Fast Forward/Rewind 08/28/20

Hello Sunrise Toastmasters! 

Our 08/28/20 meeting featured a visit from our new Area 53 Director, Scott Adams. It was wonderful to meet Scott and hear his ideas for improving our district and assisting our club. Scott told us he has been bragging about our club all week, especially our online marketing efforts. We had 13 in attendance for this meeting, including a few first-time visitors, which we always welcome. Thanks and so happy to have you, Wendy, Kelsey, and especially, Corrin, one of our visitors who joined us from California at 4 a.m. her time!

Our meeting’s Toastmaster, Karen, introduced the meeting’s theme, “humankind,” which also served as the word of the day in observance of “Be Kind to Humankind” Week. A theme of positivity resounded throughout the meeting, with numerous speakers using the word of the day, speeches on communication and how a unique, open-world video game with no combat can foster escapism in a difficult world. Josh led Table Topics with questions that invoked speeches on the seemingly fleeting positive aspects of our ever-extending COVID-19 “stay-at-home” trend.         

Norris’s speech focused on the four communications styles as a continuation of his speech from the week before. He also cleverly incorporated how various communication styles can be used effectively to remind clubs that dues are due. It was a fantastic way to remind us about our own need to stay current as a club! Savannah’s speech gave us an overview of the positive nature of a popular open-world video game, as properly explained by the speech title,  “The World is Terrible – Play Animal Crossing.” 

In other words, definitely a meeting to remember! 

And in other news, big congratulations to fellow N.C. Toastmaster Lisa-Marie Miller of Durham for taking second place in the World Championship of Public Speaking at the virtual 2020 Toastmasters International Convention! Her finals speech, “Pretending Not to Know” excelled on multiple levels. Check it out here: (her speech begins at 22:27).    

The meeting roles for next week are:
Toastmaster: Summer
Speaker 1: Karen
Speaker 2: Dave
Table Topics: Tim
General Evaluator: Anu
Speech Evaluator 1: Norris
Speech Evaluator 2: Josh
Timer/Grammarian: Dustin

Please note our schedule for the month of September posted on the website at
Be sure to confirm your role by using the link on the website under the roles schedule, or go directly there from this link:

Thanks all – looking forward to seeing you on Friday!