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Leaders Wanted

Written by Harry Yan.

Founder’s District is seeking nominations for the positions of District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and Division Directors. These positions will be filled by election at the Spring Conference on April 25, 2015. All qualified members are encouraged to self-nominate and run for office. Leadership in Toastmasters develops the vital skills of:

  • Team building
  • Delegation
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving

Additional benefits include networking with other business leaders, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding how Toastmasters work on a global basis. Position descriptions, qualifications, and responsibilities are described in the Call For Nominations.

Applications for the elected positions are due by January 31, 2015.  Download the District Leader Nominating Form and the Officer Agreement and Release forms. Submit applications to:

Harry Yan, DTM, IPDG
Nominating Chair
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If you have questions, or need paper copies of the materials, contact Harry Yan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A New Year To Focus On Leadership

Written by Linda Ulrich.

LindaUlrich 2The holiday season is upon us -- a time to share and celebrate with our family and friends. But it is also a time to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014, to take a look ahead to what we want to do in 2015. And, to make some plans for the New Year to help us achieve those sometime elusive goals we've set for ourselves.

For Toastmasters, the time signifies that we're half-way through our year. It's also a time for us to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014 and to look ahead to what we still want to accomplish in 2015. And, yes, to make some plans to help us achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, as individuals, as clubs, Areas, Divisions, and the District.

I keep reminding you that our theme this year as a District is "Evaluate Your Potential," which is probably more significant the next six months than the previous six months. We seem to relax more the first half of the year, but kick into full gear the last half. This is when we push our clubs to focus on the members to achieve the communication and leadership awards. We challenge our members and our Area Governors to find opportunities for a new club or ways to bring in new members. And, more importantly, we start looking at next year's leaders -- talking with our members to encourage them to think about stepping into leadership at the club, Area, Division, and District levels. If you don't think you're ready to step into leadership, but another Toastmaster thinks you are, listen to them. They see what we can't see in ourselves. Accept and embrace the opportunity of leadership. Toastmasters is an organization made up of volunteers -- so, if no one asks you, volunteer. The rewards truly outweigh any apprehensions you might have.

We have two upcoming leadership events in January. The first, LACE (Leadership and Communication Excellence) is being offered on January 10 and January 24; focus is on providing leadership training to club officers – or those who want to be. On January 17, we will have a Leadership Dinner to talk about the ins and outs of serving as a leader at all levels in the organization, from the club to the District. Current leaders will share what they've learned throughout their year(s) serving as a leader – the benefits, the challenges, and the rewards.

Have you started looking at your goals for 2015? How will you "Elevate Your Potential"? Toastmasters has made a difference in your life, now it's time you make a difference in Toastmasters.

Have a blessed holiday season!

 

Gustavo Arellano

Written by Vicki Chen.

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Founder's District is proud to announce the 2014 Fall Conference Communication and Leadership Award recipient, Gustavo Arellano. Gustavo will deliver his acceptance speech during the Hall of Fame Lunch on Saturday November 8, 2014.

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on FOX’s animated show, Bordertown. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately and The Colbert Report. He is currently a consulting producer on Bordertown, a FOX animated show scheduled to debut January 2015. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

Big Takeaways At the 2014 Summer Marketing Workshop

Written by Daniel Cossack.

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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. 

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