Daniel Cossack

Daniel Cossack

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 00:34

Mesa Verde United Methodist Church

Leadership And Communication Experience

LACE is an opportunity for our members and club officers to obtain high-level training and information on topics that will drive their success. It was originally developed to supplement Toastmasters club officer training requirements, but because of its high-quality, interactive workshops, it has emerged as a well-known and admired curriculum throughout the region. LACE is unique to Founder’s District in affordability, scope, value, quality, diversity, and excellence.

Get more at LACE!  Founder's District will host the online event of the winter!  Join us for our Feb. 4 for officer training and high-value workshops.

LACE offers training for club officers and advanced officer experiences. You must individually register for each session you wish to attend. Check out the schedule and get registered.

Invest In Yourself

Important Information for Club Officers

  • If you are a club officer, you must be present for your entire officer training session to receive credit. 
  • Please input your club number and member ID to ensure credit.  Both may be found in your profile at https://www.toastmasters.org/
  • Please ensure your incoming club officer list is up to date before LACE.
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.


Friday, 26 July 2019 21:17

Quail Hill Community Center

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Quail Hill Community Center

Quail Hill Community Center
39 Shady Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92603

Quail Hill Community Center

Quail Hill Community Center opened March 2017 and is next to Quail Hill Community Park, surrounded by preserved open space. The center offers a variety of classes for the community. It includes one large classroom, a multipurpose room, an exercise room, a lobby, patio space, and outdoor and playground amenities.


Celebrating 75 Years!

September 7, 2019

Founder's District Toastmasters turned 75 years old on July 1, 2019. Founder’s is the location of the very first Toastmasters Club founded by Dr. Ralph Smedley in 1924. Since inception, Toastmasters International has grown to 16,600 clubs in 143 countries around the world.

Our district will be celebrating this exciting milestone on September 7th, at Quail Hill Community Center, in Irvine. In addition to many district leaders from the organization, our special guests will be the Toastmasters International CEO, Daniel Rex, Congressman Lou Correa, who in the beginning of his political journey was a member of one of our clubs, and our representative on the Toastmasters Board of Directors, Joan Lewis. We also will have one of the Southern California Toastmaster Historians, Paul Clark, speak and share some of our long history.

Event Highlights

    • Keynote Speaker: Dan Rex, Toastmasters International CEO
    • Joan Lewis, International Director
    • Lou Correa, United States Congressman
    • Paul Clark, District Historian

We plan a private meet-and-greet with our club presidents, Daniel Rex, Joan Lewis, and the Congressman from 11:30-12:30, and then at 1:00 PM many of our members will join us for a gala celebration.

We welcome all of our Club President’s, current Region, and District Leaders from around Southern California to join us to help us celebrate this amazing milestone.

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Dan Rex

Toastmasters International CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources and support to 332,000 members in 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. He works closely with the International President and the Board of Directors to develop the future of Toastmasters and create and execute plans and strategies to reach those goals.

Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 25 years, and during that time he has led several departments at World Headquarters, giving him a unique perspective and an impressive depth of knowledge of the organization. In 2008, he assumed the role of Executive Director, a title that was changed to Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Rex’s previous positions include Deputy Executive Director, Director of Communications and Marketing, Marketing Division Manager, and Membership Manager.

Rex holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He holds certificates from the Leadership for Senior Executives course through Harvard Business School, and the Executive Leadership Program through the University of California, Berkeley. He completed the Strategic Leadership Programme through the University of Oxford.

In addition to his Toastmasters duties, Rex serves as a member of the Key Global Associations Committee (KGAC) of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).


Joan Thomas Lewis

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Toastmasters International Director

Joan Lewis, joined Toastmasters 18 years ago. In her leadership journey in Toastmasters, Joan held many district leadership roles, including Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director, and District Director. In 2017, Joan was awarded the prestigious Presidential Citation by the president of Toastmasters International. She was one of only six people to ever receive it in District 1.

From 2015 to 2017, Joan had the rare opportunity to serve as Region Advisor for two different regions. Joan currently sits on the Board of Directors for Toastmasters International as an International Director.

Joan’s passion is leadership and in 2008 she founded Praisemaster’s Club, a club that has produced 20 district leaders and has been President’s Distinguished for 10 years in a row.

