Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:30

Harvey Mayo

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It is with regret that I bear the following news. Fellow Toastmaster Harvey Mayo passed away suddenly on September 30th. For those who knew him, you know what a friend he was. For those in our Toastmasters family that did not know him, let me tell you about Harvey.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:53

Happy Birthday Founder's District

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Our 70 Year Pipeline to Toastmasters International

Founder's District is the "funnel," that has been bringing the benefits and value of Toastmasters to all of us in Southern California, since 1944.

Founders District's 70th Birthday/Anniversary is cause to celebrate. For 3,500 of us members, we are proud to be part of Founder's District, whose birthplace in Santa Ana, California, is also the 1924 birthplace of Toastmasters International.

Founder's District is the indispensible conduit between Toastmasters International's World Wide Headquarters and its Orange County/Los Angeles members. For 70 years, Founder's elected officers have guided and energized our progress through its Division Governors, who support our Area Governors, who in turn support the clubs by helping club officers meet the needs of each individual member. Success rests in the hands of the above mentioned stalwart members, who are willing to step beyond club level, to help Founders District's top four elected officers uphold the integrity of Toastmasters Educational Program in Speaking and Leadership

There are countless fellow Toastmasters to appreciate, congratulate, and celebrate—who have given their time and talent serving us in Founder's District leadership. Perhaps one of them is you!

In addition to celebrating 70 years of volunteers who have guided and guarded the quality of our experience in Toastmasters, there are "hands- on" skill development, professional growth opportunities for any member who steps into District work.

Founder's District provides its 3,500 members with practical resume experience in management, with the opportunity to lead in governance positions , to create and collaborate in chairmanship positions, to work in District Television production(performance and/or technical), to organize and produce special events, to assemble project management components, to train and instruct, to oversee budgets and set funding strategies, to build teams, to mentor and coach, to judge speeches within Toastmasters and in community service organizations outside of TM, to grow as a writer/photo journalist in Public Relations, and to learn the art of "marketing and selling" by working with Human Resource Heads in corporate Club Development.

Involvement in any of the hundreds of District activities translates into generalizable and transferrable practical job experience.

Yes! There is much about Founder's District to celebrate! The moment we to step out of our Toastmasters club and step into Founder's District teamwork, we have opened our world to professional and personal skill development for every part of our life.

There's a lot to celebrate! Founder's District, 1944 to 2014: Seventy years of Bringing the Toastmaster Speaking and Leadership Skills Program to Southern California.

Founders District Photo and Video Documentarians, Richard and Linda Doherty, have captured and preserved for posterity thousands of the scenes and moments in Founder's recent History. Perhaps you will find photos of yourself and Toastmaster friends by going to the Founder's District Photo Gallery. Here's to you, Founder's District!

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.

Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:13

Gustavo Arellano

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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.

Monday, 05 May 2014 01:36

Good Luck Victoria

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VictoriaDotsonOur 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.

Saturday, 09 November 2013 23:40

Founder's Film Award Winner - Fall 2013

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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.

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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:

  • Youth Leadership Programs, OC Boy Scouts of America
  • Youth Leadership Programs, Hewes Middle School, Tustin
  • Youth Leadership Academy, Orange County Juvenile Hall
  • Youth Leadership Programs, Boys and Girls Club, Santa Ana
  • St. Joseph's Pavilion, venue provided for Toastmasters Events

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.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:23

Fall Conference 2013 Opportunities

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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.

Here's a great opportunity for you! We need opportunity drawing gifts for the District Conference. Please ensure that the value of all donated prizes falls into the $20-$25 price range. We always ask the Divisions to donate two opportunity drawing gifts, but times are lean. Founder's District members, you are our only hope! If you have something bigger that you would like to donate, we will be having a silent auction. We need to know what the item is and its suggested retail value. Vendors who donate items or services will receive a ‘receipt of charitable contribution letter’ that can be submitted with their income tax returns. Contact District Opportunity Drawing Chair, Bill Harmon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If necessary, we can make arrangements to pick up the donation from you.

Need some low-cost publicity for your club? We are offering business-card-sized advertisements in the Fall Conference Program for $15. Your card should have the Club Name and Club Number, the day, time, and location of your meetings, and a contact person's name, email address, and/or phone number. These advertisements will be placed throughout the Fall Conference program. We prefer higher quality, black and white graphic layouts only. Please submit your ad to Diane Beall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, October 25. Payments can be submitted by mail to: Founder's District, P.O. Box 4317, Irvine, CA 92616-4317, or in-person at the Fall Conference."

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.

Photograph by Michael Varma
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Thursday, 25 October 2012 17:02

Division Contest Highlights

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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.


Founder's District Fall Conference 
Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Be a part of this vibrant Community of Learners and Leaders as we:
  • Celebrate the success of our fellow members
  • Enjoy speeches from our top speakers in the District
  • Make new friends over a delicious buffet lunch of grilled chicken and seared pike
  • Learn from experts on sharpening our communication and leadership skills


All of this for only $55 !
BONUSRegister and pay $55 online between Oct. 22-31 and get three opportunity tickets FREE !!
Many wonderful prizes to choose from, some prizes valued over $100


2013 Entertainment Books2013 Entertainment Books are now available for sale as a Spring Conference fundraiser.  The LA County book is $30 and the OC County book is $35.  Sales are limited and close December 10.  Contact:  Jeff Chess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. They will also be availabe in person at the conference.
 
 
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