Thursday, 08 November 2012 06:06

Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant

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8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is located at the main entrance to the Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. The park is located just south of the 91 and 5 freeways. Free 3-hour parking is available to guests visiting the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. There is an additional $4 charge every 1/2 hour with a maximum of $20.

The menu includes Mrs. Knott's famous fried chicken with biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, boysenberry pie and a beverage. Vegetarian options will be available.

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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 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.

Friday, 09 August 2013 01:07

Judges Bureau Complete Speech Contest Season

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The Founder’s District Judges' Bureau has completed another successful speech contest season. During the 2012-2013 community speech contest season, 30 judges completed 421 hours of community service for 26 events.

The Lions Clubs’ speech contests for high school students hosted nine of the 26 events, while the Rotary Clubs hosted four speech contests for high school students. The Academic Decathlon hosted four contests –Orange County, California, National, and a Junior Varsity event. Two contests for high school students were hosted by the National Management Association – the chapter event at Boeing in Huntington Beach, and the contest at the Western Leadership Development Conference in San Diego. The District is pleased to report that six Toastmasters from TI District 5 generously volunteered their time and effort to judge the contest in San Diego. They all enjoyed the experience and they look forward to judging other community events. Other clients that requested the services of the Judges Bureau for another year included Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) that hosted two events, Concordia Homeschooled Challenge, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:55

Invest for Success

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Harry YanWarren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has a net worth of $63.1 billion and is ranked the fourth wealthiest man in the world according to Forbes. His gift of $2 billion in Berkshire stock to the Gates Foundation in July, brought his lifetime giving to $20 billion. What was the secret to his success?

Monday, 18 February 2013 14:18

Interview with Darren LaCroix

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Darren LaCroix recently visited us in Orange County for a special Speaker’s Bureau event in Santa Fe Springs, Saturday Feb 9, 2013.  Afterwards, Jamel Thomas sits down with Darren to talk about the seminar, speaking and marketing tips for clubs, and find out what Darren is currently working on.  Darren had been traveling from San Diego on his way back to Las Vegas for his next big event called “Lady and the Champs”, but started feeling ill the night before.  Even under the weather, Darren still committed himself to doing the seminar and the interview with Founder’s TV looking as vibrant as he always does.  Darren is a true professional.

Photo by Richard Daugherty

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 18:24

In Memoriam - Kif Anderson

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According to an old club roster Kif was a Toastmaster since 1996. He was most recently a member of Mixed Masters in Huntington Beach. He took over leadership of Club 100, and transformed it into a magic specialty club. He was always ready to help others learn and improve their magic talents, and continued meeting with a group of Toastmasters magicians until his passing. 

Kif was a magician since childhood, and performed all over the US with his partner, Gene Ozwald. Together they were known as Oz and Wilde, and they specialized in Christian oriented performances. For two years Kif produced and hosted the Christian television series "Kids of the King" for cable. He served as the president of the Los Angeles Fellowship of Christian Magicians (website is ) , and was a long time member of the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. 

Kif resided in Bellflower with his wife Patty and daughter Faith. He was employed with Boeing in Huntington Beach. Kif struggled with a recurring cancer and started chemo treatments in October. He was admitted to the hospital and died of an infection Oct 25. His funeral was November 5, 2012 in Lancaster (where he and his wife grew up) and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life on Monday November 12, 2012 at Calvary Chapel in Downey.

Monday, 13 May 2013 12:47

In Memoriam - Helen Blanchard

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Toastmasters around the world mourn the passing of Helen Blanchard, one of the most celebrated and respected Toastmaster of our time. Helen quietly passed away on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM. She will be dearly missed.

Helen was known as the First Lady of Toastmasters, being the first female to join the organization in 1970, even before women were officially allowed to join. She became the first female President of Toastmasters International in 1985. Her considerable accomplishments during her 40+ years in Toastmasters has earned her the nickname as a "Trailblazer". In 2010, her home district, District 5, created the Helen Blanchard "Trailblazer" award, which has been awarded to comparable pioneers such as Joyce Persichilli.

Helen was no stranger to Founder's District and frequently visited conferences and other events. I first met Helen at a District Conference in Garden Grove and was immediately inspired by her story. I read her book and met her again at the Smedley Club's 85th Anniversary party where I had a chance to speak with her about it. I know she never thought of herself as a trailblazer but was just doing what any good Toastmaster would do.

In 2009, Maira Pineda created the "Homer" award, named for Helen Blanchard as the name she used when joining Toastmasters in 1970. This award is given to those in District Leadership service who emulate her ground-breaking, innovative, legacy building spirit. This year I was honored to receive this award for my technical contributions to the Founder's District. Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to tell Helen how much it meant to me. Fortunately, Helen will continue to inspire me even after she is gone.

Monday, 06 May 2013 22:07

How's Your Club Membership?

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1plus1LogoDoes your club only need one or two more members to be a Distinguished Club? Well, don't just sit there hoping they'll walk through the door by themselves.  If they haven't yet, they won't now, unless you give them a reason.

HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE!! Invite friends, family, and other Toastmasters to come in and check out your club. Send out invitations, put up flyers, put a sign outside where your club meets. It's the end of another Toastmasters year, so use the Open House to celebrate your members' achievements. And if you have the Open House between now and June 30, you'll receive a $10 gift certificate to the TI store in exchange for a copy of your club's Open House flyer (send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you don't know what to do, contact Open House Chair, George Day (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and pick his brain - he really knows how to throw a Toastmasters party! But you need to start planning now - it's party-time!

"BEAT THE CLOCK" - A TI-sponsored membership-building program that runs from May 1 through June 30. If clubs bring in five new, dual, or reinstated members, they'll receive a "Beat the Clock" ribbon to display on the club's banner and earn a special discount code for 10% off their next club order from Toastmasters International.

NEW MEMBERS CLUB CHALLENGE - Clubs with 8 or more new membership applications submitted between January 1 and June 30 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for the TI store. Each club adding four new members between May 1 and June 30 will receive two entries into the drawing. If your club already has met the first goal, the club will receive two additional entries. (Does not include transfer members.)

NEW MEMBERS DIVISION CHALLENGE - The Division with the most new members between January 1 and June 30 will receive a $100 gift certificate for the TI Store. (Does not include transfer members.) Division B is in the lead; Division G is not far behind with the other Divisions in close pursuit. There's still time to help your club and your Division SHINE!!

JOHN LAU'S 1 + 1 MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN - For more information about this marvelous membership-building incentive offered by International President, John Lau, go to the TI website and check it out for yourself.

The goal is one new member per week between now and June 30. You can do it! Will you help? Contact your club VP Membership as soon as possible.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:54

How Toastmasters Helped Me

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Overwhelmed. Anxious. Uneasy. I dreaded being in front of others public speaking. Feeling so uncomfortable with everyone staring at me, "umm" was a huge part of my vocabulary. How can I be a leader and inspire others if I cannot speaking eloquently? "Oh well, maybe I am just not that good at public speaking" I thought to myself.

Thursday, 03 December 2009 22:33

Hollywood Here We Come

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Michelle-Obama-web-v1With the success of having more than 30 local city Mayors support and celebrate Toastmasters International’s 85th anniversary, our public relations team reached out and received endorsements from California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to several U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Now we're headed to Hollywood!

Phase II of our "brand and expand" publicity campaign has started. Requests have gone out to local, national, and international celebrities requesting their support by performing a brief public service announcement about how Toastmasters has helped more than four million men and women learn to speak with poise and confidence.

In addition to being a wholesome story, it will be a fun and rewarding way of giving back to the community – and positive publicity – while encouraging people to learn tangible career skills.

We're excited about who has signed on so far (details to be released soon) - and we're looking for more. If you know a celebrity or have suggestions for a spokesperson, please contact Michael Varma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

California Supporters of Toastmasters’ Month:
In early August 2009, a Toastmasters public relations team contacted all the cities within the Founder's District (Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties), as well as a few dignitaries, and requested a proclamation for Toastmasters’ Month or other forms of support. As of 12/03/09, positive responses have been received by:

First Lady Michelle Obama
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California
Senator Lou Correa of CA 34th District
Congresswoman Doris Matsui of CA 5th District
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey of CA 6th District
Congresswoman Barbara Lee of CA 9th District
Congressman Pete Stark of CA 13th District
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of CA 14th District
Congresswoman Judy Chu of CA 32nd District
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez of CA 39th District
Congresswoman Lorretta Sanchez of CA 47th Distict
Mayor Steven Placido Alhambra
Mayor John Wuo of Arcadia
Mayor John Rocha of Azusa
Mayor John Beauman of Brea
Mayor Bruce Barrows of Cerritos
Mayor Joe Augilar of Commerce
Mayor Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa
Mayor Walter Allen of Covina
Mayor Lisa Bartlett of Dana Point
Mayor Mario Guerro of Downey
Mayor John Fasana of Duarte
Mayor Guy Carrozzo of Fountain Valley
Mayor Don Bankhead of Fullerton
Mayor William Dalton of Garden Grove
Mayor Keith Bohr of Huntington Beach
Mayor Sukhee Kang of Irvine
Mayor Tom Beamish of La Habra
Mayor Joel Lautenschleger of Laguna Hills
Mayor Frank Ury of Mission Viejo
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz of Monrovia
Mayor Edward Selich of Newport Beach
Mayor Carolyn Cavecche of Orange
Mayor Bill Bogaard of Pasadena
Mayor Elliot Rothman of Pomona
Mayor Gary Thompson of Rancho Santa Margarita
Mayor Curtis Morris of San Dimas
Mayor Eugene Sun of San Marino
Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana
Mayor Louie Gonzales of Santa Fe Springs
Mayor Doug Davert of Tustin
Mayor Roger Hernandez of West Covina
Mayor Margie Rice of Westminster & Midway City
Mayor Mark Schwing of Yorba Linda


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