She believes that learning leadership skills will take you far in life.


Lou Correa

Lou Correa

U.S. House of Representative from California's 46th District

Congressman Lou Correa is a longtime Orange County resident, with deep local roots. To this day, he lives only three miles from his childhood neighborhood in Anaheim. He is the son of working-class parents whose hard work gave him a chance at success. Lou has spent his career fighting to protect the American Dream, and ensure anyone can reach the middle class, just as he did.

In Washington, Congressman Correa continues his fight to give everyone access to the same the opportunity he had. Congressman Correa is committed to working across party lines to strengthen the middle class and give everyone a shot at the American Dream by investing in education, healthcare, and our fading infrastructure.

Congressman Correa has worked to support public health and safety services, mental health care, and health and safety programs for children. He has championed affordable higher education and taxpayer equity while protecting taxpayers by fighting “waste, fraud, and abuse.” Since entering office, Congressman Correa has introduced legislation to protect the legal rights of immigrants, care for veterans, and fight against the wasteful spending of taxpayer money.

Lou lives in Santa Ana with his wife of 27 years, Esther Correa, and their four children. Lou is a member of Christ Cathedral Catholic Church.


Lou Correa

Paul Clark, DTM, PDG

District Historian

Paul Clark grew up in Orange County and saw his first Toastmasters experience in an eighth- grade Toastmasters gavel club. He later worked for the Riverside County Planning Department and assumed the position as supervisor of the department’s Coachella Valley field office. There he took up Toastmasters again and joined the Indio Toastmasters Club (2528) in 1985. At that time the Founders District stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River and included what is today District 12, formed from the Founders District in 1989.

He served District 12 and continued to assist as time permitted other Southern California districts. He was District 12 Governor in 1996-1997, which year he led that district to Select Distinguished Status. In 2003 Toastmasters International honored him with a Presidential Citation. After retiring in 2009 from county government, Paul engaged seriously one of his life interests, researching and writing California history topics and has seen a number of articles and a book published. Among these publications, in 2013 the Orange County Historical Society printed his Toastmaster history article, “Staying with It: The Early Years of Toastmasters International” which detailed new information on the founding of Toastmasters, the evolution of our educational program and the earliest clubs.

Residing in Palm Desert, he serves his local community as chair of the historic preservation committee, and he is a member of three clubs: Indio Toastmasters (2528), Confident Speakers (4199) and the Past District Governors/Directors Club (407).

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, 29 April 2018 14:11

Harry Yan Receives Gene Beckwith Award

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The Gene Beckwith Memorial Trophy was established at the Founder’s District Fall Conference in 1981. The Founder’s District Director selects the Toastmaster who best exemplifies the humor, wisdom and leadership qualities of Gene Beckwith, DTM, PDG. The first recipient of this award was Roy D. Graham, DTM, PID.

I've never met Gene Beckwith so I have no idea how to compare his humor, wisdom, and leadership qualities. Our only option is to compare such qualities with those of recent past recipients of this award. This is the most prestigious award the district will bestow on a member so this selection is not taken lightly. Not one, but multiple years of contributions are considered.

This year's recipient began his venture into leadership by serving as a simple club coach for a struggling club. Ten years ago this club had 7 members and on its last leg. Through hard work and perseverance he helped the club grow its membership year after year up to 37 members and is consistently Presidents Distinguished every year. He remains a member of the club today.

He found his passion in pursuing leadership positions that involved coaching clubs, teaching others to coach clubs, building new clubs, and especially youth leadership programs. As Lt. Governor of Marketing, a position we now call the Club Growth Director, he was largely responsible for building enough clubs to achieve distinguished district status, a rarity in Founder's district for the last 20 years. Two years later as district governor, leading his team under the theme "Pursue Your Passion", he incredibly achieved for the first and only time in the history of the district, select distinguished status.

His leadership skills and wisdom are incontrovertible. As far as humor ... well, if you've ever heard him speak and tell the story about the tortoise and the hare, you would agree that he has no problem with humor. And even more importantly, he is inspirational.

Congratulations Distinguished Toastmaster, past district governor, Harry Yan.


