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Sunday, 29 April 2018 14:11

Harry Yan Receives Gene Beckwith Award

Photo by Jimmy KhathSpringConference 20180428 467Harry Yan Receives Gene Beckwith Award

The Gene Beckwith Memorial Trophy was established at the Founder’s District Fall Conference in 1981. The Founder’s District Director selects the Toastmaster who best exemplifies the humor, wisdom and leadership qualities of Gene Beckwith, DTM, PDG. The first recipient of this award was Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID.

I've never met Gene Beckwith so I have no idea how to compare his humor, wisdom, and leadership qualities. Our only option is to compare such qualities with those of recent past recipients of this award. This is the most prestigious award the district will bestow on a member so this selection is not taken lightly. Not one, but multiple years of contributions are considered.

This year's recipient began his venture into leadership by serving as a simple club coach for a struggling club. Ten years ago this club had 7 members and on its last leg. Through hard work and perseverance he helped the club grow its membership year after year up to 37 members and is consistently Presidents Distinguished every year. He remains a member of the club today.

He found his passion in pursuing leadership positions that involved coaching clubs, teaching others to coach clubs, building new clubs, and especially youth leadership programs. As Lt. Governor of Marketing, a position we now call the Club Growth Director, he was largely responsible for building enough clubs to achieve distinguished district status, a rarity in Founder's district for the last 20 years. Two years later as district governor, leading his team under the theme "Pursue Your Passion", he incredibly achieved for the first and only time in the history of the district, select distinguished status.

His leadership skills and wisdom are incontrovertible. As far as humor ... well, if you've ever heard him speak and tell the story about the tortoise and the hare, you would agree that he has no problem with humor. And even more importantly, he is inspirational.

Congratulations Distinguished Toastmaster, past district governor, Harry Yan.

 

In accordance with the Article VII, Section (d) of the District Administrative Bylaws, the District Leadership Committee, comprising of Bob Hudack, DTM, PDG, Cliff Shimizu, ACS, CL, Frannie Stein, DTM, Harry Yan, DTM, PDG, Kathy Hughes, ACS, ALB, Linda Robinson, DTM, Norm Stein, DTM, and Randy Kleinman, DTM, has nominated the following candidates for the 2018-2019 District Officers, in order by office and then alphabetically if there is more than one candidate per office.

 

District Director

Diana Dee, DTM

Program Quality Director

Lori Shapiro, DTM

Club Growth Director

Christine Brady, ACB, ALB

 

David Hosmer, ACS, ALS

Division A Director

John Christopherson, ACS, ALB

Division B Director

Brent Felsted, ACS, ALB

Division C Director

Minh Le, ACB, ALB

Division D Director

Mike Sato, ACB, ALB

Division E Director

Julie Murphy, CC, ALB

Division F Director

Steve Saffell, CC, ALB

Division G Director

Ann Shimizu, DTM


 

Reported by Siri Payakapan, DTM, PDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee

 
Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:34

Karen Lucas - Spirit of Excellence

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Karen Lucas joined Toastmasters as recently as 2007 and has accomplished quite a bit in the last nine years. She is a charter member of Caltech Toastmasters, reviving the club as the sole remaining member and awarded the Caltech Toastmaster of the Year in 2011. She simultaneously served as an Area Director in two districts, completing her DTM in 2015, and became a Qualified Speaker of the District 12 Speakers' Bureau and the District 100 Speakers' Bureau. While serving as an Area Director in Founder's District, she was a powerful force in the club building effort assisting other area directors across areas, divisions, and even districts. Her reach into the inner workings of Toastmasters International finds her building key relationships into the upper echelons of the organization. She is currently serving as the first Director of District 100 and we would not be surprised to one day see her serving as the International President, but we suspect her ambitions are much higher than that. Outside of Toastmasters she is a maverick in her community. For the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, she was selected as a White Suiter on her first try, served on the Street Committee, and is the youngest member to be appointed to the Heritage Committee. She is a former Board Member of the Pasadena branch of the United Nations.

In planet Toastmasters, her approach to leadership is novel, sometimes controversial, but definitely innovative. Above all, her dedication to enriching the lives of every Toastmaster member is worthy of recognizing her has having a Toastmaster's heart. Founder's District proudly recognizes the February 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award recipient, Distinguished Toastmaster, District 100 Director, Karen Lucas.

The “Founder’s District Spirit of Excellence” award was set up by past District Governor, Linda Ulrich, to recognize and thank some of our members who have made the biggest impact on the greatest number of members throughout our District and the organization.

