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.
 
 
Friday, 10 April 2015 07:06

District Split Proposal

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Proposal to Split the District
Version 4.0 dated 4.7.15

Proposal

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

  • To be inclusive of all of the clubs in Division B, Division E and Division H
  • To be inclusive a portion of the clubs from Division C and Division D
  • The allocated Divisions will be renamed accordingly A through D/E and the clubs will be re-aligned in the manner that best supports the members
  • The total number of clubs in the New District will be approximately 118

Paul ClarkThe 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.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:33

Club Officer E-Learning

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Toastmasters International offers a series of eLearning tools called Club Officer Essentials.  This series is a brief introduction to what each officer role is and what it entails. They're about 5 minutes long and can give you a great head start. NOTE: They DO NOT replace the training that you need to attend at LACE, but they do help to give you a good idea of what to expect.
 
If you listen and watch the Club Officer session for your position, select your officer position from the menu on the left and take the corresponding quiz. Afer you complete the quiz, you will receive a coupon to attend LACE for only $6.00!! That's HALF of the normal price!!!
 
But wait, there's MORE!!! If all SEVEN officers in your club listen and watch their respective sessions, then EVERY member of your club will have to the opportunity to attend LACE for FREE!!!! That's a savings of $12.00 per club member!!! What a deal!
 
This incentive expires after January 18, 2013 so act now. The link to the eLearning session is:

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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. 

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