemp Edwards evaluated Joyce Preston.  Sonny Tolbert evaluated Gerry Fenner.  All speakers, evaluators and Table Topics participants qualified today!!!  All in all, it was a great meeting, followed by our Area 13 Humorous Speeches and Evaluation Contest, which was a great turnout!

Best Speaker:  Gerry Fenner
Best Table Topics Speaker:  Matthew Charity
Best Evaluator:  Sonny Tolbert

Order of Business:
  • Dues are due for this coming quarter, so if you have your checks, you can either send them into our P.O. Box in Kannapolis, or you can give your checks directly to our Treasurer Thomas Kombol.
  • The Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests will be held on Thursday October 9, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 PM at Concord Fire station #9 (1020 Ivey Cline Rd near I-85 and Pitts School Road.)  So come and support our Division Leaders!  
  •  The Fall 2014 conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro from October 31 - November 2, 2014.   It will feature the  Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests, and educational sessions.  To register, visit the d37toastmasters page.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Humorous & Evaluation Contest Saturday, September 13, 2014"

Greetings Goldminers!  We had a wonderful time at the Contest!  Steven (our weekly guest) brought chocolate chip cookies to sweeten things up a bit! Matthew graciously served as our Chief Judge.  Al Minter gave a warm welcome as Sergeant At Arms, before leading us in The Pledge of Allegiance, and introducing our Contest Master; (who did a beautiful job) Glenda Edwards.  For our Humorous Contest, we had the one and only (literally) Joyce Preston, with a speech titled, “It’s Time.”  Joyce engaged us with humor as she spoke about having parking spaces for menopausal women! Well, you have my vote!

There were three wonderful contestants for the Evaluation Contest; Thomas Kombol, Joyce Preston, and Jerry Weikle. In the end, we have to say congratulations to Joyce and Jerry for first and second place. We say a job well done to all of our contestants for giving very thorough and insightful evaluations. Tim Edwards served as the target speaker, as he gave a very interesting and engaging speech titled “Camping is Fun!” He shared it in such a way, that we could imagine being right there, in the midst of all the action! Our humble and seasoned judges were; John Shepherd, Al Minter, and Sam Mullis—joined by the lovely Serena Edwards and Laura Levin representing the ladies on the panel! Laura is our latest addition to our Goldmine family, who died to who she was (Hal) to become who she is now…welcome Laura!

Making sure everything stayed on schedule in a timely manner, was our terrific timers—Gerry Fenner and Georgia Carlton, with Dana Mich’elle and Laura Levin as our ballot counters…Thank you ladies!

Sonny Tolbert was scheduled to join us in the humorous contest, but the flu held him hostage!  You can’t keep a good Toastmaster down, so we’ll look to see you, Sonny, at the next meeting! We’re thankful for a safe return for Phyllis, and a Happy Birthday shout out with many blessings, to Ms. Gerry Fenner (September 16, 2014)!  To all of you who were not able to join us; know that you were missed!
Congratulations to Joyce for placing first in the humorous and evaluation contests.  Congratulations to Joyce and Jerry for moving on to the Area 13 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests to represent Goldmine on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Again, congratulations to ALL of our contestants for a job well done!  

Peace and Blessings,

~Dana Mich’elle~

Disclaimer: There was a mix-up Saturday and I (Dana Mich’elle) was inaccurately congratulated as Contest Chair. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, but I cannot in good faith take credit for this.  Hats off to everyone for helping making the contest a success!    

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Laughter and Applause Sept. 6, 2014

Sept. 6, 2014—If you were standing outside, you’d have wondered what all the laughter and applause was about.

Al Minter opened our meeting as the Sergeant at Arms, Joyce Preston  as Presiding Officer and General Evaluator, Phyllis Kombol as Toastmaster of the day where “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants” was the theme for our dozen attendees, including returning guests Joyce O and Stephen.
Kemp Edwards, who doubled as Timer, offered a Thought of the day (from Joel Osteen) that challenged us not to think so much about what will be as what you are now, as even God announced himself as the great “I AM” not the “I will be.”

Georgia Carlton started us laughing with a joke about a couple who died on the way to get married, and then contemplated both marriage and divorce possibilities in heaven, to the dismay of St. Peter. Jerry Weikle challenged us to use our word of the day: burgeon, and he listened for creative uses of the language as well, and ended up pointing out some of the unintentional “fur” and “tuh” usage he heard in place of “for” and “to.” (Another one: gonna for going to.) He challenged us to be aware of these.

Serena Edwards’ Table Topics questions asked Paul Junior about what gets him upset (not being able to communicate as well as he’d like), Kemp Edwards’ about his perfect job (full time ministry), Joyce Preston’s about whether technology lives up to its promises (not so much), and Jerry Weikle about persons from history he’d like to know (many). Our winner was John Shepherd, the mad scientist, who created audience participation opportunities telling us about his newest invention, the space-time continuum machine.

In our prepared speeches, Sonny Tolbert explained Successful Negotiation from the advanced Interpersonal Communication manual.  After he explained principles, he enlisted John to role play a car purchasing negotiation that erupted into unexpected humor from some unintentional miscommunication, and included a Q&A session for more audience participation.

The kid from St. Louis, Al Minter, won best speaker by sharing lessons learned from his compassionate teacher mother, his father who taught him diverse skills, and the Dominican Drill Sergeant Disciplinarian Catholic nuns. The imagery his stories called to mind some of our own childhood memories.

Georgia Carlton wandered off the beaten path a bit evaluating Al, so went over time. Paul Junior won Best Evaluator for his evaluation of Sonny’s presentation, demonstrating his improving speaking skills.

Joyce reminded us to try to not acknowledge the ah bell, and that the evaluation is to be about the speaker’s skills, not the content of the speech. She also reviewed the line-up for 2 weeks ahead and reminded us that this coming Saturday is the Humorous and Evaluation club contest, from which 2 members can advance to the area contest.

In other news, John may be missing a couple meetings as he is having cataract surgery first in one eye and then the other. We thought we might just avoid his path if he wanted to try driving without being able to see….though it might be better if someone just went and picked him up and drove him to the meeting!

Kemp took home the Ah stick, as we came in “on a wing and a prayer” about 10 minutes after the hour. Several of us then visited Gerry Fenner and the Fit Focus group display in the parking lot next to Rotary hall.
                                                                                           This blog entry written by Phyllis Kombol.