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[The text below is reprinted verbatim from articles published in The Founder during 1985-1986 by Roy D. Graham]
The most important matter coming out of the annual convention of Toastmasters International at San Diego in 1934, was the decision to provide better supervision of the forty clubs through the formation of Districts.
All of the clubs in California and Arizona were to be assigned to District One, and those in Washington and Oregon, to District Two.
The rapid growth of the movement created districts three, four, and five out of the District One. At an eastern division council meeting of District One on February 19, 1944, Graham J. Albright, Lt. Governor, appointed a committee to study the advisability of again dividing District One. At a meeting of the International Board of Directors, James Barnet, Governor of District One, moved the approval of a request for final division. The motion carried.
Our District theme this year is "Elevate Your Potential". I am thrilled to see the many ways our members have stepped out of their comfort zone and up to participate in Toastmaster activities around the District. We are three months into the Toastmasters year and our first BIG event is now just three weeks away - the Fall Conference and Evaluation and Humorous Speech contests.
Are you coming?!?!
Are you coming to see Patricia Fripp, past president of the National Speakers Association (NSA)? Are you coming to see your club member(s) participate in one of the contests? Are you coming to be recognized during the Hall of Fame Luncheon because you received an educational award? Are you coming to hang out with some of your Toastmasters friends, past, present, or future Are you coming for the food? Okay, maybe not, but we are hoping you are coming to the Founder's District Fall Conference. When and where, you ask? Friday evening and Saturday, November 7 and 8, at the La Mirada Holiday Inn, at I-5 and Valley View.
Check the Conference Page for a schedule of events and times.
Register now - Come to the Founder's District Fall Conference and speech contests and "Elevate Your Potential"! I'll see you there.
Cerritos, CA, April 23, 2013 — Munjen Ng, of Lake Forest, CA, rose above more than 200 local participants to win the District level of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, representing L.A. and Orange Counties. Ng has qualified to advance to the semifinal rounds of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, which will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 21.
Ng, a member of Possibilities Unlimited, in Mission Viejo, CA, surpassed fierce competition to win the hearts of the audience and judges alike with his speech, 'Undeniable'. The speech is about seeking his father’s acceptance for becoming an artist instead of a doctor or lawyer as traditionally expected in the Chinese culture. Ng blended humor and emotion into his story of becoming an artist against his father’s wishes.
Do you want to supercharge your club and attract flocks of new members to your club? Are you interested in building new clubs? Come join us at the Founder’s District Fall Marketing Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Learn valuable tips and proven techniques for club growth, membership retention and building new clubs from some of the top leaders in Toastmasters.
Founder’s District is seeking nominations for the positions of District Governor, Lt. Governor Education and Training, Lt. Governor of Marketing, and Division Governors. These positions will be filled by election at the Spring Conference on April 20, 2013.
If you are considering a leadership position in Founder's District, now or anytime in the future, the Leadership Gathering this Saturday is the perfect place to network with other leaders and ask questions to help guide you in the right direction. Take advantage of the great opportunity now.
Founder's District has asked some of our most dynamic leaders to share their Toastmasters' journeys at our 2013 Leadership Gathering, on Saturday, February 16th. You will be able to hear first-hand experiences in leadership development, gain insight into the leadership opportunities within Founder's District and enjoy some mid-afternoon snacks. This invitation is limited to Club Officers and current Area Governors.
This is also a great opportunity for club members, who might be interested in becoming a Club Officer, to learn a little bit more about being an officer and the benefits. Please invite those members who you think would benefit from this great opportunity.Location: National University, 3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013 Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm RSVP by Thursday, February 14, 2013
Join us and find out how we can help you to shine!
Founder's District Fall 2012 District Reports
Congratulations to Daniel Midson-Short of Coastmasters Toastmasters Club #6658 , winning first place in the District Humorous Speech Contest on November 3rd, 2012. As an Aussie living in America, Daniel dispelled the myths and stereotypical beliefs that Americas have about Austrailians. The second place trophie went to Charlie Cheatham of Table Talkers Club #1246 in Buena Park. Charlie humorously compared himself to Marcus Dupree, the star who never was. Third place went to Aneeza Haleem from Lake Avenue Toastmasters Club #8360 in Pasadena. Other competitors included George Day, Jennifer Jenkins, Kelly Hudson, Ricardo Munoz, and Angela Stout. See interviews with our winners and other highlights of the contest in our latest edition of Founder's District TV .
At the annual volunteer recognition event sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church received two awards: the county chapter Platinum award and the Southern California region GIVE award. Both of these awards were presented to the coordinator of the blood drives for exceeding the previous drive results by 176%.
In accepting the awards on behalf of all the blood drive volunteers at both the Mission Viejo church campus and the Santa Margarita church campus, Avis French,Toastmaster CTM/CL and Co-Chair of the Founders District Judges Bureau and blood drive co-coordinator, explained that the drives could not have been successful without the assistance of all the donors, the volunteers, and the organizations that partner with Shepherd of the Hills.