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http://dashboards.toastmasters.org/Club.aspx?id=47 How your club ranks to entire District 47 – 160+ clubs

Re-read the Toastmasters PROMISE:

Bring your smile to your NEXT Toastmasters meeting….
Best Regards,

Paul S. Finkelstein, DTM
AREA Director, Area 50,Division E,District 47 Fiscal year July 2017 to 2018 July to July
561-302-0051 Direct cellphone or TEXT 9:00am to 9:00pm Mon to Fri Eastern Time Zone
Toastmasters International
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www.WestBocaToastmasters.org  Weekly Wednesday’s 6:45pm

You CAN DO IT!  Whatever your NEXT educational goals, Speaking goals, club goals, DTM, etc.  

Daybreak – 2nd and 4th Wed 6:00pm 5754
One Voice Unity – 2nd and 4th Thurs 7:00pm 6003629
North Miami Beach – 1st and 3rd Tues – 6:15pm 3840
305 Speaks – 2nd and 4th Thurs 6:30pm 6098434
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West Boca – WED – 7:15pm

Special SHOUT OUTs:

  • Congratulations – 11/4/17 –  50 Evaluation Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Willasue Susskind

o    2nd Place – Mary Mites-Campbel

3rd Place – Michael Fernandez

  • Congratulations – 51 Evaluation Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Robert Bullen

o    2nd Place – Aaron Miller

o    3rd Place – Paul Smith

  • Congratulations – 50 Humorous Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Samuel Pryce

o    2nd Place –Angela Ribeiro

o    3rd Place – Lori Bailey

  • Congratulations – 51 Humorous Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Robert Bullen

o    2nd Place – Albert Jimenez

o    3rd Place – Paul Smith

  •  To all of our Contestants and our Test Speakers (David Eltringham, Adrienne Williams) Thank You for stepping up and letting your voice be heard!
  • David Esposito as Contest Master, for enthusiastically serving as our Master of Ceremonies!
  • Michael Marich as Chief Judge, for effortlessly coordinating the Contest Functionaries throughout the Event!
  • Ana Rezende and Ruth Field Beck as Timers, for diligently keeping Time throughout the Contest!
  • Jose Alvarado, Gregory Diaz and Sara Finkelstein as Ballot Counters, for efficiently tallying the results!
  • Austen Canonica,  Victoria Achamizo, Jose Cunha as SAAs, who were tirelessly on their Feet for most of the Contest!
  • To our Event Support Team (Registration, Food & Beverage and Raffles)

o    For greeting our Guests with Radiant Smiles

o    For preparing and serving Food & Beverage

o    For SANDRA JACKSON working the entire Room to generate Raffle Sales

  • To our Anonymous Judges, for diligently serving in silence and for sharing your expertise!


Event Photography Slideshow of photos from Contests:


THANK YOU for your participation as a Contestant / Functionary / Volunteer / Guest / Member at our Area 50/51 of Division – Speech Contests on Saturday!  We sincerely appreciate your support in delivering and/or supporting a wonderful Event Experience for our Members!

Special SHOUT OUTs:

  • Congratulations – Area 50 Table Topic Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Willasue Susskind

o    2nd Place – Sam Price

o    3rd Place – Dharma Rajan

Congratulations – Area 50 International Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Carolyn Stein

o    2nd Place – Brajesh Singh

o    3rd Place – Michael Fernandez

  • Congratulations – Area 51 Table Topic Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Patricia Carlin

o    2nd Place – Sarah Cherres

Congratulations – Area 51 International Contest Winners!

o    1st Place – Berta Garcia

o    2nd Place – Heidi Anthony

  • To all of our Contestants, Thank You for stepping up and letting your voice be heard!
  • David Esposito and Austen Canonica as Co-Contest Masters, for enthusiastically serving as our Master of Ceremonies!

Area Director, Area 51, Michael Marich, as Contest Chair, for effortlessly coordinating the behind the scenes planning and  the Contestants and Functionaries throughout the Event!

  •        Area Director, Area 50, Paul Finkelsteinas Chief Judge, for effortlessly coordinating many behind the scenes planning and the Contest Functionaries throughout the Event!
  • Victoria Achamizo and Veronica Crawford as Timers, for diligently keeping Time throughout the Contest!
  • Neil Auguste, Kathryn Jones and Area Director, Area 53, Greg Diaz as Ballot Counters, for efficiently tallying the results!
  •       Shana Jerman, Michael Silverberg, Michael Silverberg  as SAAs, who were tirelessly on their Feet for most of the Contest!
  • To our Event Support Team ( Food & Beverage and Raffles)

o    For greeting our Guests with Radiant Smiles

o    For preparing and serving Food & Beverage

o    Ana Rezende and Jose Alvarado For working the entire Room to generate Raffle Sales

  • To our Anonymous Judges, for diligently serving in silence and for sharing your expertise!

The Event was a great success because of YOU!!!

