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Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties since 1944.
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!
Join us every Fall and Spring for business meeting, speech contests, educational sessions and Hall of Fame Lunch.Learn More
Twice a year the District provides club officer training and world class Leadership and Communication workshops.Learn More
The Founder quarterly newsletter contains stories, photos, and spotlights of the people of Founder's District.Learn More
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
The Home Run
Earn the Distinguished Toastmaster award
DTM medallion and DTM Hug Line
Join energetic clubs all over Founder's District in participating in the upcoming membership building contest. During the months of February and March, add 5 or more members to your club to win the Toastmasters "Talk Up Toastmasters" award.
You'll receive a cool ribbon for your banner and an invitation to the Great Founder's District Pizza Party to celebrate your achievement. This pizza party highlight includes the highly acclaimed multimedia galactic light and sound show created by your Club Growth Director, Daniel Cossack. "Interstellar Madness" is a journey celebrating space innovation and exploration that will inspire your creativity.
Have you considered leadership roles outside your club? Mike Storkey, the Toastmasters International President Elect, overseeing the 350,000 Toastmasters worldwide, started as you did – as a club member, then club leader, and eventually grew through the leadership opportunities offered by Toastmasters. Come hear about his journey, and learn how you can also grow yourself.
To gain that job you've always wanted. To earn that promotion your boss wants to fill. To earn more profits through your improved communication skills. The answer is clear. Grow in Toastmasters. Leadership skills are gained by assuming leadership at each level of Toastmasters. Skills that give you the results you desire to prosper are yours when you step up to lead at the club level, area, division, or district. Founders District helps you prosper in the club, the community and your work. This Leadership Workshop will expose you to opportunities you don't want to miss!
|10:00 am||Reception for Toastmasters International President-Elect, Michael Storkey|
|10:30 am||Step Up, Step Out & Seize the Opportunities - President-Elect Michael Storkey|
|11:15 am||Panel - Skills We Learned at Club, Area, Division, & District, Moderated by Roberta Perry|
|11:45 am||Networking Lunch|
|12:30 pm||Roberta Perry Presents Interactive Leadership Training|
Please welcome our newest clubs in our District.
Start the year off right with a membership building program for your club. The Smedley Award begins August 1 and ends September 30. It's simple. Add five new, dual, or reinstated members to your club between August 1 and September 30 and receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, named in honor of the founder of Toastmasters, which you can display on your club's banner.
Winning clubs will be revealed on the Toastmasters International web site.
Our focus this year will be to build new clubs and grow our membership, sharing the benefits of Toastmasters to more people in our District. Do you have an idea for a new Toastmasters club? Or know someone who is interested in starting a club in their area? Tell us about it and we'll help you get it started.
Have you considered how your leadership skills in Toastmasters help you outside of Toastmasters?
Many Toastmasters have prospered in their careers because of the experience they acquired in leadership roles within Toastmasters.
You can grow your leadership skills that will give you:
Register and select the Leadership Package to attend the Distict Conference and the Leadership Workshop. Special Early Bird pricing for the Leadership Package (two days) available: $70
A dedicated Toastmaster for 24 years. Storkey has been a member of his home club, Whitsunday, in Cannonvale, since 1990. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. Storkey has also attainecd the Distinguished Toastmaster designation - the highest level of educational achievement in the organization. Learn More
Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California's weathercaster for NBC4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982 as the weekend weathercaster, and moved into weekdays in June 1984. Coleman has been named "Best Weathercaster" in every major paper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register, the San Bernardino Sun and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News. Learn More. Learn More
The purpose of this program is to strengthen low member clubs in situations that require more than a simple club coach. This also gives additional leadership opportunities for club members participating in the Adopt-A-Club Program. The District will benefit by increased member and club retention, and raise the number of distinguished clubs in the District.
Strong clubs with 20 or more members adopt a low member club in the area and become responsible for that club’s well being. Clubs who participate assign a member to lead the program as a High Performance Leadership project. The HPL leader should recruit other club members to become the action, or “rescue”, team and assist the HPL leader in working with the adopted club. The HPL leader should appoint one or two experienced members to be designated as the official Club Coach on approval of the Club Growth Director and the District Director.
Once approved, the HPL leader, coaches, and rescue team begin working with the adopted club to set up a plan for the club to become a distinguished club with 20 or more members. The adopting club shall be fully responsible for the success of the adopted club. The rescue team should begin by conducting a Moments of Truth exercise with the adopted club and follow up with a report and action plan to restore the club to its distinguished status. The rescue team shall make periodic reports back to their club to report on progress and receive suggestions for improving or adjusting the plan going forward. The club coaches shall also make reports back to the Adopt-A-Club District Chairperson or the Club Growth Director. The project ends when the adopted club achieves its distinguished goals.
Clubs that have succeeded in the Adopt-A-Club Program shall be recognized and receive a special plaque to be presented at the next District Conference. The HPL leader and members of the rescue team may also receive special awards presented by the Club Growth Director. The club coaches shall also receive Advanced Leader credit as a successful club coach.
Clubs participating in the Adopt-A-Club program must be distinguished clubs with 20 or more members. Acceptance of the program must be approved by a majority vote of its members. The designated club coaches must be approved by the Club Growth Director or the District Director. Clubs that are adopted shall be clubs with 12 or less members at the time of adoption and assignment of the club coaches. The officers of the adopted club must agree to be adopted and be willing to work with the rescue team.
To begin participating in the Adopt-A-Club Program, you just register with the District by completing the on-line form:
The Club Growth Director has appointed the Club Mentor/Club Coach Chairperson to manage the Adopt-A-Club program. The chairperson will seek out eligible clubs and educate and encourage the clubs to participate in the Adopt-A-Club program. The chairperson will also monitor the progress of clubs participating in the program and report the progress to the Club Growth Director.
If you have been selected as a presenter for the next L.A.C.E. event, please watch this video before your presentation for helpful tips to prepare you for a successful presentation including tips on what to wear and what not to wear, and how to handle yourself with photographers or videographers in the room.
What is the Youth Leadership Program?
The Youth Leadership Program is designed to help young people develop effective communication skills, leadership skills and self-confidence. Participants are typically under 18 years old.
How much does it cost for the participants?
There is no fee to participants. The sponsoring club provides all materials; such as the Participant's Handbook.
What is the incentive for parents of the participants or the community at large?
The Youth Leadership Program gives parents an opportunity to provide their children the skills to meet the challenges in school and professional life. The program fosters growth and teaches valuable skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders in industry and in the community.
Who can coordinate a Youth Leadership program?
Any experienced toastmaster that has completed six or more projects in the Competent Communication manual may conduct a Youth Leadership Program. The program must be approved and sponsored by your Toastmaster club. The club President appoints a program coordinator who, in turn, may appoint an assistant.
What is the benefit to the Youth Leadership Program coordinator?
The coordinator will enjoy time with the young leaders of tomorrow, learn and develop teaching skills and receive credit towards their Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award. By sponsoring and coordinating a program, clubs and coordinators promote Toastmasters in the community.
Where do you find participants?
There are many sources to find young people: local civic clubs such as YMCA, religious groups, schools and the community at large. Each program should have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 25 participants. The ideal number is 15 to 20 participants.
What is the content of the program?
The program consists of eight sessions with each session lasting about 1–2 hours. Participants learn to prepare an organized speech, present ideas logically, listen effectively, evaluate what they have heard, offer advice and to conduct effective business meetings. Activities taking place in the eight sessions include the following:
Where can I find help?
Notify the Founder's District Youth Leadership chair if you are coordinating a program.
We'll be pleased to monitor your progress and provide assistance if needed.