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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Saturday, 08 November 2014 03:25

Founder's Photography Contest

Welcome to the Founder's District Photo Contest! It's time to have some fun with your camera and capture our fabulous members in the act of “elevating their potential!” Every member of Founder's District is welcome to participate, no matter what your skill level or camera gear may be (cell phones are encouraged!). So get out there and start snapping!


  • Clubs and members of Founder's District in good standing are eligible to participate.
  • All entries must be club members' original photograph not posted publicly online.
  • All photos must have been taken between November 15, 2014 and March 15, 2015.
  • A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.
  • Click to view full Contest Rules.


  1. Take a photo that best expresses the theme, "Elevate Your Potential."
  2. Resize your photo to a JPEG no larger than 1MB in size.
  3. Name your file. (e.g. The Elevator Speech.jpg)
  4. Fill out a Photo Contest Entry and Release Form for each entry submitted.
  5. Email your photo and entry form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Each participant is eligible to submit up to four entries by March 15, 2015.

Judging Criteria

The winning entry will be judges as the photo that best expresses the theme, "Elevate Your Potential." A panel of judges consisting of professional photographers will choose the winner based on the following criteria:

  • Effective expression of the theme (40%)
  • Creativity (40%)
  • Technical execution (20%) - This criterion will not be weighted as heavily as the others, but at least be sure that your photos are in focus and reasonably well-exposed.


First place, second place, and third place winners will be announced. Check back soon for more details on prizes.


  • Recognition – every submission, whether judged to be a winner or not, will be publicly acknowledged by being displayed on the District website
  • Inclusiveness – there will be no photographs deemed unworthy of submission, provided they are in good taste and do not violate common standards of decency; neither the photographer's interpretation of the subject, their equipment nor their technical ability will disallow them from participating in the contest
  • Passion – contestants will be encouraged to look for ways, through their photographs, to elevate the Toastmasters experience and the positive results of participation in the program
  • Fun! - contestants will be encouraged to look at the contest as an opportunity to have fun while learning a new skill, that of seeing opportunities to tell a story through a photograph
Saturday, 09 November 2013 23:40

Founder's Film Award Winner - Fall 2013

Congratulations to the members of Union Bank Monterey Park Toastmasters club, winner of the Founder's Film Award of Fall 2013. Hiram Araoz and Janice Wong accepted the award on behalf of the club at the District Conference on November 9. {youtube}Fb4Hnepj8AM|450|320{/youtube}

Monday, 04 March 2013 23:02

Founder's District Web Master

Contact the Founder's District Web Master

Mission Statement

Provide and enhance communications, mediated by Internet and other electronic technologies, among District leaders, the District and Clubs, and the community at large.


a. Maintain the District's rights to the use of the Internet domain name “" and all electronic brands associated with the District. Monitor this annually, or more frequently as needed.
b. Maintain the web site under the District Governor with advisement from the DELP committee.
c. Perform duties as prescribed by the District Council.
a. Maintain the District's rights to the use of the Internet domain name “" and all electronic brands associated with the District. Monitor this annually, or more frequently as needed.
b. Maintain the web site under the District Governor with advisement from the DELP committee.
c. Perform duties as prescribed by the District Council.


Manage District communications mediated by Internet and other electronic technologies.

What Reward, Prize, or Gift, would your club like to receive from Founder’s District, honoring them for working together—as a team— to stand out and distinguish themselves as an example of group success in achieving the goals of the Distinguished Club Program? Below is a list of gift awards from which to choose. Have fun winning Toastmasters “bonus earnings.” Encourage each other’s progress in completing various goals this year. Boost your club’s performance and pride, by teaming up to achieve the following awards.

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:17

Founder's District Governors

Sunday, 30 December 2012 23:17

Founder's District

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:56

Famous Founders Members

Many of our Toastmasters members are high achievers in their personal and professional endeavors and have made a difference in the lives of others. We celebrate their success and are proud of their accomplishments.

Tell us about a Famous Founder's member today: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

High Achiever Success Biography



Victor C. Broski joined Toastmasters in 1986 and focuses his time and attention on . Broski has a B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University at Long Beach and is an effective coach, workshop leader and guest lecturer on the topics of public speaking and nonverbal communication—both essential skills for business success.

Is the fear of making a mistake in front of an audience keeping you from pursuing your speaking dream? Learn from other speaker’s successes and failures. Read 77 Things to Forget When Giving a Presentation and you’ll feel as if you’ve gained a year of experience.



