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 Fall and 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, 31 December 2012 03:12

Division A

Friday, 05 July 2013 13:18

District Reports

Reports from the District business meetings are published here.
Monday, 20 August 2012 22:30

District Reports


District Reports.

Our goal each year is to be the highest ranking Toastmasters District in the world. Our reports tells us how we are doing during the year.

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Monday, 31 December 2012 02:30

District Governor

Thursday, 04 July 2013 16:20

District Conference

1st Session Patricia Fripp's - Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to Great on STEROIDS!

Being a powerful persuasive speaker is no longer a nice skill to have…it can be the difference between business and career life or death. Nobody is better than Patricia Fripp speaker at helping you increase your presentation knowledge and impact.

In this entertaining, thought-provoking, and content rich presentation, you will learn specific techniques that will guarantee both you and your presentations are memorable…for all the right reasons.

In this presentation you will understand how to:
•    Take your presentations from good to great  
•    Add small specific techniques that positively impact your presentation
•    Help your audience "see" your stories
•    Present information in the right order for retention
•    Understand the number one secret of a great speech
•    Dramatize your stories and examples
•    Add the power of specificity
•    Emotionally connect to every audience

2nd Session Patricia Fripp's - Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to Great on action!

Willing volunteers will be invited to deliver a small portion of their presentation and Patricia Fripp will add her laser focused coaching.

She will put their content Under the Magnifying Glass and take a closer look. You can test your skills and new knowledge to see if you can find the same or different ways, to recommend improvements.

You will come to appreciate the focus on word choices, the amount of specificity, amount of drama, emotional connection and clarity of the message.

Audience members as well as the “coachees” will learn by watching how a word, pause, or movement can impact every presentation. Witness why Patricia Fripp is considered "the Steven Spielberg" of executive speech coaching.

Bio on Patricia Fripp:

Patricia Fripp is a Certified Speaking Professional, (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE), a Cavett award winner (compared to the Oscar), and was the first woman President of the National Speakers Association.

Meetings and Conventions magazine named Fripp “One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America.”

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine wrote, “The sixth best way to invest in you is to attend a Patricia Fripp presentation skills workshop.”
However, you will discover why she is considered a master in the area of presentation skills coaching and known as THE Executive Speech Coach and THE Speaker’s Speaker.

Patricia is a partner in World Champions Edge speech coaching community with four International World Champions of Public Speaking.

Now she is Virtually Everywhere through her Fripp Virtual Training. Imagine having Patricia Fripp as your very own speech coach 24/7. Check out for a three day free trial.

In 1975 she joined Cable Car Toastmasters Club in San Francisco. She was the second woman ever to deliver a keynote at an International Toastmasters convention. Who knew what would happen? You benefit from seeing and learning the best advice from almost 40 years of studying powerful, persuasive presentation skills.

Monday, 20 August 2012 22:24

District Conference


District Conference

Educationals, Evaluation and Tall Tales Contests.
Special guest appearance from The Drum Café.
Learn how Communication and Leadership work without words.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:16

Distinguished Member Plan

How the Program Works

The Distinguished Member Plan is an annual plan, running from July 1 through June 30.   The plan is simple.  Commit yourself to complete one communication award and one leadership award during the year.  Anyone who completes both awards are awarded the Distinguished Member Award for that year.


What You Can Do

Download the Distinguished Member Form and fill out page 1. Submit this form to your club VP Education.

Goals to Achieve
• One Communication Award
• One Leadership Award

Membership Requirements
• All Toastmasters in good standing are eligible.

Friday, 28 December 2012 17:32

Distinguished Club Program

How the Program Works

The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program, running from July 1 through June 30.  The program consists of 10 goals your club should strive to achieve during this time using the Club Success Plan as a guide.
World Headquarters tracks the progress of your club toward these goals throughout the year, sending quarterly progress reports to your club president.   At year-end, World Headquarters calculates the number of goals the club achieved and recognizes it as a Distinguished Club, Select Distinguished Club, or President's Distinguished Club based on the number of goals achieved and the number of members in your club.

  • Distinguished Club
    achieve 5 goals
  • Select Distinguish Club
    achieve 7 goals
  • President's Distinguished Club
    achieve 9 goals
What You Can Do

Download the DCP Form and fill out page 1 and page 2. Work with your club officers and club members to determine who will be accomplishing each goal this year. When the form is complete, send a copy to the Founder's District DCP Chair at the address on the second page. Make a copy for your own records. Each club officer should sign the first page as proof of participation in the Club Success Plan. This will help to fulfill the requirements for the Advanced Leader Bronze award.

Goals to Achieve
• Two CC's
• Two more CC's
• One ACB, ACS, or ACG
• One more ACB, ACS, or ACG
• One CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM
• One more CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM
• Four new members
• Four more new members
• Minimum 4 officers trained during   each of two training periods
• One membership dues renewal   report and one club officer list   submitted on time

Membership Requirements
• at least 20 members OR
• a net growth of at least five new   members

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:18

Distinguished Area Program

Distinguished Area Program

The Distinguished Area Program recognizes those areas which plan, set goals, and achieve success. It maximizes leadership opportunities in your area while providing the tools you need to be a successful area leader.  Goals for each area are established annually based on the number of clubs assigned to the particular area.

Distinguished Area

To become a Distinguished Area, four of the five following goals must be achieved.

