Michael Varma

Michael Varma

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:41

Powerful Messages Delivered

It boggles the mind to think how many people we casually meet on our daily path who have amazing stories to tell. Toastmasters and the Founder's District Speakers Bureau teamed-up with TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon to coach teens on how to share their stories of achievement and self-discovery.

Congratulations to our many local heroes from the mentors behind the scenes to the young speakers that took center stage and now have a powerful message posted on YouTube.

Featured on the Founder's website are three of the eleven presentations:

Staphany Hou, University high school senior (Irvine), will defend the virtues of well roundedness and disprove Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule in his bestseller Outliers.

Gabe Eggerling, at age nine, saw the need for impoverished kids to have access to books and started a library in Peru from the comfort of his home in Huntington Beach.

Mun Jen Ng, a 2013 semifinalist in the Toastmasters International speech contest, shares a timeless tale: the struggle of honoring one's own identity whilst trying to pleasing others.

Click on the playlist to watch all 2013 TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon speakers.

Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:38

Newsletter Mission

 

Mission Statement

Post monthly articles to recognize Founder's District clubs and members' achievements, inside and outside of the Toastmasters club environment, and spotlight the tangible skill sets learned and applied to achieve their Toastmasters mission and goals at the district, division, area, club and individual levels.


Objectives

Promote the Toastmasters International educational programs and membership growth through articles and ideas that help and motivate individuals achieve educational goals.


Newsletter Responsibilities of the Newsletter Chairperson

Articles need to be written for a target audience of non-Toastmasters.

Produce a minimum of two (2) quality articles per month during the Founder's District's twelve month fiscal year.

Each article will “spotlight” one or more club or member within the Founder's District by completing theSpotlight Questionnaire.

  • Jul-Aug-Sep typically highlights each of the newly elected District Leaders as we like to lead by example
  • Division and Area Governors throughout the District are encouraged to submit names
  • Each article will contain mini-biography of individual member, their club, and website


The Newsletter Chairperson is to assemble the Founder's newsletter from Spotlight Questionnaires and other submissions

  • It is conceivable one person can handle writing, editing and posting articles based upon the preceding format
  • Additional writers are encouraged to participate with articles and layout
  • Encourage at least one Toastmasters Club to “adopt” the newsletter as an annual High Performance Leadership project
  • Newsletter Chairperson is to find his/her replacement prior to the end of the fiscal year (June)

The Founder Newsletter Download Link

Thursday, 03 December 2009 22:33

Hollywood Here We Come

Michelle-Obama-web-v1With the success of having more than 30 local city Mayors support and celebrate Toastmasters International’s 85th anniversary, our public relations team reached out and received endorsements from California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to several U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Now we're headed to Hollywood!

Phase II of our "brand and expand" publicity campaign has started. Requests have gone out to local, national, and international celebrities requesting their support by performing a brief public service announcement about how Toastmasters has helped more than four million men and women learn to speak with poise and confidence.

In addition to being a wholesome story, it will be a fun and rewarding way of giving back to the community – and positive publicity – while encouraging people to learn tangible career skills.

We're excited about who has signed on so far (details to be released soon) - and we're looking for more. If you know a celebrity or have suggestions for a spokesperson, please contact Michael Varma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

California Supporters of Toastmasters’ Month:
In early August 2009, a Toastmasters public relations team contacted all the cities within the Founder's District (Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties), as well as a few dignitaries, and requested a proclamation for Toastmasters’ Month or other forms of support. As of 12/03/09, positive responses have been received by:

