Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:15

New Docent Classes Opening Soon

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Happy New Year!

Many people join Toastmasters with a clear vision of how they will use their improved leadership and communication abilities. For those who are looking for a new opportunity though, this might be it.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly Orange County Performing Arts) in Costa Mesa is beginning a new docent class soon. Volunteer applications are being gathered for a training that will occur over five Fridays in March.
Docents lead tour groups through both the Performing Arts building as well as the Concert Hall according to a script that the individual learns.

As a two-year member Docent, I can tell you it is exciting to go backstage, learn the information about the venues, and to share it with the public of all ages.

If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 02:33

2012 Fall Conference Highlights

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RDD_2012_Fall_Conference_-_no_WM_-_portrait_-6Congratulations to Daniel Midson-Short of Coastmasters Toastmasters Club #6658 , winning first place in the District Humorous Speech Contest on November 3rd, 2012.  As an Aussie living in America, Daniel dispelled the myths and stereotypical beliefs that Americas have about Austrailians.  The second place trophie went to Charlie Cheatham of Table Talkers Club #1246 in Buena Park.  Charlie humorously compared himself to Marcus Dupree, the star who never was.  Third place went to Aneeza Haleem from Lake Avenue Toastmasters Club #8360 in Pasadena.  Other competitors included George Day, Jennifer Jenkins, Kelly Hudson, Ricardo Munoz, and Angela Stout.  See interviews with our winners and other highlights of the contest in our latest edition of Founder's District TV .

Friday, 09 November 2012 14:35

Roast, Toast, and Boast - Wes Hoover

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WesHoover4As is tradition in Founder's District, it's now time to get together and to Toast, Roast and/or Boast our Immediate Past District Governor, Wes Hoover, DTM. This is OUR chance to give back to him all that he gave to us last year.
The event is on Saturday, November 17th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.
The cost is $25.00 and you can pre-register/pre-pay online at  www.foundersdistrict.org.
Friday, 16 November 2012 03:35

We Bid You Good Cheer

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Tasteful_Anniversary_Toast_1Marriages that last seem to receive less attention than high profile, short term break-ups. The media has it all wrong. Let's take a stand and shower attention on the simple and good things in life, after all good things last the longest.

Fellow Toastmaster Luby and her husband Bob just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. What can you say about a couple of crazy kids that married on the steps of Avalon Community Church on November 10, 1962, on Catalina Island, Calif., and returned fifty years later to renew their vows on the same church steps?

Here’s a copy of a tasteful toast that attendees said, “That was a wonderful” and "A truly fabulous toast.":

Good Afternoon, my name is Michael Varma and I met Luby more than ten years ago at a Toastmasters meeting.

Luby is our resident celebrity. She a triple threat: she acts, she sings and can tap dance her way out of a question she doesn’t want to answer.

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And we’re here to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary to Bob. Fifty years is quite an achievement. Most folks don’t make it that far.

Britney Spear’s first marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander lasted 55 hours.

Kim Kardashian's second marriage to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries lasted a mere 72 days.

But those are marriages that didn’t make it. How about other celebrities that are still together?

Hollywood sweethearts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are still together, but it’s only been 24 years.

My wife and I have been married for a little more than 10 years and know I adore my wife more today than when got married. (Honey, did I say that right?)

Luby and Bob, you’re at 50 years. That’s five times more love than I’ve yet known. I’m in awe and offer this anniversary toast.

You are blessed from above

With devotion and love
I have a good notion
To second His motion
We bid you good cheers
Partners in love for many more years

When Luby was asked what was the secret to her marriage, she offered a favorite quote, “Love creates a marriage and after several years, the marriage make love.”

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Founder's District Tech Tools Toastmasters Club #2094157 celebrated its first anniversary with an open house that enthralled all in attendance. The event took place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tyrol Plaza Club House at 891 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim,CA 92806.

There were many things that made this a remarkable event. One of the members had a very interesting cake baked and decorated with a smartphone and laptop. It was a beautiful and attractive cake! Celly Adamo, DTM, PDG traced the history of Toastmasters and its founder, Ralph C. Smedly, from 1903 to the present.   Then, there was a panel discussion of five tech savvy individuals who described various benefits of joining a specialized Toastmasters Club. The Tech Tools club focuses on teaching and talking about technology, smart phones, laptops, iPhones, and other tech gadgets. In addition, we discuss their benefits to, possible dangers to, and impact on individuals and society. Following is a list of panelists and their topics:

·     KimChi Nghe, ACS, AB- Toastmasters, Women and Technology: Don’t Be Intimated by Technology

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