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Judges Bureau and community relations

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:01

Social Media Contest

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Does your club use social media? If so, your club could win in the social media contest. Contestants should send their entry packet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 1 in the fall or March 15 in the spring. The winning club will win a prize valued at $100 and second prize valued at $50. Winners will be announced at the Founder's District Conference.

Contest packets should include the following:

  • A document with your social media channels (including addresses).
  • Reports from your Facebook page or other social media channels that shows your activity (one report for each channel).
  • A two to three page document that explains why your club’s social media strategy is the best.
  • If you have any videos, you should include the file or the links to the videos.
  1. Social Media Channels (20 points) How many channels of social media does club use? “Use” means that you are posting to the page on a regular basis. Note: A District registered Meetup page with no activity does not count. 10 points for 1 Social Media Channel, 15 points for 2, 20 points for three or more). Please give us the address(es) of your social media pages.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google+
    • MeetUp
    • Other?
  2. Connections (10 points, 5 points for each item below) 
    • Does the club post to Founder's District social media pages?
    • Does the club post to Founder’s District Division Pages?
  3. Social Media Strategy (25 points- 5 points for each item below) How sophisticated is the club's social media strategy?
    • Are the bios and other information filled for your social media sites? 
    • Does the club use hashtags?
    • Does the club have a strategy to bring guests into the meeting?
    • Does the club have a blog?
    • Does club use links to other pages?
  4. Types of Content (25 points) What types of content do you post?
    • Videos (8 points)
    • Live video (7 points)
    • Pictures (5 points)
    • Articles (5 points)
  5. Member Involvement (10 points) (Provide screen shots for examples)
    • Do the members post to your social media pages? (5 points for 5 or more member posts)
    • Do the members comment on your posts? (5 points for 5 or more member comments)
  6. PR Campaign / Open House for the Club (10 points)
    • Has the club created a PR campaign? (5 points) - written update required
    • Has the club put on an Open House to showcase the club? (5 points)


Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:54

Speaker's Bureau

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The Speakers Bureau serves as a forum for developing, emerging and experienced speakers seeking to take their message beyond the club.

We meet monthly in Orange County as speakers hone their message and refine their material… taking the speaker from ‘club-level performance’ to ‘ready for prime time.’

We feature Qualified Speakers that have proven their message worthy of paid engagements.

If you’re a speaker seeking to improve your presentation, we encourage you to schedule a presentation – we promise to help you improve your presentation, so that you can get paid to speak.

If you’re seeking a local speaker for your organization, we feature some of best speakers in southern California. Each speaker has a unique message and has been vetted by FDSB to ensure that your audience experiences a high-quality, professional presentation.

If you’re seeking to network with other aspirational speakers, join us for compelling presentations and fun feedback sessions… and get connected to other speakers that aspire to be paid speakers.

If you’re a Toastmasters member, be sure to mention FDSB at your next club meeting… as we don’t want your fellow members to miss out on all the fun.

Toastmasters… where leaders are made.

FDSB… where professional speakers are made.
Founder’s District Speakers Bureau (FDSB) is a part of Toastmasters International’s Founder’s District in Orange County, CA.

Learn more at

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:07

Qualified Speakers' Profiles

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Qualified Speaker Biography and Topics Availability


Cheri Alguire

Cheri Alguire is an author, trainer, speaker and coach who has been helping her clients take their business and their lives to the next level of success for over a decade. Her latest book titled 13 Lessons in 13.1 Miles supports and is endorsed by many running charities. Find out more at or

Speech Topics:

Just Say YES!: It is important to not let life’s challenges get in your way. After running a half-marathon for charity, Cheri wrote a book about how to take the lessons learned from doing something you once thought an impossible feat and apply them to everything you do in business and in life.

The Success Pattern to any Direct Sales Business: So many times managers tell their new recruits to make a list of everyone they know and just begin contacting them. This approach produces a low success rate and a high turnover rate. Cheri teaches a proven three part system to make you more effective in your business.



Victor Broski

Victor Broski Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too old for this!” Are you uneasy about your age? Victor Broski will mobilize you and your group to take action with tips, tricks and techniques that will inspire change – ideal for those who really want to “grow until they go.”

Victor Broski is the author of Young at Any Age and has been practicing good health for over 30 years. With fresh insights on the perceptions that dominate our culture on aging, Victor moves his audiences to re-examine all they believe about life after 40.