First Lady Michelle Obama
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California
Senator Lou Correa of CA 34th District
Congresswoman Doris Matsui of CA 5th District
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey of CA 6th District
Congresswoman Barbara Lee of CA 9th District
Congressman Pete Stark of CA 13th District
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of CA 14th District
Congresswoman Judy Chu of CA 32nd District
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez of CA 39th District
Congresswoman Lorretta Sanchez of CA 47th Distict
Mayor Steven Placido Alhambra
Mayor John Wuo of Arcadia
Mayor John Rocha of Azusa
Mayor John Beauman of Brea
Mayor Bruce Barrows of Cerritos
Mayor Joe Augilar of Commerce
Mayor Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa
Mayor Walter Allen of Covina
Mayor Lisa Bartlett of Dana Point
Mayor Mario Guerro of Downey
Mayor John Fasana of Duarte
Mayor Guy Carrozzo of Fountain Valley
Mayor Don Bankhead of Fullerton
Mayor William Dalton of Garden Grove
Mayor Keith Bohr of Huntington Beach
Mayor Sukhee Kang of Irvine
Mayor Tom Beamish of La Habra
Mayor Joel Lautenschleger of Laguna Hills
Mayor Frank Ury of Mission Viejo
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz of Monrovia
Mayor Edward Selich of Newport Beach
Mayor Carolyn Cavecche of Orange
Mayor Bill Bogaard of Pasadena
Mayor Elliot Rothman of Pomona
Mayor Gary Thompson of Rancho Santa Margarita
Mayor Curtis Morris of San Dimas
Mayor Eugene Sun of San Marino
Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana
Mayor Louie Gonzales of Santa Fe Springs
Mayor Doug Davert of Tustin
Mayor Roger Hernandez of West Covina
Mayor Margie Rice of Westminster & Midway City
Mayor Mark Schwing of Yorba Linda

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:00

Founder's Film Award

Film it and they will come!

 

Every club in Founder's District can showcase their extraordinary talents and participate in the Founder's Film Award contest by creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that demonstrates the benefits of the Toastmasters program. The winning Producer will receive a prize valued at $100.00 and second place at $50.00. The winners will be announced at the District Conference.

Eligibility

The Founder's Film Award is open to all Toastmasters clubs in Founder's District. The primary PSA producer or a fellow club member must be present at the District Conference.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Publicize to increase and maintain membership by showing the benefits of the Toastmasters program.
  2. Provide existing members an opportunity to complete High Performance Leadership (HPL) project.
  3. You are representing an international non-profit organization, therefore appropriate film contentis required. Funny, dramatic, and creative themes are encouraged.

Contest Rules:

  1. PSA must communicate the Toastmasters message consistent with Toastmasters branding guidelines.
  2. Submit original and signed release forms for all people captured on film (keep copies for yourself).
  3. Film is not to exceed 60 seconds in length including leads-ins and fade-outs.
  4. Accepted formats on CD, DVD or flash drives, dropbox: avi, mov, mpeg, and wmv.
  5. Multiple submissions are accepted and welcomed (up to 3 per club).
  6. Deadline for submission is October 1 in the Fall, and March 15 in the Spring.
  7. The primary PSA producer or a fellow club member must be present at the District Conference.
  8. Submit your videos to the Founder's District Public Relations Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Diamond Web Award

Win the Diamond Web Award contest by communicating the benefits of Toastmasters to current and potential members through your web site. Use FREE web designing sites like FreeToastHost2, Google Sites, or your own domain and enter your club’s extraordinary site in the contest today! The winning web master will win a prize valued at $100.00 and second place will win a prize valued at $50. Winners will be announced at the District Conference.

Diamond

Eligibility

The Diamond Web Award is open to all Toastmasters club web masters in the Founder’s District. The primary web master or a fellow club member must be present at the District Conference to win accept the award.

Submissions

Deadline for submission is October 1 in the Fall and March 15 in the Spring. If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail message before the due date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the following information:

  • Club name and number
  • Name of the webmaster/contact information
  • Address of the club web site (URL)

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the site's CONTENT and PRESENTATION with an emphasis on portraying the benefits of the Toastmasters program to meet personal and professional goals.

CONTENT – 65%

1. Promotion (15%)

  • Welcome / Introduction
  • Basic Club Description – Club Profile
  • Basic Club Description – Time and Place
  • Upcoming Events
  • Club Contact Information

2. Education (20%)

  • Educational Materials / Articles
  • Goals / Objectives
  • Policies

3. Member Information (20%)

  • Calendar / Schedule
  • News about Recent Meetings or Events
  • Member Recognition
  • Club Achievements
  • Business Items

4. Administrative Content (10%)

  • Timeliness / Information Up to Date
  • Webmaster E-mail Address
  • Toastmasters International Copyright Notice
  • Credit to Previously Published Sources
  • Other Copyright Information (where required)

PRESENTATION - 35%

5. Navigation and Organization (25%)

  • Easy to Find What You Need
  • Logical Structure
  • Clearly Defined Categories

6. Page Design / Layout (10%)

  • Appropriate Graphics
  • Clean Layout
  • Easy to Scan Page Content
  • Spelling / Grammar / Punctuation


Please direct questions to the Public Relations Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 11 October 2013 20:52

A New Breed of Talkers

TED-Red-DotNo tie. No lectern. No problem.

