Saturday, 11 December 2021 18:17

Register for LACE - Jan. 8 - Build A Better You

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Join Founder’s District for LACE! This year, get more at LACE - the main winter training event is designed to take place on two Saturdays: January 8 and February 5. Find below the exciting events for the first day of LACE, Saturday January 8. The agenda for February 5 will be announced soon.

What is LACE?

LACE is an opportunity to obtain high-level training and information on topics that will drive the success of your club as well as your professional and personal life.

If you are an incoming club officer, it’s a good opportunity to meet people from other clubs and pick up some new skills.  If you are a seasoned officer, share your knowledge with others.

All LACE sessions will be conducted via Zoom meetings. You must individually register for each session you wish to attend. Check out the schedule and sign up today!

All sessions are FREE! Invite someone you know to experience the magic of Toastmasters.  LACE is open to everyone.

Day 1 Educational Sessions (January 8)

8 a.m. Session - Building Your Most Important Skill in Communication & Life

  • Mike Carr will talk about the key to your achieving everything you want in communication and life.

9 a.m. Session - Quality Clubs

  • In this interactive session, Past International President Alfred Herzing will share the elements of a quality club which will help retain existing members and encourage guests to join when they visit.

10:30 a.m. Sessions (Choose One)

  • Club President Training
  • Club VP Education Training
  • Club Advanced VP of Public Relations and VP of Membership Training
  • Be A Collaborative Leader!

11:40 a.m. Sessions (Choose One)

  • Club VP Public Relations Training
  • Club VP Membership Training
  • Club Advanced President and VP of Education
  • Breaking Your Barriers - Leadership Segment

1:30 p.m. Sessions (Choose One)

  • Club Secretary Training
  • Club Sergeant-At-Arms Training
  • Judges Training
  • Four Steps Process to a Better You

2:0 p.m. Sessions (Choose One)

  • Club Treasurer Training
  • Club Coaches, Sponsors & Mentors
  • Pathways Base Camp Management Training
  • How to Create Your Personal Brand at Work

Important Information for Club Officers

  • If you are a club officer, you must be present for your entire officer training session to receive credit.
  • Please input your club number and member ID to ensure credit.  Both may be found in your profile at https://www.toastmasters.org/
  • Please ensure your incoming club officer list is up to date before LACE.

Please invite your club officers and members to join you at LACE.

On Saturday, October 30, in a successfully run hybrid event (thanks to Newport Center Toastmasters ), Founder’s District recognized the efforts of the Area and Division Directors, as well as the efforts of our dedicated members to make the 2020 - 2021 Toastmaster year a positive experience, in spite of the hardship that took control of the entire life on the planet. 

Watch the recording to find out more about the awards presented by Immediate Past District Director, Christine Brady.

Sunday, 14 November 2021 16:07

New Clubs, Sponsors and Mentors

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Starting a new club is a rewarding experience. Learn how club Sponsors and Mentors can work together to help form new clubs and more importantly help the club be successful!

Watch the recording of this interactive session on Toastmasters Club Sponsors and Mentors.

Club Quality Spotlight Website

Founder's District has launched an advertising pilot program on LinkedIn, and more social media will be added soon! We are inviting clubs that qualify for the program to attend specialized workshops in which participants will learn how to convert guests to members, add pizzazz to Club meetings, and most importantly, close the deal!

Join us on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. PT or Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. PT

We welcome all to join us for the workshop to help build your membership.  The tools we discuss can help your club meet the minimum number of members to enroll, don’t miss out on valuable tips!

Qualifications to Enroll in the Advertising Pilot

  • 13+ members or assigned a club coach
  • Open Club (no membership restrictions)
  • Minimum of 4 officers trained between June 1 and August 31, 2021, or November 1 through February 28
  • Attend a Founder’s District Club advertising workshop on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. PT or Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. PT
  • Complete the Club advertising enrollment form

We look forward to seeing you soon, in the meantime, let us know if you have any questions.

Julie Murphy
Founder’s District PQD

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Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:13

New Awards Recognize Top Performers

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District Choice Award

Each District may set one goal to achieve by the end of the 2020-2021 program year.  The goal must support Club Growth, Membership Payments, Membership Renewals (renewals only), Distinguished Clubs, or Club Retention.  

Member Engagement

Level 1 Completions 

- The Districts with the highest number of Level 1 completions reflected in Club Central for the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the District membership base (top three Districts per region will be recognized)

- The Areas with the highest number of Level 1 completions reflected in Club Central for the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the Area membership base (top three Areas per District).

Path Completions

- The Districts with the highest number of path completions reflected in Club Central for the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the District membership base (top three Districts per region will be recognized).

- The Areas with the highest number of path completions reflected in Club Central for the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the Area membership base (top three Areas per District).

Membership Renewals

- The Districts with the highest number of renewal payments each month (April, May, and June) as compared to the total renewal payments for the District as of March 31, 2021 (top three Districts per region each month will be recognized), the top District each month is not eligible to win in subsequent months. The top District over the three-month period will also be recognized. Remember to reach out to members that have not renewed and invite them back!

Club Retention and Growth

Club Reinstatement Incentive

- The Districts with the highest number of clubs that utilized the current exceptions to reinstate during the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the total number of clubs in the District (top three Districts per region each month will be recognized), the top District each month is not eligible to win in subsequent months. The top District over the three-month period will also be recognized.

- The Divisions with the highest number of clubs that utilized the current exceptions to reinstate during the 2020-2021 program year as a percentage of the total number of clubs in the Division (top three Divisions per District will be recognized).

New Club Incentive

- The Districts with the highest number of new clubs that used the incentive as a percentage compared to the District’s club base (top three Districts per region each month will be recognized), the top District each month is not eligible to win in subsequent months. The top District over the three-month period will also be recognized.

- The Divisions with the highest number of new clubs that used the incentive as a percentage compared to the Division’s club base (top three Divisions per District will be recognized).

Additional Recognition

Area Director Club Visit Reports

- Area Directors with 100% Area Director Club Visit Report submissions for Round 2.

Saturday, 26 December 2020 18:55

Help Charter New Clubs for Founder’s District

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Do you want to become a charter member of a new club?  It’s an incredibly special opportunity to help build the club culture, have your name eternally listed on the charter, help pick a name and most importantly a time!

Founder’s District has multiple new clubs forming: 

  1. Pastime Pursuits - Do you want to share your passion with others? Speeches and Table Topics will be dedicated to speaking about things we love the most in life. Get to know your fellow Toastmasters’ favorite hobbies or perhaps their stretch goals.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  
  2. Roses & Raises - Build your tribe of fellow Toastmasters to help you get not only the roses, but also the raises!  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  3. Spanish/English language club.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  4. International Sommelier club.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  5. Toastmasters After Dark. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  6. SoCal English Mandarin Bilingual Toastmasters. If you're interested in joining a diverse English/Mandarin bilingual club to improve your language skills and further your personal growth, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  7. The Bards’ College - The art of crafting and performing speech that inspires action is a skill that can be learned and must be practiced! Level up your abilities to write, pitch, present, coach, lead and listen in a club focused on the game development community, but open to all. Regular keynotes from industry professionals will augment the experience. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Chartering a new club is a rewarding learning experience.  Be a part of the excitement in helping us grow Founder's District! 

 Copy of FD Awards

Congratulations Sherri Horowitz, Founder’s District 2019-2020 Area Director of the year!

Congratulations Gisele Nguyen, Founder’s District 2019-2020 Division Director of the year!

Founder’s District is proud to name Julie Murphy as the 2019-2020 Toastmaster of the Year!

We can’t wait to see what each of you achieve this year!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:45

Leadership with a Personal Touch

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Ede Ferrari-D'Angelo, DTM, PRA, PID, is the master of the “personal touch.” We may not be able to meet in person, however, Ede recently shared a few tips on how you can still lead with a personal touch!

1. Express gratitude. Don’t forget to say thank you or well done! Always recognize effort and achievement.
2. Take the time for one minute of kindness. A simple email of gratitude has a long-lasting effect. Don’t be afraid to reach out!
3. Listen! Allow someone else to talk without trying to fix their problem. You don’t need to find a solution to everyone's problem.
4. Serve with integrity. Never compromise your principles or character. You will be remembered more for your integrity than whether you met your goal.
5. Always be looking to develop other people. Watch people and recognize their potential. Let them know you see something special!

Take care of yourself. If you are feeling isolated, try to reconnect with family or friends. If you have Toastmasters, you will always be welcomed as a family member.

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:18

World Photo Day

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World Photo Day

Start Preparing for World Photo Day

Help Toastmasters take over the Internet on World Photo Day, Wednesday, August 19!

