Saturday, 26 October 2013 01:32

The Rhythm of Teamwork

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LindaUlrich 2Do you hear the drums? It’s “The Rhythm of Teamwork!” Come to the Founder’s District Fall Conference on Saturday, November 9, to discover how something as simple as drumming can enhance your communication and leadership skills and help your clubs develop strong, cohesive teams. The Fall Conference will be at the La Mirada Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m., but be there early—we have some surprises for you. Check out the Conference Information page for more information about our keynote presentation, our C&L Recipient (a non-Toastmasters related person or organization that provides leadership and communication in our communities), the education sessions, the business meeting, the Hall of Fame luncheon, and, oh, yes, the Evaluation and Tall Tales Contests. Did I mention there will be opportunity drawing gifts, a silent auction, the bookstore, and the Drum Café booth? If you register before the early-bird date of November 2, you only pay $65 PLUS you get a free opportunity drawing ticket. Come be part of the fun and excitement!

Friday, 28 February 2014 08:21

The Queen of Content Gives Again

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International award-winning trainer and Distinguished Toastmaster Sheryl Roush, crowned the "Queen of Content" by the Founder's District, shares how to get paid for your presentations when you learn how to Speak And Market Like a Pro!

All levels of speakers will discover valuable skills that can be used immediately. This fast-paced two-hour program provides more than 36 tips and 3 solid gold templates to help you design your marketing materials with greater know-how, confidence, and professionalism.

Learn how to…
--- Identify your true target market
--- Understand what your audience needs
--- Build tailored and engaging presentations
--- Leverage the three vital stages of communication
--- Create effective speaker marketing materials that get you hired

Sheryl's insider's point-of-view as a marketing and graphic designer of 35 years and more than 25 successful years as a paid speaker can jump-start your speaking business. So when she gives away time saving secrets on what-goes-where and why on the speaker's one-sheet template, you know it's solid gold marketing.

The Founder's District and Speakers Bureau are thrilled to have Sheryl Roush return to give, and give again, to help you succeed and achieve your presentation dreams. Best of all, this workshop of "Speak And Market Like a Pro!" held at National University in Costa Mesa on March 12, 2014, is free. Register here and if full, click on "Add to Waitlist".

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 22:37

TEDx Teams-Up with Toastmasters

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TEDxYBC-2013-10-19TEDx YBC members believe in the possibility to change the world one positive word, gesture, or action at a time. Carpe diem! More than ten seasoned Toastmasters, led by Jack Nichols, have been selected to coach these young innovative thinkers in the new TED presentation style.

“That’s great,” I hear you say, “but what’s TED, TEDxYBC and TED presentation style?”

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TEDxYBC (Youth Bommer Canyon) are all ages and races sharing ideas and building community – Orange County’s finest doers, thinkers and change agents. Instagram #tedxybc

TED presentation style challenges the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Shorter talks are not lesser talks. It may only take 5 minutes to make your point unforgettably. Like this one: Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel.

Come watch and participate in the Third annual TEDxYouthBommerCanyon conference:

Theme: Mind the Gap – stories of disruption, innovation, and crossing the chasm

Saturday, October 19, 2013
5:00 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)

Orange Coast College's RBM Theater
2701 Fairview Rd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For more information: www.tedxyouthbommercanyon.com

Founder’s District leadership team tips their hat to these magnificent mentors:

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  1. Victor Broski
  2. Norman Cook
  3. Margaret Connery
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  5. Dan Cossack
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  8. Lee Pound
  9. Michael Varma
  10. Jeffrey Wolfe
Thursday, 14 November 2013 20:58

Tall Tales Talent Tremendous!

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Contestants at the November 9th conference “stretch the truth” to audience delight!

Speech competitions at the district level are always a treat for spectators and when the affair includes Tall Tales, the entertainment factor skyrockets. The big event, emceed by Contest-master Jeanne Cassidy, was held at the La Mirada Holiday Inn and was the grand finale to an action-packed conference that is sure to go down in the record books as one of the best ever!

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Sunday, 01 September 2013 21:40

Students Seek Justice

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Walter-Clark-Students-Visit-BergenMeistersProfessor Walter Clark and more than a dozen of his student from West Wood College descended upon the BergenMeisters Toastmasters club on Thursday, August 22, during their lunchtime meeting to take their first steps in making a positive impact and rewarding career in the field of criminal justice.

In addition to giving a well-planned presentation, Clark believes being able to think on your feet and answer coherently in a clear and concise manner is a vital skill set. Several students participated in Table Topics, stood at the lectern at the front of the room and answered impromptu questions.

When polled the results were split in half – 50% felt it was hard and 50% felt it was easy to talk to a group of strangers. But all agreed practicing answering random questions would be beneficial.

Friday, 09 May 2014 01:46

Spring Conference Review

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14139769925 599aa379af zWhat recent Founder's District Event combined eating birthday cake, extoling the virtues of procrastination, frolicking with a 160 pound wolf, staring at the Mona Lisa, and mingling with 214 Toastmasters members and guests (not necessarily in that order)? If you guessed our Spring Conference, then you would be absolutely correct!

On May 3, 2014, Toastmasters from all over Southern California gathered at the Beautiful La Mirada Holiday Inn to celebrate our district's 70th birthday and Toastmaster International's 90th birthday! Daniel Rex, CEO of TMI, kicked off the extravaganza with a riveting keynote address that showcased all the amazing milestones that have been reached throughout the decades. He wished that Founder Ralph Smedly -- who could only wistfully dream of someday having four-hundred clubs…an impossible number in his lifetime -- could see how we currently charter that very amount…EVERY SIX MONTHS! Wow!

Check out all of the conference photos here.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 04:54

Spring 2015 Marketing Workshop

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Founder's District is excited to announce our Spring 2015 Marketing Workshop!

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Guest speakers and seasoned Toastmasters will share their knowledge and experience with you to help expand your skills and gain training for advancing toward your DTM:

  • Discover the Unbreakable Rules of Marketing by Cathey Armillas, DTM, PDG
  • Learn How to Speak Outside Toastmasters For Fun, Profit and Club Building from 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking Darren LaCroix
  • Club Coach Training by Lauren Kelly, DTM, PID, PDG
  • Club Mentor Training by Region 10 Advisor Joan Lewis, DTM, PDG

Join us on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Santa Anita Church in Arcadia.

register now 

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.

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 21:41

Seasoned Speakers Satisfy Spectators

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4th of July 2013 - 3Distinguished Toastmasters Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham added color commentary for more than 100 entries in the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July parade.

This hometown star spangled salute filled with entertainers, sports teams, church groups, hot rods and city officials were watched by more than 6,000 residents sitting on the sidewalks, including a pretty pink poodle named Margarita.

The red, white and blue entries started the mile long parade route at 10 a.m. at El Toro High School and concluded near Heritage Hill Historical Park. Varma and his talented talkers kept the crowd engaged with good family humor, Independence Day trivia, and Lake Forest fun facts.

City leaders believe the annual Independence Day parade signifies the importance of embracing the city’s rich, historical past so that future generations may enjoy the same hometown spirit. The city's motto, "Remember the past, challenge the future," is the Lake Forest way of life.

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Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham announce the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade

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Saturday, 07 March 2015 23:30

Meet C and L Recipient Samwise Didier

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Founder's District is proud to announce the 2015 Spring Conference Communication and Leadership award recipient, Samwise Didier. You'll get a chance to know more about him at the District Conference on April 25 during an interview style conversation that will be conducted by past District International Speech Contest winner, Mun Ng.

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