A new breed of talkers are transforming the traditional coat and tie presentation style into a relaxed yet persuasive tell-it-like-it-is conversation on the red carpet.

You have the opportunity to watch a dozen of these innovative speakers, including Mun Jen Ng - a semifinalist in the 2013 Toastmasters International speech contest - that will inspire thought leadership and visionary insights in brief 10 minutes-or-less talks at the third annual TEDxYouth Conference to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at Orange Coast College in the Robert B Moore Theater. Use the promotion code of "Toastmasters" and save 20% off on single ticket prices.

TED Talks are short engaging presentations that initially revolved around Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED), and now incorporate a multitude of subjects. The TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon event has a mixture of adult and youth presenters and is geared toward kids ages 12-18 and their parents. "The youth presenters are expected to 'game up' to the level of sophistication that adults appreciate in their big brother counterpart: TED" says event organizer Nikkisa Abdollahi. All TEDx presenters were coached by experienced Toastmasters and are thriving in the new open TED presentation style on the red dot carpet.

 

The 2013 TEDxYouth speaker line up includes:

1.   Mun Jen Ng, a successful Lake Forest artist, product designer and illustrator who has designed for Oakley, DKNY and Micheal Kors, will share how you can remained true to your heart and be richly validated.

2.   Vamsi Mokkapati, Mission Viejo high school senior, will teach you how to learn a universal language in 6 minutes flat.

3.   Anika Larsen, Laguna Beach high school senior, deleted her Facebook account (OMG!) and lived to tell about it and will share how she found a balance between life as a teen and social media.

4.   Gabe Eggerling, at age nine, saw the need for impoverished kids to have access to books and started a library in Peru from the comfort of his home in Huntington Beach.

5.   Jeet Banjeree, self-proclaimed 19-year-old "serial" entrepreneur, has built more than 50 digital products including mobile apps, websites, eBooks and more in just 3 short years. He will share his insights on doubt, success and the gaps in between.

6.   Jason Carbone was the Co-Executive Producer and Director of ABC's pop culture powerhouse The Bachelorette for three years, and several other successful reality TV shows, and will reveal the gaps between reality and reality TV.

7.   Staphany Hou, University high school senior (Irvine), will defend the virtues of well roundedness and disprove Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule in his bestseller Outliers.

8.   M.C.Kenzy and DTomp are 17 year old recording artists specializing in Hip Hop, Rap, Dub Step and EDM (Electric Dance Music) and will showcase their new single "Mind the Gap," created for TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon.

9.   Jeff Leksmana, a software developer for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Sony, will provide proof of the powerful chain reaction between ideas and awareness.


10.   Aliso Viejo resident Dr. Kaveh Azartash will reveal a revolutionary foreign language app – to be launched 11/17/2013 – that assists children to break the accent barrier.


11.   Jake Ducey is one of the youngest published inspirational authors at twenty-two-years-old, and will share his passion to inspire youth to change the world by finding their true north.


12.   
Vern Breitenbucher will share his 30-year love of photography today's teens and tweens can leverage digital photography while using unconventional methods.


This event is open to the public and tickets are available through Eventbrite. Use the promotion code of "Toastmasters" and save 20% off on single ticket prices. Register today. For additional information contact Nikkisa Abdollahi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Complete speakers' profiles are listed at http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/8750.

About TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon

TEDxYBCNikkisa Abdollahi founded TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon in 2011 as a youth organization run by a Youth Council, with adult support and mentorship, designed to share "Ideas worth Spreading." Under the framework of TED, which stands for "technology, entertainment, and design," The Youth Council, composed of possibilitarians – agents of change, future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs – are committed to sharing diverse and convergent ideas through inspiring talks to explore, to network and to build a stronger community.

About TED and TEDx

TED is the world-renown acronym for "technology, entertainment and design" and is the name of the nonprofit committed to ideas worth spreading. The organization holds two major conferences and posts its popular TED talks on the web.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos—or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos—sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

 

 

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