SmedBBQ 2Peter Wang and Josephine Lee Pose with Ralph Smedley

It wasn’t just another Tuesday night in Founder’s District.

It was a great summer night to bring Toastmasters together from all over Founder’s District in order to celebrate the spirit of Ralph Smedley with the club that is the epitome of his vision, Smedley Chapter One, as part of their annual Independence Day barbecue.

And, what a celebration it was with dignitaries showing up to contribute their time and talent to the proceedings at hand.

Friday, 01 July 2016 01:27

Expand Your Horizons

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Trio52016-2017 Top 5 District Officers

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Toastmasters year, an extraordinary year with a diverse and dynamic team of 15 District elected leaders!  In addition, we have 5 managers, 50 area directors, dozens of District Chairs and many assistant roles offering a uniquely combined set of knowledge, experience, and talents.  The new Founder's District leadership team is listed below for your information.

My vision for Founder’s District this year is to:

  • advance the work of Founder’s District 
  • LEAD Founder’s District's 220+ clubs in over 50+ cities from Los Angeles to Orange Counties.
  • prepare both Founder’s District and the forthcoming Century District (District 100) to achieve excellence.   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:06

Founder's District Gets Audacious

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Photo by Jimmy KhathInstallationDinner 20160623 101Richard Snyder, PID, presides over Installation Dinner Meeting.

It was fitting that outgoing 2015-16 Founder’s District Director, Pan Kao, set the tone for a fun and varietal Founder’s District Installation Dinner for the new district council as Founder’s District found itself back at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in the 9th floor ballroom.


He instructed each audience member to fold up blue pieces of paper to ultimately make paper airplanes after instructing everyone to write down an audacious goal that pertains to their leadership position going into the 2016-17 Toastmasters International year. After the folding was done, blue paper airplanes were flying everywhere as if the Blue Angels were part of the festivities. It was as fun as much as it was a great message by Pan to dream big as part of the leadership opportunities all the incoming leaders have going into 2016-17.

Lou Correa and Pan

Time flies! You are probably curious about what I have learned this past Toastmaster year as the first District Director of the Founder’s District. I’ve learned that in order to become a successful communicator and leader, one needs to “be a practitioner, not a theorist.”

Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:25

Founders Gone Cosmic

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Pizza Party 1

The free pizza proved to be the 2nd best part of the experience.

Members from clubs that achieved 5 new members during the Talk It Up Toastmasters event in March and February walked in to find pizza from such establishments as Pepz and Valuetina’s among others wondering what else was in store for them.

Then, all the attendees walked into an assembly hall filled with fog machines, laser machines, strobes and 3 projection screens that is equipment usually reserved for a big concert.

However, the attendees were in for something very different.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 16:43

Evaluation, or ... Criticism

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DennisPopp

 

Kate McKay said in an essay:
“It is not pleasant . . . to be criticized. . . (but) we really ought to congratulate ourselves every time we learn of a new fault . . . To know of a fault . . . should be instantly to challenge its continuance.”

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 21:54

The Stage is a Visual Aid

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DennisPopp

Using the stage
Competitors at speech contests move about the stage to facilitate their communication. That is, they use the stage as a visual aid. Usually, there’s lots of room available, but you, as a speaker, must abandon the lectern.

Three major reasons for a speaker to move about the stage are create a timeline, structure the talk or facilitate a story.

Monday, 21 March 2016 11:26

It Starts With You

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WHERE LEADERS ARE MADE: It Starts With YOU!

JenniferKwan

Have you ever wondered why the mantra for Toastmasters International is “Where Leaders Are Made”? When you joined Toastmasters you probably joined to work on your communication skills. When I first joined Toastmasters, developing my leadership skills was not the priority and wasn’t even on my radar.

If individuals join Toastmasters to work on their communication skills, then why would Toastmasters International build their brand with the slogan “Where Leaders Are Made”? It is my theory that some individual or group of individuals brilliantly figured out that without leaders there is no way we can support the organization. We need leaders in order to have our space to develop our communication skills and confidence. The problem is our members list developing leadership skills as a lower priority.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016 12:14

SPEAK! Documentary Showing in Laguna Niguel

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HeatherFrankos

 

Documentary Film About Reaching The World Stage of Public Speaking To Screen March 28 in Laguna Niguel

(Laguna Hills, CA) A powerful and widely praised documentary film about six Toastmasters and their journey to the world championship of public speaking will be shown at a special screening on Monday, March 28 at 7pm in Laguna Niguel.

The one-night event will be held at Regency Rancho Niguel Theater, 25471 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased online in advance before March 21. The screening is open to the public.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:09

Spirit of Excellence Award Recipients

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Congratulations to Robert T. Hollis, DTM and Les Jenison, DTM! Founder’s District Spirit of Excellence Awards were presented at the DEC meeting on February 23, 2016 at the La Palma Community Center. Here are their Toastmasters journeys and secrets to success.

BobHollis         JenisonLes

Robert T. Hollis, DTM                   Les Jenison, DTM

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