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Goldmine Toastmasters hosted a special event March 29 to induct 10 new members into their club.
Three speakers opened the meeting. Richard Archer spoke about “What’s In It for Me?” exploring some of the reasons people seek Toastmasters.
He emphasized the importance of listening and developing skills to “think on your feet.”
Al Minter followed with “The Incredible Journey.” He described Toastmasters as a map for members to move forward in their journeys, by dreaming big and moving forward one step at a time.
Brian Woolf’s speech “Miss Manners Comes to Goldmine,” emphasized characteristics of a successful club.
He referenced the Toastmaster Founder, Ralph Smedley’s statement that “We learn best in moments of enjoyment…”
Following the speeches, Jay Nodine welcomed new members.
Nodine and Goldmine president Minter issued Toastmaster pins to Matthey Charity, Rusty Mitchell, Wayne Jones, Joyce Preston, Kim Jackson, Belinda Dublin, Alex Porter, Pam Taylor, Fred Biggers and Bob Boylan in a formal induction ceremony.
As Master Evaluator, Bill Battermann reflected on the meeting adding encouragement for both new and long-standing members.
He concluded with questions and answers.
Minter adjourned the meeting by referencing Winston Churchill’s advice, “Whatever you do, never, never, ever … give up.”
Silver Queen Strollers
Fourteen members of the Silver Queen Strollers of Miller Center Red Hat Society journeyed to Charlotte March 26 to celebrate the birthday of their queen mothers Evelyn Clayborn and Elnora Woods. The group enjoyed lunch at the elegant restaurant Woods of South Charlotte.
Marvin Woods, former TV chef of the show “Home Plate,” is the son of Elnora Woods.
The club is having a contest to see which members can write the best theme song for the group.
They will be attending and worshiping at Southern City AME Zion Church Apr. 27 with member Madgaline Fox.
Girl Scout outing
Miller Center Girl Scouts enjoyed a trip March 22 to see the Harlem Globetrotters.
Two of the scouts, Courtney Johnson and Taniya Worth, participated in the karaoke contest. Each contestant in the contest won a red, white, and blue Globetrotter arm band.
The Scouts enjoyed taking pictures with the Trotters and getting basketballs and other souvenirs autographed. They had lunch at Bojangle’s.
Ruby Walker and Evelyn Clayborn, both scout leaders, accompanied the girls on the trip along with their parents.
Red Hats
On Mar. 11, the Chapeaux Rouge Diva Society enjoyed lunch at the J-T-K Restaurant in Lexington and then took advantage of a red hat sale at the Merle Norman Studio across the street from the restaurant.
They then stopped at Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookie Factory in Clemmons.
Joan Smith is queen mother.
On March 14, the Classy Red Hat Society were entertained and served lunch at the Silver Arts Show and Craft Fair. The Red Hatters gave a fashion show narrated by Alice Jamison.
The queen mother is Sara Owen.
Yawn Patrol Zone
Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters met April 1 at United Cabarrus Insurance offices. Lisa Fowler was Toastmaster for the evening, and the theme was “April Fool’s Day.”
Table topics winner was June Pryor. Jeff Hoffner was voted Best Speaker and Ken Miller was voted Best Evaluator.
Lions
The China Grove branch of the Rockwell Lions Club met March 25. Future White Cane drives were planned as well as the VIP Putt-Putt for April 12 at Dan Nicholas Park.
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