Mike Davis

Mike Davis is Adrenaline Radio's talk show host, also known as “Coach Mike” by his Kidz “n” Sports fans, speaks on a number of topics to businesses, churches, youth organizations, service clubs and at the Founder’s District Leadership and Communication Education workshops. Days


Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham 

is an expert on Sales and Leadership. He’s “been there / done that” when it comes to sales success. He qualified for President’s Club status in three Fortune 500 companies, led teams of more than 100 associates and delivered revenues in excess of $1 billion dollars per annum. His passion for the customer and commitment to sales objectives are contagious and your team will benefit from his insights and perspective.


Speech Topics:

  • The Power of Customer Intimacy

  • Qualifying – The Most Important Step in the Sales Process

  • Become a Consistent Closer

  • Strong Leadership at All Levels


Energize your sales team with a renewed vigor for sales objectives and an unparalleled passion for meeting your customers’ needs. Empowered Sales Training presentations are always aligned to meet your objectives and values. Contact Kevin Graham today at 949-701-8400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Lee Pound

Lee Pound Lee Pound is a professional speaker, writing coach, editor, book publisher and co-producer of the Speak Your Way to Wealth seminar. He is the author of seven books including 57 Steps to Better Writing, Coaching for the New Century and Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work. He's also the co-author of the upcoming books Adapt or Perish and Profitable Social Media.

Speech Topics:

How to Write and Publish Your Book: Strategies to create a book that will brand you and make you the recognized expert in your market.

How to Use Social Media to Attract Customers and Clients: Using Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and other Web 2.0 sites to brand yourself and build a list of followers who will do business with you.



Belinda Sanders

Belinda Sanders is the author of 21+ Tips to Power-Up Your Writing and Get Their Attention. Sanders has more than 15 years of experience writing copy and speaking professionally. She a gift for creating articulate written materials to inform, educate, position, persuade, motivate or inspire; and accurately writing the messages others have difficulty expressing. Customers include the National Speakers Association, Toastmasters International and the Los Angeles Flower Market.

Speech Topics:

Business Writing Made Easy – Learn how to engage readers, gain credibility, boost effectiveness and clarify purpose so you can attract clients and create loyalty.

Prepare for Care – Stress eliminators to help you prepare for balancing caregiver responsibilities and workplace issues when your loved one suddenly needs care. You’ll want to tell the boss about this!



Robert Scanlan

Robert Scanlan is your coach for the major transitions in your life or business. Grow, change, adapt ….faster, easier, with less stress. He has successfully started, managed, financed, or coached hundreds of small businesses. Scanlan was co-founder of the first non-bank SBA loan funder – the largest SBA lender in the nation at that time and knows how to handle dynamic and unexpected change. He is recipient or three organ transplants and is a pro-bono coach to transplant patients and their families in crisis at UCLA’s Liver Transplant Unit.

Speech Topics:

Managing Transition in Life and Business Want to grow at what you are doing, but aren’t sure how to move ahead? Time for a change? Feeling “stuck”? Faced with an unexpected life changing event? There are proven methods to clarify your answers, reduce your stress and accelerate your breakthrough.

Human Organ Transplants Learn and be inspired by this miracle from the perspective of love and legacy for the donor family, from the gratitude and inspiration of the recipient, or the challenge and courage of the caregivers.



Seth Sherwood

Seth Sherwood is the founder and director of the Family Reading Inc. (F.R.I.), a non profit organization based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., created to help families become literacy leaders. This mission is achieved through presentations at school assemblies, parent meetings and community keynote speeches.

Speech Topics:

Family Literacy – Inspire your children to excel in school.

Achieve Your Goals – Five simple steps to adjust your attitude.



Angela Stout

Angela Stout is a speaker, singer, and philanthropist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Associate of Arts in Music. She is passionate about helping others to overcome personal failures by realizing God’s purpose in their pain and struggles. In her riveting memoir, This Can’t Be Happening to Me, Stout shows no failure is too great for God’s mercy and grace. Find out more at

Speech Topics:

Overcoming Failures: Stout shares her inspirational story of overcoming judgmental attitudes and feelings of loneliness after multiple obstacles. Learn faith-based teachings on what to do when you are at the bottom of life’s barrel and how to find joy on your way back up to the top.



Michael Varma

Michael Varma is a professional magician and award-winning Distinguished Toastmaster who knows what it takes to entertain an audience. Varma is also a published author of educational puzzle books and games and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.

Speech Topics:

Toasting Etiquette – Learn how to speak like a seasoned professional and offer the perfect toast for any occasion or event. Presented by the best selling author of Tasteful Toasts. “Michael makes giving a toast as easy as ABC.” – Toastmaster magazine

Public Relations – Discover where to find, create, and use FREE publicity to promote you or your business. Become your own “media specialist” and make your next event a success.