In accordance with the Article VII, Section (d) of the District Administrative Bylaws, the District Leadership Committee, comprising of Bob Hudack, DTM, PDG, Cliff Shimizu, ACS, CL, Frannie Stein, DTM, Harry Yan, DTM, PDG, Kathy Hughes, ACS, ALB, Linda Robinson, DTM, Norm Stein, DTM, and Randy Kleinman, DTM, has nominated the following candidates for the 2018-2019 District Officers, in order by office and then alphabetically if there is more than one candidate per office.


District Director

Diana Dee, DTM

Program Quality Director

Lori Shapiro, DTM

Club Growth Director

Christine Brady, ACB, ALB


David Hosmer, ACS, ALS

Division A Director

John Christopherson, ACS, ALB

Division B Director

Brent Felsted, ACS, ALB

Division C Director

Minh Le, ACB, ALB

Division D Director

Mike Sato, ACB, ALB

Division E Director

Julie Murphy, CC, ALB

Division F Director

Steve Saffell, CC, ALB

Division G Director

Ann Shimizu, DTM


Reported by Siri Payakapan, DTM, PDD, Chair, District Leadership Committee

Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:34

Karen Lucas - Spirit of Excellence


Karen Lucas joined Toastmasters as recently as 2007 and has accomplished quite a bit in the last nine years. She is a charter member of Caltech Toastmasters, reviving the club as the sole remaining member and awarded the Caltech Toastmaster of the Year in 2011. She simultaneously served as an Area Director in two districts, completing her DTM in 2015, and became a Qualified Speaker of the District 12 Speakers' Bureau and the District 100 Speakers' Bureau. While serving as an Area Director in Founder's District, she was a powerful force in the club building effort assisting other area directors across areas, divisions, and even districts. Her reach into the inner workings of Toastmasters International finds her building key relationships into the upper echelons of the organization. She is currently serving as the first Director of District 100 and we would not be surprised to one day see her serving as the International President, but we suspect her ambitions are much higher than that. Outside of Toastmasters she is a maverick in her community. For the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, she was selected as a White Suiter on her first try, served on the Street Committee, and is the youngest member to be appointed to the Heritage Committee. She is a former Board Member of the Pasadena branch of the United Nations.

In planet Toastmasters, her approach to leadership is novel, sometimes controversial, but definitely innovative. Above all, her dedication to enriching the lives of every Toastmaster member is worthy of recognizing her has having a Toastmaster's heart. Founder's District proudly recognizes the February 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award recipient, Distinguished Toastmaster, District 100 Director, Karen Lucas.

The “Founder’s District Spirit of Excellence” award was set up by past District Governor, Linda Ulrich, to recognize and thank some of our members who have made the biggest impact on the greatest number of members throughout our District and the organization.

The first recipients of this award were Richard Elliott, Chris Gregory, John Latin, Ed Mihalka, and H. Al Richardson. These persons embody the qualities of the "Spirit of Excellence" -- mentoring, leadership, service, outreach, and most of all, a Toastmaster's heart.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 23:25

Bob Hudack - Spirit of Excellence

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In 2007-2008 Bob Hudack served as the District Lt Governor and recognized for Excellence in Education and Training at the International Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2008-2009 he served as the District Governor and initiated the electronic distribution of The Founder newsletter and district directories, resulting in thousands of dollars in savings to the the district. Having superior technical skills and district knowledge, he continues each year serving as the alignment chair for the district in what is a very monumental task. In 2015 he served on the District Reformation Committee contributing to a successful negotiation in the heated debate of splitting the district. He has always been an outspoken champion for the Toastmasters member and every decision and action is made with the individual member in mind. When he speaks, you should listen. For his ongoing mentorship, proven leadership, dedicated service, and devotion to transforming members, he is without question, a Toastmaster with a big heart. Founder's District proudly recognizes the February 2018 Spirit of Excellence recipient, Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District Governor, Bob Hudack.

The “Founder’s District Spirit of Excellence” award was set up by past District Governor, Linda Ulrich, to recognize and thank some of our members who have made the biggest impact on the greatest number of members throughout our District and the organization.

The first recipients of this award were Richard Elliott, Chris Gregory, John Latin, Ed Mihalka, and H. Al Richardson. These persons embody the qualities of the "Spirit of Excellence" -- mentoring, leadership, service, outreach, and most of all, a Toastmaster's heart.

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