Over 75 of the District's most ambitious members attended this sold-out event of the semi-annual Founder's District Marketing workshop to learn and explore all that the Toastmasters leadership program has to offer such as building new clubs, sponsoring clubs, mentoring, and coaching.
Are you an ambitious speaker in Southern California? If so, you must be at the Toastmasters Founder's District Conference November 7-8, 2014.
What recent Founder's District Event combined eating birthday cake, extoling the virtues of procrastination, frolicking with a 160 pound wolf, staring at the Mona Lisa, and mingling with 214 Toastmasters members and guests (not necessarily in that order)? If you guessed our Spring Conference, then you would be absolutely correct!
On May 3, 2014, Toastmasters from all over Southern California gathered at the Beautiful La Mirada Holiday Inn to celebrate our district's 70th birthday and Toastmaster International's 90th birthday! Daniel Rex, CEO of TMI, kicked off the extravaganza with a riveting keynote address that showcased all the amazing milestones that have been reached throughout the decades. He wished that Founder Ralph Smedly -- who could only wistfully dream of someday having four-hundred clubs…an impossible number in his lifetime -- could see how we currently charter that very amount…EVERY SIX MONTHS! Wow!
Check out all of the conference photos here.
The Founder’s District began in a squabble. In 1944 the first Toastmasters district, District One (which still exists along the west side of Los Angeles) covered much of Southern California, a vast area. The need to divide this district to provide better club support came before the Toastmaster International Board. The problem was everyone wanted the “District One” name distinction.