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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Monday, 04 March 2013 23:00

Proclamations 101

The purpose of a proclamation is to have a local, state, national, or international government officials help celebrate a Toastmasters Club or District's milestone achievements and generate publicity.

1.   Request a proclamation: Proclamation Request Template (Word doc 87 kb)
Present the proclamation: Proclamation Presentation Process (PDF 76 kb)
Send a proclamation news release: Proclamation News Release Template (Word doc 96 kb)

So, what do you do when you get a proclamation?

Best recommendation (Option #1): Have the Area Governors coordinate with each of their clubs and confirm a date for an “anniversary meeting.” Optimal goal is to have the Mayor or a representative (usually a city council person) go to the club and present the proclamation.

Next best recommendation (Option #2): Have a Toastmasters club representative (one or multiple clubs) go to the city council meeting with the proclamation and have a formal presentation completed by the Mayor or City Council Chairperson – and take advantage of the in-house press.

Final recommendation (Option #3): If no “outside” representative is available to present the proclamation, then the next highest ranking dignitary, Division Governor, has the honor to present the document as his or her schedules permits. The ultimate responsibility is with the Area Governor to present the proclamation to the club president.

Presentation Process

1.   The visiting dignitary gives a 2 to 3 minute speech on the importance of communication and leadership.
Read the proclamation to the club.
Present the proclamation to the highest ranking club officer and take a picture.
Club’s VP of PR fills out the proclamation press release and
Send one copy to the local media outlet
Send one copy to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer
Post a copy on the club's web site

When the story is published forward a copy or the hyperlink to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer

Example 1 - Santa Ana

Example 2 - Tustin

Example 3 - Irvine


Initial content above compiled, documented and updated 10/16/2013, by Michael Varma, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Office 2009-2010.
Monday, 01 July 2013 01:39

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Founder's District collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the website ("Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Founder's District.

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the site, place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, phone number. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use "cookies" to enhance User experience. User's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

Founder's District may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

  • - To improve customer service
    Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • - To personalize user experience
    We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • - To process payments
    We may use the information Users provide about themselves when placing an order only to provide service to that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to provide the service.
  • - To send periodic emails
    We may use the email address to send User information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.

Compliance with children's online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our Site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Changes to this privacy policy

Founder's District has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:
Founder's District
1000 South Coast Dr., #H-103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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moneyshotMission Statement

Take original digital images that tell and sella story (the money shot) to the media about Toastmasters personal and professional achievements.


Attend club meetings, district conferences, and special events as schedules permits and capture the camera shy to better publicize the benefits of the Toastmasters program.


  1. Attend clubs meetings, district conferences, and special events as schedules permit.
  2. Always shoot it at the highest quality your camera allows – you can always reduce the DPI (dots per inch).
    • High resolution photos” are 300 DPI and good for quality printing.
    • Low resolution photo” are 72 DPI and good for posting on web sites.
  3. Identify the best photos and notify key PR team members for next steps:
    • Founder's District Public Relations Officer to coordinate publicity
    • Newsletter Chairperson of The Founder Newsletter
    • General Publicity Team for Press Releases
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:19

Photo Gallery


Photo Gallery.

Our best photographers in the District capture the special moments at our District events.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:00

Patriots and Paws

PennyLambrightEach year Founder's District presents the prestigious Communication and Leadership award to an individual or local organization that exemplifies the practices of sound communcation and exceptional leadership that is the epitome of the Toastmasters brand.  This year Founder's District is honored to recognize Penny Lambright of Patriots and Paws for her outstanding work in building an organization that provides valuable assistance to the men and women who put thier lives on the line for our country.

Patriots and Paws helps to relieve the burden of stress that our military veterans are feeling by giving them help in the form of home furnishings. Some of these things are as simple as a bed to sleep in, a table to sit at, or dishes to eat with.   Almost all of the veterans who are able to receive housing assistance don’t have the basic items to put in their homes, unless they get them from family or friends.


Are you an ambitious speaker in Southern California? If so, you must be at the Toastmasters Founder's District Conference November 7-8, 2014.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:21

Officer Roles and Positions


Leadership Positions
We're currently taking applications for the following leadership roles within Founders.  Take a look, read the duties, and apply using the forms supplied below.


      Duties of the District Officers

      District Governor

      • The District Governor shall report to and take direction from the District Council in matters pertaining to District organization, programs, and procedures, but the District Governor shall be ultimately responsible to the Board of Directors in the exercise of his or her powers and duties.
      • The District Governor shall uphold and promote the purposes of Toastmasters International in the District.
      • As the representative of Toastmasters International, the District Governor, personally and through the Lieutenant Governors, shall carry out the programs approved by the Board of Directors and the District Council.
      • The District Governor presides at all meetings of the District Council and the District Executive Committee; fills such appointive offices as are provided for in these Administrative Bylaws, subject to the approval of the District Executive Committee and confirmation by the District Council; authorizes withdrawals of District funds, in the manner and to the extent provided in Article XII of these Administrative Bylaws; and must approve all withdrawals chargeable to the District on the books of Toastmasters International.
      • By the published deadlines, the District Governor shall submit to the Board of Directors any reports that may be required by the Board of Directors.
      • The District Governor shall provide to each member Club in this District and to World Headquarters, copies of the adopted budget, the report of the Audit Committee, and such other reports as the Board of Directors from time to time may require.
      • The District Governor shall furnish World Headquarters with such information as the Board of Directors from time to time may require before the District shall be eligible to withdraw funds of Toastmasters International authorized by the Board of Directors for District activities and operations.

