Fast Forward/Rewind -June 9, 2023

President, Toastmaster Amelya Black, opened the meeting reminding us Juneteenth is in ten days and how important it is to remember our history, deliberately leading us to our minute of silence in acknowledgement and support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Amelya shared how to use our bias flag to support our journey to become better speakers and transitioned the meeting to the day’s Toastmaster Greg Sutton. Greg chose identity as the word of the day, defining and encouraging use of this word during the meeting. We reviewed the meeting agenda, and another memorable Sunrise Toastmasters meeting began. 

Toastmaster Tim Murphy introduced our first speaker and volunteer, Toastmaster Summer Murphy. Summer speech was about contributory and ambiguous results of researching whether artificial sweeteners and contribute to negative health outcomes. Evaluator Tim said she did a great job making the speech, conversational and incorporating humor into wha could be a dry topic. Well done, Toastmaster!   

Toastmaster Dave Burr introduced our second speaker, Toastmaster Stiles Burr. Stiles shared a personal speech about trying to overcome his tendency to be a people pleaser during this well executed speech. Evaluator Dave said Stiles showed vulnerability in doing a speech about looking inward and trying to change, and praised the club for being a safe space to do just that. Great speech Toastmaster Stiles!

During Table Topics, Kelly Gentry led an engaging session based on the game, “Would you rather”, challenging Toastmasters in a spontaneous conversation session to strengthening our ability to compose thoughts and speak intentionally. Well done Toastmasters!

Serving as our General Evaluator, Angela Marsh, and summarized the breakfast of champions portion of our meeting with depth and knowledgeable feedback of the day’s meeting. Insightful and thoughtful speech evaluations were provided by Toastmasters Tim and Dave sharing strengths and areas to improve. Toastmaster Amelya Black provided another stellar Timer report and Toastmaster Savanna Murphy shared a Grammarian report with helpful detail, acknowledging use of the word of the day and any bias flags. As a team they collectively helped their fellow Toastmaster’s continued on their journey of progress and growth – well done everyone!

Greg reviewed roles for next week and the meeting was transitioned to Amelya to close another wonderful Sunrise Toastmasters meeting. We welcomed Latoya as a new club member, welcome Toastmaster!

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

The roles for that meeting are as follows:

Toastmaster:  Tim
Speaker 1: Maria
Speaker 2: Karen
Table Topics:  Summer
Gen. Evaluator:  Kerstin
Evaluator 1: John
Evaluator 2:  Norris
Timer: Kelly
Grammarian: Luz