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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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Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:37

Founder's District Incentive Programs

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Did you know you can get free stuff for you or your club?

Every year Founder's District offers several incentive programs to help you and your club achieve yearly goals. You can get free stuff by just working the program and being aware of the incentives. All incentive programs start July 1 and end on June 30. Each incentive award will have some requirements to be met and may be restricted to certain times of the year. The programs cover the areas of educational incentives, membership or club growth incentives, and public relations incentives and contests. You can participate in one or more of the incentive programs to help guide you to a successful year.

 

Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:26 Written by

Educational Incentives For Clubs

Award Requirements Receive

All Stars


All 7 club officers trained: June - Aug, 2017


All club members receive a $5 discount at the January 2018 LACE event


All Stars


All 7 club officers trained: Jan - Feb, 2018


All club members receive a $5 discount at the June 2018 LACE event


Fastball


Achieve 5 DCP Goals between July 1 and Dec 31, 2017


First 25 Clubs: Choice of
* Lectern OR
* Timing Lights OR
* Club banner OR
* Banner stand and $50 in TI gifts



Next 25 Clubs: Choice of
* Banner stand OR
* $50 in TI gifts


Bring it Home


Acheive Distinguished Club (or better) status by April 16, 2018


First 25 Clubs: $25 in TI gifts AND Recognition at the Spring District Conference


Grand Slam


Achieve President's Distinguished with 10 of 10 DCP Goals by June 30, 2018


Receive a framed certificate for your club at the August 2018 DEC Awards event


Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:07 Written by

Founder's District Learning Labs

The Learning Labs are mini training sessions for new Toastmasters, club officers, or any Toastmasters member to discover and get the most out of your Toastmasters membership. Our sessions are small groups of no more than 20 people, allowing for more interaction and personal attention. All sessions are free but space is limited. Priority seating is given to attendees that RSVP.

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Don't miss these great learning opportunities!

  • First Timer sessions for all new Toastmasters. Best place to get oriented with all of the benefits your new membership offers you.
  • Supplemental club officer training
  • Learn how to plan for your club's success, build club quality, and attract new members.
  • Technology sessions - learn to navigate and get the most out of Toastmasters International and Founder's District web sites.
  • Learn more about the Toastmasters organization

When and Where ...

register nowVisit the Learning Lab every first Sunday of the month (except holidays) at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 W. Baker St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(From the parking lot, walk between the two buildings and enter the one on your right)

Sessions

Navigating Club Central 1 - 2 pm
Pathways Nuts and Bolts 1 - 2 pm
Using Meetup for Clubs 1 - 2 pm
Open House: Guest to Member 2 - 3 pm
Pathways Nuts and Bolts 2 - 3 pm
Club Coach, Mentor, Sponsor Training 2 - 3 pm
Club Coaching and Mentoring Round Table 3 - 4 pm
Pathways Nuts and Bolts 3 - 4 pm
Ask the Expert 3 - 4 pm
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 01:01 Written by

Educational Incentives For Members

Award Requirements Receive

The Base Hit


Earn your FIRST Competent Leader (CL)


One advanced manual


The Double Header


Earn one communication AND one leadership award


A High Performance Leadership (HPL) Kit OR Two advanced manuals


The Triple Crown


Earn 3 communication and/or leadership awards


The triple crown pin AND 50% discount to the Spring District Conference
Note: for the discount, you must earn 3 awards not including the Leadership Excellence (HPL) award.


The Home Run


Earn the Distinguished Toastmaster award


DTM medallion and DTM Hug Line


Monday, 19 May 2014 00:32

Toastmasters Clubs Best Practices

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A Self-Assessment Tool for Assuring Success and Becoming Distinguished

Best Practices’ are ways clubs can achieve superior results. They are a benchmark of success. In Business, Science, Technology and Toastmasters Clubs, ‘Best Practices’ ensure excellence. ’Best Practices’ are a self-assessment check list for being successful and becoming Distinguished.

What You Can Do: Use it as check list to see how your club is doing. Discover what Best Practices your club can implement.