Let’s continue to grow together to become more effective communicators and leaders!


Michael Marich, Contest Chair, Area Director, Area 51 of Division – Speech Contests

Paul Finkelstein, Chief Judges, Area Director, Area 50 of Division E, – Speech Contests!

  1. Let’s get YOUR club over 9 club goals BEFORE June 30 our Fiscal Term July 2017-2018 Toastmaster year.  You can do it!  Encourage all members to wrap up the term by completing their speech projects.

C – Commit to the Toastmasters Promise

P – Inject a Positive and friendly attitude at all club meetings for a fantastic first impression for all guests

R – Re-Charge your clubs with the excitement from contest season!

Toastmasters have Passion! Toastmasters have Passion!

More Passionate Toastmasters….

The common thread is Passion….

Meet Jose Alvarado and hear the Passion…

Guests get passionate from our Toastmaster meetings…
( Even past celebrity soap opera stars from the famous all my children )

My wife share her passion as a past contestant in a Toastmaster contest…


Pictured below:  North Miami Beach Toastmasters

Photography credit: My iphone

Below is Miami Beach Toastmasters club, which meets at the Botanical Gardens!!

AREA 50 COUNCIL dinner and a meeting…. Held on 7/31/2017
at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – Biscayne Blvd – Aventura, FL


1st podcast of 2,000.  Club Coaches and Advocates – SOUNDCLOUD
1st podcast – Video Version: YOUTUBE
2nd podcast – 7/19 – 2 in 1 – BOGO meetings – WOW! YOUTUBE or
Two meetings in one WOW!! SOUNDCLOUD
3rd podcast – 7/19 – FULL PRODUCTION – YOUTUBE
or It CAN be a FULL TV production of effort to pull off a GREAT meeting – SOUNDCLOUD
4th podcast – 7/19 –Passion for TEAMWORK – Together Everyone achieves more – YOUTUBE 
or Core Club officers or your company team MUST have a united passion and a passion for teamwork too – Here’s Why – SOUNDCLOUD
5th podcast – 7/20 – WHEN THE DREAM IS BIG ENOUGH, the facts don’t count! SOUNDCLOUD
6th Podcast: 7/21 – What is TLI? – SOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE VERSION
7th Podcast: 7/21 – What is Presidents Distinguished Club mean?  DCP! SOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE VERSION 
8th Podcast: 7.21 – POINT a to Point B = Where are you?  – CC, CL, ACB, etc.  Be a better version of you!!! SOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE VERSION
9th podcast: 7/21 – Invitation for AREA 50 Council – ALL key officers – President, VPE, VPPR, VPM – SOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE VERSION 
10th podcast: 7/22 – Firm up those club contest dates asap – It is time…SOUNDCLOUD
YOUTUBE: Club Contest Dates – Humorous and Evaluation contest
11th podcast: Club Proxy info for Area 50 Club officers SOUDCLOUDYOUTUBE
12th podcast: Who is my past Area director 50 before me – hmm SOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE version
13th podcast: Which TLI will your club officers be attending?  Dade, Broward or PB? Send me a text at 561-302-0051 to confirm your club officers will be at TLI – Many thx!  YOUTUBE version

Sara and I have Traveled to Israel 3 times. Twice together and once before we met online. We both were EARLY adopters in online dating and on the cutting edge of social media…

Sara saw Israel first.  She did have the edge over me.  She was born in Israel.  She lived the life of an Israeli at age 1 to 8.  She learned the lifestyle Israeli’s live at at early age.  Tel Aviv was her birth place and residence as an infant and child.

I saw Israel for the 1st time when I was 24.  I traveled on a collegiate tour with 40 other students during the summer.  I remember it was very very HOT.  It was a dry heat.  But it was HOT.  We traveled throughout the entire country in FIVE WEEKS!  WOW!  That truly was the trip of a life time.  We rock climbed, we stayed in youth hostels, we enjoyed the beaches of Tel Aviv, the Kibbutz in the north, called Kibbutz Natur and so much MORE!

After meeting my wife, we celebrate our 18 year anniversary THIS September 2017.  We traveled to Israel in 2005 during PASSOVER and in 2015 during winter, which was the PERFECT temperature.  I think we got lucky with the weather.

Meeting Sara’s cousins and family in Netanya and Ashdod was an amazing experience.
We were blessed to enjoy dinner with her family.  One day, her family shared a day at the zoo which was located right on a Kibbutz.  Stopping off the highway at an incredible falafel and more eatery was amazing.  The food in Israel is so amazing.  We would go back just for the food.  But, there is so much to see and appreciate in Israel.