The first recipients of this award were Richard Elliott, Chris Gregory, John Latin, Ed Mihalka, and H. Al Richardson. These persons embody the qualities of the "Spirit of Excellence" -- mentoring, leadership, service, outreach, and most of all, a Toastmaster's heart.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:25

Bob Hudack - Spirit of Excellence

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In 2007-2008 Bob Hudack served as the District Lt Governor and recognized for Excellence in Education and Training at the International Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2008-2009 he served as the District Governor and initiated the electronic distribution of The Founder newsletter and district directories, resulting in thousands of dollars in savings to the the district. Having superior technical skills and district knowledge, he continues each year serving as the alignment chair for the district in what is a very monumental task. In 2015 he served on the District Reformation Committee contributing to a successful negotiation in the heated debate of splitting the district. He has always been an outspoken champion for the Toastmasters member and every decision and action is made with the individual member in mind. When he speaks, you should listen. For his ongoing mentorship, proven leadership, dedicated service, and devotion to transforming members, he is without question, a Toastmaster with a big heart. Founder's District proudly recognizes the February 2018 Spirit of Excellence recipient, Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District Governor, Bob Hudack.

The “Founder’s District Spirit of Excellence” award was set up by past District Governor, Linda Ulrich, to recognize and thank some of our members who have made the biggest impact on the greatest number of members throughout our District and the organization.

The first recipients of this award were Richard Elliott, Chris Gregory, John Latin, Ed Mihalka, and H. Al Richardson. These persons embody the qualities of the "Spirit of Excellence" -- mentoring, leadership, service, outreach, and most of all, a Toastmaster's heart.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:01

Wing Lam

Wing Lam

Co-Founder, Wahoo's Fish Taco

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As the eldest of the three founding brothers Ed and Mingo Lee, Wing Lam co- founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wahoo’s Fish Taco, headquartered in Orange County, California, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Lam, a Chinese immigrant, spent his childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before he moved to Costa Mesa. In 1970, Lam’s father, Cheong Lee, opened a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Pine Garden, which the family still owns, on Balboa Island. Wing and his brothers grew up speaking conversational Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Spanish fluent, but learned English by listening to customers in their family restaurant.

Lam, known today as the “ultimate wing man,” restauranteur, surfer, speaker and philanthropist, graduated from Costa Mesa’s Estancia High School. Even when he had his first taco stand, Lam’s water polo coach, John Carpenter, inspired him to give back to the school. He then spread his generosity to the baseball team at Saddleback College and the water polo program at UC Irvine. Lam eventually left Orange County and graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State.

Wing and his brothers road tripped to Mexico, and they loved the fish tacos there. Their vision was to create a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with a streamlined menu, inspired by their Brazilian-Chinese heritage. The brothers opened their first Wahoo's in 1988 in Costa Mesa. Now there are more than 60 locations, mostly in Southern California, but also in Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, Honolulu and Tokyo.

Wing, often the face of Wahoo's, has been featured in a national Merrill Lynch commercial and two Food Network shows, "Unwrapped" and "Beach Eats USA." In addition, Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations, among many includes Share Our Strength, Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation and Surfrider Foundation.

Wing makes repeat appearances as the guest speaker/panel at events such as the IEG Conferences and has been featured by nation’s top campuses like Yale, UCLA and USC MBA Program. Lam is also active in the Asian American Journalists Association. In 2018, he received the 2018 Corporate Creativity and Innovation Leadership Award from the Child Creativity Lab and the 2018 IMPACT Award from the International Executive Council. Over the years, Lam, his brothers, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco have been named one of the 500 Most Influential by the Orange County Business Journal, Best OC Brand by OC Weekly, the Golden Foodie Award and has countless awards for philanthropy and business achievements.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:00

The Great Wolf Lodge

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The Great Wolf Lodge - Games, Wands, and Family Fun

Great Wolf Lodge Resort, just outside of Anaheim and Los Angeles, offers the most fun for your entertainment dollar in the area. Nested in Southern California, Great Wolf Lodge provides the ultimate indoor water park experience. If you are a family looking for a water park hotel then you have come to the right place. While it’s rare to have a bad day of weather in Southern California, it’s downright impossible to experience bad weather during your stay in Great Wolf Lodges water park resort. Beyond the indoor water park, guests are invited to enjoy spa treatments, shows, arts and crafts and so much more! Don’t waste another second searching for things to do in the Anaheim area. Get to Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove for a family fun resort that is truly focused on providing the best experience possible for you and your family.

 

Monday, 25 September 2017 22:28

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:37

Founder's District Incentive Programs

Did you know you can get free stuff for you or your club?

Every year Founder's District offers several incentive programs to help you and your club achieve yearly goals. You can get free stuff by just working the program and being aware of the incentives. All incentive programs start July 1 and end on June 30. Each incentive award will have some requirements to be met and may be restricted to certain times of the year. The programs cover the areas of educational incentives, membership or club growth incentives, and public relations incentives and contests. You can participate in one or more of the incentive programs to help guide you to a successful year.