Have fun! What gets measured, gets done.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:19

Speech Contests

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Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year the members of Founder's District Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests. Competition begins with club contests and winners compete upward through the area, division and district levels.

In the spring, the winner of the International Speech Contest at the District Conference will move on to compete in the semi-finals for the World Champion of Public Speaking held at the Toastmasters International Convention in August. The contests provide members another venue for speaking which further helps build speaking skills. Because of the level of preparation that can go into these speeches, it is often said that competing at the District level is equivalent to almost a year of normal club speeches!

Planning a Successful Speech Contest

The following are some helpful tips on planning a successful contest.

  1. When preparing for the speech contest, be sure to read the official rule book provided by Toastmasters International.
  2. As soon as possible, determine the date, time, and location for the contest. During contest season, everyone is clamoring for locations and if you delay, your options will become limited. Get there and reserve your spot before someone else does.
  3. Form a committee and determine how the contest tasks will be divided. You should not try to do everything yourself. Use a checklist to keep track of who is responsible for each task.
  4. FOLLOW-UP!, FOLLOW-UP!, FOLLOW-UP! You must never assume everyone is doing their job. Frequently ask for status reports from everyone involved.
  5. Lead but don't micromanage. Communicate your vision and let everyone do their job.

 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:20

Specialty Clubs

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Specialty and Bilingual Clubs

Founder's District is home to many unique specialty clubs that serve a wide variety of needs. From storytelling to advanced leadership, fine dining to TV broadcasting, these clubs are worth a look.

 

