Here’s what you missed July 5, 2018

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:

  1. Don’t use lengthy notes — outlines are easier to handle.
  2. Particularly, when stating a problem, leave the audience with a call to action.


Congratulations, Miracle Mile Toastmasters!

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We are proud to announce that Miracle Mile Toastmasters has attained Select Distinguished Club status by achieving 7 of 10 goals. We are two goals away from the highest distinction, President’s Distinguished Club.

The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program that consists of 10 goals for our club to obtain, using the Club Success Plan within this manual as a guide.

World Headquarters will send us an award ribbon to display on our club banner and a congratulatory letter.


Congrats to our International Speech & Table Topics Contest Winners

Miracle Mile Toastmasters held its International Speech and Table Topics Contests on Thursday, March 22. Thank you to all members who participated and congratulations to our winners!
International Speech Contest
1st place: Jim Hartnett
Table topics:
1st place: Jim Hartnett
2nd place: Jess Stein
3rd place: Sharon Patish
1st place winners will represent the club in the Area Contest on April 7th, 2018 at Carnival Cruise Lines.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend and show your support!
Date:        April 7th, 2018
Time:       8 am – 12 pm
Place:       Carnival Cruise Lines
Address:  3655 NW 87th Ave

February is American Heart Month: Why You Should Care

Yesterday, my 50-year-old friend was taken to the hospital because she thought she had food poisoning. She died last night of a heart attack.

Last Thursday, member and VP Membership, Sharon Patish, gave a speech about her own experience with heart disease. So I thought I would share some of that information* in the hopes that more people, especially women, will become educated and empowered to help identify the signs and prevent any more senseless tragedies.

Heart Disease Kills More Women Than all Cancers Combined

It is the leading cause of death in women – 1 in 4 will die from heart disease.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Be aware that warning signs for women may differ than those for men. Women tend to experience a greater number of symptoms than men, including shortness of breath, swelling around the ankles, and difficulty exercising. Only half of women who have heart attacks experience chest pain – the #1 sign for men. 

  • Chest discomfort, pain, squeezing, burning or mile to severe pressure in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, nausea and vomiting, cold sweats
  • Feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness – unexplained or on exertion

Time is of the Essence! What to Do if You Experience Any Signs

  • Call 911 within 5 minutes of the start of symptoms
    • Tell the operator you think you are having a heart attack
    • Even if your symptoms stop completely in less than 5 minutes, call your doctor
  • Do NOT drive yourself or let family/friends drive you to the hospital. Emergency personnel can begin treating you in the ambulance
  • Chew and swallow one regular full-strength aspirin with water as soon as possible to prevent blood clotting
  • At the hospital, make it clear that you are having a heart attack. Ask for a complete cardiac evaluation, including an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac enzyme blood test.
    • If you are not receiving prompt evaluation, tell them again that you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.

Identify & Reduce Your Risk

You are not powerless. Although there are some risk factors that you cannot control, such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, and family history, there are many other things you can do to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.

Risks include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking

What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  •  Get regular exercise
  • Limit alcohol
  • Don’t smoke
  • Manage stress
    • Some ways to help manage your stress include exercise, listening to music, focusing on something calm or peaceful, and meditating
  • Manage diabetes
  • Get enough sleep
    • At least 7-9 hours
    • Lack of sleep raises your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes

What Next?

If you don’t currently suffer from heart disease, following the tips above will help keep your heart healthy. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you are not alone. There are many organizations that help provide social and emotional support, which can help lower stress levels, anxiety and depression, and allow you to become more engaged in your health care.


*The information provided above was taken from literature distributed by Women Heart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and should be used for educational purposes only. Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

About Women Heart

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the 43 million American women living with, or at risk of heart disease.