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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
As 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).
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
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 http://www.ozandwilde.com/Bio.html ) , 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.
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.
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.
Our beloved past District Governor, Victoria Dotson, DTM, is relocating to the state of Washington and this will be our last chance to enjoy her company and say our goodbyes. Second Stage Club #3742 is hosting an Open House party on Saturday May 10 in the honor of Victoria. The party is located at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. You can drop by any time between 10 AM and 5 PM to spend some time with Victoria and hang out with friends.
Victoria Dotson was the 2012-2013 Founder's District Governor and is best known for her bold leadership style, jovial work ethics, and love for animals. The picturesque and serene Washington State is fortunate to have someone as beautiful as Victoria.
Through the generosity of Dr. Tom Kuramata and the members of Westwinds Club #2436, the Gene Beckwith Memorial Trophy was established at the Founder’s District Fall Conference in 1981. Either annually or semi-annually Founder’s District Governor selects the Toastmaster who best exemplifies the humor, wisdom and leadership qualities of Gene Beckwith, DTM, PDG. The first recipient of this award was Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID.