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.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:00

Patriots and Paws

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PennyLambrightEach 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.

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Are you an ambitious speaker in Southern California? If so, you must be at the Toastmasters Founder's District Conference November 7-8, 2014.

Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:38

Only Two Months Left!

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LindaUlrich 2THERE ARE ONLY TWO MONTHS LEFT IN OUR TOASTMASTERS YEAR! We've accomplished so much in those first nine months and yet we still have a lot of work to do.

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.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:15

New Docent Classes Opening Soon

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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.

If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more details.

Friday, 19 December 2014 02:16

Leaders Wanted

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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:

  • Team building
  • Delegation
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving

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.

Applications for the elected positions are due by January 31, 2015.  Download the District Leader Nominating Form and the Officer Agreement and Release forms. Submit applications to:

Harry Yan, DTM, IPDG
Nominating Chair
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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.

If you have questions, or need paper copies of the materials, contact Harry Yan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:36

Laguna Hills Club Honors Members

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(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.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 06:06

Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant

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8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

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.





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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.

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