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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.
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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.
(Laguna Hills, CA) The Saddleback Sunrise Speakers club of Laguna Hills celebrated its 35th anniversary recently by honoring three Toastmasters who have served the club for many years.
Honored at the gala at the Laguna Hills Community Center on Feb. 23, the three are past club presidents and area governors who collectively have many, many years of experience in Toastmasters.
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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is located at the main entrance to the Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. The park is located just south of the 91 and 5 freeways. Free 3-hour parking is available to guests visiting the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. There is an additional $4 charge every 1/2 hour with a maximum of $20.
The menu includes Mrs. Knott's famous fried chicken with biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, boysenberry pie and a beverage. Vegetarian options will be available.
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.
The Founder’s District Judges' Bureau has completed another successful speech contest season. During the 2012-2013 community speech contest season, 30 judges completed 421 hours of community service for 26 events.
The Lions Clubs’ speech contests for high school students hosted nine of the 26 events, while the Rotary Clubs hosted four speech contests for high school students. The Academic Decathlon hosted four contests –Orange County, California, National, and a Junior Varsity event. Two contests for high school students were hosted by the National Management Association – the chapter event at Boeing in Huntington Beach, and the contest at the Western Leadership Development Conference in San Diego. The District is pleased to report that six Toastmasters from TI District 5 generously volunteered their time and effort to judge the contest in San Diego. They all enjoyed the experience and they look forward to judging other community events. Other clients that requested the services of the Judges Bureau for another year included Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) that hosted two events, Concordia Homeschooled Challenge, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has a net worth of $63.1 billion and is ranked the fourth wealthiest man in the world according to Forbes. His gift of $2 billion in Berkshire stock to the Gates Foundation in July, brought his lifetime giving to $20 billion. What was the secret to his success?
Darren LaCroix recently visited us in Orange County for a special Speaker’s Bureau event in Santa Fe Springs, Saturday Feb 9, 2013. Afterwards, Jamel Thomas sits down with Darren to talk about the seminar, speaking and marketing tips for clubs, and find out what Darren is currently working on. Darren had been traveling from San Diego on his way back to Las Vegas for his next big event called “Lady and the Champs”, but started feeling ill the night before. Even under the weather, Darren still committed himself to doing the seminar and the interview with Founder’s TV looking as vibrant as he always does. Darren is a true professional.
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According to an old club roster Kif was a Toastmaster since 1996. He was most recently a member of Mixed Masters in Huntington Beach. He took over leadership of Club 100, and transformed it into a magic specialty club. He was always ready to help others learn and improve their magic talents, and continued meeting with a group of Toastmasters magicians until his passing.
Kif was a magician since childhood, and performed all over the US with his partner, Gene Ozwald. Together they were known as Oz and Wilde, and they specialized in Christian oriented performances. For two years Kif produced and hosted the Christian television series "Kids of the King" for cable. He served as the president of the Los Angeles Fellowship of Christian Magicians (website is http://www.ozandwilde.com/Bio.html ) , and was a long time member of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Kif resided in Bellflower with his wife Patty and daughter Faith. He was employed with Boeing in Huntington Beach. Kif struggled with a recurring cancer and started chemo treatments in October. He was admitted to the hospital and died of an infection Oct 25. His funeral was November 5, 2012 in Lancaster (where he and his wife grew up) and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life on Monday November 12, 2012 at Calvary Chapel in Downey.
Toastmasters around the world mourn the passing of Helen Blanchard, one of the most celebrated and respected Toastmaster of our time. Helen quietly passed away on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM. She will be dearly missed.
Helen was known as the First Lady of Toastmasters, being the first female to join the organization in 1970, even before women were officially allowed to join. She became the first female President of Toastmasters International in 1985. Her considerable accomplishments during her 40+ years in Toastmasters has earned her the nickname as a "Trailblazer". In 2010, her home district, District 5, created the Helen Blanchard "Trailblazer" award, which has been awarded to comparable pioneers such as Joyce Persichilli.
Helen was no stranger to Founder's District and frequently visited conferences and other events. I first met Helen at a District Conference in Garden Grove and was immediately inspired by her story. I read her book and met her again at the Smedley Club's 85th Anniversary party where I had a chance to speak with her about it. I know she never thought of herself as a trailblazer but was just doing what any good Toastmaster would do.
In 2009, Maira Pineda created the "Homer" award, named for Helen Blanchard as the name she used when joining Toastmasters in 1970. This award is given to those in District Leadership service who emulate her ground-breaking, innovative, legacy building spirit. This year I was honored to receive this award for my technical contributions to the Founder's District. Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to tell Helen how much it meant to me. Fortunately, Helen will continue to inspire me even after she is gone.