Friday, January 16, 2015

When the Cat's Away Jan. 10, 2015



When the cat’s away…Goldmine officers were away at training event on January 10, so there was a small group at the Goldmine: Sam, John, Jerry, Sonny, Paul, Phyllis...and repeat guest Joyce.  Jerry started our meeting with a thought about how without winter there would be no spring, and without adversity, no joy. Paul jumped right in with funny little story.
Toastmaster of the Day Sam said "Let's just do all Table Topics" which went very well. Every Goldmine member participated with impromptu speeches of 1-2 minutes:
·       Jerry told of a favorite story/experience from childhood; he was spanked "with a flower"
·       Paul imagined a new experience of riding on a speedboat, maybe as a natural progression from his motorcycle
·       John chose his great grandfather as the person from the past he most wanted to ask questions; he was in the Civil War, perhaps part of Pickens’ Charge
·       Sonny’s choice of a field or profession he might like to try was “Great Communicator” (he aspires to being paid to talk)
·       Sam, as a professional artist would choose to make money drawing in black and white
·       Phyllis remembered a childhood pastime of looking at the world a different way, upside down in her child-sized red rocking chair (winner).
Phyllis served as the Table Topics Master (pulling questions from the Chat Pack box), Paul was timer, Sonny grammarian, Jerry Ah bell/Ballot counter, and John General Evaluator.
We had fun!

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 3rd,2015

New beginnings was the appropriate theme for this first meeting of the Goldmine Toastmasters at their new location: Connect Christian Church. Presiding officer Matthew Charity called the meeting to order, followed by the thought of the day: The nicest thing about the future: it always start tomorrow.

Toastmaster Sonny Tolbert welcomed members to explain their assigned roles. Phyllis Kombol tickled our funny bones as Jokemaster. Grammarian John Shepherd  defined and explained  the  usage of the word of the day (URBANE). Ah Bell/Ballot Counter Janice Silver kept track of crutch words and sounds such as, "Uh and um" from anyone who speaks during the meeting, and Sam Mullis, our Timer, made sure the meeting started and ended in a timely manner.

Table Topics Master Matthew Charity gave four members the opportunity to think quickly and respond to a variety of questions. Jay Johnson was asked at what stage of his life did he have a new beginning. He responded that every day was a new beginning. The next question was "If he had two things to fix in the world, what would it be?" John Shepherd said he would fix the addictions of the world. Janice Silver's New Year resolution was the start of each day is a new year. Joyce Preston was put on the hot seat when ask what she thought about climate control and global warming.

Prepared speakers were Phyllis Kombol and Dana Michelle. Phyllis spoke from the CC Manual, Project 6, Vocal Variety.  Her speech was entitled: "What Do We tell Our Sons?"
"Persuade with Power" was Dana's objective with her speech entitled: "Winners Make Adjustments, Not Excuses."

General  Evaluator Serena Edwards  introduced the evaluators for the meeting. Evaluating Phyllis Kombol's speech was Jerry Weikle and Gerry Fenner evaluated Dana Michelle's speech. 

John Shepherd gave the grammarian report, picking out good and bad uses of grammar. Serena Edwards gave her overall evaluation of the meeting, citing areas we do well, as well as areas we can improve.
Presiding  officer  Matthew Charity ask for members comments.

Business: Matthew gave the news that Georgia Carlton resigned as VP of Public Relations. John Shepherd nominated Dana Michelle to be the new VP of Public Relations. She accepted.   

Awards were as  follows: Best Table Topic speech: Jay Johnson. Best Speaker: Phyllis Kombol. Best Evaluator: Jerry Weikle. And the "Ah" stick went to Sonny Tolbert.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

End of 2014=Moving Day for Goldmine



The end of the world as we know it….no, not really.  Just the end of the year, AND the end of our stay at Rotary Hall in downtown Kannapolis.  John was our Toastmaster of the day, which we thought fitting, since he was also our Toastmaster of the day our first meeting at Rotary Hall, the first meeting of 2014!

He reviewed the top news stories with us, and shared some of the new words being added to the dictionary for the coming year, and shared an e-mail greeting from Dana who was absent from the group.

Appropriate to the end of the year, Georgia offered as thought of the day a quote from T.S. Elliot: “Last year’s words belong to last year.  Next year’s words await another voice.” Thomas’ joke reminded us of how silly we used to think it was when people apparently talked to themselves, but now we are probably just hearing someone on their cell phone.

John spun our Table Topics from current news events.  Jennifer addressing the question of whether we should be in space since there have been 3 accidents in the space program this year.  Georgia took off from the top 10 weird animal stories reported to share her preference for the black panthers in Florida.  Serena reminded us all about how hard it is to make new good habits stick, and Phyllis won the Best Table Topic award by addressing whether we are “cutting too much slack” for our athletes.
Matthew won Best Speaker with his report on his High Performance Leadership project about his role as sponsorship chair for the District 37 fall conference. Jerry was our other speaker, with a goodwill speech (from the Public Relations advanced manual), “Practice Makes Perfect.” Jay won Best Evaluator, evaluating Matthew’s speech; Thomas was Jerry’s evaluator.

Joyce was our general evaluator and pointed out some of our top performances. Serena noted some of our creative “non-Ahs” and double clutches as she counted ballots so that she could give out awards at the close of our meeting.

As we reviewed our upcoming plans for our new location, officers and all interested individuals were reminded to go to the D37 website to register for Jan. 10 TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute)…required for officers, but also some of the best (inexpensive) education available.  It will be paid by the club for officers, and held in Cornelius this year.

And then we moved our supplies and meeting paraphernalia to our new location at Connect Christian Church at 3101 Davidson Highway (Highway 73 between I85 and Hwy 29) in Concord.  See you there in the new year!!
Your blogger today was Phyllis.