Founder's District Toastmasters

Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties since 1944.


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 Spring for business meeting, speech contests, educational sessions and Hall of Fame Lunch.

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

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Founder's District TV

See our online video magazine with interviews, speaking tips, and event highlights in the Distict.

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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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Volunteer Opportunities

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:01

Wing Lam

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Wing Lam

Co-Founder, Wahoo's Fish Taco

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As the eldest of the three founding brothers Ed and Mingo Lee, Wing Lam co- founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wahoo’s Fish Taco, headquartered in Orange County, California, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Lam, a Chinese immigrant, spent his childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before he moved to Costa Mesa. In 1970, Lam’s father, Cheong Lee, opened a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Pine Garden, which the family still owns, on Balboa Island. Wing and his brothers grew up speaking conversational Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Spanish fluent, but learned English by listening to customers in their family restaurant.

Lam, known today as the “ultimate wing man,” restauranteur, surfer, speaker and philanthropist, graduated from Costa Mesa’s Estancia High School. Even when he had his first taco stand, Lam’s water polo coach, John Carpenter, inspired him to give back to the school. He then spread his generosity to the baseball team at Saddleback College and the water polo program at UC Irvine. Lam eventually left Orange County and graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State.

Wing and his brothers road tripped to Mexico, and they loved the fish tacos there. Their vision was to create a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with a streamlined menu, inspired by their Brazilian-Chinese heritage. The brothers opened their first Wahoo's in 1988 in Costa Mesa. Now there are more than 60 locations, mostly in Southern California, but also in Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, Honolulu and Tokyo.

Wing, often the face of Wahoo's, has been featured in a national Merrill Lynch commercial and two Food Network shows, "Unwrapped" and "Beach Eats USA." In addition, Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations, among many includes Share Our Strength, Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation and Surfrider Foundation.

Wing makes repeat appearances as the guest speaker/panel at events such as the IEG Conferences and has been featured by nation’s top campuses like Yale, UCLA and USC MBA Program. Lam is also active in the Asian American Journalists Association. In 2018, he received the 2018 Corporate Creativity and Innovation Leadership Award from the Child Creativity Lab and the 2018 IMPACT Award from the International Executive Council. Over the years, Lam, his brothers, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco have been named one of the 500 Most Influential by the Orange County Business Journal, Best OC Brand by OC Weekly, the Golden Foodie Award and has countless awards for philanthropy and business achievements.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:00

The Great Wolf Lodge

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The Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

The Great Wolf Lodge - Games, Wands, and Family Fun

Great Wolf Lodge Resort, just outside of Anaheim and Los Angeles, offers the most fun for your entertainment dollar in the area. Nested in Southern California, Great Wolf Lodge provides the ultimate indoor water park experience. If you are a family looking for a water park hotel then you have come to the right place. While it’s rare to have a bad day of weather in Southern California, it’s downright impossible to experience bad weather during your stay in Great Wolf Lodges water park resort. Beyond the indoor water park, guests are invited to enjoy spa treatments, shows, arts and crafts and so much more! Don’t waste another second searching for things to do in the Anaheim area. Get to Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove for a family fun resort that is truly focused on providing the best experience possible for you and your family.


Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:54

Sheryl Roush

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Sheryl Roush

Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, AS

Heart of Marketing: Designing Effective Promotions

Want better results from your promotional efforts?

Could you use time-saving graphic design tips?

And fresh ideas to market your events and Club?

Attend this engaging and fast-paced seminar to learn tried-and-proven tips from traditional and social media marketing. Apply these new skills to advertising your club, your event ... or your own business. Handout includes: 38 Words proven to attract readers; an Event Flyer Checklist; 4 Simple design shortcuts; and the Golden Guide to flyer design.

  • Grab attention of potential guests and get them to your Club
  • Understand who your readers are and what they need from your promotion
  • Explore what grid layouts and the best fonts to use!

Creator of the Speak And Market Like A Pro™ system, Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, Accredited Speaker, is a top-rated international trainer, and a five-time published author on this topic. She has 35+ years of expertise in advertising, marketing, graphic design, photography and printing. Sheryl has owned five graphic design studios, and received numerous design and journalism awards, including four Toastmasters Top Ten (in the world) Newsletter Design awards. Her Solid Gold Newsletter Design book is a course book at the University of Ottawa.

Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:46

Naomi Takeuchi

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Naomi Takeuchi

Naomi Takeuchi, DTM

President and Founder of 1000 Cranes®, LLC

Friday: "Toastmasters International to Toastmasters Galactic: Where We've Come and Where We Can Be"

Join us on a journey as we explore the evolution of Toastmasters over it's 90+ years of rich history. Many Toastmasters have not only improved their personal skills but have also become International leaders who have helped change and improve the world. We will look at what opportunities there are to explore today and what we might consider for the future.

Saturday: "Your International Network Awaits!"

