Monday, 26 October 2015 19:54

Spirit of Excellence - John Angiolillo

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JohnAngiolilloAt the District Executive meeting, on October 22, a special recognition was given to a member who works in the background to help all the “leaders” in Founder’s District. He remains incognito and stays hidden until needed and shows up online when necessary.


For many years he has produced and published the directory that includes all the leaders of our District. He also expends his service to publish a Regional Directory with leaders of Districts 1, 3, 5, 12, 34, 52 and Founder's.

He has been a member of Astromasters since 1989 and led Founder’s as District Governor in 1999-2000. Because of his dedication the leaders at all levels can communicate successfully as he updates the directory as changes in our great district occur.

Congratulations to John Angiolillo, DTM, PDG on receiving the “Spirit of Excellence” award.

Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:52

Why do I still go to Toastmasters every week?

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BobWoodYoungMy Icebreaker was on October 3, 1956 to Toastmasters Club 121 in Santa Monica where I had a job managing a few engineers working on heat transfer to missiles. When I would go to my simple staff meeting with a few other managers, my heart would pound every time before I had to make a report, and a friend of my wife’s said I ought to join a Toastmaster Club.  This was before women were allowed, and since it was an evening club in a restaurant, it was not uncommon to see communication skills be muddied with a few drinks before the talks. Nevertheless, I completed the required “Basic training” manual of twelve (not ten) speeches, and foolishly decided that being home with my wife and two kids took priority over Toastmasters.

Saturday, 03 October 2015 16:16

Do you feel more inspired than three months ago?

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PanKao2Back in July, I shared with all of you that my vision for this year is to inspire more leaders, mentors, and coaches to step up to serve our members. Time flies. The first quarter of this year has pasted. The second quarter is under way. Do you feel more inspired than three months ago? If your answer is no, then the question is what you are going to do about it? How can the Founder’s District help you to be inspired?

October 1 is the time to renew your membership for the next 6 months. It’s not doing anyone any good to just renew your membership and do nothing. At the Toastmasters International Convention last month in Las Vegas, I had a chance to ask attendees a question, “Why are you attending the Convention?” One of the popular answers was to “get inspired”.

Many members told me that they were inspired by just attending the Convention, seeing the opening ceremony and members from around the world. Speaking of the Convention, do you know our District Convention is scheduled to November 7? It is a good opportunity for you to get inspired and network with members within Founder’s District. There are approximately 4,500 members in our district. Don’t miss the opportunity.

Sunday, 20 September 2015 15:28

Linda Ulrich's Roast, Toast, and Boast

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There's a tradition in Founder's District. Every year we thank our Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) for their service to Founder's District and our members by holding a roast, toast, and boast in their honor.

This year, we will hold a "roast, toast, and boast" for Linda Ulrich at Mama Cozza's. The cost is $25.00 per person. Please contact Lorrie Briscoe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Thursday, September 24, 2015 if you would like to attend.

Please join us, and make this a memorable experience for Linda, as we thank her for her service to Founder's District and our members.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 22:00

Lionnel Yamentou Newly Elected Division E Director

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Fellow Toastmasters,

The agenda item to appoint Lionnel Yamentou as the Division E Director at the DEC (District Executive Council) meeting on August 26, 2015 was tabled because of lacking a quorum. Following the Toastmasters International guidelines, District Administrative Manager, Linda Denton, followed up with an email vote process. More than 2/3 of the DEC members responded. The result is to appoint Lionnel Yamentou as the Division E Director.

Congratulations to Division E Director Lionnel Yamentou.

Best Regards,

Pan Kao, DTM, PhD
Founder's District Director

Sunday, 30 August 2015 20:44

DEC Meeting August 26, 2015

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The DEC meeting was held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the tropical and beautiful Radisson Suites in Buena Park. Our District Director, Pan Kao, presided over the 2014-2015 year end awards/celebration.

Deborah Reisdorph gave an educational presentation about "Pay it Forward with New Clubs." She encouraged us to reach out to help other Toastmasters and illustrated the importance of mentoring through her inspirational presentation. She encouraged those in attendance to become a part of the committee or a cheerleader to help the District achieve their goal of starting 46 new clubs in the District during the 2015-2016 Toastmasters year. Are you willing be support this effort? If so, please contact Deborah for more details.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 13:36

Founders District Fall District Conference

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It’s now time to plan and act on upcoming Fall speech contests - Tall Tales and Evaluation Speech Contests! If you are unfamiliar with the Tall Tales format, check out these videos of our District Competitors from 2013!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxHZgS9tzxg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVMELSsqLII
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gocf_MMwmTU

Everyone has fun will Tall Tales!
Imagine how much you can refine your skills by competing in either one or both!  

  • As an evaluation speech contestant you will improve your listening and analytical skills as you prepare your speech evaluation.  Then, as you give your opinion on the test speaker’s presentation, you are giving your delivery skills a chance to grow even more.  
  • As tall tales contestants, you have the opportunity to stretch your imagination outside your usual boundaries and come up with a story that would entertain, provoke, or mesmerize the audience.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 22:07

Benefiting from Toastmasters?

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Fellow Toastmasters,
How do you benefit from Toastmasters' programs? Do you have a story to share with fellow members in our district? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a personal story to share. If your article is selected and published in our website or quarterly newsletters, you'll receive a $25 Toastmasters gift certificate.

By trade, I'm an IT project manager. Leadership and communication are two must-have job skills for a project manager. Like most of you, I joined a Toastmasters club to learn communication skills. As it turned out, I found that Toastmasters was actually a better place to learn and practice leadership skills.

In other words, Toastmasters programs provide a safe environment for us to learn both communication and leadership skills. In Toastmasters, five clubs are grouped together as an Area (approximately 100 members), five areas form one Division (25 clubs, approximately 500 members), and the Founder's District has 8 Divisions (225 clubs, approximately 4500 members).

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:45

New Clubs Marketing Workshop Repeat

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Marshall Northcott and John Barry captivated the audience at the National University on July 25th, revealing their secrets and methods to starting new clubs and growing membership. Northcott, who recently achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster award, has perfected the art of presentation and the science of building clubs through years of experience. As the 2014-2015 Division G Governor, Marshall and his team started nine new clubs in Division G and two clubs in LA County; a record in Founder's District. His secrets are now offered to you in this information packed 4-hour workshop.
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 02:00

Start the Year STRONG

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DanCossack

Start the year off right with a membership building program for your club. The Smedley Award begins August 1 and ends September 30. It's simple. Add five new, dual, or reinstated members to your club between August 1 and September 30 and receive a "Smedley Award" ribbon, named in honor of the founder of Toastmasters, which you can display on your club's banner.

Winning clubs will be revealed on the Toastmasters International web site.

Our focus this year will be to build new clubs and grow our membership, sharing the benefits of Toastmasters to more people in our District. Do you have an idea for a new Toastmasters club? Or know someone who is interested in starting a club in their area? Tell us about it and we'll help you get it started.

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