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May 22, 2019   |   News   |   Written by Jeanne Cassidy
Founder's District Contestants Shine in Table Topics and International Speech Contests

Fierce, yet friendly competition in the District contests showcased talented Founder’s District Toastmasters representing the best in all seven divisions. Their impromptu and prepared speeches took the audience on an emotional ride; laughter, tears, heartbreak and inspiration. The district speech contest was held on May the 4th, 2019 at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim, California. The conference theme was "Harness the Force". Congratulations to Founder’s District International Speech contest winners! Finishing in first place was 5 time winner, Daniel Midson-Short, from Coastmasters Toastmasters Club in ... read more


Mar 09, 2019   |   News   |   Written by Diana Dee
John Angiolillo Receives Spirit of Excellence Award

Past District Governor and Distinguished Toastmaster, John Angiolillo, receives the Spirit of Excellence Award. Current Founder's District Director, Diana Dee, presented the award at the District Executive Council meeting on Februrary 14, 2019. Angiolillo recognized the crucial need to keep club and district officer contact data current and, for many years, has volunteered to maintain the District Directory and update vital officer training data throughout the Toastmaster year. For example, the day after club officer training at the Leadership And Communication Experience (LACE) event last January, John swiftly compiled t ... read more


Feb 09, 2019   |   News   |   Written by Giselle Nguyen
A Moment In History

Founder's District celebrates 75 years of producing leaders and enriching the lives of members from around the world. It all started in Orange County, California on July 1, 1944. As the birthplace of Toastmasters, Founder's District is the first of nearly 130 districts founded across 143 countries worldwide. In 2019, Founder's District serves as the creative catalyst, preparing members for their future with seven divisions, supporting 135 clubs, and serving over 2500 members across Orange and Los Angeles County. Toastmasters' long-term success and sustainability reflects the effectiveness of our hands-on, experiential l ... read more


Nov 18, 2018   |   News   |   Written by Josephine Lee
TEDx vs. World Champion of Public Speaking

Just like there are different genres of dance, like jazz, ballet or hip hop, there are different genres of speeches. There are fun and heartfelt wedding toasts, inspiring 45 minute keynotes, persuasive campaign speeches and countless others. Each speech genre has a different tone depending on the audience, content and performance. I've given speeches to audiences of various sizes, cultures and ages. I remember all of them, but there are 2 that stand out to me the most: the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and TEDx. In 2016, I surpassed 35,000 contestants to place 3rd place in the World Championship of ... read more


Nov 18, 2018   |   Success Stories   |   Written by Bob Bone
Toastmasters Changed My Life

After 20 years with the same company, it sold, and I was out the door; 60 years old, out on the street, resume in hand, looking for work. My self-esteem gone. When I was about at my lowest, a good friend asked me to attend a Toastmaster meeting with him. I told him, 'I need a job, not a meeting.' But he kept asking. Finally, I decided to humor him and gave in. That morning changed my life. When we got to the meeting, I found the room bursting with positive energy. These people seemed going somewhere in life. I left that meeting with a membership application in hand and my heart was beating again. I joined, and jumped in ... read more


Apr 29, 2018   |   News   |   Written by Daniel Cossack
Harry Yan Receives Gene Beckwith Award

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 ta ... read more


Mar 30, 2018   |   News   |   Written by Daniel Cossack
2018-2019 District Leadership Committee Report

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 Direct ... read more


Mar 05, 2018   |   News   |   Written by Daniel Cossack
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, an ... read more


Mar 05, 2018   |   News   |   Written by Daniel Cossack
Bob Hudack - Spirit of Excellence

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 success ... read more


Dec 21, 2017   |   News   |   Written by Cliff Shimizu
Founder’s District Congratulates Our Newest Distinguished Toastmasters!

Founder’s District is proud to recognize the following members for achieving their Distinguished Toastmaster award. Achieving the designation of DTM requires each member to earn the following education and leadership awards: Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver, Advanced Communicator Gold, Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, and the Advanced Leader Silver (which includes the High-Performance Leadership (HPL) Project). Please help Founder’s District in congratulating:  Donald T. Baliaba Donald joined Toastmasters in January 2015 and his journey has bee ... read more