  • 75 percent of October dues renewals submitted on time.
  • 75 percent of April dues renewals submitted on time.
  • Average of 1.75 CCs awarded per club by June 30.
  • Average of 1 AC for every two clubs by June 30.
  • 60 percent of area clubs achieve Distinguished Club.
Select Distinguished Area

To become a Select Distinguished Area, an area must achieve all five goals listed under Distinguished Area and all of the following three goals:

  • Submission of 80 percent of Area Report of Club Visit forms, first round.
  • Submission of 80 percent of Area Report of Club Visit forms, second round.
  • 60 percent of area clubs at 20-plus membership by June 30.
President's Distinguished Area

To become a President's Distinguished Area, an area must achieve all eight goals required for Select Distinguished Area and the following goal:

  • Net growth of one club.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 01:44

Competent Communication Manuals

Competent Communication Manual
Listed below are thumbnail descriptions of 10 speech projects in the Communication Manual. The 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'll agree that you perfect your skills when you know the basics!

Project 1 – The Ice Breaker
Four to six minutes

Executive Summary
For your first speech project you will introduce yourself to your fellow club members and give them some information about your background, interests and ambitions. Practice giving your speech to friends or family members, and strive to make eye contact with your audience. You may use notes during your speech if you wish. Read the entire project before preparing your talk. Objectives To begin speaking before an audience. To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.

Project 2 – Organize Your Speech
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Good speech organization is essential if your audience is to follow and understand your presentation. It's extremely important to take the time to put your ideas together in an orderly manner. You can organize your speech in several ways; choose the outline that best suits your topic. The opening should catch the audience's attention, the body must support the idea you want to convey, and the conclusion should reinforce your ideas and be memorable. Transitions between thoughts should be smooth. Objectives Choose an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech. Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message. Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another. Create a strong open and conclusion.

Project 3 – Get to the Point
Time: Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Every speech must have a general and a specific purpose. A general purpose is to inform, to persuade, to entertain or to inspire. A specific purpose is what you want the audience to do after listening to your speech. Once you have established your general and specific purposes, you'll find it easy to organize your speech. Following these rules you'll feel more confident which makes you more convincing, enthusiastic and sincere. The better organized the speech is, the more likely it is to achieve your purpose. Objectives Choose a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes. Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes. Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion reinforce the purposes. Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel. Strive not to use notes.

Project 4 – How to Say It
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Words are powerful. They convey your message and influence the audience and its perception of you. Word choice and arrangement need just as much attention as speech organization and purpose. Choose clear, accurate, descriptive and short words that best communicate your ideas and arrange them effectively and correctly. Every word should add value, meaning and punch to your speech. Objectives Choose the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly. Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas. Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.

Project 5 – Your Body Speaks
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Body language is an important part of speaking because it enhances your message and gives you more credibility. It also helps release any nervousness you may feel. Stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact help communicate your message and achieve your speech's purpose. Body language should be smooth, natural and convey the same message that your listeners hear. Read Gestures Your Body Speaks (Catalog No. 201), which you received in your New Member Kit. Objectives Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech's purpose. Make your body language smooth and natural.

Project 6 – Vocal Variety
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Your voice has a major effect on your audience. A lively, exciting voice attracts and keeps listeners' attention. A speaking voice should be pleasant, natural, forceful, expressive and easily heard. Use volume, pitch, rate and quality as well as appropriate pauses to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message. Your voice should reflect the thoughts you are presenting. Review Your Speaking Voice (Catalog No. 199), which you received in your New Member Kit. Objectives Use voice, volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message Use pauses to enhance your message. Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.

Project 7 – Research Your Topic
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Your speech will be more effective if you can support your main points with statistics, testimony, stories, anecdotes, examples, visual aids and facts. You can find this material on the Internet, at the library and in other places. Use information collected from numerous sources and carefully support points with specific facts, examples and illustrations, rather than with just your own opinions. Objectives Collect information about your topic from numerous sources. Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research.

Project 8 – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
Visual aids help an audience understand and remember what they hear; they are a valuable tool for speakers. The most popular visual aids are computer-based visuals, overhead transparencies, flip charts, white-boards and props. The type of visual aid you choose depends on several factors, including the information you wish to display and the size of the audience. Visuals must be appropriate for your message and the audience, and be displayed correctly with ease and confidence. Objectives Choose visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience. Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.

Project 9 – Persuade with Power
Five to seven minutes

Executive Summary
The ability to persuade people – getting them to understand, accept and act upon your ideas – is a valuable skill. Your listeners will more likely be persuaded if they perceive you as credible, if you use logic and emotion in your appeal, if you carefully structure your speech and if you appeal to their interests. Avoid using notes because they may cause listeners to doubt your sincerity, knowledge and conviction. Objectives Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action. Appeal to the audience's interests. Use logic and emotion to support your position. Avoid the use of notes.

Project 10 – Inspire Your Audience
Eight to 10 minutes

Executive Summary
An inspirational speech motivates an audience to improve personally, emotionally, professionally or spiritually and relies heavily on emotional appeal. It brings the audience together in a mood of fellowship and shared desire, builds the audience's enthusiasm, then proposes a change or plan and appeals to the audience to adopt this change or plan. This speech will last longer than your previous talks, so make arrangements in advance with your Vice President Education for extra time. Objectives To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement. Appeal to the audience's needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama. Avoid the use of notes.

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