Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:24

Judges Needed For HOSA Conference

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Judges are needed for the upcoming HOSA conference in Anaheim on March 29th - April 1st, 2014, at the Anaheim Marriott. Judges can sign up on the cal-hosa.org website. (See the description of the events under the convention tab.) Parking will be validated.

HOSA (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) is a student organization that provides health care professionals with an opportunity to tap into Health Science classrooms to reach tomorrow's best and brightest potential health care workers. The competitions are designed to motivate HOSA members to study, work hard, and achieve a high standard of excellence in a variety of leadership and skill disciplines. There are a many events where judges with varying skills and experiences are needed. HOSA will provide all judges' information and answers to questions prior to the competition.

To sign up for events, click on this link:

If you do register to judge, please let Avis French know so TI can track your activities.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:43

Speech Judges Needed

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Rotary District 5320 will be conducting their annual speech contest for high school students on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Villa Park City Hall, 17855 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (or later depending on number of contestants). We ask that all judges arrive by 4:00 PM. Light refreshments will be available. Currently, we are in need of six judges for the contest that is themed, “The Rotary 4-Way Test.” Speeches will be four-five minutes and a speaker shall be disqualified if he/she speaks for less than four minutes or more than five minutes thirty seconds. Judging forms will be sent to you after your confirmation of participation. For additional information on this opportunity, please contact Avis French, Founder’s District Judges Bureau Chair at 949-667-0682, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Of course, we are just beginning competition season and there are more opportunities coming right up with the Orange County Academic Decathlon. Judges are needed on two separate dates and locations. The first will be held on January 25, 2014 at Tustin High School, and the second on February 1, 2014 at Westminster High School. If you are interested in either opportunity, please visit the Volunteer Information webpage and notify Avis French if you participate, as she tracks Toastmaster community involvement.

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Founder's District is saddened by the loss of Dr. Richard Fredrick Kammerman, MD, DTM, Physician, Surgeon, Board Member-Orange County Medical Association, 19 year Charter Member of Toastmasters Club 3773-OCMA (Orange County Medical Association) and Area Governor of the Year-2001/2002.

Dr. Kammerman has been serving as OCMA Club's Vice President of Education, until the time of his death, on January 8, 2014. His drive and enthusiasm have been a positive force in the founding and ongoing strength of club 3773, for doctors, nurses and medical students. He has been a "Gentle Giant," in mentoring young medical professionals. He has also been inspiring them to join Toastmasters and shift from being boring power point presenters to becoming engaging speakers who replace slides with eye contact, facial expression, gestures and interaction.

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.

How often are Project Managers required to be not only leaders, but effective speakers? All the time! Since June 8th, 2010 one of the Project Management Institute (PMI-OC) members, David Shostak, PMP approached the PMI-OC Senior leadership on the possibility of the PMI-OC Chapter helping to support a Toastmasters Club. David, an active Toastmaster himself, realized that there were many benefits to project managers utilizing the Toastmasters program.

Well David is doing it again! He is starting a second Project Managers Toastmasters club in Irvine, CA.

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