Founder's District Toastmasters

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District Spotlight

There is a lot that goes on in our District to fulfill our mission to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. Below are just a few of the interesting activities for you to explore. Look around and learn more about the people and programs that make Founder's District great! 

 
District Conference

Join us every Fall and Spring for business meeting, speech contests, educational sessions and Hall of Fame Lunch.

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L.A.C.E.

Twice a year the District provides club officer training and world class Leadership and Communication workshops.

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Founder's District TV

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Founder Newsletter

The Founder quarterly newsletter contains stories, photos, and spotlights of the people of Founder's District.

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Photo Gallery

Our talented photographers capture the moments at each District event.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:38

Welcome To Toastmasters Founder's District

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Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

The Toastmasters Founder's District serves 130+ Toastmasters Clubs and over 2000 members in Southern California USA, from Seal Beach to San Clemente.

Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

THE MISSION OF THE DISTRICT

We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

Club Mission

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters International Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Excellence
Monday, 01 July 2013 23:27

Roy D. Graham Award

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The Roy D. Graham Award is given in memory of Past International Director, Roy D. Graham DTM. Roy was an active member of Toastmasters for more than 50 years and is credited with creating and implementing the Toastmasters International Speechcraft Leadership Program.

Originally designed to help promote attendance at the district conferences, since 1987 this award has been presented twice each year to the Area Governor who has the most members in attendance at the Founder’s District Fall or Spring Conference. The Area Governor must be present at the District Council business meeting to receive the award.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:13

Homer Awards

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The Helen "Homer" Blanchard Award for Extraordinary Service Leadership is bestowed to those who emulate the enduring, ground-breaking, innovative, and legacy-building spirit of Toastmaster International's first female member, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recipient, and International President. Initially awarded at the Founder's District Conference - Spring 2010, "The Homer Award" is given annually or semi-annually by choice and selection of the District Governor.

Monday, 01 July 2013 22:59

Gene Beckwith Memorial Award

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Through the generosity of Dr. Tom Kuramata and the members of Westwinds Club #2436, the Gene Beckwith Memorial Trophy was established at the Founder’s District Fall Conference in 1981. Either annually or semi-annually Founder’s District Governor selects the Toastmaster who best exemplifies the humor, wisdom and leadership qualities of Gene Beckwith, DTM, PDG. The first recipient of this award was Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 09:29

2012-2013 Distinguished Clubs

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The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program, running from July 1 through June 30th. The program consists of 10 goals your club should strive to achieve during this time using the Club Success Plan. At year-end, World Headquarters calculates the number of goals the club achieved and recognizes it as a Distinguished Club, Select Distinguished Club, or President’s Select Distinguished Club based on the number of goals achieved and the number of members it has.
Monday, 01 July 2013 13:27

2010 - Present - Embracing Technology

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In 2009-2010, District Governor Maira Pineda’s theme was: “Be eXtraordinary”. To exemplify her theme, Maira inaugurated “The Homer Award” for Helen Blanchard who was the first woman member, first International President of Toastmasters. The first recipient was Jimmy Adams because of innovation, improvement, and logic in the treasurer’s duties for the District. At the 2010 78th Annual International Convention in Palm Desert, California, Ede Ferrari- D’Angelo, DTM, Founder’s Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In 2010-11, District Governor, Ede Ferrari D’Angelo, chose her theme to be: “Inspiring Leaders and Communicators”. Toastmasters International updated the organization’s brand and discontinued the emblem used since its inception. It also included the International theme as the only one to be used by all districts throughout the world.

Under the leadership of District Governor Ede Ferrari D’Angelo, DTM, Founder’s District achieved Distinguished status and was ranked number 13 in the world. Among many activities that year, Ede re-introduced the Leadership Breakfast that was popular during the 1990s. This event brings together current and future District leaders for networking and educational opportunities. At the International Convention, Wes Hoover, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training and Richard Elliot, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Marketing was recognized for Excellence in Marketing.

Founder’s District Governor for 2011-2012 is Wes Hoover, DTM. His term marked the first year of Toastmasters International’s brand implementation which launched the International theme “Where Leaders are Made.” His button complimented members by saying: “To Be The Best… Nothing Less”. This year, Founder’s District achieved Distinguished status. At the International Convention in Orlando, Victoria Dotson, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training and Harry Yan, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Marketing was recognized for Excellence in Marketing.

