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

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.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:00

Founder’s District Program Quality Message

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SiriPayakapan3We are at the beginning of the new Toastmasters year and I hope you are all enjoying your experience as members. I invite you to GET INVOLVED in Toastmasters' activities within as well as outside your club to support all Founder’s District members in achieving excellence.

I challenge you to continue to grow by achieving your own educational and leadership goals. Continued growth -- personally and professionally -- translates to a Successful YOU, which leads to successful Clubs, Areas, Divisions, and District. Let all members from Pasadena to San Clemente work together to grow quality Founder’s District Toastmasters for 2015-2016 and beyond!

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 03:00

Happy New 2015-2016 Toastmasters Year!

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PanKao2

It’s my honor and pleasure to serve as the first ever District Director of Founder’s District. My vision for this year is to help you achieve your goals and to keep Founder’s District focused on its mission, which is to build new clubs and to assist all clubs in achieving excellence.


Together, we can bring about the changes you are looking for. For example, one of the goals for this year is to inspire more leaders, mentors, and coaches to step up to the plate to serve our members. That’s why I chose the theme, “Join and Serve to Prosper.” Serving in Toastmasters is such a wonderful learning opportunity.


Many members in Toastmasters complete 10 speeches and receive the Competent Communicator (CC) award. They believe they have learned it all, so they leave the organization. In my humble opinion, serving in a District leadership role after obtaining the CC award is one of the best ways for members to learn and prosper.

Saturday, 04 April 2015 01:50

La Palma Toastmasters Celebrate 5th Anniversary

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La Palma 5th anniversary

City Council Issues Proclamation

On Wednesday, March 25th the La Palma Toastmasters club (#1412788) celebrated the 5th anniversary of their club's chartering at a meeting attended by City Council members Steve Hwangbo and Michelle Steggell and Founders District Lt. Governor of Education and Training Pan Kao DTM and Area E4 Governor Thomas Nguyen CC ALB. Nearly 25 members and guests attended the 90 minute get together which also included a regular TM meeting.

Monday, 20 April 2015 00:14

2015 Spring Conference Consent Agenda

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In order for us to utilize our time more effectively at the Business Meeting on Saturday, April 25, we have put together some of the routine items discussed into a Consent Agenda. These routine items are packaged and accepted as a group. In this package are items that do not need any discussion or a vote. Any District Officer can request the removal of an item from the Consent Agenda if they feel that we should vote on it independently. However, the idea here is to be able to focus on items that need more attention and limit the time spent on the items that are general in nature.

Please take a few moments to review the attached package. If you have any concerns, please send your request in writing to Gwen Earle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., prior to our Business Meeting.

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 It is my honor and privilege to present the Gene Beckwith award for 2014-2015 to Linda and Richard Daugherty. They have served as the official district photographers for the past three years, but served in that role for several years before that. They have literally taken thousands of pictures of our members at LACE, Area/Division contests, district meetings, special occasions, and conferences. If it had to do with the district and our members, you can guarantee that Linda and Richard would be there - with cameras and smiles.

Friday, 27 March 2015 01:26

Retention Workshop 2015 Highlights

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retention workshop March 2015

Photo by Harry Yan, DTM

How do you retain your existing club members? When and why do so many Toastmasters lose interest? Member retention is one of the greatest issues plaguing our Toastmasters clubs.

The Phoenix Club in Anaheim provided the venue and a delightful breakfast for participants in the second Founder’s District Retention Workshop. District leadership and members discussed existing Toastmasters tools and innovated solutions to invigorate clubs and retain members.

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