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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Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:46

Naomi Takeuchi

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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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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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

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Spring Conference & Speech Contests

April 28, 2018

  • Keynote Speaker: TBD
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:03

Craig Valentine

1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

Craig Valentine, MBA

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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!

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:01

Social Media Contest

Does your club use social media? If so, your club could win in the social media contest. Contestants should send their entry packet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 1 in the fall or March 15 in the spring. The winning club will win a prize valued at $100 and second prize valued at $50. Winners will be announced at the Founder's District Conference.

Contest packets should include the following:

  • A document with your social media channels (including addresses).
  • Reports from your Facebook page or other social media channels that shows your activity (one report for each channel).
  • A two to three page document that explains why your club’s social media strategy is the best.
  • If you have any videos, you should include the file or the links to the videos.
  1. Social Media Channels (20 points) How many channels of social media does club use? “Use” means that you are posting to the page on a regular basis. Note: A District registered Meetup page with no activity does not count. 10 points for 1 Social Media Channel, 15 points for 2, 20 points for three or more). Please give us the address(es) of your social media pages.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google+
    • MeetUp
    • Other?
  2. Connections (10 points, 5 points for each item below) 
    • Does the club post to Founder's District social media pages?
    • Does the club post to Founder’s District Division Pages?
  3. Social Media Strategy (25 points- 5 points for each item below) How sophisticated is the club's social media strategy?
    • Are the bios and other information filled for your social media sites? 
    • Does the club use hashtags?
    • Does the club have a strategy to bring guests into the meeting?
    • Does the club have a blog?
    • Does club use links to other pages?
  4. Types of Content (25 points) What types of content do you post?
    • Videos (8 points)
    • Live video (7 points)
    • Pictures (5 points)
    • Articles (5 points)
  5. Member Involvement (10 points) (Provide screen shots for examples)
    • Do the members post to your social media pages? (5 points for 5 or more member posts)
    • Do the members comment on your posts? (5 points for 5 or more member comments)
  6. PR Campaign / Open House for the Club (10 points)
    • Has the club created a PR campaign? (5 points) - written update required
    • Has the club put on an Open House to showcase the club? (5 points)

 

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

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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SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS OCTOBER 1

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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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.

 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:47

2016 Spring District Conference

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Spring Conference & Speech Contests

APRIL 30, 2016 8:00AM - 4:00PM

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  • Keynote Presentation: Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex
  • Communication & Leadership Award recipient: Sharon Ellis
  • International Speech Contest
  • District Business Meeting
  • Grand Opening Ceremony
  • Distinguised Toastmasters Award Ceremony
  • Opportunity Drawing and Silent Auction
  • Continental Breakfast and a delicious Knott's Berry Farm sit down luncheon
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SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS APRIL 6

Just $65

Register and select the Full Day Package to attend the Distict Conference with lunch included, or attend just the International Speech Contest for only $10. The Keynote and business meeting is free.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Rex

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources and support to 332,000 members in 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals. Learn More

C&L AWARD RECIPIENT

Sharon Ellis
C&L Award Recipient

Sharon Ellis

Sharon Ellis joined Habitat for Humanity of Orange County as Executive Director in 2005. She is responsible for directing activities of both employees and thousands of volunteers as they help to build and finance affordable homes in Orange County. Learn More

Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:23

Interstellar Madness Pizza Party

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Pizza Party!

MAY 6, 2016 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Clubs that added five or more new members during the Talk Up Toastmasters Membership Campaign (Feb-Mar 2016) are being rewarded with a FREE Pizza Party on Friday May 6th featuring Keynote Speaker Cindy Carpenter and the Interstellar Madness show.

In addition to your free pizza and drinks you’ll boost your social networking skills as two-time District International Speech Contest Champion Cindy Carpenter leads you through an interactive game that will leave you in stitches and then you’ll wrap up your evening with a musical laser light show designed to entertain and inspire.

All members in qualified clubs are invited and have been sent an email invitation. Please RSVP quickly as this special event has limited seating capacity. Enjoy our new Toastmasters' culture and harness your creativity to reach new heights!

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:27

Membership Incentives

Incentives for 2016-2017

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