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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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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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
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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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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.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:47

2016 Spring District Conference


Spring Conference & Speech Contests

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

  • 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


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.



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


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

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 01:01

Educational Incentives For Members

Educational Incentives For Members


The Warm Up

First 150 Members - Pathways L1 Completion (for your first path only!)

Pathways Champion flashlight/pen on a lanyard

The Line Drive

Complete a Pathways Path

Completion Medal for that specific Path (each Path will have a different colored ribbon)

The Home Run

Earn the Distinguished Toastmaster award (traditional or Pathways)

DTM medallion and DTM Hug Line

The Triple Crown

Earn any combination of 3 traditional education and/or Pathways 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. For Pathways awards: L1+L2 or L3+L4 or L5 completion.

Select ONE of the following gifts:

1. Lectern Banner

2. Guest Book and Club Ribbon packs (Best Speaker, Best Table Topic or Best Evaluator)

3. Table Topic Chat Pack and a Club Ribbon Pack

4. Pathways Ribbon Pack (40 Level Completion Ribbons)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 01:40

Talk Up Toastmasters 2016


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.

Friday, 25 September 2015 03:56

Leadership Workshop


Leadership Workshop

Sunday November 8, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm

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Phoenix Club
1340 S Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

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!


Time Event
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
02:00 pm Adjourn
Saturday, 01 August 2015 03:50

New Clubs

Please welcome our newest clubs in our District.

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Spread the benefits of Toastmasters to others by starting a new club in your area or organization. It's easy to get started.

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  • Build Confidence And Productivity
  • Career Advancement


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