2 speeches from tonite – 1 table topic & 1 International speech contest – Titles: My 1st medical trauma & I was drafted – Paul & Sara Finkelstein

As always, West Boca Toastmasters goal is to have EVERYONE speak at every meeting.  And that we did tonite for yet another meeting.  I know it be true, because since July 2014, my wife and I joined this evening club that meets in West Boca Raton, FL at Olympic Heights High School and everyone does get to speak.  After the major roles are filled, like General Evaluator, Toastmaster of the day, Topicmaster, Evaluator, the rest of a Wednesday evening’s attendees get to do table topics.

This is truly one of the BEST reasons to join THIS club!  Everyone gets to speak every week.  Practice every week the same as you do for your muscles at the gym.  Miss a week and you may feel weak.  Miss a speaking opportunity at a toastmaster club, your impromptu skills or public speaking skills may be a tad off.

FANTASTIC meeting!   Brenda Hernandez led our topics portion of the evening.  So many super cool table topics.  Tonite’s theme was to think of your 1st time you _______.  Brenda called us up and surprised us with various situations in our lives.  Very FUN!

The purpose of table topics at a Toastmasters meeting is to help us ALL feel more confident thinking on our feet, and perhaps the ability to switch topics too.

The art of the Segue.  And if you can spell it you get double points, right!!!

John Gentithes, Lori Vinikoor and Sara Finkelstein were tonite’s contestants in our club INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST.  ALL gave phenomenal very informative speeches. Our judges top vote getter was Lori Vinikoor, Water is everywhere.
I recorded my wife’s speech, I was drafted, so we can review our progress.  See below.

Also, Haobo Jiang was tonite’s word grammarian.  Great job fulfilling your duties as word grammarian.  We were greeted at the start of the evening with Svetlana Shames, our Sergeant at arms who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Joel Vinikoor led the main portion of the evening and was our fearless Toastmaster/Contestmaster of the evening.
To top it off Echo Wang stole the BEST TABLE TOPIC by singing UNFORGETTABLE!!!
Did Echo know it was Sara and my wedding song from 17 years ago?   Very touching.  Well for Sara and I for sure!!  Congrats Echo!!   To see everyone GROW as a speaker and a leader at West Boca Toastmasters is a true joy!

See you all NEXT WEEK!  Every Wednesday Eve!

NOTE: Feb 18th: Support our contest winners, Sara Finkelstein and Lori Vinikoor in the Area 33 contest, Boca Community Center, 8:00am to 1:00pm, $5 if rsvp in advance, $10 if a pay at the door, Online RSVP At ToastmastersD47.org (Scroll til you see the contests for Division C – Area 33)

WOW!   Great meeting!!

West Boca Toastmasters is our PEP talk to supercharge our weeks!!

Don’t miss a week if you can help it!!

I know we missed some of you at this past meeting.  We know things come up.
Family visits, HW – Homework, Work, Clients, Study, and other detours from our speaking and communication goals.  Don’t forget us!   We have not forgotten you.
You can do it!  Do another speech!  When you get a chance ASAP.  Get your name on the clipboard the very next club meeting.  February is a LOVE month.   I’d love to see you here next week!

Paul Finkelstein
Club President
July 2016-July 2017: Distinguished Presidents Club 10 out of 10!!!
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