        Lieutenant Governor Education and Training

        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training is the second ranking member of the District Executive Committee, and presides over that body and the District Council in the absence of the District Governor.
        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training assists the Education Committees of the member Clubs and Areas and Divisions of the District in utilizing the educational programs and materials of Toastmasters International and has the responsibility for: the training of all Division, Area and Club Officers; the preparing and conducting of educational programs for District Conferences; the supervising and coordinating of District-wide speech contests; and the formulating of specific educational recognition programs.
        • The Lieutenant Governor Education and Training shall attend District Council meetings.

          Lieutenant Governor Marketing

          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing is the third ranking member of the District Executive Committee, and presides over that body and the District Council in the absence of the District Governor and Lieutenant Governor Education and Training.
          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing is responsible for the development, direction, and coordination of an overall marketing plan necessary for building new member Clubs; the increase in individual membership and retaining members in the District; the recruitment and training of District marketing teams; and the formulation of specific membership building recognition programs.
          • The Lieutenant Governor Marketing shall attend District Council meetings.
          • The Public Relations Officer serves under the direction of the District Governor and is responsible for the development and administration of a public relations program that will provide improved understanding by individual members of Clubs and the public of the opportunities available for personal development in the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership programs.

            Division Governors

            • The Division Governors shall coordinate the activities of Area Governors within the Division, and provide Area Officers with a supervisory head for counsel, information, and service.

            Area Governors

            • The Area Governors shall be responsible for the member Clubs within their Areas and shall represent the District Governor and, if applicable, the Division Governor to the Clubs in their Areas. As presiding Officer of the Area Council, the Area Governor shall hold regular Area Council Meetings, and shall appoint (or provide for the election by Clubs in the Area of) an Area staff for the conduct of Area activities between Area Council Meetings.
            • The Area Governor shall perform such other duties as the District Governor and District Council may prescribe.

            District Secretary

            • The District Secretary shall have custody of this District’s Administrative Bylaws and all other records and documents of this District; shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the District Council and District Executive Committee; and shall transmit the same to the successor.
            • The District Secretary shall have charge of all District correspondence, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the District Governor or District Council.

              District Treasurer

              • The District Treasurer shall have charge of all funds and other personal property of the District and shall transmit the accounts and all undistributed funds to the successor.
              • The District Treasurer shall disburse all funds upon order of the District Governor, as provided herein, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the District Governor or District Council.
              Monday, 04 March 2013 22:05

              Meeting Location and Format

              Audience_web_v1VISIT FOR FREE !

              The Founder’s District Speakers’ Bureau meets on the  second Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.with  networking 30 minutes before and after the meeting.

              "It's the best two hours of Toastmasters."

              ~ Victor Broski



              Provide candid to-the-point suggestions and direct evaluations of how an audience actually thinks and responds to the material presented in order to improve a speaker's content and encourage a higher level of presentation. Conduct monthly educational workshops on speech related topics including bookings, marketing, publicity, one-sheets, pricing, audio equipment, and much more.


              Meeting Format:

              • 20 minute educational session
              • Two 20 minutes qualifying presentations
              • Round-robin, real-world critiques
              • Video taped sessions for review
              • Shared speaking experiences
              • Networking opportunities
              • Monthly newsletter
              • Speakers' Profiles
              On the corner of Chapman and Lewis, near the 5, 22, and 57 freeway junction.
              Crystal Cathedral
              Family Center Building 3rd floor
              12141 Lewis Street
              Garden Grove, CA 92840

              For speaking opportunities at other Toastmasters clubs, also see: Speakers Exchange


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

              Sunday, 07 April 2013 03:32


              Mission of the Club Growth Director:


              Develop a sound overall marketing plan in conjunction with district team members, focusing on making Toastmasters available to more people while also emphasizing a dedication to member service.


              Implement short and long-term district marketing plans for new club development, club rescue efforts, club membership promotion and membership retention in existing community and corporate clubs.


              1. Marketing Technical Advisor
              2. New Clubs Chair
              3. Club Coaching
              4. Youth Leadership
              5. Sponsor/Mentor Chair
              6. Speechcraft

              Job Description:

              1. Serve as third-ranking member of the executive committee, presiding over that body and the district council in the absence of the District Director and Program Quality Director.
              2. Direct and coordinate the marketing strategies and activities necessary to achieve district growth objectives.
              3. Direct membership development and retention programs, encouraging achievement of reasonable growth targets.
              4. Monitor division, area and club administration ensuring the prompt submission of complete club dues renewal reports to World Headquarters and club officer lists to World Headquarters and District Director.
              5. Monitor the Area Club Assistance Program and the submission of Area Report of Club Visit forms to the District Director. In tandem with division directors, the Club Growth Director encourages area directors to visit clubs frequently in order to strengthen member satisfaction and membership-building efforts.
              6. Implement programs to assist weak clubs and bring them to a level of 20 or more members.


              1. Develop a strong district marketing program to build new clubs in corporations and the community.
              2. Recruit, train and maintain a strong club building team.
              3. Recruit and train club mentors and club coaches.
              4. Manage district recognition programs that ensure club and membership builders are recognized by the district and the community.
              5. Work in conjunction with the District Public Relations Manager to maximize district marketing efforts through internal and external promotions.
              6. Prepare his or her successor to assume office, completing the steps necessary for an orderly transfer of the office by June 30.
              Monday, 31 December 2012 02:22


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