Fast forward/Rewind 3/5/21

Summer Murphy, toastmaster for the March 5 Sunrise Toastmasters meeting, opened with introductions pertaining to the word of the day, impact. Members and guests took turns telling one another what women had made an impact on their life. It was a fitting introduction subject as we went into our first speaker for the morning, Bettina Ross who spoke on what it meant for her to be a black woman and the ways societal stereotypes had impacted her story and identity. Her speech titled, Who Am I, Seriously, shook the group with its authenticity, vulnerability, and in the ways it challenged members to continue speaking up for equality and justice. It was difficult for the next speaker to follow such a talk but Amelya Black continued the meeting with her speech titled, Ill Meet You Where You Are. Amelya shared stories about extraordinary communication moments from her life calling on the group to be open to the exchange of feelings and information with others outside of typical spoken dialogue. Summer Murphy moved the group into the Table Topics portion hosted by Dave Burr. Dave asked for participants to take on the roles of mentors, futurists, and engineers in the world of technological advancement. The group made improvements and enhancements from things like accessibility to consumer goods to better protection on the internet. Evaluations were headed up by general evaluator, Savannah Murphy. Joining her were evaluators Norris Bass and Anu Parvathaneni, timer Karen Rhodes, and grammarian Dustin Johnson. It was an impactful meeting! Please join Sunrise Toastmasters at their next meeting via zoom on March 12, 2021. Guests are always welcomed.