This session explores how to use the Toastmasters International organization to build a network outside of your club. Your Toastmasters club experience is just the beginning of an International experience. Join us as we discuss the possibilities to experience Toastmasters in your neighborhood, in another city, in another State or in another Country. Toastmasters International is located in 142 countries! With 345,000 memberships in 15,900 clubs, the opportunities to increase your network for business or personal reasons is plentiful.

Naomi is Founder and President of 1000 Cranes®, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in leadership development workshops such as the Communication Powerhouse® Programs. She is a professional speaker and a member of both the National Speakers Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:31

Michael Osur

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Michael Osur, DTM, ID

International Director, Region 10

Keynote - Why do you do what you do? What is your why and how can Toastmasters help you discover it? Michael Osur will share how finding your 'why' can make all the difference in your life.

The 5 Whys Workshop - Your life changes in a moment. Do you recognize these opportunites? If so, do you have the courage to act? This workshop dives deep into why you haven't yet unlocked your full potential and how you can take ownership and action to thrive!

Michael Osur, DTM, of Highland, California, is the deputy director at the Department of Public Health in Riverside County, California, where he has worked since 1994. Osur leads the Special Services division, which includes HIV/AIDS programs, nutrition services, tobacco control, epidemiology, public health nursing, injury prevention services and healthy communities initiative. He oversees a staff of more than 300 with a combined budget of over $35 million.

Osur earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He has a certificate in quality improvement, and has participated in supervisor and management training programs, leadership excellence programs and the California Health Leadership Fellowship (2010-2011). He received the Southern California Public Health Association Leadership Award in 2015 for bringing Planning, Transportation and Health agencies together to improve health in the community.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Osur is a charter member of his home club, CHAT in Riverside. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “As I became a leader in Toastmasters, I found my life’s mission to help others find their voice and become the leaders they are meant to be.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Osur is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 02:20 Written by

Spring Conference & Speech Contests

April 28, 2018

  • Keynote Speaker: 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ed Tate
  • Community and Leadership Award Recipient, Wing Lam
  • Educational Seminar
  • International Speech Contest
  • Evaluations Contest
  • District Annual Business Meeting
  • Hall of Fame Lunch
  • Opportunity Drawings
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Special Early Bird Pricing Ends April 14

Just $95 $85

Special early-bird pricing of $85 until April 14. Register early and take advantage of the early-bird discount. Regular pricing will increase to $95 after April 14. Early-bird pricing for contests only is $35 until April 14 and increasing to $45.


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2000 World Champion of Public Speaking

Ed Tate

For 14 years, Ed was a successful national account executive, selling over $500 million in products and services to corporations and entrepreneurs throughout the United States. He also co-created two business units that produced more than $1.25 billion in revenue. Along with making a name for himself in the sales world, Ed became popular in the speaking arena. As a trainer at CareerTrack, he frequently booked 100 presentations each year.

In 2000, Ed won the coveted Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, finishing ahead of 175,000 members from 70 countries. Today, Ed inspires groups at large corporate events, small- and mid-sized workshops, and online training sessions.



Behind the Curtain: Crunch-Time Coaching a Champion!

Ed Tate Speaking

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, Darren Tay won the 2016 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking.

Darren worked on his semi-finals speech for over 8 1/2 months.

Time spent on his finals speech -- less than 48 hours.

Discover the backstory and the behind-the-scenes crunch-time coaching that made Darren Tay the last one standing out of over 35,000 contestants!

In this session, you'll find out how a World Champion Coach can:

  • Accelerate your learning curve exponentially
  • Keep you confident and focused at Zero Hour!
  • Reveal Principles, Philosophies, Processes, and People!
  • Discover Ed Tate's 8-rules of coaching.
  • See Darren's Semi-finals Speech.
  • Evaluate Darren's Championship Speech.
  • Compare the abandoned "traditional speech preparation methods" vs. the "new methods" created under pressure.
  • Uncover an Ed Tate mistake that Darren was able to convert into a Championship!
  • And much more in this interactive and fun program.



Communication & Leadership Award

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Co-Founder, Wahoo's Fish Taco

Wing Lam

Founder's District is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Communication And Leadership Award recipient, Wing Lam.

Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo's Fish Taco, is a businessman, sportsman, and humanitarian. He's an avid surfer, snowboarder and golfer.

Wing Lam co- founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wahoo’s Fish Taco, headquartered in Orange County, California, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Lam a Chinese immigrant, spent his childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before he moved to Costa Mesa. In 1970, Lam’s father, Cheong Lee, opened a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Pine Garden, which the family still owns, on Balboa Island. Wing and his brothers grew up speaking conversational Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Spanish fluent, but learned English by listening to customers in their family restaurant.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:03

Craig Valentine

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1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

Craig Valentine, MBA


Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations reap the profitable rewards that come from presenting with impact and persuading with ease.

Craig is also the Co-Founder of the World Class Speaking program, which helps up-and-coming speakers and speech coaches turn their presentations and programs into huge profits. Craig is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, Co-Author of the books, World Class Speaking and World Class Speaking In Action, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix.

