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Top Ladies of Distinction's prayer breakfast


By Tricia Hall

The Sojourner's Truth


Pink, gold and white decorations welcomed dozens of guests to the Toledo Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America's annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, January 25, 2020.


Lady Denise Black Poon served as the mistress of ceremonies and program co-chair. The program opened with a congregational song, praise dance presented by Top Teens, and prayer delivered by Lady Clara Brank. The program also provided information about three programs that the chapter supports. LaShardaw Scott spoke about sickle cell, Paige Reyes spoke about March of Dimes, and Lady Delores Bates spoke about Boots for Bare Feet.


Immediately following breakfast, Lady Wanda Terrell Galloway, program co-chair introduced the featured speaker Bishop Pat McKinstry. The bishop also blessed the prayer cards that were collected from attendees.


Bishop McKinstry has held the position of Worship Center pastor for 30 years, worked in ministry a total of 60 years, married to her husband Luther McKinstry Jr. for 50 years and mother to Prophet Luther Luther McKinstry III. The bishop connected the breakfast theme with the organization's name and focused on why a Lady of Distinction shall wear a crown.


"Serving as a lady of distinction allows people to recognize the calling or blessing on your life. That doesn't mean that a lady of distinction is elite, but it does mean that God has more in store for her. A lady of distinction wears and accepts her crown with honor, and anyone that she comes into contact with is completed simply because she's blessed."


The program concluded with the presentation of four special recognitions and closing remarks. Toledo City Council Members Yvonne Harper and Larry Sykes presented a proclamation to the Top Ladies of Distinction and a proclamation to Bishop McKinstry.


"I want to thank everyone who took the time to join us this afternoon. Thank you, Bishop, for the word. Thank you to our ladies, lords and top teens," shared Lady Mary McKinley Reed, chapter president during closing remarks.


The Toledo Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction are: Lady Ann Battles, organizer; Lady Mary McKinley-Reed, president; Lady Denise Cardwell, first vice president, program chair and Top Teens Advisor; Lady Denise Black Poon, second vice president and project chair; Lady Wanda Terrell Galloway, recording secretary and director of operations; Lady Clara Petty, corresponding secretary and chaplain; Lady Barbara Tucker, financial secretary; Lady Elizabeth Flournoy, treasurer; Lady Delores Anderson, Sargent at Arms; Lady Delores Bates, historian; Lady Madeline Standard. Top Teens: Teen Taiya Miller, president; Teen Taylor Halsey, first vice president; Teen Esparenza Mallauer, second vice president; Teen Daiya Miller, treasurer; and Teen Amari Wilson, secretary. Lords: Everett Anderson, Larry Cardwell, Rovert Flournoy, Steve Galloway, Darryl Reed, and Willie Tucker.


Top Ladies of Distinction have five National Thrusts: Top Teens of America, status of Women, senior citizens, community beautification, and community partnerships. The five national projects: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council of Negro Women, United Negro College Fund, literacy, and sickle cell disease awareness.



Copyright © 2019 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 01/30/20 08:56:16 -0500.



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