The Laughter Factor – Learn how and when to add humor to your presentations. Gain a better understanding of comedy with the Triangle of Timing and master the delivery through the three Ps of telling a joke: point, purpose and pause.


More coming soon . . .

Initial content above compiled and documented by Michael Varma, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Office 2009-2010

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:51


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Most newspaper and media outlets will cover your Toastmasters event when you follow the basic rules of effective written communication for a news release. Today's organizations prefer articles, photos and story ideas via email. Below are key elements to include in your pitches.

Subject line

  • Begin with the date if your event is upcoming.
  • Be specific, i.e. “Feb. 6 free family fair” tells much more than “Press Release.”
  • Tell your story ideas i.e. “Disabled people learn to surf” peaks more interest in a moment than “Story idea.”

Lead time

  • Know each publication’s lead time.
  • Newspapers may need 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Magazines may need 4 to 6 weeks.

Message content

  • Be succinct.
  • Stay focused.
  • Write straight forward as if you were talking to a friend about your story.
  • Write for your audience: the editor and readers.
  • What would they want to know?
  • Why would this be important to them?
  • What would you say if you only had 100 words to tell us about your subject?

Contact information

  • Provide it!
  • Read your email often in case the editor has a question for you - they have tight deadlines.
  • Make sure your website works.


  • Submit articles or photos of an event that has happened shortly after it takes place.
  • A Toys for Tots Christmas event is more appropriately published in December than in March.
  • Send via email whenever possible.
  • Send in high resolution.
  • Most photos copied from websites are too small and will not publish well.
  • Include captions that tell editors in a nutshell what is happening in the photo and who the people are.


  • If you pay for a sign to say, “Circus Coming to the Fairgrounds Saturday,” that's ADVERTISING
  • If you put the sign on the side of an elephant and walk him around town that's PROMOTION.
  • If the elephant walks through the mayor's garden and the media reports on it, that's PUBLICITY.
  • If you can get the mayor to laugh about it, that's PUBLIC RELATIONS.

Initial content above compiled and documented updated 09-06-2013 by Michael Varma, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Office 2009-2010

Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:39

Public Relations Officer

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Mission Statement:

Publicize Toastmasters to increase, maintain, and reward the membership by highlighting the personal and professional benefits gained through active participation in the various Toastmasters programs and events.


Recruit and work with a top notch PR Team to fulfill our mission statement through press releases, websites, videos, and social media. Increase the visibility of the Toastmasters program by shining a spotlight on member achievements, District conferences, training workshops, and other District events.

Job Description:

The public relations manager is responsible for coordinating publicity efforts in the District. By establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the district and its members, as well as between the District and the public, the public relations manager works to increase awareness of Toastmasters through all available media.

This officer serves in a staff position under the direction of the district director. He or she may be elected or appointed by the district director subject to approval of the executive committee and confirmation by the district council.

This position is not considered a fourth top officer and is not in logical progression to the office of district director. The public relations officer is eligible for re-election or reappointment for one succeeding term only.


  1. Serve as a member of the District Executive Committee under the direction of the district director.
  2. Uphold the bylaws and policies of Toastmasters International and the district administrative bylaws, following them to the best of his or her ability.
  3. Work in support of the district director, program quality directors and club growth directors in an effort to publicize events to the members and the outside community.
  4. Support the quality program directors to achieve the district’s educational goals.
  5. Support of the club growth directors to achieve the district’s membership growth goals, club building and club rescue goals.
  6. Serve as a resource to division directors and area directors to help publicize events and make them aware of the Toastmasters branding guidelines and resources.
  7. Work in cooperation with the district newsletter editor, webmaster, Founder’s TV team, speakers’ bureau, judges’ bureau and social media chairs in an effort to achieve public relations goals.


  1. Prepare a comprehensive public relations plan to keep both members and non-members aware of the District Toastmasters programs, news and events.
  2. Submit a public relations plan to the district director for approval. The plan should incorporate public relation strategies to promote:
    • Membership building and retention in conjunction with the club growth directors.
    • Building new clubs in conjunction with the club growth directors.
    • Training for club officers in coordination with program quality directors.
    • Promote achievement of Toastmasters educational awards in coordination with program quality directors.
  3. Working in coordination with the program quality directors, participate in leadership and training conferences and other special events within the district and help to publicize and promote them.
  4. Keep members informed about district activities, events, goals, achievements and educational programs using the district newsletter, website, and social media.
  5. Assist the public relations committee to implement the district’s public relations strategy.
  6. Develop publicity through the use of the press, television, radio and other media aimed at enhancing the public’s awareness of Toastmasters and its members.
  7. In consultation with the district director, serve as media representative for the district.
  8. Review and recommend to the district director all advertising and publicity material dealing with district programs and activities.
  9. Publicize the speakers’ bureau at the district, division and area levels, giving individual members the opportunity to promote the organization through seminars, workshops and speeches to local groups.
  10. Serve as a public relations resource to district clubs.
  11. Prepare his or her successor to assume office by completing the steps necessary for an orderly transfer of office by June 30.