I’ve included over 5 hours of video of our travels in the NEXT paragraph.  In 2005, we toured the TOP of Masada.  The feeling when our bus 1st drove into Jerusalem brought happy tears to our faces.  We planted our own trees in Israel too.  We saved 1 day to visit Sara’s family in Netanya.  She had not been back to visit her family since she was 8 years old.  Our tour of Ashdod and a spice store owned by a close friends parents in Tel Aviv was Incredible too.  We even toured the Christian journey to bring back to our Christian friends who have not visited Israel yet to inspire more to visit Israel.  We learned how they made bullets in the early days.  I stumbled on this video, which I believe is the first stop right after the plane landed in Israel.  Here’s another video with some of our other travel mates on a 2005 Passover tour. Grandma and Grandpa have the SAME EXACT PHOTO taken at a the SAME EXACT SPOT we stood in 1 of our photos.  Talk about following in someone’s footsteps!!!!  Too funny!!! Right!! I will look for both photographs and add here asap!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traveling to see family gave us time to learn about Sara’s family and bring us up to date from all the years away from Israel when she moved to the USA with her parents.

We also recommend you visit Israel.
Visit, the dead sea, Eilat, stay on a Kibbutz, visit the Shook, Visit the dead sea museum, eat lots of falafel, and the list can go on and on…..

Did you enjoy visiting Israel through our eyes?  We hope you are already planning a trip of your lifetime.

Visit: http://PaulFinkelstein.com for more videos from Paul

NEW – 5/24/17 – Early Adopter – Online Pre Charter Demonstration Toastmaster meeting – CompetitiveCommunicators.com

Hi Friends, Fellow or FUTURE Toastmasters and GUESTS,

You’re INVITED on Tuesdays ONLINE!!!

Coordinating and running a Toastmaster meeting online and witnessing the benefits of a Toastmaster meeting is incredible!!

INSTANT feedback!!


Public speaking is a muscle!!

See the BLOG at CompetitiveCommunicators.com for the 1st THREE entries of recent meetings online!!

Does your company have an interest in having a closed Toastmaster club?

Does your community have an interest in a OPEN Toastmaster club?

Does your retirement community have an interest in forming a Toastmaster club?

The FUN, the benefits, the skills, the stories, the mentoring, the friends, and MORE!!

best regards,
Club Sponsor, ACG ALB Paul Finkelstein
Club Mentor, ACS CL John Gentithes
See the BLOG at CompetitiveCommunicators.com


Online Toastmasters club CompetitiveCommunicators.com launches special club for caregivers and extremely busy professionals and others who love the convenience and opportunity to mingle Toastmaster style…

Mingle Toastmaster style while embracing the Toastmaster educational program or system of repetitive communication and leadership skills.  Anyone around the world can improve their speaking skills, listening skills, and leadership skills here.
Visit their blog for more info here: https://competitivecommunicators.toastmost.org/blog/

The meeting is ONLINE on TUESDAY nights.

Check the Time zone conversion on their site too: http://www.CompetitiveCommunicators.com 

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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I am very proud of my wife for taking 1st place in tonite’s Table Topics contest at our club, West Boca Toastmasters!

Have you ever entered a Toastmasters contest?  I enter as many club contests as I can.  I highly recommend everyone do the same.  The experience you get in a contest is very different from normal table topics at a normal club meeting.  In a contest you compete with your club members and fellow toastmasters.  We also ALL get the SAME topic, but we don’t get to see the speeches BEFORE  us.

As soon as we hear the topic for the 1st time, we really get practice thinking on our feet in front of an audience.  You really gain so much confidence doing an exercise like this too.

There were 7 contestants tonite.  Rachelle Klein, Rachel Spillers, Paul Finkelstein, Sara Finkelstein, John Gentithes, Keith Gallant, Michelle Allen.  I enjoyed listening to everyone compete tonite.  Everyone has their own unique style.

My wife did it again.  Sara is going on to round two, the Area 33 contest coming up on February 18.

The location will be the Boca Community Center, Boca Raton, FL at 8:00am to 1:00pm. There is a small fee like seeing a movie.  Continental breakfast will be served.

Each of us was given the SAME topic.  Topic: What makes a legend?

Amazing how Sara recalls many of the details from a movie we recently saw on the founding of Mcdonalds.  I wish I thought of it.

Sara knows the book, Grinding it out, by Ray Kroc is one of my all time favorite books.  

Congratulations to 2nd place runner up, John Gentithes, all the contestants tonite and also a special thank you to our Contest master, Dr. Lori Vinikoor, the Chief Judge, Joel Vinikoor, Sergeant-at-arms, Svetlana Shames, All today’s normal Table topics because at West Boca Toastmasters all Toastmasters get to speak and today’s Table Topics winner, Dhwani Shah.  Congratulations Svetlana for giving another speech today.  Congratulations to our guests for taking the next step and checking out our meeting.

West Boca Toastmasters truly is a fun and great team.  It is a joy to see everyone grow in their communication and leadership skills.

Paul Finkelstein
Club President
West Boca Toastmasters
10 out of 10 DCP points 2016-2017 done in 6 months!

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