Saturday, 03 April 2021 23:02

Irene Kennedy

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Candidate's Office: Division G Director 
District: Founder's
Toastmasters member since: September 1, 2015
Education: 

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service

  • Area F3 Area Director Jul. 01, 2019 Jun. 30, 2020

  • 7368 Possibilities Unlimited Club Treasurer Jul. 01, 2020 Jun. 30, 2021

  • 7368 Vice President Education Jul. 01, 2019 Jun. 30, 2020

  • 7368 Sergeant At Arms Jul. 01, 2019 Jun. 30, 2020

  • 7368 Vice President Membership Oct. 02, 2019 Oct. 02, 2019

  • 7368 President Jul. 01, 2018 Jun. 30, 2019

  • 4942689 Schneider Electric - Costa Mesa Treasurer Jul. 01, 2020 Jun. 30, 2021

  • 4942689 Treasurer Jul. 01, 2019 Jun. 30, 2020

  • 4942689 Vice President Public Relation Aug. 27, 2018 Jun. 30, 2019

  • 4942689 Secretary Dec. 13, 2017 Jun. 30, 2018

  • 4942689 President Jul. 01, 2017 Dec. 12, 2017

  • 4942689 Vice President Education Dec. 30, 2016 Jun. 30, 2017

  • 4942689 Vice President Membership Jul. 01, 2016 Dec. 29, 2016

  • 4942689 Treasurer Sep. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2016

Toastmasters honors and recognition

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District Officer

As an engineer and a Project Manager, like Toastmasters leaders, I have led projects and teams to achieve objectives and goals.  With over 20+ years of project management experience and as a Project Management Professional (PMP), I have overcome many challenges and obstacles to achieve success.

What experience do you have in the area of strategic planning?

I have been involved in the planning of development projects for the organization.  I contributed in reviewing the alternatives and

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

During development projects, I have provided the data and worked with finance on the calculations on project profitability, such as ROI, IRR and payback period.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I have experience in the development of procedures for the engineering organization.  Have supported and developed procedures for compliance with ISO and safety agencies, such as UL.  Have also developed new procedures for standardizing engineering documentation to production for unit assembly.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I have learned leadership is a responsibility

Why do you want to serve as a district officer?

I want to contribute and give back to Toastmasters.  I would like to continue to grow and take on more responsibilities within Toastmasters.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

The mission of the district is to enhance the performance and extend the network of clubs. To achieve these objectives, I would use my leadership skills to support clubs effectively fulfill responsibilities to its members. Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for  district officers.

Additional information about yourself:

I enjoy yoga, gardening and walking.  I have a 22 year old son.  I am originally from PA.

Saturday, 26 December 2020 18:55

Help Charter New Clubs for Founder’s District

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Do you want to become a charter member of a new club?  It’s an incredibly special opportunity to help build the club culture, have your name eternally listed on the charter, help pick a name and most importantly a time!

Founder’s District has multiple new clubs forming: 

  1. Pastime Pursuits - Do you want to share your passion with others? Speeches and Table Topics will be dedicated to speaking about things we love the most in life. Get to know your fellow Toastmasters’ favorite hobbies or perhaps their stretch goals.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  
  2. Roses & Raises - Build your tribe of fellow Toastmasters to help you get not only the roses, but also the raises!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  3. Spanish/English language club.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  4. International Sommelier club.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  5. Toastmasters After Dark. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  6. SoCal English Mandarin Bilingual Toastmasters. If you're interested in joining a diverse English/Mandarin bilingual club to improve your language skills and further your personal growth, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  7. The Bards’ College - The art of crafting and performing speech that inspires action is a skill that can be learned and must be practiced! Level up your abilities to write, pitch, present, coach, lead and listen in a club focused on the game development community, but open to all. Regular keynotes from industry professionals will augment the experience. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Chartering a new club is a rewarding learning experience.  Be a part of the excitement in helping us grow Founder's District! 

 Copy of FD Awards

Congratulations Sherri Horowitz, Founder’s District 2019-2020 Area Director of the year!

Congratulations Gisele Nguyen, Founder’s District 2019-2020 Division Director of the year!

Founder’s District is proud to name Julie Murphy as the 2019-2020 Toastmaster of the Year!

We can’t wait to see what each of you achieve this year!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:45

Leadership with a Personal Touch

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Ede Ferrari-D'Angelo, DTM, PRA, PID, is the master of the “personal touch.” We may not be able to meet in person, however, Ede recently shared a few tips on how you can still lead with a personal touch!

1. Express gratitude. Don’t forget to say thank you or well done! Always recognize effort and achievement.
2. Take the time for one minute of kindness. A simple email of gratitude has a long-lasting effect. Don’t be afraid to reach out!
3. Listen! Allow someone else to talk without trying to fix their problem. You don’t need to find a solution to everyone's problem.
4. Serve with integrity. Never compromise your principles or character. You will be remembered more for your integrity than whether you met your goal.
5. Always be looking to develop other people. Watch people and recognize their potential. Let them know you see something special!

Take care of yourself. If you are feeling isolated, try to reconnect with family or friends. If you have Toastmasters, you will always be welcomed as a family member.

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:18

World Photo Day

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Start Preparing for World Photo Day

Help Toastmasters take over the Internet on World Photo Day, Wednesday, August 19!

1. Take a photo during your next club meeting or assemble for a special club photo. Let everyone know in advance there will be a photo session (anyone who does not want to be featured can be moved to the waiting room when it’s time for the photo, just let them back in when you are ready to continue with the meeting).
2. Distribute the Toastmasters International photo release form to anyone appearing in the photo.
3. Send the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, August 14 to be included in the Founder’s District newsletter and social media commemorative posts. Include the name of your club in the file name.
4. Post the photo to your club’s website on Wednesday, August 19 with testimonials on how Toastmasters has benefited your members.
5. On August 19 in 100 characters or less post your club photo to your club’s social media profiles with a summary of what makes your club special. Use the hashtags #WorldPhotoDay #Toastmasters #FoundersDistrict when sharing your photos on social media.
6. Post the club photo to your personal social media accounts on Wednesday, August 19, and describe how Toastmasters has benefited you in 100 characters or less. Use the hashtags #WorldPhotoDay #Toastmasters #FoundersDistrict when sharing your photos on social media.

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