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 with Margaret Morse Tours.  We traveled with Margaret Morse because my grandparents also traveled with Margaret Morse. 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 with Margaret Morse enabled us to see a LOT of Israel.  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 highly recommend Margaret Morse Tours.  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.

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Online Toastmasters club 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.
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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 (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
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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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I attended my very 1st “online” Toastmasters demo meeting. WOW!!!

In case you can’t make it to a Toastmasters in meeting in 142 countries, because you are so busy, with so many priorities, here is an online solution and get SOME of the benefits!  

Why do I say some?  Well, this demo meeting will work thru the obstacles and challenges with this format, but one noticeable benefit was no applause!

Will you miss the applause? 
Applause is one benefit that brings INSTANT recognition.  It also is very encouraging to hear the applause after one speaks at a Toastmasters club.

I bet there is a cool electronic solution for online.  A thumbs up the speaker can see while they are speaking maybe.
More commentary below.  Overall, by the way, a VERY awesome FUN and FRUITFUL online club.

It means you can be anywhere and get SOME of the benefits of a Toastmasters club in your Pajamas!!!
My first demo meeting online Toastmasters club!

If you have NEVER been to a Toastmaster club, I highly recommend you start right away.  For many of the reasons in my speech above and also to get the edge on life and business for anyone.  Retired folks, you can also get many benefits especially a cheap night out for entertainment that will beat any early bird events.  hehe!

After 2 plus years being very active in our Toastmasters club, I highly recommend you go and go often!  You never know what you’re going to get!  It is like a box of chocolates!  LOL!

From Table Topics to Prepared speeches, evaluations, contests and conferences to plug into to further develop your skills and confidence.

The program Toastmasters provides is very very very economical.  That means it is valued very reasonable for our worldwide community.  All people all walks of life.  All careers.  All interests.  

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