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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Thursday, 05 March 2015 04:18

Leadership With a Personal Touch

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People often believe that true leaders are born; that somehow, at birth they were given the leadership gene.  If you are one of those people who feel that you weren’t blessed with that gene, International Director Ede Ferrari-D’Angelo is going to prove to you that the following words by leadership expert Warren Bennis are true- “leaders are made, not born”. If that sounds familiar, think about the Toastmasters tag line, Where Leaders are Made.  Coincidence?  Perhaps.

Like many people who join Toastmasters, Ede joined to improve her communication skills. Over her 27 year journey, she found herself frequently in positions where she was required to manage, lead and coach.  Through that Ede has developed her own approach to leadership, which she will share with you in her session titled Leadership with a Personal Touch.

Ede Ferrari-D’Angelo, a Toastmaster since 1987, is a past Founder’s District Governor, Brand Ambassador, and Region Advisor.  She was elected to the Toastmasters Board of Directors last August, in Malaysia, and will serve until August 2016. Of all the quotes by Toastmaster Founder, Ralph Smedley, the one that resonates with Ede most is “people learn best in times of enjoyment”.  She feels that with Toastmasters she is either preparing for or going to a party, because every experience in the organization is so much fun.

We know you will enjoy this session with Ede.

Thursday, 04 July 2013 15:54

Leadership & Communication Experience

Welcome to Founder's District LACE, Leadership & Communication Experience!


LACE is an opportunity for our members and club officers to obtain high-level training and information on topics that will drive their success. It was originally developed to supplement Toastmasters club officer training requirements, but because of its high-quality, interactive workshops, it has emerged as a well-known and admired curriculum throughout the region. LACE is unique to Founder’s District in affordability, scope, value, quality, diversity, and excellence.

LACE offers training for club officers, advanced officer experiences, judges and chief judge training.

LACE is for EVERYONE! All club members are welcome!


Registration is $15 and includes a box lunch. You'll get a $5 discount if you are a member of a club that had all 7 officers trained during the last training period.

Pre-register and get $2 off a printed copy of The Pathways Guide for just $8 ($10 at the door price).

Parking is located in the underground parking lot on Walnut Ave. Please download and print out a parking permit and bring with you to LACE.

Check-in at Argyros Forum. Turn left at the top of the steps from the underground parking lot and follow the signs. Easy to find.

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Keynote - Mastering the Art of Leadership

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Cindy "The Creative Fireball" Carpenter

Several key areas of leadership are indispensable for success. If you don’t possess these critical skills, luckily, they can be learned! Join us for an invigorating exploration of one of these key factors, discover whether you possess it, and/or how to strengthen it. Our keynote speaker has spent a lifetime in leadership through owning two separate businesses. She has hired, trained and supervised several hundred employees over the past 25 years. She learned her lessons in the trenches, made all the mistakes, and eventually found success. She is also a two-time District level International Speech Contest winner. If you are on the road to a career in leadership, or already in it, be sure to attend this keynote. Discover how to shorten your learning curve and reinforce critical skill you already possess. Audience interactive, volunteer prizes, live music accompaniment, lots of laughs and eye-popping revelations all designed to help you become the leader you aspire to be.



Chapman UniversityJune 16, 2018. LACE will be held at the Chapman University campus at 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, at the corner of Glassell and Walnut Avenue. Registration and workshops will be located in Argyros Forum.


Monday, 20 August 2012 22:06

L.A.C.E. Training


Leadership and Communication Expo.

Twice a year, Founder's District conducts officer training for its members with a full day of leadership training and educational workshops.

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 06:06

Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant


8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is located at the main entrance to the Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. The park is located just south of the 91 and 5 freeways. Free 3-hour parking is available to guests visiting the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. There is an additional $4 charge every 1/2 hour with a maximum of $20.

The menu includes Mrs. Knott's famous fried chicken with biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, boysenberry pie and a beverage. Vegetarian options will be available.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012 23:30

Judges Bureau

The Founder’s District Judges Bureau sends trained judges to provide unbiased scores and adhere to the organizations’ contest rules. Your contributions as a judge are vital and ensure the audience and contestants feel confident winners are deserving and best represent their institution.

These events provide our members the opportunity to help young people gain valuable speaking experience and receive supportive feedback to learn and grow. It’s also a chance for Toastmasters to give back to the community.