In May 2012 Victoria Dotson, DTM, was elected to serve as Founder’s District Governor for the 2012-2013 term. Her concentration was “Working Together to Succeed”. In July of that year, Founder’s District T.V. was launched, created and produced by Daniel Cossack, DTM. In March 2013, Toastmasters International rewrote its Mission Statements and the Mission Statements for the District and the Club. The change expresses the values of the organization in a shorter, more concise format. At the International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, Harry Yan, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training. Norman Stein, DTM, and Dr. Frannie Stein, DTM, were both awarded the Presidential Citation Award. This is one of the highest honors from Toastmasters International to members who have shown continual support and dedication to the organization by helping building clubs, promoting leadership and providing significant contributions to his or her club and district.

Harry Yan, DTM became Founder’s District Governor for the 2013-2014 term. He challenged members to: “Pursue Your Passion. This year, 2014, is the 70th Anniversary of Founder’s District and the 90th Anniversary of Toastmasters International. Under the cool and methodical leadership of Harry Yan, Founder's District achieved Select Distinguished status. The Toastmasters International Convention was held outside of the North American continent for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, Linda Ulrich, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training, was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training while Pan Kao, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Marketing was recognized for Excellence in Marketing.

In 2014-2015, Linda Ulrich, DTM, was the last district leader to have the title District Governor. Her theme was "Elevate Your Potential" with a graphic designed by Colette Gardner, DTM. At the Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pan Kao, DTM, was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training. 

After the titles of District Officers were changed, Pan Kao, DTM became the first Founder’s District Director for the 2015-2016 term. His focus was to motivate members to “Join & Serve to Prosper.” Serving in Toastmasters is such a wonderful learning opportunity. Coincidentally, at the business meeting of the 2015 Fall Conference, District Council voted to reform (split) Founder’s District, forming a new District 100 to begin in July 2017. Now, even more leaders will be needed for two Districts. After winning at the Spring Conference, Josephine Lee went on to finish in third place at the Toastmasters International Convention's World Champion of Public Speaking held in Washington, D.C.. Siri Payakapan, DTM was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

Tuesday, 06 April 2010 13:06

2000-2009 - The New Millenium

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During the term 2000–01, District Governor Linda Northrop, DTM, led Founder’s District to Distinguished status. For outstanding leadership performance during this term, Toastmasters International recognized Wilma Springer, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training for Excellence in Education and Training; and Lauren Kelly, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Marketing for Excellence in Marketing.

Founder’s District served as Host District for the Toastmasters International 70th Annual Convention held in the Hilton-Anaheim Hotel August 22–25, 2001. During the Hall of Fame awards ceremonies, The Founder, edited by Kelly Teenor, DTM, PDG, was named a Top Ten District Bulletin. Also, Alfred Herzing, DTM, Toastmasters International First Vice President was elected International President for the term 2001–02.

In 2001–02 District Governor Wilma Springer, DTM led Founder’s District to Distinguished status. During the 71st International Convention in San Antonio, Texas Lt. Governor R. Kent Jones, DTM and Lt. Governor Lauren Kelly, DTM were recognized respectively for Excellence in Marketing and for Excellence in Education and Training. The Founder, edited by Lyle Wiedeman, ATM-G was named a Top 10 District Newsletter again. Also, Past District Governor John Angiolillo, DTM was presented with a Presidential Citation for his contributions and dedicated service in Founder’s District.

During the 72nd Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Hall of Fame awards ceremony, August 22nd, 2003. Lt. Governor, R. Kent Jones, DTM was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

During the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony at the 73rd Annual Convention in Reno, Nevada, August 20, 2004, Norman L. Cook, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training. In addition, Past International President Alfred R. Herzing, DTM received a Presidential Citation for his dedication to the success of Toastmasters International and Dan Rex, ATM-B received a Presidential Citation for his tireless efforts implementing a modern information system at Toastmasters International Headquarters.

District Governor Norm Cook’s theme for 2004–2005 was Succeed with a B.A.N.G., which is an acronym for Basic manuals, Advanced manuals, New Clubs, and Growth in membership. Founder’s hosted International President Jon Greiner, DTM, at its Fall Conference in November 2004, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Toastmasters International at the Santa Ana Performing Arts Center, just a few blocks from the original Santa Ana YMCA meeting location used by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley. At the Spring Conference, all of the Divisions were redrawn and an 8th Division was formed to prepare for future Area expansion without major realignment. Ed J. Mihalka, DTM, was elected as the first Division Governor for Division H. During the Hall of Fame Awards at the 74th Convention in Toronto, Canada, on August 26, 2005, Ken Sisco, DTM was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training. In addition, Terry McCann, ATM-S, was given a Presidential Citation for his work in the growth and evolution of the world’s greatest communication and leadership training organization.

