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 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

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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Photo Gallery

Our talented photographers capture the moments at each District event.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Toastmasters is a volunteer organization. Find out how you can get involved.

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Daniel Cossack

Daniel Cossack

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:37

Founder's District Incentive Programs

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 19:29

Club Growth Incentives For Clubs

Club Growth Incentives For Clubs

Award Requirements Receive

Join the District


All Newly Chartered Clubs


Charter by September 30th and get a Club Banner and TWO of the following items. After September 30th, get a Club Banner and ONE of the following items:
* Banner stand
* Lectern
* Timing Lights
* A $50 Pizza Party and club gift at the Charter Ceremony


Join the Club


Clubs that have an Open House, and add 2 or more new members within 2 weeks after the open house date



  • Earn $25 in TI Gifts for the club
    NOTE: Must send a copy of the Open House flyer AND the names of the new members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Add 5+ Members


Add at least 5 new members to earn
SMEDLEY AWARD (Aug 1-Sept 30) or
TALK UP TOASTMASTERS (Feb 1 - Mar 30) or
BEAT THE CLOCK (May 1 - June 30)



  • Add 5-7 new members, earn $25 in TI Gifts 

  • First 20 clubs to add 10 or more new members in the year, get invited to our May Founder’s District All Star event
    *  Earn a Club Banner Ribbon from Toastmasters International


Youth Rock


Clubs that sponsor a Youth Leadership Program (YLP)



  • At the program start, receive a set of YLP Manuals + 5 additional participant manuals

  • At the program completion receive $25 TI Gifts, plus receive club recognition at the next District event


Speechcraft


Clubs that offer a 6 week or longer Speechcraft Program for their own club or an outside group



  • At the program start, receive a set of Speechcraft manuals + 5 additional participant manuals

  • At the program completion receive $25 TI Gifts, plus receive club recognition at the next District event


Adopt-A-Club


Clubs that participate in the Adopt-A-Club program, and help their adoptee club reach Distinguished



  • Earn Toastmaster name badges for your members that participated (or a $50 club Pizza Party)

  • Get invited to our May Founder’s District All Star event

  • Receive club recognition at the next District event


Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:28

Club Growth Incentives For Members

Club Growth Incentives For Members

Award Requirements Receive

Grow the District


Members who submit a new club lead that converts into a chartered club


Earn $25 in TI Gifts, get invited to our May Founder’s District All Star event, and receive special recognition at the District Conference


Grow the Division


Divisions that charter three clubs
by April 15th


Get invited to our May Founder’s District All Star event and receive special recognition at the conference for the Division Team. Note: Division Director can recognize up to 8 team members


Grow the Area


Area Directors that have 50%+1 clubs earn BOTH Membership DCP Goals (add 8 or more NEW members)


Earn a set of HPL manuals for themselves, and the clubs are invited to the May Founder’s District All Star Event


Help Them Succeed



  • New Club Mentors whose clubs become Distinguished within their first year, and maintain membership at Charter strength (20 members or more) at their first renewal.

  • Club Coaches who get their club to Distinguished by June 30th, 2018


Receive $75 in TI Gifts, earn ALS credit as a successful coach or mentor, and receive special recognition at the August 2018 District Awards Night


Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:26

Educational Incentives For Clubs

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


$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, 09 July 2017 00:05

Welcome 2017-2018

DanielCossack

What a journey this has been. For me, and for you as well. Because my story is not unlike your story. When I walked in to my very first Toastmasters meeting, I never dreamed in a million years that I would be where I am today, that I would learn what I have learned today, or that I would feel what I feel today.

I will never forget my first year as an area governor. That is a special time for any Toastmaster, one that will change your life one way or another. It was there that I met some of the most influential people in my life. Many of you have shaped me over the years. Some old friends, some new friends, and some who I hope to become friends. Each one of you in some way, big or small, has had a lasting impact on me. Sometimes it was your helpful suggestion, or a nod of approval, your show of support. But most of the time it was your kind words of recognition, and many times it was in the way I saw you offer a kind word to someone else who needed it. And that’s made all the difference.

Think about all of the situations in your own journey that has helped to get you where you are today. Was it completing a communication manual? Or a leadership level? Was it winning a trophy at a speech contest? Or being a part of committee chair and challenging yourself to do something you didn’t think you were capable of doing? All of these things are nice, but I think what made the most difference in your life, and in mine, is the kind words of friends.

A kind word is the most powerful force in the universe. Kind words have not built our skyscrapers, or highways, or any booming metropolis. Kind words did not usher in the technology that built the internet, that saves lives, and makes the planet a better place to live. Kind words didn’t do any of that, but kind words built the men and women behind those great accomplishments. Kind words can move mountains.

