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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:26

Portola Springs Community Center

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Portola Springs Community Center
900 Tomato Springs
Irvine, CA 92620

Portola Springs Community Center

Portola Springs Community Center is a multi-use facility that offers a variety of classes for the community. It includes a multipurpose room, meeting room, Native American Wing: Acjachemen Room, patio space, and outdoor and playground amenities.


Sunday, 17 February 2019 10:53

Business Expo Center

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Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Business Expo Center

We're Orange County's premier event venue and a leader in producing specialized expos, conferences and special events. Our experienced event specialist staff works closely with organizations to create effective events and we are committed to providing the highest value in event space and services at the best price.


Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:01

Wing Lam

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Wing Lam

Co-Founder, Wahoo's Fish Taco

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As the eldest of the three founding brothers Ed and Mingo Lee, Wing Lam co- founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wahoo’s Fish Taco, headquartered in Orange County, California, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Lam, a Chinese immigrant, spent his childhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before he moved to Costa Mesa. In 1970, Lam’s father, Cheong Lee, opened a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai Pine Garden, which the family still owns, on Balboa Island. Wing and his brothers grew up speaking conversational Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Spanish fluent, but learned English by listening to customers in their family restaurant.

Lam, known today as the “ultimate wing man,” restauranteur, surfer, speaker and philanthropist, graduated from Costa Mesa’s Estancia High School. Even when he had his first taco stand, Lam’s water polo coach, John Carpenter, inspired him to give back to the school. He then spread his generosity to the baseball team at Saddleback College and the water polo program at UC Irvine. Lam eventually left Orange County and graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State.

Wing and his brothers road tripped to Mexico, and they loved the fish tacos there. Their vision was to create a fast-casual Mexican restaurant with a streamlined menu, inspired by their Brazilian-Chinese heritage. The brothers opened their first Wahoo's in 1988 in Costa Mesa. Now there are more than 60 locations, mostly in Southern California, but also in Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, Honolulu and Tokyo.

Wing, often the face of Wahoo's, has been featured in a national Merrill Lynch commercial and two Food Network shows, "Unwrapped" and "Beach Eats USA." In addition, Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations, among many includes Share Our Strength, Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation and Surfrider Foundation.

Wing makes repeat appearances as the guest speaker/panel at events such as the IEG Conferences and has been featured by nation’s top campuses like Yale, UCLA and USC MBA Program. Lam is also active in the Asian American Journalists Association. In 2018, he received the 2018 Corporate Creativity and Innovation Leadership Award from the Child Creativity Lab and the 2018 IMPACT Award from the International Executive Council. Over the years, Lam, his brothers, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco have been named one of the 500 Most Influential by the Orange County Business Journal, Best OC Brand by OC Weekly, the Golden Foodie Award and has countless awards for philanthropy and business achievements.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 02:00

The Great Wolf Lodge

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The Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

The Great Wolf Lodge - Games, Wands, and Family Fun

Great Wolf Lodge Resort, just outside of Anaheim and Los Angeles, offers the most fun for your entertainment dollar in the area. Nested in Southern California, Great Wolf Lodge provides the ultimate indoor water park experience. If you are a family looking for a water park hotel then you have come to the right place. While it’s rare to have a bad day of weather in Southern California, it’s downright impossible to experience bad weather during your stay in Great Wolf Lodges water park resort. Beyond the indoor water park, guests are invited to enjoy spa treatments, shows, arts and crafts and so much more! Don’t waste another second searching for things to do in the Anaheim area. Get to Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove for a family fun resort that is truly focused on providing the best experience possible for you and your family.


Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:54

Sheryl Roush

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Sheryl Roush

Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, AS

Heart of Marketing: Designing Effective Promotions

Want better results from your promotional efforts?

Could you use time-saving graphic design tips?

And fresh ideas to market your events and Club?

Attend this engaging and fast-paced seminar to learn tried-and-proven tips from traditional and social media marketing. Apply these new skills to advertising your club, your event ... or your own business. Handout includes: 38 Words proven to attract readers; an Event Flyer Checklist; 4 Simple design shortcuts; and the Golden Guide to flyer design.

  • Grab attention of potential guests and get them to your Club
  • Understand who your readers are and what they need from your promotion
  • Explore what grid layouts and the best fonts to use!

Creator of the Speak And Market Like A Pro™ system, Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, Accredited Speaker, is a top-rated international trainer, and a five-time published author on this topic. She has 35+ years of expertise in advertising, marketing, graphic design, photography and printing. Sheryl has owned five graphic design studios, and received numerous design and journalism awards, including four Toastmasters Top Ten (in the world) Newsletter Design awards. Her Solid Gold Newsletter Design book is a course book at the University of Ottawa.

Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:46

Naomi Takeuchi

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Naomi Takeuchi

Naomi Takeuchi, DTM

President and Founder of 1000 Cranes®, LLC

Friday: "Toastmasters International to Toastmasters Galactic: Where We've Come and Where We Can Be"

Join us on a journey as we explore the evolution of Toastmasters over it's 90+ years of rich history. Many Toastmasters have not only improved their personal skills but have also become International leaders who have helped change and improve the world. We will look at what opportunities there are to explore today and what we might consider for the future.

Saturday: "Your International Network Awaits!"

This session explores how to use the Toastmasters International organization to build a network outside of your club. Your Toastmasters club experience is just the beginning of an International experience. Join us as we discuss the possibilities to experience Toastmasters in your neighborhood, in another city, in another State or in another Country. Toastmasters International is located in 142 countries! With 345,000 memberships in 15,900 clubs, the opportunities to increase your network for business or personal reasons is plentiful.

