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

Saturday, 22 December 2012 02:11

Holiday Wishes From Founder's District

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VictoriaDotson Message From the Governor
As we enter into the Holiday Season, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year. May you and your loved ones enjoy peace, joy and lots of great food in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing you after the New Year and celebrating your upcoming accomplishments.  - Victoria Dotson, DTM.


A Special Toastmasters Christmas Founder’s District TV visits several clubs in the District who are celebrating the holidays.  Melissa Wong sings the traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne” with pianist Carolyn Kelly and accompanied by members of the Orange Quartet Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  It’s an all Toastmasters cast showcasing the many talents of our members. We hope you enjoy this special episode and ring in the new year with joy and peace to all.  View it now on  Founder's District TV.  You can also download the mp3 soundtrack here.

The January 2013 Founder Download the  latest issue of The Founder and meet the winner of the 2012 Fall District Conference.  Keep informed about the new marketing incentives that can earn you free stuff for you and your club.  Also in this issue, Toastmasters who are making a difference.  Laura Scott gives us an insider look at the new Spectrum Speakers Gavel Club for adults with Asperger's and Autism Spectrum disorders.  And finally, Robin Itzler asks, "What's Your Club Tagline?".
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