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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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.

Monday, 16 March 2015 23:21

Know the Unbreakable Rules of Marketing?

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Cathey Armillas at Spring 2015 Marketing Workshop

Photo by Richard Daugherty

Ninety Toastmasters who attended Founder’s District Spring Marketing Workshop, came away with unbreakable rule #1: Consistency beats Ability! The remaining rules can be found in Cathey Armillas book: The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways To Get People To Love You.

Friday, 25 October 2013 22:52

You Make Me Happy

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What helps a club retain membership? Interesting question! The answer is just as interesting, depending on whom you ask. If you ask me, I run, not walk to my weekly Toastmaster meeting for my weekly one-hour therapy session! I wholeheartedly enjoy the camaraderie between our members. New and seasoned members experience a safe and encouraging environment where personal growth is watered like a delicate spring flower. Although encouragement, positive feedback, and growth should be expected of any Toastmasters club, Tools 2 Lead club (Club 921159), based out of Department of Child Support Services in Santa Ana, takes their camaraderie to new levels!

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Monday, 10 February 2014 00:01

Will You Step Up?

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In Toastmasters, we are given multiple opportunities to learn, grow, and to become a better communicator. It also gives us an unusual opportunity to learn first-hand about leadership – what to do, and what NOT to do. But in order for us to really take advantage of this learning opportunity, we need to step up and take on the various leadership roles that are available.

You're probably already familiar with the leadership opportunities that are available at the club level; but did you know there are MORE chances to learn about leadership outside of the club? You can learn about how to work with other clubs as an Area Governor (appointed by District Governor); you can learn how to delegate as a Division Governor (elected); you can enhance your team-building skills in the positions of Lt. Governor Marketing or the Lt. Governor Education and Training (elected).

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:42

What's Our Name?

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Does your club have a name? I'm not talking about "Smedley Chapter 1,” “Tongues A Flame,” “Vineyard Journeys” or any of the club names registered at World Headquarters. To be successful, a club must be "human" and have many names and faces. People want to connect with other people who have common interests, who are facing similar challenges, and who want to offer support and encouragement.

Remember the Toastmaster's Promise . . . "to attend club meetings regularly." To me, that sounds like yet another obligation in a life filled with obligations. I prefer to think of it as, "twice each month I'll link up with Lee, Jason, Wendy, Siri, Clint, Sami, Sue, to have some fun and coach each other to become better speakers and leaders." I don't suggest that we revise the Toastmaster's Promise; however, the realization that my friends are expecting me makes a huge difference in my motivation to prepare for and arrive to the meeting on time.

Friday, 05 July 2013 15:33

Were You There?

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9209625317 9c5bbb1441 qIt seemed everyone was there. Leaders were trained and leaders trained. The numbers were impressive. Around 900 members were in attendance at the two events on June 1 and June 29. The variety of sessions offered more than officers’ training. The highlighted workshops included "Secrets to Better Photos", "Job Interview: Get Them to Say Yes", "7 Habits of Successful Leaders", "Winning a Humorous Speech Contest", "The P5 Model for Presentation Success", "You Can Turn the Table on Table Topics", "Sharing the Gift of Toastmasters: A Simple Way to Build a New Club", and "They're Not Laughing Because You're Not Funny. But You Can Be". Much magic was required from almost 50 volunteers at each event to plan the day and deliver the 25 educational classes each appropriately at Chapman and Biola Universities.

Recognition and appreciation must be given to Siri Payakapan, DTM and Wilma Springer, DTM, PDG who planned and coordinated the event, spread the message and assured that the day would be memorable and club officers would be ready to lead Founder’s District to greatness and be Distinguished for the 2013-2014 terms.

Several Toastmasters members with iPhones walked around taking pictures of the activity. The photos were uploaded in real-time using the Adobe Grouppix app. You can view the photos here.

Friday, 16 November 2012 03:35

We Bid You Good Cheer

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Tasteful_Anniversary_Toast_1Marriages that last seem to receive less attention than high profile, short term break-ups. The media has it all wrong. Let's take a stand and shower attention on the simple and good things in life, after all good things last the longest.

Fellow Toastmaster Luby and her husband Bob just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. What can you say about a couple of crazy kids that married on the steps of Avalon Community Church on November 10, 1962, on Catalina Island, Calif., and returned fifty years later to renew their vows on the same church steps?

Here’s a copy of a tasteful toast that attendees said, “That was a wonderful” and "A truly fabulous toast.":

Good Afternoon, my name is Michael Varma and I met Luby more than ten years ago at a Toastmasters meeting.

Luby is our resident celebrity. She a triple threat: she acts, she sings and can tap dance her way out of a question she doesn’t want to answer.

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And we’re here to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary to Bob. Fifty years is quite an achievement. Most folks don’t make it that far.

Britney Spear’s first marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander lasted 55 hours.

Kim Kardashian's second marriage to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries lasted a mere 72 days.

But those are marriages that didn’t make it. How about other celebrities that are still together?

Hollywood sweethearts Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are still together, but it’s only been 24 years.

My wife and I have been married for a little more than 10 years and know I adore my wife more today than when got married. (Honey, did I say that right?)

Luby and Bob, you’re at 50 years. That’s five times more love than I’ve yet known. I’m in awe and offer this anniversary toast.

You are blessed from above

With devotion and love
I have a good notion
To second His motion
We bid you good cheers
Partners in love for many more years

When Luby was asked what was the secret to her marriage, she offered a favorite quote, “Love creates a marriage and after several years, the marriage make love.”

Friday, 16 November 2012 03:33

Varma Wins a District Diamond

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Diamond_Web_Award_Winner_Michael_Varma1Michael Varma (right) accepts the Diamond Web award from John Barry, Community Relations and Recognition Chairperson, for designing a new website for the BergenMeisters Toastmasters Club using free Google Site software. Contributed photo.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.”

About BergenMeisters

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 .  

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