Keynote: The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results through Leadership, Communication, and Change

Do you work with StatusQuoHolics™ These are the people who are addicted to the status quo. You usually hear them say, “That’s the way we’ve always done things around here. Why change?”

By now you know this attitude weighs down even the most talented and dedicated teams and keeps them from ever rising to new levels of success. In today’s times, organizations have two options: 1. Change. 2. Die.

If you want to influence the people in your environment into embracing change, taking ownership, and committing to higher levels of excellence through continuous improvement, The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results is the program for you. You’ll pick up tools to:

  • Face Reality, Relinquish barriers, Rely on change, and Reform to better ways
  • Get the StatusQuoaholics™ to embrace change so your team can break through
  • Create commitment, not just compliance, from even the most reluctant team members
  • Avoid the 4 costly traps that keep most teams from ever getting unstuck
  • Raise the energy and morale even in the midst of the change!
  • Increase employee retention and ownership so they feel as if their names are on the front door
  • Become the kind of leader others respect, admire, and want to follow

This is one interactive and motivational program you cannot afford to miss! Turn your team into Champions of Change!

After Lunch: How to Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease

Join Craig Valentine (the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking) and get the top 5 tools to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats and persuade them to take your next desired step. Whether speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000, you will pick up tools to…

  1. Hook your listeners into your presentation from your very first words
  2. Motivate and influence your audience to take action when you are finished
  3. Craft, deliver, and sell your message effectively
  4. Present in a confident, assured, and engaging manner
  5. Make your message memorable
  6. Breathe life into your presentations, bring your audience to you, and build a message that sticks!

Don't miss this valuable interactive workshop. Build your confidence and your competence and have lots of fun in the process!

Monday, 08 August 2016 02:39

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

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Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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Sheraton Cerritos Hotel - First Class Elegance and Style

Tucked into the beautifully landscaped Towne Center, Sheraton Cerritos is steps from the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, which features great musical talent and Broadway shows year-round. The hotel's central location also allows our guests to see everything the area has to offer, including favorite theme parks and attractions, great shopping, dining, and entertainment venues all over Los Angeles and Orange counties.


Monday, 08 August 2016 01:39

2016 Fall District Conference

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Fall Conference & Speech Contests

OCTOBER 29, 2016 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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  • Keynote Speaker: Craig Valentine
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Evaluation Speech Contest
  • District Business Meeting
  • Educational Workshops
  • Distinguished Toastmasters Award Ceremony
  • Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction
  • Continental Breakfast and Italian Buffet Lunch
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Just $70 $55

Special early-bird pricing of $55 until October 1. Register early and take advantage of this unbelievable early-bird discount. Regular pricing will increase to $70 after October 1.

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Craig Valentine
1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

Craig Valentine

Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations reap the profitable rewards that come from presenting with impact and persuading with ease.

As a motivational speaker, he has spoken in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia giving as many as 160 presentations per year. He is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International. Learn More

Communication & Leadership Award

Maja Mataric
Roboticist, USC Robotics Research Lab

Maja Mataric, PhD

Founder's District is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Communication And Leadership Award recipient, Maja Mataric, PhD.

Affiliated with the USC Robotics Research Lab, Dr. Mataric pioneered “socially assistive robotics” a decade ago. She taught them to play with autistic children and remind stroke patients to exercise. Maja Mataric decided to use her knowledge in the most worthwhile manner - to help others face everyday difficulties.

One of her goals is to inspire young girls to join the tech world. Living in Los Angeles, she recently judged the Next MacGyver contest for a TV show proposal starring female engineers.

Her area of development is fascinating as it relates to communication. She has been featured in The New Yorker and Popular Science magazines, and received an award from the LA Times in 2010. She volunteers her time with STEM education, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.


Monday, 25 April 2016 13:37

2016 Spring Club Alignment Proposal

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2016-17 Founder’s District Alignment Notes 2016-04-23

Last fall this body approved the formation of District 100 and Founder’s District, along with the creation of ten divisions, A through I.

Since the fall conference…

  • 7 new clubs were built.
  • 6 prospective clubs may charter soon
  • 14 clubs have stopped meeting
  • 15 clubs are unpaid as of April 23rd

With this much change it is impossible to finalize next year’s alignment in April. A working draft alignment has been prepared to facilitate planning and discussion. Next year’s actual alignment will be finalized sometime between June 20th and July 15th.

The border between Founder's District and District 100 is:

From the intersection of the 605 Freeway (San Gabriel River Valley Freeway) with E Wardlow Rd, then east to Ball Rd. Continue on Ball Rd to Taft Ave., and then proceed east on Taft Ave to N Tustin St.. Proceed North on N Tustin just far enough to resume an eastward direction along E Taft Ave to Cannon St. Then extend a straight line due east to the Orange County border. Clubs with addresses on Ball, Wardlow, or Taft will be part of District 100.

Divisions B, D, E, and H are in the north

Divisions A, C. F. G, I, and J are in the South.  All divisions have 22-24 clubs

Maps and other planning documents can be found at


Bob Hudack, DTM, PDG  
Alignment Committee Chair


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