City Club Number Club Name Description
Anaheim 9 Club 9 Professional Speakers Club Club 9 Professional Speakers Club meets the 4th Monday of each month, at the Marie Callendar’s Restaurant, 540 N. Euclid Ave., Anaheim, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  We specialize in longer speeches and double the evaluations.  If you want to be professional or just want to sound like one.  Contact Jack Nichols, DTM Club 9 Sgt at Arms by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 562 335-2554 to answer any questions.
Huntington Beach 100 Christian Century  The club mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, with an emphasis in the area of Christian Apologetics which, in turn, foster self confidence and personal growth.
Anaheim 192 Orange Upon a Time  This club emphasizes storytelling. Stories can add impact to a speech. If you would like to learn how to incorporate stories into your speeches, join us at Orange Upon A Time.
Irvine 317 Le Gourmet Le Gourmet is “The Toastmasters Supper Club”. This group holds its monthly meeting at a different restraurant each time. Join them for interesting meals and a chance to practice speaking under various “real world” conditions.
Fullerton 407 Past District Governors Club You must be a Past District Governor to join this club as a regular member. If you are one of the current top three (District Governor, Lt. Governor Education & Training, Lt. Governor Marketing), you may join as an associate member.
Pasadena 416 ACTS ACTS Toastmasters Club 416-F is committed to helping members to become professional speakers. ACTS also is dedicated to providing the opportunities needed to satisfy requirements for earning the Distinguished Toastmaster recognition (DTM).
South  Pasadena 2754 Catholic Communication At Toastmasters, we learn-by-doing as we hone our speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.We share a common goal  -- to improve our communication and leadership skills for personal or professional development in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship. Join us.  We welcome newcomers and guests!
Irvine 3742 Second Stage Are you the proud earner of the title CC or CTM? Then you are primed for advanced speaking with Second Stage.
Orange 3773 Orange County Medical Association This club is for physicians and physician's spouses: Become proficient at speaking and developing leadership skills. Visit OCMA's sponsored Toastmasters Club 3773.
Anaheim 5803 Toastmaster Taboos TM Taboos is a forum where Toastmasters with strikingly different viewpoints, on religion, politics, and even sex, can come together and feel free to express strong opinions in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect; not necessarily for the ideas themselves, but for the speaker presenting those ideas. 
Buena Park 6366 Indian Professionals In our club, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. Our club is made up of 10 to 20 people who meet once a week for about an hour in the Buena Park library. In each meeting, we will give everyone an opportunity to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches, and offering constructive evaluation.
Pasadena 8360 Lake Avenue  
Seal Beach  8860 Historically Speaking Do you like to relive the lives of the rich, the famous, and the unsung individuals who impacted the world with their humble lives? Historically Speaking Toastmasters encourages speeches about historical people and events.
Santa Ana 583774 Latin Leaders A bilingual Toastmasters club serving the Santa Ana community. First meeting of the month is an all Spanish meeting. Speeches can be either English or Spanish. This is a great place for Spanish speakers to learn English and English speakers to learn Spanish.
Garden Grove 838938 Los Escogidos All Los Escogidos members are bilingual to some degree, and all want to improve their English communication skills through the club. Todos los miembros de Los Escogidos son bilingues hasta cierto grado y todos tienen el deseo de mejorar sus habilidades de comunicacion en Ingles a traves del club.
Irvine 909560 The Contrarians The Contrarians purpose is to provide a positive, respectful and supportive forum where members can speak their minds passionately on any subject, no matter how challenging or controversial it may be, and thus enhance communication and leadership skills. 
Cypress 1040947 Career Builders  
Anaheim 1059533 Humor Masters Humor Masters is a club dedicated to increasing your LPM score – Laughs Per Minute. Discover or fine tune your own comic style in a relaxed, safe, and fun environment. Humorous “headliners” and club mentors teach members the key elements of creating and delivering humorous material, which keep their audiences awake, engaged, and laughing.
Orange 1364105 Stand and Deliver Welcome to Toastmaster's Stand and Deliver. We are located at the UC Irvine Medical Center and are open to the community.
Irvine 1392974 ToastMaster Gardeners of OC  
Huntington Beach 1498166 O.C. Project Masters The OCPM Toastmasters club is excited to have new members and share the great benefits the club offers. We are sure you will find this a rewarding and uplifting experience.The meetings are held on Mondays' between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM.
Tustin 1507645 Vineyard Journeys Do you love wine? Would you like to improve your public speaking skills and build self-confidence? Vineyard Journeys is a specialty Toastmasters club for people who love and enjoy wine. Open to all new or experienced Toastmasters, this club will feature bi-monthly wine tastings with speeches and toasts. Share your knowledge and learn from others in a friendly social atmosphere.
Anaheim 1565170 English as a Second Language English as a Second Language (ESL) Toastmasters Club # 1 was created just for you.  We are dedicated people who support and encourage each other to speak better English and to become more confident in expressing ourselves.
Anaheim 2094157 Tech Tools Our club specializes in current technology such as smartphones, the internet, computers, and gaming consoles.  We cater both to tech savvy people and to beginners who want to learn more about technology.  We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM at New Horizons Computer Learning Center. We also meet on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00-10:00 AM at Tyrol Plaza Senior Clubhouse.
Brea 2124227 BrewMeisters As a member of BrewMeisters, we will help you increase your level of success in your career and your social life, while learning about the process of how craft beers are made.  All members of the club get an insider perspective of craft beers and a chance to sample generous portions of these beers just for being a member of this club.
Huntington Beach 2423947 Founder's Officers Club You must be a Founder's District officer to join this club as a regular member.
Tustin 2982484 Lensmasters Lensmasters is a Toastmasters club for amateur photographers to get together and practice the “soft skills” of presentation, communication, and leadership.  Members will give presentations on subjects we are all interested in, such as photography techniques, Photoshop tips, camera equipment reviews, and interesting places to shoot.  Leadership skills are also developed as members learn to organize photo walks, workshops, store visits, and contests.
Arcadia 3215028 San Gabriel Valley Wine and Dine San Gabriel Valley Wine & Dine meets once a month on the second Tuesday at different restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley.  If you are a new or experienced Toastmaster, you are welcome to join us at our dinner meetings where the atmosphere is always friendly.  Please check our website for further information.

