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At the recent District Executive Council Meeting, Gwen Earle, ACB, ALS was presented with the illustrious 2012-2013 Area Governor of the Year award. Within the Founder’s District, Toastmasters truly know how deserving of this award Gwen is and congratulate her on this tremendous success.
The effort, energy, and leadership that Gwen has demonstrated throughout the past year, has created stellar results for her as an Area G-2 Governor and for Division G.
Founder's District is proud to announce the 2014 Fall Conference Communication and Leadership Award recipient, Gustavo Arellano. Gustavo will deliver his acceptance speech during the Hall of Fame Lunch on Saturday November 8, 2014.
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on FOX’s animated show, Bordertown. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately and The Colbert Report. He is currently a consulting producer on Bordertown, a FOX animated show scheduled to debut January 2015. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.
Our beloved past District Governor, Victoria Dotson, DTM, is relocating to the state of Washington and this will be our last chance to enjoy her company and say our goodbyes. Second Stage Club #3742 is hosting an Open House party on Saturday May 10 in the honor of Victoria. The party is located at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. You can drop by any time between 10 AM and 5 PM to spend some time with Victoria and hang out with friends.
Victoria Dotson was the 2012-2013 Founder's District Governor and is best known for her bold leadership style, jovial work ethics, and love for animals. The picturesque and serene Washington State is fortunate to have someone as beautiful as Victoria.
Congratulations to the members of Union Bank Monterey Park Toastmasters club, winner of the Founder's Film Award of Fall 2013. Hiram Araoz and Janice Wong accepted the award on behalf of the club at the District Conference on November 9.
Founder's District is saddened by the loss of Dr. Richard Fredrick Kammerman, MD, DTM, Physician, Surgeon, Board Member-Orange County Medical Association, 19 year Charter Member of Toastmasters Club 3773-OCMA (Orange County Medical Association) and Area Governor of the Year-2001/2002.
Dr. Kammerman has been serving as OCMA Club's Vice President of Education, until the time of his death, on January 8, 2014. His drive and enthusiasm have been a positive force in the founding and ongoing strength of club 3773, for doctors, nurses and medical students. He has been a "Gentle Giant," in mentoring young medical professionals. He has also been inspiring them to join Toastmasters and shift from being boring power point presenters to becoming engaging speakers who replace slides with eye contact, facial expression, gestures and interaction.
Dr. Kammerman's Toastmaster legacy in Founder's District includes:
Founders District is grateful to Dr. Kammerman for his outpouring of professional time and talent, communication and leadership skills, given freely, day in and day out, helping others learn and grow and pass it on, as he did.
Communication & Leadership recipient Drum Café will put on a unique program where drumming is used to break down barriers, inspire people, and bring them together. There will be a limited number of souvenir drums for you to purchase at the conference. You'll be able to relive the thrill, unleash that tribal warrior (or princess) inside you, and experience, ‘The Rhythm of Teamwork’ at any time.
When you attend a Founder’s District event, while everyone else is at the front of the room delivering a presentation, or receiving certificates, awards, and acknowledgements, take a moment to glance over your shoulder to the man and woman who are standing at the back of the room, often on top of a chair, with eyes affixed to the viewfinder of a really nice looking camera, and you will likely see Richard or Linda Daugherty capturing that moment in time with their cameras.
Division Contest HighlightsSee the highlights of the Division C Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest in the next Founder's District TV episode. The Division C contest was held on October 13 in Garden Grove, CA. The winner of the humorous contest will now go on to compete at the Founder’s District Fall Conference on November 3rd, 2012 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in Cerritos, CA. It is not too late to register. If you've missed them, you can also view the Divisions E and B highlights as well as Divisions D and A.
