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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Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:06

Youth Leadership Program

YouthLeadershipWhat 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:

  • Evaluation of present speaking ability
  • Discussion of chairmanship principles
  • Presentation of speeches
  • Impromptu talks
  • Group evaluation
  • Discussion of speech organization
  • Discussion and practice in listening
  • Discussion of gestures in speaking
  • Discussion of voice and vocabulary
  • Exercise in chairmanship

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.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:45

Valentines Day Challenge

heartsToastmasters everywhere are learning to set lofty goals, meet them, and enjoy the spoils of success. And we find that there are those around us who are more than willing to help us succeed in our endeavors. In Toastmasters we honor them with plaques, certificates, and awards for going above and beyond the call of duty. But the ones who support us the most, and who deserve the highest appreciation, are the ones who stand by our side, each and every day.

Our spouses, our partners, and our loved ones, whether they are members of Toastmasters or not, are the ones who silently guide us, inspire us, and complete us. They struggle when we struggle, suffer when we suffer, and celebrate when we succeed. We are empowered by the unconditional love they bestow on us.

This Valentine's day, Founder's District invites you to take a break from Toastmasters and honor the one who loves you the most, with all of the pomp and flair they deserve. Put your best Toastmaster's leadership and communication skills to work for you and do something extraordinarily special for your loved one. Post your most creative and unforgettable moment together this Valentine's Day on the Founder's District Facebook page and enter to win a $25 gift certificate and your story featured in the next Founder Newsletter. Include a story and photo or video. Three winners will be picked. We'll choose the ones that best exemplifies the Toastmaster's love.


Sunday, 07 April 2013 20:43

Types of Clubs

From civic halls to board rooms, public libraries to government agencies, restaurants to retirement centers, Toastmasters clubs are in communities, businesses, and organizations, small and large, throughout the world. Toastmasters has several types of clubs, including the following categories:


  • Community Club
  • College Club
  • Company Club
  • Government Agency
  • Advanced Toastmasters
  • Military Club
  • Other Institution or Specialized Club
  • Correctional Institution

Most clubs, however, fall into one of two general categories: "Community" clubs or "Company" clubs. Within each category a club may be either an "open" club or a "closed" club having specific membership requirements.

Community Clubs

Most new Toastmasters Clubs are formed in cities where other clubs already exist. However, there are thousands of communities large enough to support at least one Club but don’t presently have a Toastmasters Club. Community Clubs in urban areas whose membership is open to anyone are very common; these exist in every Toastmasters District, but a tremendous number of new club opportunities still exist in this market. They can be difficult to build unless you conduct a planned, organized campaign.

Company Clubs

Nearly half of the new Toastmasters clubs being formed fall into this category. Corporations, government agencies, and other organizations recognize that Toastmasters offers the most effective, cost-efficient form of communication training available.

Open Versus Closed Clubs

Most Toastmasters Clubs are open to any interested individuals. The membership of some clubs, referred to as “closed” Clubs, is restricted to a certain group of people. This most often occurs when a company forms a club for its employees only.

Membership is not restricted according to age (except those persons under 18 years of age - see Youth Leadership Program), race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual is able to participate in the program.

As you organize a Toastmasters Club you’ll need some specific materials. The most important of these is this manual, How to Build a Toastmasters Club: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 20:51

Start a New Club


Toastmasters is truly a grass roots organization. Each club begins from the seeds of volunteers who grow strong in the rich soil of speeches, evaluations, and leadership activities. Just as with living plants, individual Toastmasters clubs were always meant to grow and multiply. As a member looking to advance your leadership skills, you can be the one to plant a growing, vibrant club in new soil.

You already enjoy the benefits of membership in Toastmasters. Starting a new club magnifies those benefits, both for you and for the members who join. Not only will you experience the wonder of seeing new participants grow in confidence in their speaking and presenting abilities, but you will also earn credit toward your Advanced Leader Silver award.

