Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:32

In Loving Memory of Celly Adamo

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Celly F. Adamo, DTM, PDG 2006-07, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, June7 at approximately 3:28 am at the Los Alamitos Medical Center. She was with her daughter, Christina, and her husband, Frank.
 
Celly was a member of Knotts Speak Easy since joining in 1993. She soon became an Area Governor, Division C Governor, and then District Secretary. Celly became District Governor in 2006-07 and achieved the first Distinguished District award in five years. She is the only District Governor in which all eight of her Division Governors achieved President Distinguished status.
 
In 2013 Celly had a bilateral mastectomy after which she went through six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She was cancer free up to just over a year ago when the cancer returned in the bones and the liver. After additional chemotherapy treatment, it seemed that the liver cancer had vanished but the bone cancer remained. Throughout all this time, she was working for AT&T until about a month ago when she took a medical leave. Then within 3 to 4 days into her leave, her liver began to shutdown causing fluids to stay in her body. She was still quite functional, but much slower and sluggish than usual, and the fluid buildup was quite extensive. She looked like she was 10 months pregnant—with triplets. Finally after much urging from her husband and daughter, she went to the ER last Friday evening. She was sluggish, but relatively coherent and conversant. With the help of dear church friends from church, she arranged her own funeral arrangements (see below).  Soon however, the toxins from the fluids began to affect the other organs. Tuesday morning she was taken to the ICU with extremely low blood pressure. Throughout the day, she was unresponsive while she had several relatives and classmates visit her. Celly passed comfortably and peacefully just before 3:30 am, June 7. Though cancer can be a painful and drawn out part of love, Celly was uncomfortable, but never in pain—at least not until the last few short hours.
 
Whoever may be interested, here is the schedule of viewing and services.
 
Friday, June 9 from 5 to 9 pm
Viewing/Virgil
Del-Angel Mortuary
2425 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, June 10 at 8:30 am
Funeral Mass
St. Irenaeus Catholic Church
5201 Evergreen Avenue (at Grindlay St.)
Cypress, CA

Photo by Jennifer KwanFounders Spring Contest WinnersLeft to right: Michael Osur, International Director. Christine Coles, Third Place. Daniel Midson-Short, 1st Place, Josephine Lee, 2nd Place. Siri Payakapan, District Director

Daniel Midson-Short to Represent Founder’s District At Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals

Irvine, California, April 26, 2017 - We are pleased to announce that Daniel Midson-Short will represent Founder’s District at the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals. The competition takes place at the organization's 2017 International Convention, to be held August 23-26 in Vancouver, Canada.

Daniel, a member of Coastmasters in Dana Point, California, surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with his speech, “Secret Power.” The speech touched on the themes of courage, passion and finding your talents in life. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “is to share a story that is relatable and entertaining for them.”

Daniel will compete with 101 other District Toastmaster winners from around the world who advanced to the 2017 semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches are judged on content, organization, delivery and style.

“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,”says Daniel. “I am looking forward to once again competing on on the semi-final stage in Vancouver!” Daniel is a professional speaker and workshop trainer based in Orange County, California. He joined Toastmasters 5 years ago to become a better speaker and share his message with a wider community.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 142 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization’s International Convention.

To interview Daniel, learn more about the contest or Toastmasters club membership, contact Michelle Bender at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow @Toastmasters International or Daniel @midsonshort on Twitter to track Daniel’s progress.

 

For more information about the 2017 International Convention, please visit the following website:
http://www.toastmasters.org/events/2017-International-Convention.

About Toastmasters International Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

 

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Charlotte Drake Receives Spirit of Excellence AwardCharlotte Drake, DTM, Receives Spirit of Excellence Award

 

Have you heard the expression, “Power behind the throne?” Can you name someone who for several years has been a “Power behind Opportunity Drawing Fundraising?” Who do you know that is able to mount that project, and make it fun for everyone while doing it? The answer is: Charlotte Drake; she is an “Opportunity Drawing Master.” Charlotte volunteers her service at speech contests, setting up the gift tables, donating prizes, describing the prizes, and selling the drawing tickets that off-set contest food and venue costs. When the contests are over, it's Charlotte and her team who have earned solid returns to cover the expenses of producing speech contests.

Whatever the event, Charlotte is known for her generosity of service: she arrives earlier and stays later than anyone else. She sets up, cleans up, and brings abundant portions of hand cut fruit. She is chef of the gourmet crafted foods she brings.

Whether it is a formal meeting or a casual gathering, once she has arranged and set up the room with gifts, food, and learning materials, you will find Charlotte, at the back of the room looking out for the needs of every person, whether there are two or two-hundred people in the audience. Charlotte handles problems before others even notice them.

Charlotte has had more than her share of challenges. What sets her apart is her resilience, her sunshine attitude and the way she transforms obstacles into opportunities. She triumphs over tragedy. When confronted with the struggles of both of her parents dealing with Parkinson's Disease, Charlotte founded what became an international support group known as PEP: Parkinson's Educational Program. What started out in Newport Beach, at Charlotte's Park Newport residence, quickly grew from 4 to 300 people and proliferated into satellite support groups in every state in America, then expanded into 13 countries and five languages.

Charlotte provides the same “obstacles into opportunities” resourcefulness in Toastmasters. Her club, HarborLites, is all about supporting members’ needs. She sees HarborLites as a “safe harbor” where individuals grow and develop in the presence of mutual nurturing and mentoring.

In 2014/2015, Charlotte's personal excellence earned for her the DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster, which is the highest educational award. She was also recognized as Toastmaster of the Year and received the Area Governor of the Year Award. In 2015/2016 Charlotte was awarded 4 Triple Crown Awards, an unprecedented record.