1. Take a photo during your next club meeting or assemble for a special club photo. Let everyone know in advance there will be a photo session (anyone who does not want to be featured can be moved to the waiting room when it’s time for the photo, just let them back in when you are ready to continue with the meeting).
2. Distribute the Toastmasters International photo release form to anyone appearing in the photo.
3. Send the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, August 14 to be included in the Founder’s District newsletter and social media commemorative posts. Include the name of your club in the file name.
4. Post the photo to your club’s website on Wednesday, August 19 with testimonials on how Toastmasters has benefited your members.
5. On August 19 in 100 characters or less post your club photo to your club’s social media profiles with a summary of what makes your club special. Use the hashtags #WorldPhotoDay #Toastmasters #FoundersDistrict when sharing your photos on social media.
6. Post the club photo to your personal social media accounts on Wednesday, August 19, and describe how Toastmasters has benefited you in 100 characters or less. Use the hashtags #WorldPhotoDay #Toastmasters #FoundersDistrict when sharing your photos on social media.

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Three years ago, I was returning from an Alaskan cruise with Dr. Diana Dee, Dan Cossack, and Siri Payakapan. Siri, her husband Raynong, and I took the train from the cruise terminal station to the Vancouver airport. We took the time to talk about my leadership journey and what I planned on doing next. The truth was, at that point, I had just finished serving as Division Director and was looking forward to taking time off from leadership. The new job I had started wasn’t as flexible as promised, and I didn’t feel able to take on new and bigger challenges. But, life had different plans. Within the next few weeks, I had a call from Dan Cossack asking me to serve as Public Relations Manager. I agreed and my leadership journey took on a new trajectory.

Under Dan’s mentorship, I learned more about serving at the District level. I was encouraged by that trio of Dan Cossack, Diana Dee, and Lori Shapiro to run for Club Growth Director. That was the first leadership position I wanted on my own, that someone didn’t say “I see something in you” to push me into that role. My motivation pushed me to look for and land a new job that was in a more geographically central position in the District.

District leadership is a lot of work and it requires careful planning to maintain a balanced life. As our keynote and International President Deepak Menon stated, service is the core of our leadership. Being able to have a full time job, a family, personal fitness goals all while accomplishing personal Toastmasters goals within my clubs while also inspiring fellow District leaders to achieve their goals is a tricky business. But, I’m here to tell you that it is possible. I’m not super woman but I’ve learned along the way to let go of what doesn’t serve my goals and to fight for what does.

This is why I have chosen the unofficial unbranded theme for this year of ‘Follow Your Arrow.” This is the title of one of my all time favorite songs by Kacey Musgraves. In the song, she expresses that there is no way to make everyone happy and your best bet in life is to follow your arrow – don’t worry about what others think.

I want all of you to think about that phrase for just a moment. Now think about your own personal goals and think about what it takes to launch yourself on the trajectory to accomplish those goals. You have to keep your eye on the target in order to get there.

In terms of the District, what does “Follow Your Arrow” mean? It means that I will lead my team to accomplish the District Mission. The District Mission as delivered so beautifully by the Power couple the Steins - We Build New Clubs and Support all clubs in achieving excellence. Together with Program Quality Director David Hosmer and Club Growth Director Ken Spears, our Division and Area Directors, we will be working hard to build our membership within our existing clubs and provide value to our members through training and workshops. I am so excited for what this year has in store for us.

I know this year hasn’t turned out the way we had hoped. Its Summer and we should all be going on vacation, enjoying the OC Fair, and gathering with friends and family at the beach. Instead, we are masked and stuck at home. But, this is opening new opportunities for many of us to take on new challenges. Zoom has opened up the world to all us with video meetings from the comfort of our own homes. We will be able to attend the International Convention FOR FREE!! It is not the same as being there in person, but what an opportunity to make the world feel like a smaller place.

Follow Your Arrow – think about what that means for you and for the District. I look forward to chatting with you and hearing about your goals and everything you accomplish this year.

Again, I am honored to be serving as your District Director and if you had asked me on that train to the Vancouver airport if I would be here today in this role, I would have told you you were crazy. But the last three years in serving as your Public Relations Manager, Club Growth Director, and Program Quality Director has prepared me to lead the District to Smedley Distinguished!

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ChristineBradyChristine Brady, DTM

Founder's District Director, 2020-2021

"Follow Your Arrow"

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