Fast Forward/Rewind – February 9, 2024

Our VP of Public Relations Savannah Murphy began the meeting by sharing meaningful insights on the unjust or prejudicial treatment of individuals or groups based on certain characteristics such as race, gender, religion, or ethnicity, and leading us to the moment of silence in support and acknowledgement of Black Lives Matter movement. Savannah also introduced the bias flag and encouraged us to use it to support our journey of becoming better speakers, then turned the meeting over to our Toastmaster Dave Burr. Dave introduced the word of the day, “falter,” also gave a chance for everyone to introduce themselves briefly in a unique way! 

Toastmaster Norris Bass introduced our first speaker, Toastmaster Tina Joe, who captivated the audience with her compelling speech titled “Dare to Dream.” Tina shared her personal dreams, taking us on a meaningful journey that resonated with our own subconscious thoughts, emotions, and unfulfilled desires. Her remarkable body language further enhanced the impact of her message, deftly maneuvering our emotions and immersing us in her narrative. Norris provided valuable feedback, delivering insightful observations that recognized Tina’s strengths and highlighted areas for improvement.

Toastmaster Greg Sutton introduced our second speaker, Toastmaster Hema N Kellett, who delivered her ice-breaking speech. Hema’s speech took us on a heartfelt journey through her early life experiences and the responsibilities she carried. She beautifully illustrated that challenges have the power to either break us or make us stronger, more resilient, and more responsible. Hema openly shared about her educational pursuits and career shifts, revealing how these experiences have shaped her into the strong individual she is today, despite the obstacles she encountered. Greg provided commendable feedback, offering valuable insights that acknowledged Hema’s strengths and shed light on areas for improvement. Well done, Hema!

Toastmaster Abdulrahman Albazie led an engaging table topic, presenting thought-provoking questions to elicit spontaneous responses from participants, including our guest, Victoria. The purpose of this interactive segment was to enhance our ability to think on our feet, construct coherent thoughts, and deliver effective impromptu responses.

Toastmaster Kerstin Haase served as a General Evaluator, offering feedback on the meeting. Toastmaster Saraswathi Mahalingam provided the Timer report, ensuring that each segment adhered to the allotted time. And Toastmaster Anu Parvathaneni presented the Grammarian report, emphasizing effective language usage. Well done team, and excellent job Saraswathi on your first role!

Dave smoothly handed the meeting over to Savannah to adjourn the meeting.

The next Sunrise Toastmasters meeting will be at 7 a.m. on February 16, EST. If you would like to join our meeting as a guest, contact us for the meeting link.

The roles for the next meeting are as follows:

Toastmaster: Norris

Speaker 1: Abdulrahman  

Speaker 2: Dave 

Table Topics: Greg 

General Evaluator: Tim    

Evaluator 1: Summer

Evaluator 2: Anu

Timer: Hema

Grammarian: Tina Joe