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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 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
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.
Toastmasters 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.