Daniel Cossack

Daniel Cossack

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Monday, 16 February 2015 00:31

Ready To Have Some Fun With Your Camera?

girl with camera

Are you ready to have some fun with your camera (and yes, even the one in your cell phone) and share your Toastmasters experiences with others?" Picture this - your award-winning photo perched in front for everyone to see at the Founders District Spring Conference on April 25th! How about the chance to mingle with other Toastmaster peers with a love of “taking another shot” and discuss how you “captured the moment!!” If that sounds fun and exciting enter the 2015 Founders District Spring Photography Contest, hurry deadline ends on March 15th !! The theme for the contest will be “Elevate your Potential.” The application and full details are available at: http://www.foundersdistrict.org/photo-contest

Monday, 04 March 2013 22:07

Qualified Speakers' Profiles

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 www.13Lessons.com or www.CheriAlguire.com.

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 www.AngelActOne.com.

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

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:28

Public Relations Awards

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.

Monday, 31 December 2012 04:03

Public Relations

Monday, 04 March 2013 23:00

Proclamations 101

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, 01 July 2013 01:39

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Founder's District collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the www.foundersdistrict.org website ("Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Founder's District.

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, register on the site, place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, phone number. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use "cookies" to enhance User experience. User's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

Founder's District may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

  • - To improve customer service
    Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • - To personalize user experience
    We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • - To process payments
    We may use the information Users provide about themselves when placing an order only to provide service to that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to provide the service.
  • - To send periodic emails
    We may use the email address to send User information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site.

Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website's own terms and policies.

Compliance with children's online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our Site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Changes to this privacy policy

Founder's District has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:
Founder's District
1000 South Coast Dr., #H-103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Monday, 04 March 2013 22:54


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
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:19

Photo Gallery


Photo Gallery.

Our best photographers in the District capture the special moments at our District events.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:00

Patriots and Paws

PennyLambrightEach year Founder's District presents the prestigious Communication and Leadership award to an individual or local organization that exemplifies the practices of sound communcation and exceptional leadership that is the epitome of the Toastmasters brand.  This year Founder's District is honored to recognize Penny Lambright of Patriots and Paws for her outstanding work in building an organization that provides valuable assistance to the men and women who put thier lives on the line for our country.

Patriots and Paws helps to relieve the burden of stress that our military veterans are feeling by giving them help in the form of home furnishings. Some of these things are as simple as a bed to sleep in, a table to sit at, or dishes to eat with.   Almost all of the veterans who are able to receive housing assistance don’t have the basic items to put in their homes, unless they get them from family or friends.


Are you an ambitious speaker in Southern California? If so, you must be at the Toastmasters Founder's District Conference November 7-8, 2014.

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