Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:41

2019-2020 District Officer Nominations

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In accordance with Article VII, Section (d) of the District Administrative Bylaws, the District Leadership Committee, comprising of Daniel Cossack, DTM, IPDD, Silvia Swigert, DTM, Vijay Chidambaram, DTM, Steve Itzkowitz, ACS, ALB, Pan Kao, PDD, DTM, Susan De La Portilla, ACS, ALS, Jeffrey Lee, DTM, and John Muse, DTM, has nominated the following candidates for the 2019-2020 District Officers, in order by office and then alphabetically by last name if there is more than one candidate per office:


Lori Shapiro, DTM
Christine Brady, MS3
David Hosmer, DTM
Ann Shimizu, DTM
Gisele Nguyen, ACB, ALB
Lillian Copeland, ACB, ALB
Patrick Bui, CC, ALB
Joel Sax, VC3
Jean Tanquary, PL2
Sherry Tomasula, DTM
Reported by Daniel Cossack, DTM, IPDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:44

Toastmasters Re-ignites It's Members' Free Will

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Photo by Siri PayakapanToastmasters at LACE Jan 14, 2017Marguerite Bonnet Presents 'Structure Your Speech Like a Movie' at LACE January 14, 2017

Over 500 Toastmasters invaded Chapman University on January 14 to attend the Founder’s District Leadership & Communication Experience (LACE) seeking training for their club officer positions, new skills as well as wisdom and truth.

It was the wisdom and truth part that was well-addressed by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking and the keynote speaker for the festivities, Lance Miller.

Lance’s keynote address proved to be inspiring, irreverent, informative, humorous and passionate. The one thing that stood out about Lance from the very beginning was how much he credits Toastmasters for the skills he has developed and uses to help individuals and companies all over the world.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 03:07

Expanding Our Horizons in Nashville

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midyear training2017District Leadership Mid-Year Trainnig

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the more you work, the less is being accomplished? To maintain and increase our productivity level and expand our horizons, we need to take time to renew, refresh and rejuvenate. We freshen our perspectives and stimulate positive changes. We rejuvenate our relationships by networking and sharing ideas with others.

Two days prior to the Toastmasters International (TI) Convention, all the trios (District Director, Program Quality Director, and Club Growth Director) of 100+ districts from 13 regions (nearly 16,000 clubs in 142 countries) were vigorously trained, by TI staff and International leaders.

In January, midway through the term, all trios from each region travel to a specified Midyear Training location, to assess the progress and strategize the second half of the term, with another region.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:05

Robots and Remarkable Results

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Photo copyright by A&A Symphony, CaliforniaIMG 7993Evaluation Contest Winners. L-R Marie Hulett, Trey Stroud, Ed Smith, Mark Longanecker, Siri Payakapan

It was bound to happen.

The members that attended the 2016 Founder’s District Fall Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA were bound to feel full and satisfied once the festivities were completed.

No, it wasn’t the chicken marsala, caesar salad, vegetable lasagna, steamed vegetables, bread, tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberries and cookies that filled attendees up, although that didn’t hurt.

Rather, it was all the wonderful benefits of Toastmasters the attendees were reminded of and all the nuggets of wisdom they received from the keynote speaker of the day, Craig Valentine, as well as the Communication and Leadership award recipient, USC roboticist, Maja Mataric.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 22:23

Michael Alexander Receives Award

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Photo by Lawrence CrandallMIchaelAlexanderSOESiri Payakpan presents award to Michael Alexander at DEC Meeting Aug 31, 2016

Michael Alexander Recieves the Founder's District "Spirit of Excellence Award"

For his accomplishments and years of loyal, creative, and dedicated service to the Toastmasters program, Founder's District has recognized Michael Alexander with the “Spirit of Excellence” Award at the District Executive Council Meeting on August 31, 2016.

Michael is an accomplished and award winning public speaker, coach, and trainer. He is a member of ACTS Toastmasters Club #416 in Division B and is interested in becoming a professional public speaker.

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