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Sisters Betty Funderburke and Elinora Reynolds
Achieve Top Honor in Toastmasters International

Betty Funderburke, an Aurora businesswoman, has been awarded Toastmaster International’s highest achievement, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). The award is the culmination of her four years of participation as a member of a number of Aurora local toastmasters clubs. To earn the DTM (the highest designation awarded by Toastmasters International), Betty had to give 40+ speeches and execute a number of leadership projects. Two of her favorite speeches were "Angels" and "Creation." While serving as District Secretary in 2009-2010, she and her sister, Elinora Reynolds co-sponsored a new toastmasters club in Aurora – Absolutely Articulate Toastmasters Club #1272692 that meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 8:45 am at the Life Care Center of Aurora. Proudly joining her younger sister, Elinora Reynolds who earned her DTM in 2009, these sassy sisters continue to stand out in the Aurora community as role models and leaders. After joining Toastmasters International in 2003, Elinora encouraged her sister, Betty to join 3 years later. In 2009, Elinora (a local event planner and grant writer) was named Area Governor of the Year and in 2010, Betty was named Toastmaster of the Year in her home club.

Betty Funderburke currently works as a Host Home provider for developmentally and mentally challenged adults. Having received many community awards based on her community outreach work to help others, Betty’s unselfish love and desire to reach out to others have proven to be helpful in her role as club co-sponsor, mentor and leader. As co-founder of the city’s Annual Back Home Gospel Shout Out event and a devoted member of her church (Free Indeed Deliverance Ministry), Betty says "I credit God, my parents, and our good family rearing in Kansas City, Missouri where I was encouraged to speak up and help others as key factors that have made an impact overflowing

Betty Funderburke

on my life." Since Betty loves to talk and meet new people, many say that it is impossible for her to meet a stranger. Past President of the Absolutely Articulate Toastmasters Club, Elinora insists that "In order for leaders to be successful, we must have the courage and the skill to speak up." Both Betty and Elinora continue to learn from accomplished Absolutely Articulate club members such as Darryle Brown, Byron Embry, Ian Humphrey, Paul Wyles and others.

On November 20, Betty and Elinora achieved another accomplishment by hosting their 6th Annual Back Home Gospel Shout Out event where they honored 10 of the city’s exceptional citizens with their random acts of kindness award. Believing that random acts of kindness are powerful ways of changing the world one act at a time, the 2010 honorees included Sia Chandler, Zona Moore, Kelley Mymern, Cassandra Perkins, Patricia Shaver, Ruth Yamauchi and Toastmasters Gi Gi deGala, Gail Hamilton, Annette Sills-Brown and Rashad Younger.

Sisters Betty and Elinora have recently downsized from 5 toastmaster clubs to only 3 local clubs including the Absolutely Articulate Club, Aurorators Club and the Simply Speaking Club in the D-6 area. Relying on God for guidance and leadership, Betty and Elinora’s DTM badge reads "lift as you climb." They are currently working on a book project while enjoying public speaking engagements.

Betty received her DTM award on Oct. 3rd; we did a big thing at our Absolutely Articulate Club meeting on Sat., Oct. 11th in front of a packed house when Betty also presented to every club member a "You're Special Award" for helping her make it with everyone's prayers, help and support. — E
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