Fast Forward/Rewind – December 08, 2023

Our VP of Education, Kerstin Haase, opened the meeting and highlighted a matter that demands our attention – the issue of inequality and its impact on social mobility, limited access to crucial resources and opportunities, and its contribution to social unrest. Specifically, she has shed light on the challenges faced by women of color, who continue to experience disparities in various aspects of their lives, leading us deliberately to our minute of silence in acknowledgement and support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kerstin dispelled any doubts about the Bias Flag and encouraged us to use it to support our journey of becoming better speakers. She then smoothly handed over the meeting to our Toastmaster, Summer Murphy. Summer introduced the word of the day, “accessible,” setting an enthusiastic tone for the remainder of the meeting!

Toastmaster Dave Burr introduced our first speaker, Toastmaster Savannah Murphy. Savannah delivered a captivating speech titled “An End to Quietly Failing,” taking the audience on a deeply personal journey of accountability and self-reliance. Her speech resonated with everyone as she shared her experiences of shedding the fear of vulnerability and embracing the value of collaboration and remaindering us that seeking assistance is not a sign of weakness but rather a testament to one’s determination and willingness to learn and improve. Dave delivered exceptional feedback, offering valuable insights and constructive suggestions. Well done!!!

Toastmaster Greg Sutton introduced our second speaker, Toastmaster Stiles Burr. In his engaging speech, titled “Just Do It,” the speaker, Stiles, delved into the power of taking action and the detrimental effects of overthinking. He shared his personal experiences and reflections on the significance of making daily decisions and the consequences of hesitating and allowing negative thoughts to hinder progress, i.e., letting opportunities slip away. Finally, he urged the audience to embrace the “Just Do It” mindset, conquer their anxieties, and seize opportunities. Greg provided invaluable feedback, offering profound insights and constructive comments. Excellent!

Toastmaster Tim Murphy led an engaging table topic session by posing real-life questions, enhancing our ability to think on our feet and respond spontaneously. Great job, Tim!

Toastmaster John Doggett served as the General Evaluator, ensuring the meeting’s effectiveness, and evaluating the meeting overall. Toastmaster Abdulrahman Albazie delivered the Timer report, while Toastmaster Anu Parvathaneni provided a comprehensive Grammarian report.  Amazing effort, Team!

Summer reviewed the upcoming week’s roles and handed over to Kerstin to adjourn the meeting.

The next Sunrise Toastmasters meeting will be at 7 a.m. on December 15, 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: Abdulrahman

Speaker 1: Anu

Speaker 2: John

Table Topics: Summer

General Evaluator: Greg

Evaluator 1: Tim

Evaluator 2: Dave

Timer: Renuka

Grammarian: Norris