 

Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:29

Club Growth Incentives For Clubs

Club Growth Incentives For Clubs

AWARD REQUIREMENTS RECEIVE

Join the District


All Newly Chartered Clubs


Get a Club Banner and ONE of the following items: * Banner stand * Lectern * Timing Lights


Join the Club


Clubs that have an Open House, and add 2 or more new members within 2 meetings after the open house date



  • Choice of one Diamond Club Gift
    NOTE: Must send a copy of the Open House flyer AND the names of the new members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fill the Dugout


Grow Your Club Membership



  • Paid membership of base + 5 on October 1st, 2018 OR Paid membership of base +10 on April 1, 2019 earn a choice of one Diamond Club Gift


    • First 20 clubs to add 10 or more new members in the year and maintain their base membership, get invited to our June Founder’s District All Star event

    • Add 5 new members during SMEDLEY AWARD (Aug 1-Sept 30) or TALK UP TOASTMASTERS (Feb 1 - Mar 30) or BEAT THE CLOCK (May 1 - June 30) - earn a Club Banner Ribbon from Toastmasters International

    • Clubs 12 or under on 7/1/18, grow to 15 or more paid members by 3/15/19 earn a choice of one Diamond Club Gift, and get invited to the June Founder's District All Star event



Youth Rock


Clubs that sponsor a Youth Leadership Program (YLP)



  • At the program start, receive a set of YLP Manuals + up to 10 additional participant manuals


    • At the program completion receive $25 TI Gifts, plus receive club recognition at the next District event (Club's choice of lectern banner, ballots and ribbon packs, or Pathways Ribbon Pack)



Adopt-A-Club


Clubs that participate in the Adopt-A-Club program, and help their adoptee club reach Distinguished



  • Earn Toastmaster name badges for your members that participated


    • Get invited to our June Founder’s District All Star event

    • Receive club recognition at the next District event



Founder's District All Star Event Invitation


Add 10+ new members above base, OR Earn 10 or more DCP OR Members who complete two or more Paths (2018-2019) OR Successful Club Coaches, OR Adopt-a-Club and help the adopted club become DISTINGUISHED by 5/15/19 OR earn a DTM OR have 100% Pathway Enabled membership (email roster to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) OR low member clubs that reach 15+ members



  • Earn an invitation for your club to attend the June 2019 Founder's District All Star Event. Includes games, lunch, an inspirational speaker, AND fun activities!


Adopt-A-Club


Clubs that participate in the Adopt-A-Club program, and help their adoptee club reach Distinguished



  • Earn Toastmaster name badges for your members that participated (or a $50 club Pizza Party)

  • Get invited to our May Founder’s District All Star event

  • Receive club recognition at the next District event



DIAMOND CLUB
Select ONE of the following gifts:

1. Lectern Banner

2. Guest Book and Club Ribbon packs (Best Speaker, Best Table Topic or Best Evaluator)

3. Table Topic Chat Pack and a Club Ribbon Pack

4. Pathways Ribbon Pack (40 Level Completion Ribbons)



Saturday, 29 July 2017 19:28

Club Growth Incentives For Members

Club Growth Incentives For Members

AWARD REQUIREMENTS RECEIVE

Grow the District


Members who submit a new club lead that converts into a chartered club


Earn a choice of one Diamond Club Gift and get invited to our June Founder’s District All Star event


Grow the Division


Divisions that charter three clubs
by April 15th


Get invited to our June Founder’s District All Star event and receive special recognition at the conference for the Division Team. Note: Division Director can recognize up to 8 team members


Grow the Area


Area Directors that have +1 Clubs from base, and have 100% clubs that have are at 20 members or +5 from base by March 31st and September 30th,


Earn a choice of one Diamond Club Gift and the clubs are invited to the June Founder’s District All Star Event


Help Them Succeed



  • New Club Mentors whose clubs become Distinguished within their first year, and maintain membership at Charter strength (20 members or more) at their first renewal.


    • Club Coaches who get their club to Distinguished by June 30th, 2019



Receive personalized gift, earn ALS credit as a successful coach or mentor, and receive special recognition at the August 2019 District Awards Night


Founder's District All Star Event Invitation


Earn Grow the Area, Grow the Division or Grow the District Awards above.


Earn an invitation for you to attend the June, 2019 Founder's District All Star Event. Includes lunch, an inspirational speaker, and fun activities!



DIAMOND CLUB
Select ONE of the following gifts:

1. Lectern Banner

2. Guest Book and Club Ribbon packs (Best Speaker, Best Table Topic or Best Evaluator)

3. Table Topic Chat Pack and a Club Ribbon Pack

4. Pathways Ribbon Pack (40 Level Completion Ribbons)



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