Naomi is Founder and President of 1000 Cranes®, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in leadership development workshops such as the Communication Powerhouse® Programs. She is a professional speaker and a member of both the National Speakers Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:31

Michael Osur

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Michael Osur, DTM, ID

International Director, Region 10

Keynote - Why do you do what you do? What is your why and how can Toastmasters help you discover it? Michael Osur will share how finding your 'why' can make all the difference in your life.

The 5 Whys Workshop - Your life changes in a moment. Do you recognize these opportunites? If so, do you have the courage to act? This workshop dives deep into why you haven't yet unlocked your full potential and how you can take ownership and action to thrive!

Michael Osur, DTM, of Highland, California, is the deputy director at the Department of Public Health in Riverside County, California, where he has worked since 1994. Osur leads the Special Services division, which includes HIV/AIDS programs, nutrition services, tobacco control, epidemiology, public health nursing, injury prevention services and healthy communities initiative. He oversees a staff of more than 300 with a combined budget of over $35 million.

Osur earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He has a certificate in quality improvement, and has participated in supervisor and management training programs, leadership excellence programs and the California Health Leadership Fellowship (2010-2011). He received the Southern California Public Health Association Leadership Award in 2015 for bringing Planning, Transportation and Health agencies together to improve health in the community.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Osur is a charter member of his home club, CHAT in Riverside. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “As I became a leader in Toastmasters, I found my life’s mission to help others find their voice and become the leaders they are meant to be.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Osur is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 02:20 Written by

Spring Conference & Speech Contests

May 21, 2022

CONFERENCE THEME:  Elevate Excellence

Visit the online schedule and register for individual sessions you want to attend. All conference sessions are free.


  • Keynote by Lindy MacLaine and Rebecca P. Murray
  • Keynote by Michael Bayer
  • District International Speech Contest FINALS
  • Humorous Contest FINALS
  • District Awards and Recognition

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8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker - Lindy MacLaine and Rebecca P. Murray

"Rising to the Top"

Using Character and Dialogue to Deliver the Unforgettable

Do you watch champion speakers and wonder, “How can they be so entertaining and inspiring in just 5 to 7 minutes?” In this fun-filled, skill-packed, high-level training, professional performers Lindy MacLaine and Rebecca P. Murray, unpack break-through stage and screen methods to help you become unforgettable. 

District Conference 20222You will discover how to:

  • Increase speech engagement and brevity

  • Infuse the 4 P’s of character persona for impact

  • Identify how to shift from narrative to character dialogue

  • Deliver more invigorating, lively, and captivating speeches 

  • Develop a visceral understanding of character presentation







1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - Michael Bayer

"Cracking the Excellence Code"

District Conference 20223Excellence is goal we all strive to achieve. Michael will crack the excellence code and show us how we can put the power of excellence to work both within and outside of Toastmasters.

We Will Learn How To:

  • Utilize the Power of Excellence
  • Understand the concepts of excellence versus perfectionism
  • Overcome self-limiting beliefs
  • Renew our motivation to be the best we can be
  • Apply excellence to everything we do in Toastmasters
  • Lead our clubs to distinguished

This keynote will create an atmosphere of self-empowerment and renewed commitment by participants and to making a difference in their lives both inside and outside of Toastmasters.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:03

Craig Valentine

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1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

Craig Valentine, MBA


Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations reap the profitable rewards that come from presenting with impact and persuading with ease.

Craig is also the Co-Founder of the World Class Speaking program, which helps up-and-coming speakers and speech coaches turn their presentations and programs into huge profits. Craig is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, Co-Author of the books, World Class Speaking and World Class Speaking In Action, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix.

Keynote: The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results through Leadership, Communication, and Change

Do you work with StatusQuoHolics™ These are the people who are addicted to the status quo. You usually hear them say, “That’s the way we’ve always done things around here. Why change?”

By now you know this attitude weighs down even the most talented and dedicated teams and keeps them from ever rising to new levels of success. In today’s times, organizations have two options: 1. Change. 2. Die.

If you want to influence the people in your environment into embracing change, taking ownership, and committing to higher levels of excellence through continuous improvement, The 4 Rs to Remarkable Results is the program for you. You’ll pick up tools to:

  • Face Reality, Relinquish barriers, Rely on change, and Reform to better ways
  • Get the StatusQuoaholics™ to embrace change so your team can break through
  • Create commitment, not just compliance, from even the most reluctant team members
  • Avoid the 4 costly traps that keep most teams from ever getting unstuck
  • Raise the energy and morale even in the midst of the change!
  • Increase employee retention and ownership so they feel as if their names are on the front door
  • Become the kind of leader others respect, admire, and want to follow

This is one interactive and motivational program you cannot afford to miss! Turn your team into Champions of Change!

After Lunch: How to Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease

Join Craig Valentine (the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking) and get the top 5 tools to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats and persuade them to take your next desired step. Whether speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000, you will pick up tools to…

  1. Hook your listeners into your presentation from your very first words
  2. Motivate and influence your audience to take action when you are finished
  3. Craft, deliver, and sell your message effectively
  4. Present in a confident, assured, and engaging manner
  5. Make your message memorable
  6. Breathe life into your presentations, bring your audience to you, and build a message that sticks!

Don't miss this valuable interactive workshop. Build your confidence and your competence and have lots of fun in the process!

Monday, 08 August 2016 02:39

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

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Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
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Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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Sheraton Cerritos Hotel - First Class Elegance and Style

Tucked into the beautifully landscaped Towne Center, Sheraton Cerritos is steps from the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, which features great musical talent and Broadway shows year-round. The hotel's central location also allows our guests to see everything the area has to offer, including favorite theme parks and attractions, great shopping, dining, and entertainment venues all over Los Angeles and Orange counties.


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