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By creating a new website using free Google Site software, Michael Varma was awarded the Diamond Web Award at the Toastmasters Founder’s District Fall Conference on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, California.
Varma, a Distinguished Toastmaster and webmaster for the BergenMeisters Toastmasters club, created a new informational and interactive website for the public speaking organization that gives site visitors the ability to communicate more effectively at work and at play .
“The new Google tools are simple to use and it took me less than 30 minutes to set up our club website,” said Varma. “I presented the initial pages to our members, solicited feedback and kept adding pages, pictures and resources as requested. It was a team effort.”
Entries were judged by independent web designers on content (65%) and presentation (35%) with an emphasis on portraying the benefits of the Toastmasters program to meet personal and professional goals.
“The judges confirmed his club website is a colorful smorgasboard of pictures, events, tips on leadership and public speaking and even a few jokes along the way ,” said John Barry, the Founder’s District Community Relations and Recognition Chairperson. “ It’s an excellent example of how a webmaster with creativity and technology can design an attractive website that club members can be proud of and is very impressive to guests and visitors as well .”
BergenMeisters Club President Kevin Moniz said, “We knew we had to make our web presence a top priority. Thankfully Michael worked his magic to bring our website into
modern times. It has paid off more than we expected; our last nine club members found us online. We can now help more people learn public speaking skills in a supportive setting.”
BergenMeisters Toastmasters club meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at 505 City Parkway West, Orange, CA 92868. For more information about the club, please visit BergenMeisters.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization currently has more than 260,000 members in approximately 12,500 clubs in 113 countries. Since its founding in October 1924, the organization has helped more than 4 million men and women give presentations with poise and confidence. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit toastmasters.org .
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is located at the main entrance to the Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. The park is located just south of the 91 and 5 freeways. Free 3-hour parking is available to guests visiting the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. There is an additional $4 charge every 1/2 hour with a maximum of $20.
The menu includes Mrs. Knott's famous fried chicken with biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, boysenberry pie and a beverage. Vegetarian options will be available.
According to an old club roster Kif was a Toastmaster since 1996. He was most recently a member of Mixed Masters in Huntington Beach. He took over leadership of Club 100, and transformed it into a magic specialty club. He was always ready to help others learn and improve their magic talents, and continued meeting with a group of Toastmasters magicians until his passing.
Kif was a magician since childhood, and performed all over the US with his partner, Gene Ozwald. Together they were known as Oz and Wilde, and they specialized in Christian oriented performances. For two years Kif produced and hosted the Christian television series "Kids of the King" for cable. He served as the president of the Los Angeles Fellowship of Christian Magicians (website is http://www.ozandwilde.com/Bio.html ) , and was a long time member of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Kif resided in Bellflower with his wife Patty and daughter Faith. He was employed with Boeing in Huntington Beach. Kif struggled with a recurring cancer and started chemo treatments in October. He was admitted to the hospital and died of an infection Oct 25. His funeral was November 5, 2012 in Lancaster (where he and his wife grew up) and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life on Monday November 12, 2012 at Calvary Chapel in Downey.
Founder's District Fall 2012 District Reports
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.