Saturday, 26 October 2013 01:32

The Rhythm of Teamwork

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LindaUlrich 2Do you hear the drums? It’s “The Rhythm of Teamwork!” Come to the Founder’s District Fall Conference on Saturday, November 9, to discover how something as simple as drumming can enhance your communication and leadership skills and help your clubs develop strong, cohesive teams. The Fall Conference will be at the La Mirada Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m., but be there early—we have some surprises for you. Check out the Conference Information page for more information about our keynote presentation, our C&L Recipient (a non-Toastmasters related person or organization that provides leadership and communication in our communities), the education sessions, the business meeting, the Hall of Fame luncheon, and, oh, yes, the Evaluation and Tall Tales Contests. Did I mention there will be opportunity drawing gifts, a silent auction, the bookstore, and the Drum Café booth? If you register before the early-bird date of November 2, you only pay $65 PLUS you get a free opportunity drawing ticket. Come be part of the fun and excitement!

Friday, 25 October 2013 22:52

You Make Me Happy

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What helps a club retain membership? Interesting question! The answer is just as interesting, depending on whom you ask. If you ask me, I run, not walk to my weekly Toastmaster meeting for my weekly one-hour therapy session! I wholeheartedly enjoy the camaraderie between our members. New and seasoned members experience a safe and encouraging environment where personal growth is watered like a delicate spring flower. Although encouragement, positive feedback, and growth should be expected of any Toastmasters club, Tools 2 Lead club (Club 921159), based out of Department of Child Support Services in Santa Ana, takes their camaraderie to new levels!


Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:23

Fall Conference 2013 Opportunities

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Communication & Leadership recipient Drum Café will put on a unique program where drumming is used to break down barriers, inspire people, and bring them together. There will be a limited number of souvenir drums for you to purchase at the conference. You'll be able to relive the thrill, unleash that tribal warrior (or princess) inside you, and experience, ‘The Rhythm of Teamwork’ at any time.

Here's a great opportunity for you! We need opportunity drawing gifts for the District Conference. Please ensure that the value of all donated prizes falls into the $20-$25 price range. We always ask the Divisions to donate two opportunity drawing gifts, but times are lean. Founder's District members, you are our only hope! If you have something bigger that you would like to donate, we will be having a silent auction. We need to know what the item is and its suggested retail value. Vendors who donate items or services will receive a ‘receipt of charitable contribution letter’ that can be submitted with their income tax returns. Contact District Opportunity Drawing Chair, Bill Harmon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If necessary, we can make arrangements to pick up the donation from you.

Need some low-cost publicity for your club? We are offering business-card-sized advertisements in the Fall Conference Program for $15. Your card should have the Club Name and Club Number, the day, time, and location of your meetings, and a contact person's name, email address, and/or phone number. These advertisements will be placed throughout the Fall Conference program. We prefer higher quality, black and white graphic layouts only. Please submit your ad to Diane Beall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, October 25. Payments can be submitted by mail to: Founder's District, P.O. Box 4317, Irvine, CA 92616-4317, or in-person at the Fall Conference."

Friday, 11 October 2013 20:52

A New Breed of Talkers

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TED-Red-DotNo tie. No lectern. No problem.

A new breed of talkers are transforming the traditional coat and tie presentation style into a relaxed yet persuasive tell-it-like-it-is conversation on the red carpet.

You have the opportunity to watch a dozen of these innovative speakers, including Mun Jen Ng - a semifinalist in the 2013 Toastmasters International speech contest - that will inspire thought leadership and visionary insights in brief 10 minutes-or-less talks at the third annual TEDxYouth Conference to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at Orange Coast College in the Robert B Moore Theater. Use the promotion code of "Toastmasters" and save 20% off on single ticket prices.

TED Talks are short engaging presentations that initially revolved around Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED), and now incorporate a multitude of subjects. The TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon event has a mixture of adult and youth presenters and is geared toward kids ages 12-18 and their parents. "The youth presenters are expected to 'game up' to the level of sophistication that adults appreciate in their big brother counterpart: TED" says event organizer Nikkisa Abdollahi. All TEDx presenters were coached by experienced Toastmasters and are thriving in the new open TED presentation style on the red dot carpet.


The 2013 TEDxYouth speaker line up includes:

1.   Mun Jen Ng, a successful Lake Forest artist, product designer and illustrator who has designed for Oakley, DKNY and Micheal Kors, will share how you can remained true to your heart and be richly validated.

2.   Vamsi Mokkapati, Mission Viejo high school senior, will teach you how to learn a universal language in 6 minutes flat.

3.   Anika Larsen, Laguna Beach high school senior, deleted her Facebook account (OMG!) and lived to tell about it and will share how she found a balance between life as a teen and social media.

4.   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.

5.   Jeet Banjeree, self-proclaimed 19-year-old "serial" entrepreneur, has built more than 50 digital products including mobile apps, websites, eBooks and more in just 3 short years. He will share his insights on doubt, success and the gaps in between.

6.   Jason Carbone was the Co-Executive Producer and Director of ABC's pop culture powerhouse The Bachelorette for three years, and several other successful reality TV shows, and will reveal the gaps between reality and reality TV.

7.   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.

8.   M.C.Kenzy and DTomp are 17 year old recording artists specializing in Hip Hop, Rap, Dub Step and EDM (Electric Dance Music) and will showcase their new single "Mind the Gap," created for TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon.

9.   Jeff Leksmana, a software developer for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Sony, will provide proof of the powerful chain reaction between ideas and awareness.

10.   Aliso Viejo resident Dr. Kaveh Azartash will reveal a revolutionary foreign language app – to be launched 11/17/2013 – that assists children to break the accent barrier.

11.   Jake Ducey is one of the youngest published inspirational authors at twenty-two-years-old, and will share his passion to inspire youth to change the world by finding their true north.

Vern Breitenbucher will share his 30-year love of photography today's teens and tweens can leverage digital photography while using unconventional methods.

This event is open to the public and tickets are available through Eventbrite. Use the promotion code of "Toastmasters" and save 20% off on single ticket prices. Register today. For additional information contact Nikkisa Abdollahi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Complete speakers' profiles are listed at

About TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon

TEDxYBCNikkisa Abdollahi founded TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon in 2011 as a youth organization run by a Youth Council, with adult support and mentorship, designed to share "Ideas worth Spreading." Under the framework of TED, which stands for "technology, entertainment, and design," The Youth Council, composed of possibilitarians – agents of change, future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs – are committed to sharing diverse and convergent ideas through inspiring talks to explore, to network and to build a stronger community.

About TED and TEDx

TED is the world-renown acronym for "technology, entertainment and design" and is the name of the nonprofit committed to ideas worth spreading. The organization holds two major conferences and posts its popular TED talks on the web.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos—or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos—sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.



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


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