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.

Friday, 04 October 2013 15:09

Ryan Avery - How To Make it a Great Speech

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Founder's District will host the 2012 International Speech Contest winner, Ryan Avery, on November 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM at National University in Costa Mesa. Avery has been spreading his message, "How to Make It a Great Speech," throughout the country. His goal is to inspire the future generation of leaders—such as college students—and to reach businesses via his two-hour workshop on public speaking. He is the youngest Toastmaster to win the International Speech Contest.

Avery has already attracted audiences from several districts all over North America. He will demonstrate his approach to deliver a powerful message to Our District by describing global strategies that apply to Toastmasters members. Some of them are:

  • Create and sustain significant alliances with corporations and organizations
  • Capture future generations with revised programs
  • Recognize member and club achievement and quality at all levels
  • Better attract and retain members

These and other goals can be reached by applying his approach to deliver great speeches. To register, go to www.howtobeaspeaker.com

 

Friday, 09 November 2012 14:35

Roast, Toast, and Boast - Wes Hoover

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WesHoover4As is tradition in Founder's District, it's now time to get together and to Toast, Roast and/or Boast our Immediate Past District Governor, Wes Hoover, DTM. This is OUR chance to give back to him all that he gave to us last year.
The event is on Saturday, November 17th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.
The cost is $25.00 and you can pre-register/pre-pay online at  www.foundersdistrict.org.
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:31

Ready To Have Some Fun With Your Camera?

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Are you ready to have some fun with your camera (and yes, even the one in your cell phone) and share your Toastmasters experiences with others?" Picture this - your award-winning photo perched in front for everyone to see at the Founders District Spring Conference on April 25th! How about the chance to mingle with other Toastmaster peers with a love of “taking another shot” and discuss how you “captured the moment!!” If that sounds fun and exciting enter the 2015 Founders District Spring Photography Contest, hurry deadline ends on March 15th !! The theme for the contest will be “Elevate your Potential.” The application and full details are available at: http://www.foundersdistrict.org/photo-contest

Friday, 05 July 2013 15:06

Pursue Your Passion

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HarryYan2Welcome to a brand new Toastmasters year! I hope you are as excited as I am about continuing your journey of fun and fellowship in the Toastmasters program. The Toastmasters program has so much to offer, I sometimes feel like a kid in a "Sweet Factory" candy store--scanning a myriad of colorful candy jars filled with chocolate covered gummy bears, gummy fruity dinosaurs, assorted fruit flavored jelly beans, tropical fruit salt water taffy--and can't decide on what to put first in my bag! I hope you have enjoyed a good assortment of fun and friendship as you worked on your listening, thinking, speaking and leadership skills in and outside your club last year--because there is so much more to enjoy in the New Year.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:41

Powerful Messages Delivered

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It boggles the mind to think how many people we casually meet on our daily path who have amazing stories to tell. Toastmasters and the Founder's District Speakers Bureau teamed-up with TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon to coach teens on how to share their stories of achievement and self-discovery.

Congratulations to our many local heroes from the mentors behind the scenes to the young speakers that took center stage and now have a powerful message posted on YouTube.

Featured on the Founder's website are three of the eleven presentations:

Staphany Hou, University high school senior (Irvine), will defend the virtues of well roundedness and disprove Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000-hour rule in his bestseller Outliers.

Gabe Eggerling, at age nine, saw the need for impoverished kids to have access to books and started a library in Peru from the comfort of his home in Huntington Beach.

Mun Jen Ng, a 2013 semifinalist in the Toastmasters International speech contest, shares a timeless tale: the struggle of honoring one's own identity whilst trying to pleasing others.

Click on the playlist to watch all 2013 TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon speakers.

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