Dr. Steven Choi, a former Toastmaster, was elected to the Irvine City Council for the first time on November 2, 2004, and then was re-elected to his second term on November 4, 2008. Previously, he was elected as a Trustee of the Irvine Unified School District in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002.

Dr. Choi earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, his Master's degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University, and his BA degree from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.



California Senator Lou Correa was elected to the 34th Senate District in 2006, representing Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. He is an active member of Anaheim Breakfast Toastmasters Club #3836.

In 2004, Mr. Correa was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing central Orange County. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, he served as a State Assemblymember from 1998 to 2004 representing the 69th District.



Michael Varma, DTM, is a freelance writer, award-winning presenter and professional magician. He is an active member of BergenMeisters Club #7493.

Speak like a seasoned professional and offer the perfect toast for any occasion or event. Simply raise your glass and recite or read directly from one of the removable cue cards provided by Tasteful Toasts.

To learn more visit or subscribe to his blog.

More coming soon . . .

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

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:23

Fall Conference 2013 Opportunities

Communication & Leadership recipient Drum Café will put on a unique program where drumming is used to break down barriers, inspire people, and bring them together. There will be a limited number of souvenir drums for you to purchase at the conference. You'll be able to relive the thrill, unleash that tribal warrior (or princess) inside you, and experience, ‘The Rhythm of Teamwork’ at any time.

Here's a great opportunity for you! We need opportunity drawing gifts for the District Conference. Please ensure that the value of all donated prizes falls into the $20-$25 price range. We always ask the Divisions to donate two opportunity drawing gifts, but times are lean. Founder's District members, you are our only hope! If you have something bigger that you would like to donate, we will be having a silent auction. We need to know what the item is and its suggested retail value. Vendors who donate items or services will receive a ‘receipt of charitable contribution letter’ that can be submitted with their income tax returns. Contact District Opportunity Drawing Chair, Bill Harmon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If necessary, we can make arrangements to pick up the donation from you.

Need some low-cost publicity for your club? We are offering business-card-sized advertisements in the Fall Conference Program for $15. Your card should have the Club Name and Club Number, the day, time, and location of your meetings, and a contact person's name, email address, and/or phone number. These advertisements will be placed throughout the Fall Conference program. We prefer higher quality, black and white graphic layouts only. Please submit your ad to Diane Beall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, October 25. Payments can be submitted by mail to: Founder's District, P.O. Box 4317, Irvine, CA 92616-4317, or in-person at the Fall Conference."

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:52

Email Communications

email Mission Statement

To publicize meetings, conferences, and special events that provide beneficial opportunities to Toastmasters members and multiple leadership levels through environmentally safe methods.

To inform, instruct, entertain, and motivate members to reach their personal and professional goals thought electronic mail communications, which have user friendly subscription controls from the sender and recipient levels.

Responsibilities & Lists

DELP, District Chair, Area Governor List– to send information to district leaders about area and division contests, community relations (requests for judges, etc.), and other administrivia.

Club officer and All Member List– to be used with discretion primarily to announce the district conference and LACE training sessions. The district governor can use these lists to send important district and TI WHQ information they believe important to clubs.

Treasurer List– this is for the district treasurer to use to send important information from TI (i.e., Annual IRS 990-N instructions and reminder to file by May 15) to the club treasurers.

New contact manager via Mail Chimp:

1. Easy for District “staff” to use and maintain.
2. Users able to control their subscriptions and subscribe or unsubscribe.
3. Ability to manage subscriptions or not – for example, “District News” to be open to anyone, but “DELP” be restricted.
4. More engaging emails to include colors, pictures, graphics, html, etc. within the body of the email.
5. Monitor/moderate postings for appropriateness.
6. Confirm readership.
7. Survey tool.

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

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:06

Education Program Manuals

Competent Communication Manual

There are 10 speech projects in the Communication Manual. These projects focus on the basic building blocks of communication skills. If you speak with people who are experts at what they do, you'll find they all agree about one thing – you perfect your skills by drilling the basics.

That's why you'll hear of Toastmasters who are working on their second or third or more CC awards.


Advanced Communication Manuals

The advanced manuals focus on specialized aspects of public speaking. There are 15 advanced manuals and each manual has five assignments.

Since the educational awards only actually require you to complete two manuals, you can understand why you hear of Toastmasters who are working on their second, third or more AC awards.


Competent Leadership Manual

There are 10 leadership projects in the Competent Leadership Manual. These projects provide exercises to help you learn the basic skills of leadership. You'll learn basic skills such as listening, critical thinking, giving feedback, and time management. Perfecting these skills prepare you to go on to more advanced leadership roles.   Coming soon...


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