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, 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 2018-2019
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.

Friday, 09 November 2012 14:35

Roast, Toast, and Boast - Wes Hoover

WesHoover4As is tradition in Founder's District, it's now time to get together and to Toast, Roast and/or Boast our Immediate Past District Governor, Wes Hoover, DTM. This is OUR chance to give back to him all that he gave to us last year.
The event is on Saturday, November 17th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.
The cost is $25.00 and you can pre-register/pre-pay online at
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:31

Ready To Have Some Fun With Your Camera?

girl with camera

Are you ready to have some fun with your camera (and yes, even the one in your cell phone) and share your Toastmasters experiences with others?" Picture this - your award-winning photo perched in front for everyone to see at the Founders District Spring Conference on April 25th! How about the chance to mingle with other Toastmaster peers with a love of “taking another shot” and discuss how you “captured the moment!!” If that sounds fun and exciting enter the 2015 Founders District Spring Photography Contest, hurry deadline ends on March 15th !! The theme for the contest will be “Elevate your Potential.” The application and full details are available at:

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:07

Qualified Speakers' Profiles

Qualified Speaker Biography and Topics Availability


Cheri Alguire

Cheri Alguire is an author, trainer, speaker and coach who has been helping her clients take their business and their lives to the next level of success for over a decade. Her latest book titled 13 Lessons in 13.1 Miles supports and is endorsed by many running charities. Find out more at or

Speech Topics:

Just Say YES!: It is important to not let life’s challenges get in your way. After running a half-marathon for charity, Cheri wrote a book about how to take the lessons learned from doing something you once thought an impossible feat and apply them to everything you do in business and in life.

The Success Pattern to any Direct Sales Business: So many times managers tell their new recruits to make a list of everyone they know and just begin contacting them. This approach produces a low success rate and a high turnover rate. Cheri teaches a proven three part system to make you more effective in your business.



Victor Broski

Victor Broski Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too old for this!” Are you uneasy about your age? Victor Broski will mobilize you and your group to take action with tips, tricks and techniques that will inspire change – ideal for those who really want to “grow until they go.”

Victor Broski is the author of Young at Any Age and has been practicing good health for over 30 years. With fresh insights on the perceptions that dominate our culture on aging, Victor moves his audiences to re-examine all they believe about life after 40.


Mike Davis

Mike Davis is Adrenaline Radio's talk show host, also known as “Coach Mike” by his Kidz “n” Sports fans, speaks on a number of topics to businesses, churches, youth organizations, service clubs and at the Founder’s District Leadership and Communication Education workshops. Days


Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham 

is an expert on Sales and Leadership. He’s “been there / done that” when it comes to sales success. He qualified for President’s Club status in three Fortune 500 companies, led teams of more than 100 associates and delivered revenues in excess of $1 billion dollars per annum. His passion for the customer and commitment to sales objectives are contagious and your team will benefit from his insights and perspective.


Speech Topics:

  • The Power of Customer Intimacy

  • Qualifying – The Most Important Step in the Sales Process

  • Become a Consistent Closer

  • Strong Leadership at All Levels


Energize your sales team with a renewed vigor for sales objectives and an unparalleled passion for meeting your customers’ needs. Empowered Sales Training presentations are always aligned to meet your objectives and values. Contact Kevin Graham today at 949-701-8400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Lee Pound

Lee Pound Lee Pound is a professional speaker, writing coach, editor, book publisher and co-producer of the Speak Your Way to Wealth seminar. He is the author of seven books including 57 Steps to Better Writing, Coaching for the New Century and Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work. He's also the co-author of the upcoming books Adapt or Perish and Profitable Social Media.

Speech Topics:

How to Write and Publish Your Book: Strategies to create a book that will brand you and make you the recognized expert in your market.

How to Use Social Media to Attract Customers and Clients: Using Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and other Web 2.0 sites to brand yourself and build a list of followers who will do business with you.



Belinda Sanders

Belinda Sanders is the author of 21+ Tips to Power-Up Your Writing and Get Their Attention. Sanders has more than 15 years of experience writing copy and speaking professionally. She a gift for creating articulate written materials to inform, educate, position, persuade, motivate or inspire; and accurately writing the messages others have difficulty expressing. Customers include the National Speakers Association, Toastmasters International and the Los Angeles Flower Market.

Speech Topics:

Business Writing Made Easy – Learn how to engage readers, gain credibility, boost effectiveness and clarify purpose so you can attract clients and create loyalty.

Prepare for Care – Stress eliminators to help you prepare for balancing caregiver responsibilities and workplace issues when your loved one suddenly needs care. You’ll want to tell the boss about this!



Robert Scanlan

Robert Scanlan is your coach for the major transitions in your life or business. Grow, change, adapt ….faster, easier, with less stress. He has successfully started, managed, financed, or coached hundreds of small businesses. Scanlan was co-founder of the first non-bank SBA loan funder – the largest SBA lender in the nation at that time and knows how to handle dynamic and unexpected change. He is recipient or three organ transplants and is a pro-bono coach to transplant patients and their families in crisis at UCLA’s Liver Transplant Unit.

Speech Topics:

Managing Transition in Life and Business Want to grow at what you are doing, but aren’t sure how to move ahead? Time for a change? Feeling “stuck”? Faced with an unexpected life changing event? There are proven methods to clarify your answers, reduce your stress and accelerate your breakthrough.

Human Organ Transplants Learn and be inspired by this miracle from the perspective of love and legacy for the donor family, from the gratitude and inspiration of the recipient, or the challenge and courage of the caregivers.



Seth Sherwood

Seth Sherwood is the founder and director of the Family Reading Inc. (F.R.I.), a non profit organization based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., created to help families become literacy leaders. This mission is achieved through presentations at school assemblies, parent meetings and community keynote speeches.

Speech Topics:

Family Literacy – Inspire your children to excel in school.

Achieve Your Goals – Five simple steps to adjust your attitude.



Angela Stout

Angela Stout is a speaker, singer, and philanthropist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Associate of Arts in Music. She is passionate about helping others to overcome personal failures by realizing God’s purpose in their pain and struggles. In her riveting memoir, This Can’t Be Happening to Me, Stout shows no failure is too great for God’s mercy and grace. Find out more at

Speech Topics:

Overcoming Failures: Stout shares her inspirational story of overcoming judgmental attitudes and feelings of loneliness after multiple obstacles. Learn faith-based teachings on what to do when you are at the bottom of life’s barrel and how to find joy on your way back up to the top.



Michael Varma

Michael Varma is a professional magician and award-winning Distinguished Toastmaster who knows what it takes to entertain an audience. Varma is also a published author of educational puzzle books and games and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.

Speech Topics:

Toasting Etiquette – Learn how to speak like a seasoned professional and offer the perfect toast for any occasion or event. Presented by the best selling author of Tasteful Toasts. “Michael makes giving a toast as easy as ABC.” – Toastmaster magazine

Public Relations – Discover where to find, create, and use FREE publicity to promote you or your business. Become your own “media specialist” and make your next event a success.

The Laughter Factor – Learn how and when to add humor to your presentations. Gain a better understanding of comedy with the Triangle of Timing and master the delivery through the three Ps of telling a joke: point, purpose and pause.


More coming soon . . .

Initial content above compiled and documented by Michael Varma, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Office 2009-2010

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:28

Public Relations Awards

Has your club used amazing and extraordinary Public Relations to promote Toastmasters? If so then enter the Founder's District Public Relations Awards. We have expanded the award categories from three to six and the entry process is simple. The first place winner in each category will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque or trophy at the Founder's District Fall Conference, Friday and Saturday, November 7-8 at the Holiday Inn La Mirada.

Full details below. Good luck!

Award Categories

  • Best Club Web Site (aka Diamond Web Award – your site's helpfulness to to members and guests)
  • Best Video (aka Founder's Film Award – short clips that highlight Toastmasters)
  • Best Social Media (use of Facebook, Meetup, YouTube, etc. to promote your club – new category)
  • Best Special Event (open house, contest or other event that promoted your club - new category)
  • Best Public Relations / New Member Campaign (a membership recruitment drive - new category)
  • Best Overall Public Relations (aka Public Relations Achievement Award – who has the best PR?)

Clubs and members of Founder's District in good standing are eligible to participate. All entries must be club members' original work and must have occurred during the six months prior to the entry submission: e.g. April 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 for the Fall 2014 Awards.

Due to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer by October 31, 2014. Please include the following:

  • Club name and number
  • Basic info: what is the history and context of your PR award entry? What makes it a winner?
  • Results: what goal did your PR awards entry accomplish?
  • Back-up materials: web links, screen shots, videos, pictures, flyers, statistics, etc.

Judging Criteria
All entries should follow the Toastmasters International branding guidelines. Our judges will choose award winners based on the following criteria:

  • Content & Substance (25%)
  • Presentation & Style (25%)
  • Creativity & Uniqueness (25%)
  • Results & Achievements (25%)

Award winners will be announced at the Founder's District Fall Conference November 7-8 at the Holiday Inn La Mirada and will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque or trophy . 

Robert Kelleman - Founder's District Public Relations Officer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 31 December 2012 04:03

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