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