Proposal to Split the District
Version 4.0 dated 4.7.15
The Founder’s District Split Committee, as appointed by Linda Ulrich, DTM, District Governor, proposes that Founder’s District be split using the 22 Freeway (or thereabouts) as the official split boundary. As of 3.21.15, the new boundaries would be as follows*:
The New District boundaries would be as indicated in Appendix 1
The Founder’s District began in a squabble. In 1944 the first Toastmasters district, District One (which still exists along the west side of Los Angeles) covered much of Southern California, a vast area. The need to divide this district to provide better club support came before the Toastmaster International Board. The problem was everyone wanted the “District One” name distinction.
Over 75 of the District's most ambitious members attended this sold-out event of the semi-annual Founder's District Marketing workshop to learn and explore all that the Toastmasters leadership program has to offer such as building new clubs, sponsoring clubs, mentoring, and coaching.
Has this ever happened to you: You’re at your local coffee shop, enjoying your favorite beverage and happen to get into what seems to be a friendly exchange about a current event with another patron, but it quickly dissolves into an angry verbal attack wrought with personal insults about your mother?
We believe that too often, instead of participating in an intelligent and rewarding exchange of facts, we Americans personally insult and demean one another if opinions differ. “Agreeing to disagree” is not a concept we’re taught to abide by whether in personal relationships or professional endeavors.
Erica Beggan, CC and Tristen Tucker, ACB, are both current Toastmasters and officers of OCCN Speakers Forum #9377. Their public speaking career began over 10 years ago when they became collegiate Parliamentary debate partners, winning at the national level two years in a row. Having experienced their own communication breakdown a few years ago, which resulted in falling out of contact, these former debate partners and long-time friends had to get back to basics in understanding they needed to “agree to disagree” and come to compromises. The skills they had learned for formal debates were the very ones that helped to improve their personal relationship. Recognizing this need both inside and outside “the Board Room,” Tristen and Erica continuously advocate increasing critical thinking awareness and improving argumentation skills.
We invite you to take part in a Q&A with several industry experts to discuss bringing critical thinking and critical speaking back into daily practice during the “Bar Brawls have no place in the Board Room” panel on Saturday, April 13th at 2:30 p.m. at the National University in Costa Mesa. Register to attend today. Admission is free!
The holiday season is upon us -- a time to share and celebrate with our family and friends. But it is also a time to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014, to take a look ahead to what we want to do in 2015. And, to make some plans for the New Year to help us achieve those sometime elusive goals we've set for ourselves.
For Toastmasters, the time signifies that we're half-way through our year. It's also a time for us to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014 and to look ahead to what we still want to accomplish in 2015. And, yes, to make some plans to help us achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, as individuals, as clubs, Areas, Divisions, and the District.
I keep reminding you that our theme this year as a District is "Evaluate Your Potential," which is probably more significant the next six months than the previous six months. We seem to relax more the first half of the year, but kick into full gear the last half. This is when we push our clubs to focus on the members to achieve the communication and leadership awards. We challenge our members and our Area Governors to find opportunities for a new club or ways to bring in new members. And, more importantly, we start looking at next year's leaders -- talking with our members to encourage them to think about stepping into leadership at the club, Area, Division, and District levels. If you don't think you're ready to step into leadership, but another Toastmaster thinks you are, listen to them. They see what we can't see in ourselves. Accept and embrace the opportunity of leadership. Toastmasters is an organization made up of volunteers -- so, if no one asks you, volunteer. The rewards truly outweigh any apprehensions you might have.
We have two upcoming leadership events in January. The first, LACE (Leadership and Communication Excellence) is being offered on January 10 and January 24; focus is on providing leadership training to club officers – or those who want to be. On January 17, we will have a Leadership Dinner to talk about the ins and outs of serving as a leader at all levels in the organization, from the club to the District. Current leaders will share what they've learned throughout their year(s) serving as a leader – the benefits, the challenges, and the rewards.
Have you started looking at your goals for 2015? How will you "Elevate Your Potential"? Toastmasters has made a difference in your life, now it's time you make a difference in Toastmasters.
Have a blessed holiday season!