For her indomitable spirit, on March 22, 2017, Charlotte Jayne Drake, DTM, was awarded Founder's District Spirit of Excellence Award, presented to her at the District Executive Committee meeting, by District Director Siri Payakapan, DTM.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 06:13

2017-2018 District Officer Nominations

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The nominated candidates for the 2017-2018 District Officers are listed below in order by office and then alphabetically if there is more than one candidate per office.

 

FOUNDER'S DISTRICT

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DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Daniel Cossack, DTM
DISTRICT DIRECTOR
Donald Herrera, ACG, ALS
Karen Lucas, DTM
 
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Diana Dee, DTM
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
Michelle Bender, DTM
Mark Lucas, ACS, ALS
 
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Lori Shapiro, DTM
CLUB GROWTH DIRECTOR
Tim Hollenbeck, ACS, CL
 
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Paul Fay, DTM
DIVISION A DIRECTOR
Nora Jackson, CC, ALB
 
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Kathy Hughes, ACS, ALB
DIVISION B DIRECTOR
Trillium Smith
 
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
Asad Ali, CL
DIVISION C DIRECTOR
William Wojciak, ACB, ALB
 
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
David Shostak, DTM
DIVISION D DIRECTOR
Mark Longanecker, ACS, ALB
 
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Nadine Nofziger, DTM
DIVISION E DIRECTOR
Steve Itzkowitz, CC, CL
 
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
David Hosmer, CC, CL
DIVISION F DIRECTOR
Scott Friedman, ACG, ALB
 
DIVISION G DIRECTOR
Ken Spears, ACB, CL
 

Reported by John Angiolillo, DTM, PDG, Chair, District Leadership Committee - South

Reported by Pan Kao, DTM, IPDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee - North

 
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:44

Toastmasters Re-ignites It's Members' Free Will

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Photo by Siri PayakapanToastmasters at LACE Jan 14, 2017Marguerite Bonnet Presents 'Structure Your Speech Like a Movie' at LACE January 14, 2017

Over 500 Toastmasters invaded Chapman University on January 14 to attend the Founder’s District Leadership & Communication Experience (LACE) seeking training for their club officer positions, new skills as well as wisdom and truth.

It was the wisdom and truth part that was well-addressed by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking and the keynote speaker for the festivities, Lance Miller.

Lance’s keynote address proved to be inspiring, irreverent, informative, humorous and passionate. The one thing that stood out about Lance from the very beginning was how much he credits Toastmasters for the skills he has developed and uses to help individuals and companies all over the world.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 03:07

Expanding Our Horizons in Nashville

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the more you work, the less is being accomplished? To maintain and increase our productivity level and expand our horizons, we need to take time to renew, refresh and rejuvenate. We freshen our perspectives and stimulate positive changes. We rejuvenate our relationships by networking and sharing ideas with others.

Two days prior to the Toastmasters International (TI) Convention, all the trios (District Director, Program Quality Director, and Club Growth Director) of 100+ districts from 13 regions (nearly 16,000 clubs in 142 countries) were vigorously trained, by TI staff and International leaders.

In January, midway through the term, all trios from each region travel to a specified Midyear Training location, to assess the progress and strategize the second half of the term, with another region.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 02:05

Robots and Remarkable Results

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It was bound to happen.

The members that attended the 2016 Founder’s District Fall Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos, CA were bound to feel full and satisfied once the festivities were completed.

No, it wasn’t the chicken marsala, caesar salad, vegetable lasagna, steamed vegetables, bread, tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberries and cookies that filled attendees up, although that didn’t hurt.

Rather, it was all the wonderful benefits of Toastmasters the attendees were reminded of and all the nuggets of wisdom they received from the keynote speaker of the day, Craig Valentine, as well as the Communication and Leadership award recipient, USC roboticist, Maja Mataric.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 22:23

Michael Alexander Receives Award

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Michael Alexander Recieves the Founder's District "Spirit of Excellence Award"

For his accomplishments and years of loyal, creative, and dedicated service to the Toastmasters program, Founder's District has recognized Michael Alexander with the “Spirit of Excellence” Award at the District Executive Council Meeting on August 31, 2016.

Michael is an accomplished and award winning public speaker, coach, and trainer. He is a member of ACTS Toastmasters Club #416 in Division B and is interested in becoming a professional public speaker.

Saturday, 17 September 2016 00:35

Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience

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Our New Educational Journey

Toastmasters is reaching out to all members and offering new Pathways to learn communication and leadership skills. This exciting new educational program has been under development since 2010 and will begin its rollout in 2017 with a gradual flow throughout the world.

The modernized learning experience is the result of years of planning and expertise by a large team, including the Board of Directors, World Headquarters staff, and member volunteers. The program’s wide-ranging benefits include:

Saturday, 03 September 2016 16:34

Founder's District Looks Back

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Photo by Lawrence CrandallDistrict Award RecipientsLeft to Right: Rose Abbott, Michelle Bender, Michael Alexander, Ligia Molina, Lorrie Briscoe, Jeanne Cassidy, John Barry

In the afterglow of the 2016 Toastmasters International Convention, it was time for Founder’s District to come together for its first District Executive Committee or DEC meeting of the 2016-17 administrative year that took place at the Garden Grove Community Center and was attended by just under 100 members.

There would be the usual discussions of approving meeting minutes from prior DEC meetings as well as the annual budget. Having been part of district boards in the past, budget discussions usually are long and, at times, a little contentious.

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