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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.
Distinguished 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.
Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham announce the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade
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.
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:
These and other goals can be reached by applying his approach to deliver great speeches. To register, go to www.howtobeaspeaker.com
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
Welcome 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.
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.
Each year Founder's District presents the prestigious Communication and Leadership award to an individual or local organization that exemplifies the practices of sound communcation and exceptional leadership that is the epitome of the Toastmasters brand. This year Founder's District is honored to recognize Penny Lambright of Patriots and Paws for her outstanding work in building an organization that provides valuable assistance to the men and women who put thier lives on the line for our country.
Patriots and Paws helps to relieve the burden of stress that our military veterans are feeling by giving them help in the form of home furnishings. Some of these things are as simple as a bed to sleep in, a table to sit at, or dishes to eat with. Almost all of the veterans who are able to receive housing assistance don’t have the basic items to put in their homes, unless they get them from family or friends.
Are you an ambitious speaker in Southern California? If so, you must be at the Toastmasters Founder's District Conference November 7-8, 2014.
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.
Happy New Year!
Many people join Toastmasters with a clear vision of how they will use their improved leadership and communication abilities. For those who are looking for a new opportunity though, this might be it.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (formerly Orange County Performing Arts) in Costa Mesa is beginning a new docent class soon. Volunteer applications are being gathered for a training that will occur over five Fridays in March.
Docents lead tour groups through both the Performing Arts building as well as the Concert Hall according to a script that the individual learns.
As a two-year member Docent, I can tell you it is exciting to go backstage, learn the information about the venues, and to share it with the public of all ages.
Founder’s District is seeking nominations for the positions of District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and Division Directors. These positions will be filled by election at the Spring Conference on April 25, 2015. All qualified members are encouraged to self-nominate and run for office. Leadership in Toastmasters develops the vital skills of:
Additional benefits include networking with other business leaders, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding how Toastmasters work on a global basis. Position descriptions, qualifications, and responsibilities are described in the Call For Nominations.
Harry Yan, DTM, IPDG
If you are interested in a leadership position in the District, and would like to learn more about the exciting opportunities available to you, please register to attend the Leadership Dinner at The Phoenix Club on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.. Seating is limited to the first 120 people to register.