In July 2006, Toastmasters International changed the educational system. It strengthened the leadership track by introducing a Competent Leadership manual, and renamed the communications track award designations. CC (Competent Communicator) replaced the CTM designation and AC (Advanced Communicator) replaced the ATM designations; the requirements for the awards did not change. The requirement for CL (Competent Leader) changed to completion of the new CL manual. New AL (Advanced Leader) Bronze and Silver designations were added. The AL-B award replaced the old CL award, while the AL-S award replaced the old AL award. DTM remained the highest award, achieved by completing AC-G and AL-S. Members had the option of using either the old or new programs until June 30, 2008 when the new program went into full effect.

At the 75th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., August 23 to 26, 2006, Past District Governor Lauren Kelly, DTM, became the sixth person from Founder's District to be elected International Director. In addition, Celly Adamo, DTM, was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In 2006–2007 Founder’s District achieved Distinguished status under District Governor Celly Adamo, DTM. For outstanding leadership performance during this term, at the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, August 17, 2007, Toastmasters International recognized Alanda Dyer, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training for Excellence in Education and Training; and H. D. Boesch, DTM, Lieutenant Governor of Marketing for Excellence in Marketing.

In 2007-2008, during District Governor Alanda Dyer, DTM’s term, two of Founder’s District Leaders received special recognition at Toastmasters International Hall of Fame Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 15, 2008. District Lt. Governor Robert J. Hudack, DTM, was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training and Past District Governor Wilma M. Springer, DTM, was awarded a Presidential Citation for her exemplary contributions to Founder’s District. Alanda’s theme was ”Speak – Lead – Achieve”

In 2008-2009, during District Governor Bob Hudack's, term, the district began electronic distribution of The Founder, and of club copies of district directories, resulting in thousands of dollars of savings to the district. This also resulted in more timely distribution of directories. Webmaster Dan Cossack and Treasurer Jimmy Adams implemented online preregistration and payment for district events. Founder's District's Facebook page was launched. At the 2009 77th Annual International Convention, Maira T. Pineda, ACS, ALS, Founder’s Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training. Bob’s theme was: “Members Transformed”.

Tuesday, 06 April 2010 12:52

1990–1999 - Preparing for the New Millennium

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The 1991–1992 term introduced new titles for the top officers. The Educational Lieutenant Governor became the Lt. Governor Education and Training. The tasks of the Lt. Governor Administration were divided between two newly titled officers, the Lieutenant Governor Marketing and the Public Relations Officer. At the same time the Division Lieutenant Governors becameDivision Governors. The 50th District Governor, Betty Colston, DTM, achieved Distinguished District for the year 1991–1992.

Four members of Founder's were honored with a Presidential Citation at the International Conventions: Juanita Skillman, DTM in 1991 in Dallas; John S. Latin, DTM, PIP in 1994 in Louisville; Gladys Flint, DTM, PDG in 1997 in New Orleans; and Joan Laing, DTM, PDG of District 1 in 1999 in Chicago.

In 1994–1995, The Founder was a Top Ten District Bulletin thanks to Editor Michelle Wedemeyer. Club bulletin, Kaiser Permanente TOASTMASTERS, was one of the Top Ten Club Bulletins with Keri Tahara as Editor. Hank Kunkel, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence In Education and Training.

In 1995–1996 Jeffrey L. Chess, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In 1996–1997 Ron Maroko, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

In July 1997, Toastmasters International changed the educational system originally implemented in 1984. It established a clearly defined communication track and a clearly defined leadership track that are not mutually exclusive. CTM remains the first award members may achieve. DTM remains the highest award, although its requirements changed. The new program adds the awards of CL and AL while changing the Able recognition awards to Advanced. TI ran both the old and new programs until July 1999, at which time the old program was suspended.

In 1997–1998 Founder’s District achieved Distinguished status under District Governor Ron Maroko, DTM. Club 5174, Wolden Multimedia Presenters earned President’s Top Five Distinguished Club and was ranked number one in the world for Clubs with fewer than 20 members. Club 615, Zingers, received recognition in the Top 10 Newsletter contest for its club bulletin //The Serrated Edge// published by Regina Roland. The District launched its presence in cyberspace by establishing its own web site.

At the 1998 International Convention in Palm Desert, Alfred Herzing, DTM, PID was elected Third Vice President of Toastmasters International.

