Wednesday, 13 February 2013 03:22

2013 Leadership Gathering

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Founder’s District is seeking nominations for the positions of District Governor, Lt. Governor Education and Training, Lt. Governor of Marketing, and Division Governors.  These positions will be filled by election at the Spring Conference on April 20, 2013.

In addition, Area Governors will be appointed once the elections are completed for the opportunity to serve and develop stronger leadership skills you can use in all areas of life.  Wes Hoover is still accepting applications and nominations for elected positions.  Please contact Wes Hoover at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

If you are considering a leadership position in Founder's District, now or anytime in the future, the Leadership Gathering this Saturday is the perfect place to network with other leaders and ask questions to help guide you in the right direction.  Take advantage of the great opportunity now.

Founder's District has asked some of our most dynamic leaders to share their Toastmasters' journeys at our 2013 Leadership Gathering, on Saturday, February 16th. You will be able to hear first-hand experiences in leadership development, gain insight into the leadership opportunities within Founder's District and enjoy some mid-afternoon snacks. This invitation is limited to Club Officers and current Area Governors.

This is also a great opportunity for club members, who might be interested in becoming a Club Officer, to learn a little bit more about being an officer and the benefits. Please invite those members who you think would benefit from this great opportunity.

Location:  National University, 3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
RSVP by Thursday, February 14, 2013

For more information contact:  Alanda Dyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us and find out how we can help you to shine!

Monday, 18 February 2013 14:18

Interview with Darren LaCroix

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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.

Photo by Richard Daugherty

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.

Sunday, 31 March 2013 03:43

Bar Brawls Have No Place In the Boardroom

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TristenErica_20130314_001-EditHas this ever happened to you: You’re at your local coffee shop, enjoying your favorite beverage and happen to get into what seems to be a friendly exchange about a current event with another patron, but it quickly dissolves into an angry verbal attack wrought with personal insults about your mother?

We believe that too often, instead of participating in an intelligent and rewarding exchange of facts, we Americans personally insult and demean one another if opinions differ. “Agreeing to disagree” is not a concept we’re taught to abide by whether in personal relationships or professional endeavors. 

Erica Beggan, CC and Tristen Tucker, ACB, are both current Toastmasters and officers of OCCN Speakers Forum #9377. Their public speaking career began over 10 years ago when they became collegiate Parliamentary debate partners, winning at the national level two years in a row. Having experienced their own communication breakdown a few years ago, which resulted in falling out of contact, these former debate partners and long-time friends had to get back to basics in understanding they needed to “agree to disagree” and come to compromises. The skills they had learned for formal debates were the very ones that helped to improve their personal relationship. Recognizing this need both inside and outside “the Board Room,” Tristen and Erica continuously advocate increasing critical thinking awareness and improving argumentation skills.

We invite you to take part in a Q&A with several industry experts to discuss bringing critical thinking and critical speaking back into daily practice during the “Bar Brawls have no place in the Board Room” panel on Saturday, April 13th at 2:30 p.m. at the National University in Costa Mesa.  Register to attend today.  Admission is free!


Sunday, 31 March 2013 12:13

2012 Blood Drive Awards

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At the annual volunteer recognition event sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church received two awards:   the county chapter Platinum award and the Southern California region GIVE award.  Both of these awards were presented to the coordinator of the blood drives for exceeding the previous drive results by 176%. 

In accepting the awards on behalf of all the blood drive volunteers at both the Mission Viejo church campus and the Santa Margarita church campus, Avis French,Toastmaster CTM/CL and Co-Chair of the Founders District Judges Bureau and blood drive co-coordinator, explained that the drives could not have been successful without the assistance of all the donors, the volunteers, and the organizations that partner with Shepherd of the Hills.

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