Community Judging Opportunites

Well-trained, impartial, and professional quality Toastmaster judges are needed for the following community youth contests:

  • Academic Decathlon
  • RotarySpeech Contests
  • Lions Club SpeechContest
  • High School Academic Competitions
  • National Management Association Speech Contest


If you’re already a trained judge, we need your expertise to help guide our future leaders. If you want to become a trained judge, we’ll assist you to achieve your goal.

Contact Avis French today at (949) 667-0682 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:58

Is it Press Release or News Release?

Anatomy_of_a_News_ReleaseAnatomy of a News ReleaseAs a Media Specialist I'm frequently asked, "What's the difference between a press release and a news release?" This is a great question in our ever-changing techno-savvy world and deserves a succinct answer.

A press release traditionally refers to the printed page. When radio and tv news departments grew to include podcasts and Internet postings, news release became a better description. The same is true for a press conference, which has also morphed and is now called a news conference.

The news release remains the cornerstone of informing hard copy and online readers of past, present, and future events. Many key elements to include in your release are explained in a single document titled Anatomy of a News Release (pdf file 78 kb).

Monday, 18 February 2013 14:18

Interview with Darren LaCroix


Darren LaCroix recently visited us in Orange County for a special Speaker’s Bureau event in Santa Fe Springs, Saturday Feb 9, 2013.  Afterwards, Jamel Thomas sits down with Darren to talk about the seminar, speaking and marketing tips for clubs, and find out what Darren is currently working on.  Darren had been traveling from San Diego on his way back to Las Vegas for his next big event called “Lady and the Champs”, but started feeling ill the night before.  Even under the weather, Darren still committed himself to doing the seminar and the interview with Founder’s TV looking as vibrant as he always does.  Darren is a true professional.


Photo by Richard Daugherty

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 18:24

In Memoriam - Kif Anderson


According to an old club roster Kif was a Toastmaster since 1996. He was most recently a member of Mixed Masters in Huntington Beach. He took over leadership of Club 100, and transformed it into a magic specialty club. He was always ready to help others learn and improve their magic talents, and continued meeting with a group of Toastmasters magicians until his passing. 

Kif was a magician since childhood, and performed all over the US with his partner, Gene Ozwald. Together they were known as Oz and Wilde, and they specialized in Christian oriented performances. For two years Kif produced and hosted the Christian television series "Kids of the King" for cable. He served as the president of the Los Angeles Fellowship of Christian Magicians (website is ) , and was a long time member of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. 

Kif resided in Bellflower with his wife Patty and daughter Faith. He was employed with Boeing in Huntington Beach. Kif struggled with a recurring cancer and started chemo treatments in October. He was admitted to the hospital and died of an infection Oct 25. His funeral was November 5, 2012 in Lancaster (where he and his wife grew up) and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life on Monday November 12, 2012 at Calvary Chapel in Downey.

Monday, 13 May 2013 12:47

In Memoriam - Helen Blanchard


Toastmasters around the world mourn the passing of Helen Blanchard, one of the most celebrated and respected Toastmaster of our time. Helen quietly passed away on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM. She will be dearly missed.

Helen was known as the First Lady of Toastmasters, being the first female to join the organization in 1970, even before women were officially allowed to join. She became the first female President of Toastmasters International in 1985. Her considerable accomplishments during her 40+ years in Toastmasters has earned her the nickname as a "Trailblazer". In 2010, her home district, District 5, created the Helen Blanchard "Trailblazer" award, which has been awarded to comparable pioneers such as Joyce Persichilli.

Helen was no stranger to Founder's District and frequently visited conferences and other events. I first met Helen at a District Conference in Garden Grove and was immediately inspired by her story. I read her book and met her again at the Smedley Club's 85th Anniversary party where I had a chance to speak with her about it. I know she never thought of herself as a trailblazer but was just doing what any good Toastmaster would do.

In 2009, Maira Pineda created the "Homer" award, named for Helen Blanchard as the name she used when joining Toastmasters in 1970. This award is given to those in District Leadership service who emulate her ground-breaking, innovative, legacy building spirit. This year I was honored to receive this award for my technical contributions to the Founder's District. Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to tell Helen how much it meant to me. Fortunately, Helen will continue to inspire me even after she is gone.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:13

Homer Awards

The Helen "Homer" Blanchard Award for Extraordinary Service Leadership is bestowed to those who emulate the enduring, ground-breaking, innovative, and legacy-building spirit of Toastmaster International's first female member, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recipient, and International President. Initially awarded at the Founder's District Conference - Spring 2010, "The Homer Award" is given annually or semi-annually by choice and selection of the District Governor.

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