Founder’s hosted International President Terry Daily, DTM, at its Fall Conference in November 1998. President Daily visited many potential club locations while in Founder’s and at the mid-year Board meeting, recounted how hard Founder’s had worked him. Founder’s Mike Lattimore won the Region II International Speech Contest, earning the honor of competing at the International Convention in August 1999 in Chicago. For the District’s educational successes in 1998–1999 John Angiolillo, DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training was recognized for Excellence in Education and Training.

The last Toastmaster year of the century ends with Founder’s having seven Divisions and 36 Areas serving 179 Clubs.

During the 2000 International Convention in Miami Beach, Florida two Founder’s Leaders received recognition: Linda Northrop, DTM for Excellence in Education and Training; and Ron Maroko, DTM. PDG as Editor of The Founder as a Top 10 District Newsletter.

Tuesday, 06 April 2010 12:15

1980–1989 - The Tradition Continues

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Kermit Ekegren, DTM was Founder's District Governor for 1980–1981, and Founder's was once again recognized as a Distinguished District. An outstanding achievement of the year 1980–1981 was the registration of 74 Speechcraft programs by Founder's District. This was a new record for Toastmasters International. Major credit for this achievement was given to Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID, District Speechcraft Chair.

That year again, The Founder received the recognition of a Top Ten District Bulletin with Alice Hollman, DTM as Editor. Three club bulletins were listed among the Top Ten Club Bulletins of Toastmasters International. They were Westwinds Report, Club #2436, Speaking Easy, Club #2945 and Rab's Rappings, Club #3798. Blue Flame Club #2717 was recognized as a Top Ten Club by Toastmaster International.

The first woman to be elected District Governor for Founder's District was D. Adele Stagner, DTM who received this honor at the 1981 Spring Conference. At this same conference, Division A was realigned and a new Division was formed for the Southern part of Orange County with John Hall elected as the first Lieutenant Governor for Division G. For her expert leadership that year, Adele Stagner, DTM received the honor of Distinguished District, and Editor, Frank Ortega, DTM published The Founder, a Top Ten District Bulletin.

At the 1981 International Convention in Phoenix, John S. Latin, DTM, PID was elected Third Vice President of Toastmasters International.

At the Fall 1981 Conference, the Gene Beckwith Memorial Trophy, through the generosity of Dr. Tom Kuramata and the members of Westwinds Club #2436, was established. It is for the District Governor selection of the Toastmaster in Founder's District who best exemplifies the humor, wisdom and leadership qualities of Gene Bechwith, DTM, PDG. The first recipient of this award was Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID.

At the 1982 International Convention in Philadelphia, John S. Latin was elected Second Vice President; then in 1983 in San Diego, he became Senior Vice President. The winner of the 1983 International Speech Contest in San Diego was Founder's own Roy Fenstermaker, DTM. Willard E. Tolles received a Presidential Citation at the International Convention in August 1983.

The 42nd District Governor, Myra L.Obert, DTM led the District to Distinguished status for 1983–1984, and Brenda Keeling, DTM, Editor for The Founder, was honored with a Top Ten District Bulletin. para     At the 1984 International Convention in Orlando, Founder's District proudly witnessed John S. Latin elected as International President. para     Founder's was once again a Distinguished District for the year 1984–1985 under District Governor Herbert J. Stockinger, DTM. In addition, Club #841 published Passwords, a Top Ten Club Bulletin.

The District had two publications recognized in 1985–1986; The Founder with Rita Chastain as Editor produced a Top Ten District Bulletin and Smedley Club #1 produced Tattles, a Top Ten Club Bulletin.

The next three years found the District recognized as Distinguished under 1986–1987 Governor John A. Garcia, DTM, 1987–1988 Governor Colette Gardner, DTM and 1988–1989 Governor Brenda L. Keeling, DTM. Preparation for the new District 12 began during the 1988–1989 year with Co-Lieutenant Governors serving. July 1, 1989, District 12 was formed out of Founder's Divisions C and F. August 1989, Governors Marian Bell (District-12) and William Doane (Founder's) jointly hosted the International Convention in Palm Desert. Toastmasters from both Districts worked together serving nearly 2000 guests from around the world. In 1987–1988 The Founder was a Top Ten District Bulletin thanks to Editor, Charlotte Simmons, ATM. The Founder's 1989–1990 Editor, Steve Woods, changed the format of the bulletin and its quality was again recognized as a Top Ten District Bulletin.

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