 

 

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:23

Speaker Exchange Program

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Clubs that host speakers from outside their club create interest among their members. Attendance and participation increases after they watch a dynamic speech. Toastmasters that can't get enough "stage time" in their own club can get it by visiting clubs who are craving more speakers to listen to and enjoy. Visiting guests seeing full, exciting programs are much more likely to join than when speakers are sparse at meetings. The Speaker Exchange Program coordinates speaking opportunities for Toastmasters clubs to receive outside "guest" speakers and provides many benefits to both the presenter and audience.

  • Observe a variety of speaking styles
  • Gain valuable feedback from a new knowledge base
  • Receive “fresh” evaluations from different perspectives
  • Practice facilitating a training seminar to a smaller groups
  • Study other clubs' meeting processes
  • Streamline your club's agenda
  • Meet many new people
  • Make new friends
  • And much, much more!

How Do I Take Part in the Exchange?

Founders District Speaker Exchange Program coordinates speaking opportunities for you to speak at clubs other than your own with opportunities for your club to request "guest" Toastmasters to come and speak at their meetings. Energize your club with an outside speaker today. Enable yourself to give speeches at other clubs today. Email your Speaker Exchange Chair - Lee Lance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and get started today: Once all your correct data is in, we'll email you with all your potential "matches" - hopefully, one or more. Note: As your facilitators, we don't make any matches, we just set up the process for members and clubs. You (two) get to take it from there. We'd really would like to hear how any matches work out though! Please let us know. Now that you know all this, read on!

Here's How You Ask to Visit Other Clubs to Speak

If you're a Founders District Toastmaster, just email - in list (checklist) format, please! - to your Speaker Exchange Chair - your:

  • Name and level (CC, CL, etc.)
  • Best phone number.
  • All your clubs' names and clubs' numbers.
  • All times and days you can speak at another club.
  • Also let us know the Areas, Divisions, and cities that are good for you.
  • Be sure to say if you're available District-wide.

Check to be sure you included each of the above items in your email, and then please title your email: "I want to visit a club to speak!" Remember:The bigger your target area (geo and days/times) for speaking, the easier it is for you to score a hit!

Here's How Your Club Asks for Guest Toastmasters to Visit and Speak

If you are your club's VPE, just email - in list (checklist)format, please! - to your Speaker Exchange Chair - your:

  • Club name and club number.
  • Area, Division, city, and address.
  • Meeting times, days, and frequency.
  • Also let us know how often you are likely to want a guest speaker to visit your club.

Check to be sure you included each of the above items in your ema il, and then please title your email: "My club wants visitors!" Remember: A full program, new faces and voices, and new speech topics can boost interest in your club's membership, and also attract new members to join! And Note:If you are a busy, weekly club, consider a goal of one guest speaker per month or per quarter at your meetings. If you need more to flesh out your program, however, by all means ask!

Here's How Your Area/Division Asks for a Test Speaker

If you are your area's/division's Contestmaster (or assistant), just email - in list (checklist)format, please! - to your Speaker Exchange Chair - your:

  • Area/Division needing the test speaker and for what contest.
  • City and address for the contest.
  • Contest time, day and date.

Check to be sure you included each of the above items in your email, and then please title your email: "My Area wants a test speaker!" or "My Division wants a test speaker!" Remember: A new (i.e., unfamiliar) face and voice is essential for your contest!

 
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:21

Officer Roles and Positions

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Leadership Positions
We're currently taking applications for the following leadership roles within Founders.  Take a look, read the duties, and apply using the forms supplied below.

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      Duties of the District Officers