Initial content above compiled, documented and updated 07-29-2016 by Michelle Bender, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Manager 2016-2017.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:28

Public Relations Awards

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Has your club used amazing and extraordinary Public Relations to promote Toastmasters? If so then enter the Founder's District Public Relations Awards. We have expanded the award categories from three to six and the entry process is simple. The first place winner in each category will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque or trophy at the Founder's District Fall Conference, Friday and Saturday, November 7-8 at the Holiday Inn La Mirada.

Full details below. Good luck!

Award Categories

  • Best Club Web Site (aka Diamond Web Award – your site's helpfulness to to members and guests)
  • Best Video (aka Founder's Film Award – short clips that highlight Toastmasters)
  • Best Social Media (use of Facebook, Meetup, YouTube, etc. to promote your club – new category)
  • Best Special Event (open house, contest or other event that promoted your club - new category)
  • Best Public Relations / New Member Campaign (a membership recruitment drive - new category)
  • Best Overall Public Relations (aka Public Relations Achievement Award – who has the best PR?)

Clubs and members of Founder's District in good standing are eligible to participate. All entries must be club members' original work and must have occurred during the six months prior to the entry submission: e.g. April 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 for the Fall 2014 Awards.

Due to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer by October 31, 2014. Please include the following:

  • Club name and number
  • Basic info: what is the history and context of your PR award entry? What makes it a winner?
  • Results: what goal did your PR awards entry accomplish?
  • Back-up materials: web links, screen shots, videos, pictures, flyers, statistics, etc.

Judging Criteria
All entries should follow the Toastmasters International branding guidelines. Our judges will choose award winners based on the following criteria:

  • Content & Substance (25%)
  • Presentation & Style (25%)
  • Creativity & Uniqueness (25%)
  • Results & Achievements (25%)

Award winners will be announced at the Founder's District Fall Conference November 7-8 at the Holiday Inn La Mirada and will receive $100 and a commemorative plaque or trophy . 

Robert Kelleman - Founder's District Public Relations Officer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 13:41

Public Relations Achievement Award

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Be an inspirational leader as Vice President of Public Relations and win the Public Relations Achievement Award by completing all four qualifying criteria and as many optional activities as you can accomplish until the deadline. Copies of all materials must be submitted by March 1.

The VPPR with the most points wins a prize valued at more than $100.00, at the District Conference.

Download the Pulblic Relations Achievement Award contest guidelines (pdf)

Download the Public Relations Achievement Award Checklist (pdf)

Download the Pulblic Relations Achievement Award contest checklist  (pdf)

  • All entries that complete the qualifying criteria will receive a prize.
  • All VPPRs in the Founder's District are eligible to participate.
  • VPPR or club representative must be present at the Spring District Conference to win.
Category Qualifying Criteria Points
Information List your club’s current meeting time, location, web site, etc. on the Toastmasters International site. 10
Planning Submit an action plan with target dates for your accomplishments. 10
Training Attend Vice President of Public Relations Officer Training. 10
Visitors Number of guests that visit your club – triple points if they join a club.

2 each


Category Optional Activities Points
Calendar Have your club’s activities and meetings listed on community calendars either online or in printed publications. 5 each
Magazines Distribute Toastmaster magazine to doctor and dentist waiting rooms, repair shops, hair and nail salons, etc – include your club’s current contact information. 5 each
Meeting Attend an Area or Division Council meeting. 10 each
Newsletter Have an article printed in a company newsletter – double points if VP of PR produces a club newsletter. 5 each
Orientation Create a “New Member Packet” for visitors to your club. 5 each
Orientation Have your company’s Human Resources department include Toastmasters information in new employee hire paperwork. 5 each
Press Submit a press release to local media (i.e. newspaper, e-zine, etc.) 5 each
PSA Submit a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to TV or radio. 5
Publicity Display Toastmasters bumper sticker or license plate frame. 5
Publicity Create club/officer business cards. 5
Publicity Place a Toastmasters sign in front of your meeting place. 5
Publicity Speak about the benefits of Toastmasters to local colleges and businesses. 15 each
Publicity Help coordinate a community event and publicize Toastmasters. 25 each
Publicity Have a local, state, or federal politician honor a specific club event or anniversary with a proclamation – triple points if they attend or you have local media cover and report on the event. 25 each
Training Conduct a Speech Craft – points per number of project weeks. 10 each
Web Create or maintain a club web site. 15 each
Web Enter your club web site into the Diamond Web Award. 25
Web Enter the Founders Film Award. 50 each




