Sunrise Toastmasters 3-13-15 Rewind & Fast-Forward 3-20-15

Sunrise Toastmaster President, Angela Ligon, opened the meeting held on March 13th and reminded everyone of the Area 53 Toastmaster Competition. She advised that Lolita Henley and Dave Burr will represent Sunrise Toastmasters at the contest to be held Monday, March 16th at 6pm at Wesley Long Hospital, Classroom #1. After making a few other announcements, she turned the meeting over to Toastmaster, Richard Schmidt.

Richard’s theme and word of the day was Nutritarian (a person who eats as many micronutrients per calorie as possible, primarily from vegetables and fresh fruits, and avoids processed foods. He supported the nutritarian lifestyle by providing very compelling facts. His topic was interesting and gave us much to think about including A.N.D.I. (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) and S.A.D. (Standard American Diet).

Jenna Willingham shared a very heart-felt Icebreaker speech entitled, “What Makes Me, Me”. As part of her presentation, she offered a Corrie ten Boom quote from The Hiding Place: …“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” This quote is a favorite of Jenna’s and it speaks to her and her life.

In practice for competition, Dave Burr revised his pocket speech from last week and re-presented it as, “Binky’s Old Fashion Decorum”. His new version continued to paint a vivid picture of the scantily clad attractive Belgium couple and offered a look into how his grandmother “Binky” would have viewed their behavior. His presentation was lively and also asked the question “Should freedom of expression override proper etiquette? How would Binky, or even your grandmother, react?

Alvin Powell led an interesting Table Topics session regarding Food Deserts (not to be confused with Food Desserts). Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. Unfortunately, Guilford County has areas classified as food deserts. Thank you, Alvin, for educating us on this disparity and for asking us probing questions.

Thank you to Phil Stringer, Lolita Henley and Brett Williams for serving as evaluators. Thank you also for all attendees! Our meetings and our culture are shaped by your presence!

Check the website for the next meeting’s agenda and speakers.

Respectfully Submitted by
Angela Ligon