      District Governor

      • The District Governor shall report to and take direction from the District Council in matters pertaining to District organization, programs, and procedures, but the District Governor shall be ultimately responsible to the Board of Directors in the exercise of his or her powers and duties.
      • The District Governor shall uphold and promote the purposes of Toastmasters International in the District.
      • As the representative of Toastmasters International, the District Governor, personally and through the Lieutenant Governors, shall carry out the programs approved by the Board of Directors and the District Council.
      • The District Governor presides at all meetings of the District Council and the District Executive Committee; fills such appointive offices as are provided for in these Administrative Bylaws, subject to the approval of the District Executive Committee and confirmation by the District Council; authorizes withdrawals of District funds, in the manner and to the extent provided in Article XII of these Administrative Bylaws; and must approve all withdrawals chargeable to the District on the books of Toastmasters International.
      • By the published deadlines, the District Governor shall submit to the Board of Directors any reports that may be required by the Board of Directors.
      • The District Governor shall provide to each member Club in this District and to World Headquarters, copies of the adopted budget, the report of the Audit Committee, and such other reports as the Board of Directors from time to time may require.
      • The District Governor shall furnish World Headquarters with such information as the Board of Directors from time to time may require before the District shall be eligible to withdraw funds of Toastmasters International authorized by the Board of Directors for District activities and operations.

        Lieutenant Governor Education and Training

        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training is the second ranking member of the District Executive Committee, and presides over that body and the District Council in the absence of the District Governor.
        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training assists the Education Committees of the member Clubs and Areas and Divisions of the District in utilizing the educational programs and materials of Toastmasters International and has the responsibility for: the training of all Division, Area and Club Officers; the preparing and conducting of educational programs for District Conferences; the supervising and coordinating of District-wide speech contests; and the formulating of specific educational recognition programs.
        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training shall attend District Council meetings.

          Lieutenant Governor Marketing

          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing is the third ranking member of the District Executive Committee, and presides over that body and the District Council in the absence of the District Governor and Lieutenant Governor Education and Training.
          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing is responsible for the development, direction, and coordination of an overall marketing plan necessary for building new member Clubs; the increase in individual membership and retaining members in the District; the recruitment and training of District marketing teams; and the formulation of specific membership building recognition programs.
          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing shall attend District Council meetings.
          • The Public Relations Officer serves under the direction of the District Governor and is responsible for the development and administration of a public relations program that will provide improved understanding by individual members of Clubs and the public of the opportunities available for personal development in the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership programs.

            Division Governors

            • The Division Governors shall coordinate the activities of Area Governors within the Division, and provide Area Officers with a supervisory head for counsel, information, and service.

            Area Governors

            • The Area Governors shall be responsible for the member Clubs within their Areas and shall represent the District Governor and, if applicable, the Division Governor to the Clubs in their Areas. As presiding Officer of the Area Council, the Area Governor shall hold regular Area Council Meetings, and shall appoint (or provide for the election by Clubs in the Area of) an Area staff for the conduct of Area activities between Area Council Meetings.
            • The Area Governor shall perform such other duties as the District Governor and District Council may prescribe.

            District Secretary

            • The District Secretary shall have custody of this District’s Administrative Bylaws and all other records and documents of this District; shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the District Council and District Executive Committee; and shall transmit the same to the successor.
            • The District Secretary shall have charge of all District correspondence, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the District Governor or District Council.

              District Treasurer

              • The District Treasurer shall have charge of all funds and other personal property of the District and shall transmit the accounts and all undistributed funds to the successor.
              • The District Treasurer shall disburse all funds upon order of the District Governor, as provided herein, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the District Governor or District Council.
              Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:06

              Education Program Manuals

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              Competent Communication Manual

              There are 10 speech projects in the Communication Manual. These projects focus on the basic building blocks of communication skills. If you speak with people who are experts at what they do, you'll find they all agree about one thing – you perfect your skills by drilling the basics.

              That's why you'll hear of Toastmasters who are working on their second or third or more CC awards.

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              Advanced Communication Manuals

              The advanced manuals focus on specialized aspects of public speaking. There are 15 advanced manuals and each manual has five assignments.

              Since the educational awards only actually require you to complete two manuals, you can understand why you hear of Toastmasters who are working on their second, third or more AC awards.

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              Competent Leadership Manual

              There are 10 leadership projects in the Competent Leadership Manual. These projects provide exercises to help you learn the basic skills of leadership. You'll learn basic skills such as listening, critical thinking, giving feedback, and time management. Perfecting these skills prepare you to go on to more advanced leadership roles.   Coming soon...

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