Seldom have I attended a Toastmasters meeting that was as thoughtful and profound as this meeting. Our first speaker, Jason Hesch, gave a speech titled, “Is love a right?” He brought the audience into his speech by requesting we imagine a romantic situation in which we are rebuffed. Then he asked, “What if this rejection happens over and over again?” This is an on-going reality for many disabled persons. Jason’s 9th speech from the manual was provocative, challenging and insightful.
Our second speaker, Felix Lorenzo, began his talk with an admonition, “Perhaps what I’m about to say is for a different audience.” Is there Ageism in Miami? Miami appeals to the young, with its sports facilities, places of entertainment, tourist attractions and beaches. So much of what is Miami’s allure is paid for in part by taxes.
As his speech progressed, we found ourselves once again, considering life from a different point of view. Few in the audience are of retirement age. Yet Felix was speaking of the desperation some older residences contemplate. Thoughts such as, “shall I pay for medication or food,” or “do I have enough income to sustain me?” Real estate taxes continue to rise and are more than what some elderly can afford. The economy and retirement are things we must all consider…regardless of where we are in life.
Our Table Topics master, Sharon Patish brought a lighter side to the meeting. Our contestants had time to weigh in on their best, and worst vacations, as well as letting us know their preferences on the length of time away, and even where to go on a destination wedding vacation. Of course, there can only be one Table Topics Winner, and this week, Tara Christou told us about her best vacation, where she and her family were able to view the aurora borealis and even play with reindeer (Santa Claus was not included).
Tu Duong, our Master Evaluator, along with his able team, Dan Sanchez-Galarraga and, Paula Hesch added to our knowledge with some evaluation tips. Two suggestions are:
- Don’t use lengthy notes — outlines are easier to handle.
- Particularly, when stating a problem, leave the audience with a call to action.