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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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.

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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...


Sunday, 30 December 2012 23:50

Education and Training

Friday, 28 December 2012 17:03

Education and Training

educationMission Statement:

The Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training strives to have every club reap the benefits of the Toastmasters educational program and become a Distinguished Club by providing direction and counsel to division governors, area governors and club officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters.


Appoint District  Chair people to support the quality club programming efforts through the promotion of the Distinguished Club Program and other vital programs.


  1. Art Director Chair
  2. Competent Leader Chair
  3. Distinguished Club Plan
  4. District Chief Judge
  5. District Conference
  6. District Contest Chair
  7. Educational Awards
  8. Educational Resources
  9. High Performance Leadership Chair
  10. LACE Training Chair
  11. Trained Judges and Data Chair
  12. Speaker Exchange

Job Description:

  1. Serve as second-ranking member of the executive committee, presiding over that body and the district council in the absence of the district governor.
  2. Strive for accomplishment of district educational goals and achievement of Distinguished District.
  3. Promote achievement of Competent Communicator (CC) and Advanced Communicator (AC) awards for all members.
  4. Strive to make every club in the district a Distinguished Club. Coordinate the promotion of the Distinguished Club Program and the Club Success Plan.
  5. Plan, organize and direct the district training programs.
  6. Determine training needs in consultation with district team members.
  7. Develop training content, methods and instructional aids using Toastmasters International training program.
  8. Ensure that division, area and club officers are properly trained to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
  9. Provide ongoing leadership training for all district officers as part of district conferences, executive committee meetings, etc.
  10. Select training coordinators and facilitators needed to conduct district training programs.
  11. Promote personal growth through the Toastmasters International educational program both inside and outside of Toastmasters in coordination with district public relations officer.
  12. Foster excellence in club educational programming through the use of Toastmasters programs such as Speechcraft, Success/Leadership, Success/ Communication, The Better Speaker Series, The Successful Club Series and other resources.
  13. Plan, organize and direct the district conferences.
  14. Appoint a conference chairman with approval of the district governor.
  15. Supervise site selection, educational content, speech contests and all other aspects of the conference.
  16. Encourage increased attendance and participation through promotional efforts in conjunction with the public relations officer.
  17. Ensure a high quality event representing an outstanding example of district excellence.
  18. Coordinate and supervise the International Speech Contest and other district speech contests at the club, area, division and district levels.
  19. Supervise educational and training programs, ensuring that people are properly recognized for achievement.
  20. Provide assistance and back-up to the district governor as needed.
  21. Prepare successor to assume office, completing steps necessary for an orderly transfer of office by June 30.
Monday, 31 December 2012 03:51

Division H

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:30

Division Governors


Monday, 31 December 2012 03:51

Division G

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