This year, we intend to move mountains. Together we can accomplish more than we ever thought possible. I have the benefit of following some of the smartest and wisest people I know. Each of you in some way have contributed to building my character and into the person I am today. Years ago when I was an Area Governor I had no idea what I was doing. Today, I am confident – confident that I still have no idea what I’m doing but at least now I know I am surrounded by friends who won’t let me fail. I have learned a lot over the years from some very special people and past district governors. Starting with Celly Adamo, may God rest her soul, the only District Governor to have all 8 divisions presidents distinguished. Celly taught me to think big and to respect others beliefs and opinions. Her year was distinguished.

Alanda Dyer showed me how to laugh and be resilient under pressure. She also showed me how the power of kindness and kind words can make a big impact on so many people.

Bob Hudack taught me to find the hidden talents in people and direct others toward their natural talents.

Maira Pineda taught me to be extraordinary, to find your inner light and let it shine.

Ede, Distinguished District Governor, Ede, taught me how to inspire others and lead by example. Ede is a beacon of light for all of us to follow.

Distinguished District Governor Wes Hoover, saw the big picture but also cared about the experience of each and every member. Wes taught me to see the good in all people.

And Victoria Dotson, someone very special to me, near and dear to my heart. Victoria taught me not to be afraid to take chances. Leaders are not always right, but you can never go wrong if you follow your heart. And Victoria is all heart.

Calm and methodical, Harry Yan, the only Select Distinguished District Governor in Founder's District. Harry taught me to remain focused on the mission. Never lose focus.

Linda Ulrich, always there with a hug and a smile. Linda helped me to recognize the human element in all that we do.

Pan Kao, helped me to realize that we are not super human with super powers. We are just people all working together to make this world a better place to live.

And finally, Siri, a master delegator. How she does all the things she does so well I may never know, but I hope to learn someday.

I’m someone who embraces change. Change is exciting for some but scary for others. The world is always changing. Toastmasters is changing, and we must change as well or suffer. Experience has taught me how important it is to remain laser focused on our mission – to build new clubs and support all clubs to achieve excellence.

What then, about the members? Members are the foundation of our district. Without members we are nothing. Strategies and policies do nothing to instill any real change in the lives of the members. I alone can have little impact on the greater population of our district. But each of you can move mountains, by giving all members the same thing you have given me – a kind word. A kind word is all it takes and doesn’t cost a thing.

Be generous with your kind words. Give a kind word to every guest that walks into your club meeting. Give a kind word to every speaker in your club, to your club leaders, to your club’s future leaders. Give kind words to your Area Directors and Division Directors who work so hard for you. Give kind words to your mentors, your mentees, your friends, your colleagues, those you agree with and those you disagree with. Give kind words with reckless abandon and more importantly, be sincere. Change one person’s life with one kind word, and you’ve changed the world.

Founder’s District hasn’t been Presidents Distinguished in almost 40 years. It’s an ambitious goal, but hey, let’s think BIG! Let’s not be afraid to take chances. Let’s enhance our natural talents and be extraordinary. Stay focused on the mission and above all be generous with our kindness to others, give a hug, give a smile, give a kind word. And let’s be Presidents Distinguished Again!

Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:07

Learning Labs

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

First Timer's Session 1 - 2 pm
Planning an effective open house 1 - 2 pm
Building a FreeToastHost web site 2 - 3 pm
Navigating Relevant Web Sites 2 - 3 pm
Club Mentor or Coach 3 - 4 pm
Pathways Preview 3 - 4 pm
Sunday, 26 March 2017 06:13

2017-2018 District Officer Nominations

The nominated candidates for the 2017-2018 District Officers are listed below in order by office and then alphabetically if there is more than one candidate per office.

 

FOUNDER'S DISTRICT

DISTRICT 100

DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Daniel Cossack, DTM
DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Donald Herrera, ACG, ALS
Karen Lucas, DTM
 
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Diana Dee, DTM
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Michelle Bender, DTM
Mark Lucas, ACS, ALS
 
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Lori Shapiro, DTM
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Tim Hollenbeck, ACS, CL
 
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Paul Fay, DTM
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Nora Jackson, CC, ALB
 
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Kathy Hughes, ACS, ALB
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Trillium Smith
 
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
Asad Ali, CL
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
William Wojciak, ACB, ALB
 
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
David Shostak, DTM
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
Mark Longanecker, ACS, ALB
 
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Nadine Nofziger, DTM
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Steve Itzkowitz, CC, CL
 
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
David Hosmer, CC, CL
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
Scott Friedman, ACG, ALB
 
DIVISION G DIRECTOR
Ken Spears, ACB, CL
 

Reported by John Angiolillo, DTM, PDG, Chair, District Leadership Committee - South

Reported by Pan Kao, DTM, IPDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee - North

 

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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
Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:54

Sheryl Roush

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

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.

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