Send your achievements to:

Public Relations Manager

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Include the following:

Club Name and Number

VP of PR Name, Number, & Email

Supporting documentation


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Monday, 04 March 2013 23:00

Proclamations 101

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The purpose of a proclamation is to have a local, state, national, or international government officials help celebrate a Toastmasters Club or District's milestone achievements and generate publicity.

1.   Request a proclamation: Proclamation Request Template (Word doc 87 kb)
Present the proclamation: Proclamation Presentation Process (PDF 76 kb)
Send a proclamation news release: Proclamation News Release Template (Word doc 96 kb)

So, what do you do when you get a proclamation?

Best recommendation (Option #1): Have the Area Governors coordinate with each of their clubs and confirm a date for an “anniversary meeting.” Optimal goal is to have the Mayor or a representative (usually a city council person) go to the club and present the proclamation.

Next best recommendation (Option #2): Have a Toastmasters club representative (one or multiple clubs) go to the city council meeting with the proclamation and have a formal presentation completed by the Mayor or City Council Chairperson – and take advantage of the in-house press.

Final recommendation (Option #3): If no “outside” representative is available to present the proclamation, then the next highest ranking dignitary, Division Governor, has the honor to present the document as his or her schedules permits. The ultimate responsibility is with the Area Governor to present the proclamation to the club president.

Presentation Process

1.   The visiting dignitary gives a 2 to 3 minute speech on the importance of communication and leadership.
Read the proclamation to the club.
Present the proclamation to the highest ranking club officer and take a picture.
Club’s VP of PR fills out the proclamation press release and
Send one copy to the local media outlet
Send one copy to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer
Post a copy on the club's web site

When the story is published forward a copy or the hyperlink to the Founder's District Public Relations Officer

Example 1 - Santa Ana

Example 2 - Tustin

Example 3 - Irvine


Initial content above compiled, documented and updated 10/16/2013, by Michael Varma, DTM, Founder's District Public Relations Office 2009-2010.
Monday, 04 March 2013 22:54


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moneyshotMission Statement

Take original digital images that tell and sella story (the money shot) to the media about Toastmasters personal and professional achievements.


Attend club meetings, district conferences, and special events as schedules permits and capture the camera shy to better publicize the benefits of the Toastmasters program.


  1. Attend clubs meetings, district conferences, and special events as schedules permit.
  2. Always shoot it at the highest quality your camera allows – you can always reduce the DPI (dots per inch).
    • High resolution photos” are 300 DPI and good for quality printing.
    • Low resolution photo” are 72 DPI and good for posting on web sites.
  3. Identify the best photos and notify key PR team members for next steps:
    • Founder's District Public Relations Officer to coordinate publicity
    • Newsletter Chairperson of The Founder Newsletter
    • General Publicity Team for Press Releases
Saturday, 27 February 2010 01:38

Newsletter Mission

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Mission Statement

Post monthly articles to recognize Founder's District clubs and members' achievements, inside and outside of the Toastmasters club environment, and spotlight the tangible skill sets learned and applied to achieve their Toastmasters mission and goals at the district, division, area, club and individual levels.


Promote the Toastmasters International educational programs and membership growth through articles and ideas that help and motivate individuals achieve educational goals.

Newsletter Responsibilities of the Newsletter Chairperson

Articles need to be written for a target audience of non-Toastmasters.

Produce a minimum of two (2) quality articles per month during the Founder's District's twelve month fiscal year.

Each article will “spotlight” one or more club or member within the Founder's District by completing theSpotlight Questionnaire.

  • Jul-Aug-Sep typically highlights each of the newly elected District Leaders as we like to lead by example
  • Division and Area Governors throughout the District are encouraged to submit names
  • Each article will contain mini-biography of individual member, their club, and website

The Newsletter Chairperson is to assemble the Founder's newsletter from Spotlight Questionnaires and other submissions

  • It is conceivable one person can handle writing, editing and posting articles based upon the preceding format
  • Additional writers are encouraged to participate with articles and layout
  • Encourage at least one Toastmasters Club to “adopt” the newsletter as an annual High Performance Leadership project
  • Newsletter Chairperson is to find his/her replacement prior to the end of the fiscal year (June)

The Founder Newsletter Download Link

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