Monday, 10 February 2014 00:13

2014 Winter LACE Recap

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LACE occurs four times each year - twice in June and twice in January. But if you did not attend LACE THIS January, you missed an opportunity of a lifetime!

Monday, 10 February 2014 00:01

Will You Step Up?

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In Toastmasters, we are given multiple opportunities to learn, grow, and to become a better communicator. It also gives us an unusual opportunity to learn first-hand about leadership – what to do, and what NOT to do. But in order for us to really take advantage of this learning opportunity, we need to step up and take on the various leadership roles that are available.

You're probably already familiar with the leadership opportunities that are available at the club level; but did you know there are MORE chances to learn about leadership outside of the club? You can learn about how to work with other clubs as an Area Governor (appointed by District Governor); you can learn how to delegate as a Division Governor (elected); you can enhance your team-building skills in the positions of Lt. Governor Marketing or the Lt. Governor Education and Training (elected).

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.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:43

Speech Judges Needed

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Rotary District 5320 will be conducting their annual speech contest for high school students on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Villa Park City Hall, 17855 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (or later depending on number of contestants). We ask that all judges arrive by 4:00 PM. Light refreshments will be available. Currently, we are in need of six judges for the contest that is themed, “The Rotary 4-Way Test.” Speeches will be four-five minutes and a speaker shall be disqualified if he/she speaks for less than four minutes or more than five minutes thirty seconds. Judging forms will be sent to you after your confirmation of participation. For additional information on this opportunity, please contact Avis French, Founder’s District Judges Bureau Chair at 949-667-0682, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Of course, we are just beginning competition season and there are more opportunities coming right up with the Orange County Academic Decathlon. Judges are needed on two separate dates and locations. The first will be held on January 25, 2014 at Tustin High School, and the second on February 1, 2014 at Westminster High School. If you are interested in either opportunity, please visit the Volunteer Information webpage and notify Avis French if you participate, as she tracks Toastmaster community involvement.

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Founder's District is saddened by the loss of Dr. Richard Fredrick Kammerman, MD, DTM, Physician, Surgeon, Board Member-Orange County Medical Association, 19 year Charter Member of Toastmasters Club 3773-OCMA (Orange County Medical Association) and Area Governor of the Year-2001/2002.

Dr. Kammerman has been serving as OCMA Club's Vice President of Education, until the time of his death, on January 8, 2014. His drive and enthusiasm have been a positive force in the founding and ongoing strength of club 3773, for doctors, nurses and medical students. He has been a "Gentle Giant," in mentoring young medical professionals. He has also been inspiring them to join Toastmasters and shift from being boring power point presenters to becoming engaging speakers who replace slides with eye contact, facial expression, gestures and interaction.

Dr. Kammerman's Toastmaster legacy in Founder's District includes:

  • Youth Leadership Programs, OC Boy Scouts of America
  • Youth Leadership Programs, Hewes Middle School, Tustin
  • Youth Leadership Academy, Orange County Juvenile Hall
  • Youth Leadership Programs, Boys and Girls Club, Santa Ana
  • St. Joseph's Pavilion, venue provided for Toastmasters Events

Founders District is grateful to Dr. Kammerman for his outpouring of professional time and talent, communication and leadership skills, given freely, day in and day out, helping others learn and grow and pass it on, as he did.

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