New Club First Steps

New club development is a significant move forward in your Toastmasters growth. Your first step on this journey involves identifying the need for a startup club.

  • Is there a geographical location not currently served by a club?
  • Is there a corporation with more than 350 employees not currently served by a club?
  • Are there communities or cultural groups that could benefit from Toastmasters?
  • If you speak a foreign language, is there a need for a local club that focuses on that language?
  • What is the key industry in your area? Does it have a vertically-focused Toastmasters group?

The Founder’s District’s New Clubs Coordinator is ready to discuss your prospective club idea. We will work with you to plan out a schedule and meeting structure, prepare a sample club meeting, and determine how to best reach out to prospective members.

Support Opportunities

Each new club needs two mentors to provide guidance during the first six months of meetings. If you derive satisfaction from seeing others succeed in a new endeavor, contact the Sponsor/Mentor Coordinator at the Founder’s District to prepare for this rewarding service.

The District also has a “Demonstration Team” that shows perspective companies and club members what Toastmasters is all about. Volunteers are needed as Toastmaster, Speaker, Table Topics Master, Evaluator, General Evaluator, and Timer. To assist upcoming clubs through this support role, contact the Founder’s District office.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:15


The Speechcraft program is a great way to promote Toastmasters and increase membership in your clubs. It allows prospective members to experience first-hand what Toastmasters is all about before deciding to join as new members.

By following the Speechcraft progam guidelines, seasoned Toastmasters are able to present the fundamentals of public speaking to prospective members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. The program may be conducted in four, six, or eight sessions as part of the club’s regular meeting or outside the club, at a different location and time.

The minimum number of participants required is five. If the program is presented as part of the regular club meetings, up to 10 participants can be accommodated. For programs presented outside the club, more participants can easily be accommodated.

Conducting the Speechcraft program at least once a year helps clubs gain new members. In addition, existing members become more involved and are able to practice and hone their leadership and communication skills.

Clubs may charge a reasonable fee for conducting any Success/Communication and Success/Leadership program for non-members. The fee should cover program expenses (materials, refreshments, room rental). Any remaining money must be placed in the club’s treasury. No individuals, educational institutions or other organizations may derive financial gain either directly or indirectly from the presentation of these programs. You are asked to report anyone doing so to World Headquarters.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:19

Speech Contests


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.


Other Resources You May Need

Saturday, 14 September 2013 17:45

Speech Contest Forms

Catalog # Form Name
1170 Judge's Certificate of Eligibility
1171 Speech Contest Rule Book 2017-2018
1172 International Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
1188 International Speech Contest Tiebreaking Judge's Guide and Ballot
1179 Evaluation Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
1179A Evaluation Contest Tiebreaking Judge's Guide and Ballot
1177 Evaluation Contestant Notes
1191 Humorous Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
1191A Humorous Speech Contest Tiebreaking Judge's Guide and Ballot
1181 Tall Tales Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
1181A Tall Tales Speech Contest Tiebreaking Judge's Guide and Ballot
1180 Table Topics Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot
1180A Table Topics Contest Tiebreaking Guide and Ballot
1175 Time Record Sheet and Instructions, for all speech contests
1176 Counter's Tally Sheet, for all speech contests
1189 Speech Contestant Biographical Information, for all speech contests
1183 Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality, for all speech contests
1182 Notification of Contest Winner, for all speech contests
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:20

Specialty Clubs

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

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!

Monday, 01 July 2013 23:27

Roy D. Graham Award

The Roy D. Graham Award is given in memory of Past International Director, Roy D. Graham DTM. Roy was an active member of Toastmasters for more than 50 years and is credited with creating and implementing the Toastmasters International Speechcraft Leadership Program.

Originally designed to help promote attendance at the district conferences, since 1987 this award has been presented twice each year to the Area Governor who has the most members in attendance at the Founder’s District Fall or Spring Conference. The Area Governor must be present at the District Council business meeting to receive the award.

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